C&J Clinical is the UK's leading specialist
teaching resource, designed specifically to enable psychiatrists
to pass clinical examinations successfully.
The CASC examination can be intimidating for many reasons.
It is a new format and the types of questions may be different
and more complex than those asked in the Part I clinical.
Candidates are also frequently tired, having just finished
the written examination. The traditional approach to examination
preparation has always involved tutorials with senior colleagues.
However this does not always help. This is because one runs
the risk of being offered a range of conflicting, frequently
inexpert, advice, which could induce doubt in even in the
most clear thinking and confident candidate. The other conventional
approach to clinical revision is to concentrate disproportionately,
or even exclusively, upon past questions. This can be misguided,
because clinical practice without theory may not provide candidates
with an adequate understanding of the generic principles being
tested at CASC stations. This form of revision makes candidates
particularly unprepared for entirely new CASC stations, or
for variations of established CASC stations. This is a mistake
commonly made by professional revision courses.
The C&J clinical course was formed to specifically address
these concerns. Although the course has evolved over time,
it remains firmly based upon two central tenets. The first
tenet is that if candidates are not familiar with the techniques
required to answer CASC stations, then it is likely that they
will encounter difficulties, particularly with unforeseen
questions. The second tenet of the C&J course is that these
techniques can be taught in a 2 day course.
Once candidates have a clearer idea about the questions they
are likely to be asked, and a clearer idea about how to answer
them, the CASC clinical examination will become less daunting.
We believe that a professional course should provide unique
examination focussed teaching which will improve the candidates'
chances in what is a very competitive examination. Candidates
who attend the course will be taken through the questions
one can expect to be asked and will be provided with a clear
structure with which to answer them. They will also be taught
how to employ these structures under pressure and advised
how to practice them on their own. This method of teaching
also reduces anxiety and prevents one from making basic mistakes.
It will also allow one to present the information in the clearest
and most impressive way.
We have found that candidates enjoy the noticeable improvement
in their ability to answer questions. Part of this enjoyment
comes also from recognising that these skills can be employed
clinically. Indeed, the ability to deliver optimal clinical
care whilst under pressure is exactly what this examination
is testing. *