Go to the examination centre on time You do not know what will happen on the way to the exam centre. So leave early. If you are late for any reason, you will be stressed, and worse, you may not be able to enter the exam centre at all.
Don't forget your ID There have been histories candidates forgot to bring the IDs or stethoscopes. If you want to use your own torch and fundoscope, bring them. Bring your watch too, but remember ‘Bare below elbow’
Wear smart You must be presentable. That does not mean you have to wear expensive clothing. Wear something that makes you feel comfortable and confident. Again remember to make sure that you are “Bare below elbow’.
PACES needs sustained energy or stamina That is why you need to practise for that too. We do have a Full Mock Exam (www.pacesbootcamp.co.uk/fullmockexam). Take plenty of rest the day before. Have a good night's sleep. You cannot do anything the night before the exam, apart from sleeping.
Always try to be systematic in all the stations Even if you do not know what is going on, do all the steps, and give appropriate differentials. Individual skills are important, so take as many marks as possible in each station.
Do not carry your feelings That is very important. You are allowed to do badly in one or two stations. And sometimes, things are not as bad as you imagine. If you think you did not do well in one station, and if you carry that feeling, it is your loss. Remember, examiners from the next stations do not know what stupid mistakes you did in the last station. Always start fresh. Just think that if you could not do well, other candidates won’t be able to do well either.
Be a safe doctor Always involve specialists, seniors, consultants. You cannot know everything, that is why you have books like BNF, guidelines and seniors, Refer to them as you need.
Be confident Being a confident doctor doesn’t mean being arrogant or ignorant. When you do the presentation or even while talking to a patient, be confident.
Remember to say Sorry, Thank you Say sorry whenever needed. Also, say thank you after every little thing patient does for you. For example, say thank you after you ask a Parkinson's patient to walk, or after you ask the patient to breathe in and breathe out in the respiratory station.
Be happy Las but not least, be happy. PACES is an exam which you need to practise. But don’t just look at the books and be anxious or depressed. If you could not make it the first time, you will pass the next time. With the appropriate guidance and support, you can pass PACES while enjoying the learning experiences. Our PACES Boot Camp UK team will be here should you need any help. Check out our courses here: bit.ly/course_paces