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Ace your CSA exam: Tips on 'projecting interpersonal skills'

In Pulse’s new series of videos aimed at GP trainees, three recently qualified GPs explore different aspects of the clinical skills assessment exam – and give tips on how to project interpersonal skills 

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  • CSA is a Rip off money from IMGs , I don't think its a fair exam , its a linguistic exam it has nothing to do with clinical skills ,

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  • Local white graduate do not need to do anything because they have a 98% pass rate anyway - you need to have receptive actor to interact two ways to have " interpersonal skills "

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  • 1.Resist the urge to tell the half-wit to get to the' point;
    2.Incorporate the benign essential tremor of your head into your demeanour of caring what the 'patient' says;
    3.RELAX-you know you will never be asked to actually demonstrate the presence of any physical signs, or any other aspects of real medicine.
    4.For the IMGs- however distasteful it may be, try and understand that patients in the UK wholly believe in their own sense of entitlement, and that you are simply there to fulfil it.

    But most of all, just have fun.....

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  • Biased Exam ever towards IMG .They pick up on IMG .Nothing other then money making exam .
    Getting cheap labour from India .Now ,All option sharing and patient centred approach gone out of window .Moreover,in coming years they will demonstrate IPS.

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  • Financially and emotionally draining exam for IMGs. I wouldn't have gone to GP training if I knew this.. What a waste of time and money!

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  • Honestly this exam is a very biased exam, there is no transparency. No matter how well you did in the exam there are 3-4 examiners who will simply fail you without any liability. You might be a very good GP in your practice but these examiners will fail you shamelessly no matter how well you did. When you will ask for a review a very rude/ inconsiderate and a shameless reply will come back that- no physical evidence of your performance is left as they have destroyed the video and you have not presented any evidence of your performance. What a joke, the candidate is suppose to come all alone without a camera so how can he/she bring a evidence of that day. You have the video but you will not show as you know the truth will come out in open. If you are not doing anything wrong then have the courage to share videos. I don't know how they are able to sleep peacefully after doing so much wrong to other innocent human beings. They talk about E&D, first they need to learn it themselves. I will not recommend any IMG to become a GP. Its very frustrating. You will feel humiliated but you can't do anything about it, nobody will listen to you as the whole system is theirs.

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