This time next week, I will either be having a celebratory drink or drowning my sorrows somewhere in London post-Clinical Skills Assessment (CSA) exam.
Over a three-hour period, I will be asking, ‘What are your Ideas, Concerns and Expectations?’, or ‘ICE’, to fake patients, and hoping my nerves don’t get the better of me.
I’m sure I will be running on adrenaline for the entire exam, but know I must outwardly maintain a cool and friendly manner throughout. And I mustn’t forget to smile!
I want to say good luck to all my fellow ST3 trainees in my locality, my deanery and the rest of the country wherever you may be. Remember your ICE!
Dr Avradeep Chakrabarti is a GPST3 training in Swindon, living in Bristol.