GP Stage 2 Exam Information, Tips & Banding
Advice & Insight From GP Stage 3 Specialists
Professional Dilemmas – 58 Items, 110 Minutes
· Open and honest with others; willing to admit own mistakes.
· Treats others with respect and dignity and knows where personal/professional boundaries lie.
· Able to balance ethical tensions in relation to demand, resources and expectations.
· Strives for quality and manages risk.
· Works proactively and is inquisitive in approach.
· Takes responsibility for self, others and the health of the wider population.
· Demonstrates a commitment to equality of care for all and strives to act in the patients’ best interests.
Coping with Pressure
· Understands and manages own emotions; understands the impact of these on decision making.
· Willing to admit when experiencing difficulties and seek assistance where needed.
· Readily employs tactics for managing own stress and pursues a healthy work/life balance.
· Maintains a professional demeanour; remains calm under pressure.
· Demonstrates self-awareness, understanding own limitations and how behaviour may affect others.
· Accepts and manages uncertainty and change; responding flexibly when required.
· Is resilient, managing criticism well.
· Able to take on multiple complex roles and effectively balance differing responsibilities and commitments.
· Capable of modifying behaviour to adapt to differing roles or skills required in the future.
Empathy and Sensitivity
· Employs a caring approach towards patients and colleagues.
· Capacity and motivation to view situations from the patient/colleague perspective.
· Demonstrates an understanding of others situation and circumstances.
· Takes a holistic approach to patient care and considers social, psychological and emotional factors as well as the wider healthcare system.
· Empowers patients through involvement in their own care.
· Acknowledges and explores the patient’s wants and needs.
· Takes a patient-centred approach, treating patients as individuals.
· Acts in an open and non-judgemental manner
Clinical Problem Solving – 96 Items, 75 Minutes
Endocrinology/Metabolic Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Infectious disease/ Renal/Urology
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GPST Stage 2 Key Tips
O&G and Paediatrics – These two specialities consistently ‘over-represent’ in the MSRA examination, with year-on-year candidates reporting that 20-30% of their questions related to either O&G or Paediatrics. Contraception, vaccinations and milestones are particular favourites.
Finals Refresher – Most of the clinical content addressed in the MSRA is to a similar standard as that encountered during medical school finals. Instead of learning content afresh, re-review your cherished finals notes, and you’ll be surprised how much quicker you will re-learn the core content.
110% – The Multi-Speciality Recruitment Assessment (MSRA) is no longer merely a stepping stone to reach the GP Stage 3 Section Centre. A score in the top 10% of all applicants taking the MSRA will provide an automatic offer to any deanery of your choice, as a result of the new ‘Direct Pathway to Offers’. For those not obtaining direct entry, a strong MSRA score is essential in obtaining a place in one of the competitive GPST deaneries, with applicants ranked and offered places based on a combination of MSRA and GP Stage 3 Selection score. As such, all applicants should give 110% to this increasingly important examination.
If in doubt, guess – Neither question paper has any negative marking, and hence there is no penalty for incorrect answers.