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GAMSAT 2014 Tips

By Andrew Simpson

There's less than two months to go before GAMSAT 2014 and more than a few nerves are doubtless jangling. GAMSAT is a tough experience but, with the right preparation, you can make it a successful one. If you're only just starting studying now or if you're just looking for fresh ideas, here are my tips for preparing over the next couple of months.

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Tips For Surviving First and Second Year

By Andrew Simpson

For those coming from non-medical science backgrounds (and perhaps even for those who are coming from such a background) the switch to studying medicine can be quite challenging. From my own perspective, learning pre-clinical medicine was very different to learning undergraduate physics and astronomy. Whilst physics encourages you to work from first principles and to seek understanding, medicine can often be merely a process of memorising lists of things and processes. This is not always the case (which perhaps explains why I like physiology so much) but I would suggest that more often than not you will find yourself trying to cram information into your brain rather than trying to make sense of concepts.

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Dubbo Bound

By Andrew Simpson

The past couple of months have passed by in a bit of a blur. I managed to pass second year, spent three weeks up in Airlie Beach on a John Flynn GP placement, spent a week in New Zealand on holiday, had two days of Stage 3 orientation on campus, and then packed up all my worldly possessions and moved to Dubbo! I will be placed at the hospital here for at least the next nine months and, if the stars align, the majority of the next couple of years. My first term starts on Monday with two gentle weeks of ICU.

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Busy Bee

By Andrew Simpson

I had this great expectation when I started out that it would be no problem to blog regularly during medical school. The evidence to date .. would suggest otherwise, however. As the year has gone on, time management has become a huge issue. Between study, maintaining friendships, spending time with my beautiful girl and seeing my family, there's really not a lot left. These days, finding myself with two hours off is really exciting .. because it means I have two hours (!) that I can spend catching up on lectures that I haven't had a chance to go over yet. I don't mean this as a whinge because it's really not. I find the vast majority of the stuff we're learning truly fascinating and I wouldn't trade this career path for any other. But you get to the point where you have to prioritise pretty heavily. A small part of me envies the 21-year olds in our course who have no other commitments and can focus solely on their studies; the rest of me is glad that I have so many great people to spend time with.

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A Learning Experience

By Andrew Simpson

As one of our "reflective" (ugh) assessments this year, we had to write about our best, worst and most moving learning experiences. I would really like to be able to share my most moving one on here, but it's difficult to do so without disclosing potentially identifying details of a patient. However, my 'best' learning experience was more general and I think it has some insights about my progress through medical school so far:

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