Failure is often one of our biggest fears. The KFP exam is a daunting hurdle and most of us know someone who didn’t make it through in the past. It’s disconcerting to think that the likelihood of failure increases the more times one sits it.
Why does this happen? How can we avoid failure if we have failed in the past? How can we avoid failure if this is the first time that we are sitting the exam?
The most important thing to keep in mind is that failure does not necessarily mean that you are not a good doctor.
And it is real and honest to know that there are no magic tricks or shortcuts to avoid failure.
The key ingredients needed to pass the KFP exam include:
- A thorough understanding of all topic areas and evidence based guidelines relevant to Australian General Practice.
- Ability to read a case and answer the question being asked
- Sound clinical reasoning skills
- An understanding of the KFP technique and how to formulate answers
- Good time management under exam conditions
When I prepared for the KFP exam I used multiple resources and paid for a few exam preparation courses.
I had a study group and we met weekly, this was great to stay motivated and have a break from solo study. I engaged with online study Facebook groups. Again this helped with the isolation of studying.
I studied most days for variable amounts of time. Somewhere probably 1-2 months into study I stopped having unrealistic expectations and instead formulated SMART goals (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, timely). This really helped as each little step counted for something.
Sometimes even though our steps don’t feel like they are taking us anywhere, you’ll be surprised at how far you’ve actually travelled. Keeping going and welcome to the KFP Online community. Your success is not as far away as you think!