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MBBS PART 2 EXAMS

Dr Greg Michael (Principal Internal Examiner Yr2)


g.j.michael@qmul.ac.uk
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Introduction
Entry to MBBS Part 2 exams
Feedback
Extenuating circumstances and Special requirements
The exams ~ your attitude
What do you need to know?
The Papers
Evaluation
Standard-setting
Resources
Final points ~ any questions

Introduction
Preparation for MBBS Part 2 in June
Talk to Year 3 students? (sensible ones!)
Revise together with other Year 2 students
Consult QMPlus
Consult your e-mails
The talk will discuss structure / organisation of MBBS Part 2
exams and other important issues (e.g. extenuating
circumstances)

Extenuating Circumstances (ECs)

Entry to MBBS Part 2 Exams

Satisfactory performance needed in coursework


Aggregate mark >=50% in Paper A
Our Academic Review Group met last week
Students who are not eligible to take the end of year exams
will be sent a letter from the Assessment Unit.
We will release Paper A marks when they are complete.

School-wide policy: Attending an end of year exam


means fit to sit. See email sent on the 7th May outlining
important information.
Again, students with pre-existing conditions or
circumstances should discuss with the Head of Student
Support and decide whether they wish to sit the exams.
If you believe it appropriate to withdraw from the
examinations, you must submit an EC form with
evidence by 4pm on Tuesday 19th May (TODAY). A
decision regarding deferral will be made before the date
of the examinations. Students otherwise are declaring
themselves fit to sit.

Extenuating Circumstances (ECs)-2

Students ill after the deadline/ around exams must


decide whether to sit the exam or not- i.e. declare
themselves not fit to sit. If you cannot sit, an EC form
must be submitted with the prescribed documentary
evidence DEADLINE Friday 12th June 2pm
All students should refer to guidance and forms available
on QMPlus.

Special Exam Requirements

Applying for special exam arrangementsYou must request an appointment with the Student Support
Office and/or contact Disability and Dyslexia Service

Year 2 portal; right side links- Core information for all MBBS Students; Exam and
Assessment Information (MBBS EC policy)
Also at http://www.smdedu.qmul.ac.uk/student_support/academic_support/extenuating_circumstances.html

It is your responsibility to be aware of these policies and


follow them carefully

The Exams ~ Your Attitude


Be positive! Dont panic!
A minority of students fail Part 2 in June
Typically very few Year 2 students fail to progress to
Year 3 (different circumstances apply in individual cases)
Top quartile of cohort awarded Merit at MBBS Part 2 (if
you passed all SSCs), and top decile a Distinction; plus
Commendations for best SSC results ~ we want to
reward your success !
(N.B., all papers must be passed to get these awards)

What Do You Need To Know?


Anything for which there is a learning objective
There is some sub-division of examinable material
between the 4 Papers but there is also overlap
B1 and B2: written exams, test mainly material from
lectures + PBLs (but also anatomy/ practicals )
C: Spotter-type exam, covering gross anatomy,
microanatomy, imaging and data handling mainly
(at year 2 we expect more contextual understanding also
relevant to disease)
D: Clinical skills exam and related sciences (anatomy,
physiology, data handling)
There is some examinable material from Year 1.

Paper B2 ~ SAQs Monday 8th June

This exam takes place before B1


8 SAQs of either 20-mark or 15-mark format
2 SAQs worth 20 marks each, based on new scenarios
given out before exam: Metabolism and an Integrated
Topic
1 SAQ presents a new scenario and asks you to analyse
it (20 marks) ~ use your PBL skills !
The other 5 modules, one 15-mark SAQ each.
2.5 hour total exam time (i.e. 15 mins extra time for
preparatory reading.)
Pass mark is 50% (as for all Part 2 exam papers)

Paper B1 - MCQs Tuesday 9th June

Paper D- Thursday 11th of June

Paper D- Thursday 11th of June

Practical / OSCE type exam with associated knowledge


Dr. Yeatman is here to answer questions
We also have a Guide to 2D produced in previous years. It will
be uploaded onto QMPlus (MBBS Year 2 portal Exams
Information) and gives general information to remind you about
how you move through Stations, etc...
Ensure you look at this to familiarise yourself with important
details of the format but also dress code and behaviour
This exam assesses skills and knowledge in a linked-station
based exam similar to that in Part 1. But more- you will need to
know about pathology and clinical signs as well as Part 1
learning materials, and new material from Part 2.

2h 30mins
140 SBAs with the number of marks for each module
related to module length
ALL Systems including Cancer

The exam is approximately two hours in total. Total


number of stations may vary to accommodate timing
Clinical examination, practical skill or communication
skills stations
Linked knowledge-based stations; related to the task
just performed; MCQs
Preparation station - 1 before the communication skills
station
Rest stations- variable number
There will be 5 circuits running simultaneously at the
Robin Brook Centre and 3 different start times
information to follow

Paper D- Thursday 11th of June

As last year, groups will be corralled and unable to


communicate details of the exam to others (No mobile
phones!). Bring materials to study quietly.
You will be assigned a specific time and place to report
and should be sent details of where to find this
information. Check QMPlus and emails.
You must adhere to the reporting guidelines or risk
not being able to take the exam.

Paper C- Friday 12th of June

Make sure you leave plenty of time to get to the


right place at the right time!

The format of Paper C is similar to last year


Computer based spotter
100 questions
90 minutes
Material will cover anatomy laboratory material (mainly
gross anatomy but also imaging), microanatomy and
other visual material. There may be questions on data
handling and interpretation. Some 1st year material will
be assessed.

And again please adhere to the dress code outlined for


practice of clinical skills

Paper C- Friday 12th of June

Mapping of the exam: Coverage is approximately


equivalent to the amount of time/ material seen in each
module
For practice, ICA spotters from 2010-2013 are accessible
on QMPlus

(Part 2 MBBS portal; Exams information and the first year


equivalent)

Paper E- SSC components

You must pass all three Year 2 SSCs


If you fail one (or more), there must be remediation to a
passing level this must be done over the summer if not
before
Remediated work is capped at Grade of C
You will not progress to Year 3 if you do not pass Paper
E

Resources

Standard-setting

Sometimes the School sets a hard exam paper,


sometimes an easy one by chance, not deliberately.
This situation is controlled by standard-setting. This
includes determination of the difficulty of each subpart of
each exam by experts (or a statistical process as done in
the ICAs) for determination of a pass-mark. We then
adjust student marks to the passing standard of 50%.
These adjusted % marks are reported to students

Studying
Manage your time
Take breaks
Study together
www.counselling.cam.ac.uk/exams.
html and our own service!
At the exams:
Stay calm
Read the questions
Do your best

Check QMPlus in the MBBS Year 2 course portalExams Information for presentations, the Part 2 Scheme
for Assessment, Seen scenarios and other information
As noted, practice spotters are available here too
Contact the Student Office or me with any additional
queries
Dr. Yeatman may give further practice sessions for
clinical skills. Student groups are organised to help you.
Study together. Dont leave any studying to the last
moment!

Dont stress!
Finally
We want volunteers to meet External
Examiners over lunch on Thursday 18th June
(please contact me-- g.j.michael@qmul.ac.uk or Gary Welch
gary.welch@qmul.ac.uk in the Student Office )

Tell our external examiners about the course and exams

Exam results will be released via QMPlus on


Friday 19th June

You can do it!


Good Luck.

Any Questions?