SJT Exam Tips

 

1. *Patient Well-being First:*
– Always prioritize the well-being of your patients.
– Other concerns, such as targets or personal considerations, should come second.

2. *Know Your Limits:*
– Recognize your limitations as an Intern.
– In situations such as breaking bad news, administering certain drugs, or managing critical cases, calling a senior for assistance is the right choice.

3. *Embody Virtue in Your Responses:*
– Maintain honesty, respect, openness, and fairness in all your answers.

4. *Prioritize Patient Safety:*
– When patient safety is at stake, always make it your top priority.
– Ensure the well-being and safety of your patients above all else.

5. *Understand Basic Medical Law:*
– Familiarize yourself with fundamental concepts of medical law.
– Know when confidentiality can be breached, how to assess incapacity, consent in children, the doctrine of double effect, and the basics of the Mental Health Act.

6. *Put Yourself in the Shoes of an Intern:*
– Approach each question as if you are an Intern.
– Consider what you should do, not just what you would do personally.

7. *Consider “Seeking Senior Advice” and “Gathering Information”:*
– These options are generally safe and less likely to be criticized.
– Documenting events and completing incident forms is often the correct course of action.

8. *Patient Safety in Critical Situations:*
– In cases of critically unwell patients or drug errors, prioritize patient safety.
– Swift action to make the patient safe is crucial.

9. *Differentiate Between Clinical and Educational Supervisors:*
– Your Clinical Supervisor is typically a consultant in your current rotation.
– Seek their support for clinical matters.
– Your Educational Supervisor is responsible for your overall development.
– Consult them for pastoral issues, professional growth, and concerns with your Clinical Supervisor.

10. *Manage Your Time Effectively:*
– Strive to complete all questions within the allotted time.
– Avoid random guesses, as they might be detected by the scoring system and result in a zero score.

Remember, the SJT assesses your judgment and decision-making in a medical context. Keep these principles in mind as you prepare, and approach each scenario with a focus on patient welfare and ethical conduct.

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