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Wednesday 30th January 2013

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Very well structured course, excellent teachers.

Great tools to take away and work with by yourself.

I particularly like the suggested structure and mnemonic for the written prioritisation task. The individual feedback for role play scenarios was really helpful.

A very insightful and useful course, full of lots of practical scenarios which I needed. Great tips and hints.

I would definitely recommend this to others. It is an excellent course.
Very good course

I liked everything about the course!

The course helped me in my approach to the written exercise. The lectures and clinical scenarios were really useful.

Organised, friendly, great examples and opportunities to ask questions.

This course helped me understand the process better and feel more prepared. I particularly liked the discussions and the written prioritisation was excellent.

I really enjoyed the afternoon small groups and mock written prioritisation.

I particularly liked the one to one feedback.

This course helped by giving key phrases and structure for the prioritisation task. The morning lectures were excellent with brilliant opportunity to go through different scenarios in the afternoon.

I can’t think of anything to improve the course.

The course was very useful. Good explanation of prioritisation as well as excellent consultations.

You cannot improve the course – it is perfect.

The practice sessions were very useful and removed a lot of the anxiety surrounding it.

The course gave good frameworks for future practice sessions and good experience of actual assessment scenarios. It was well structured, had good tutorials and good actor/patient feedback.

This was great preparation with good advice regarding the written prioritisation exercise. I particularly liked the role play and feedback.

Many thanks – a great course. Very well organised with very good facilitators.

This course showed me what it will be like in the exam with the opportunity to do every bit. I liked the explanation about the writing task and practicing sessions with actors.

The course gave me great tips on how to prepare for the exam. Very well organised and good practice sessions.

I particularly liked practicing scenarios in the afternoon with actors and it was good to practice all 3! I liked having our written exercise marked.

Absolutely brilliant course – it was good to have lots of clinical scenarios to practice.

The mock afternoon was brilliant. Really great actor and teacher. Really good and friendly team of trainers. Really good teaching pitched at the right level.

I feel much more informed about what to expect and have ideas on how to approach both written paper and scenarios. I particularly liked the good mix of lectures and practical sessions with lots of scenario practice. Excellent course!

Excellent preparations for an unknown entity. Will definitely feel more confident about sitting the exam having done this course. Excellent lectures on written and practical tasks. Excellent small group sessions with lots of practice cases and feedback.

Fantastic course. Really well run. An excellent investment. Very friendly and helpful teachers. A very high quality course.

This course provides essential information for each step and ways to approach ranking with examples. One of the best courses I have attended.

The afternoon small group scenarios were excellent, feedback was constructive.

The written prioritisation task under timed conditions was excellent and going through scenarios and providing frameworks. The best GP course compared to others. Friendly and well organised.

The course gave me a clear framework for the written exercise with good, valuable feedback for the simulated consultations. The day was well organised with adequate breaks and the tutor was very good. Cannot improve it!

This was very informative and useful. It will definitely be a big help in preparation for the day.

I really liked the examples of answers for the prioritisation paper with reference to core skills for GPs. Very focused course.

Excellent group sessions with great tutors and actors. Good to have written scenarios marked.

Very useful day. Gave me good areas of improvement for me to work on.

The course gave me lots of ideas with very useful feedback. Personal and good friendly trainers.

It was good to meet other candidates. The course kept to time and we got so much done.

I liked the practical aspect and advice, the excellent actors and a good handout to take home. My boyfriend did the course last year and got his 1st choice of hospital and attributes his success to the course.

Fantastic real life exam practice. Well structured, organised and really enthusiastic and talented teachers. Facilitators were all very nice.

Really useful course. Gave me confidence and good to practice in a realistic exam environment. Everything was relevant, nothing pointless or time wasting. Booklet is great to take away. The good actors make a real difference.

I think everything about this course is excellent.

I was given a lot of critical feedback which is important in order to improve. Actors also gave some excellent feedback.


Monday 21st January 2013

"The practice under as close as possible exam conditions was completely brilliant!"

"Professionally run, friendly, approachable and helpful facilitators."

"The simulated scenarios were informative and provided a very interactive method of learning."

"Very realistic and challenging scenarios. It removed the element of surprise to a high degree. 4/5 candidates in one group was great!"

"Cannot think of anything to improve the course."

"I am optimistic now I have made errors in the exercises that I won't repeat it in the exam."

"I particularly liked the individual feedback. The course was excellent and really improved confidence. Efficiently run."

"I particularly liked the small group practice of scenarios and the mock exam with marking and feedback. I have no suggestions for improvement."

"This course was excellent! I wouldn't have had any idea of the upcoming exam without it. I got useful advice and tips and important points were provided throughout."

"I want to point out how excellent the tutor was - very helpful and thorough assessments the whole day. They provided lots of useful feedback.I think I've leaned a lot not only for the GP exam but also for my daily practice."

"Really excellent practice sessions."

"Very well structured course. The simulated exercises were great with very good actors."

"This course helped me establish what the examiners are looking for and how best to approach the questions. I particularly liked the actors and clinical scenarios. The mock exam was also excellent in forcing time limit considerations."

"This course will definitely help me. It made expectations clear and demonstrated how to stand apart. I particularly liked the time written with feedback and one-to-one feedback."

"The course was spot on. Thanks."

"Excellent personalised feedback, good actors, encouraging tutors."

"Well structured course with very good content which was well explained. I particularly liked the approachability of tutors."

"I liked that we all got to practice each scenario independently with plenty of time for feedback. Thank you very much."

"Very useful course. Highly informative. Good ratio of examiners:students."

"I liked the tips for the written prioritisation which will give me more confidence in my performance. The course was well run and very useful."

"The course has given me a structure to work with. Helpful feedback during group sessions."


Saturday 17th November 2012

"Thank you for all your help on the course and with all of my questions afterwards – you really did help and after missing out last year I am thrilled to have got my first choice rotation."

"Amazing practice, fantastic scenarios and actors/ actresses. Really useful and appropriate advice."

"The small group teaching was fantastic – having immediate feedback is really good and allowed me to develop with each scenario."

"Thank you – this course is excellent. The practice with the actors was amazing. I’ve been on all the other courses and they weren’t as good – this is what makes this course so good. Keep it up!"

"So much information that I haven’t found elsewhere. Really focused on what is needed to score marks."

"Massively increased my confidence – thank you! I now have a much clearer idea of what they are wanting/looking for and can understand how these attributes relate to actually ultimately being a good GP."

"The course was amazing – am pleased I made the effort and travelled down from Scotland for it!"

"Was brilliant to practice 15 scenarios in one afternoon – I feel so much more prepared."

"Very valuable feedback which helps candidates evaluate their consultation style and adjust accordingly."

"Excellent, best course that I have been on for years.  Loved the small group work with the actors."

"Today has really helped me. The written prioritisation tutorial and mock paper has really helped and I finally know how to justify my answers and involve colleagues without it sounding clumsy! Individual feedback during the role-plays is priceless and being in a small group allows you to practice lots yourself while also seeing how peers approach the cases."

"It has really improved my confidence and my understanding of the selection process and how to tackle the stage 3, especially the written component."

"I feel a lot more confident having had a chance to practice each of the scenarios."

"This course has really helped to build my confidence and I learned more today than I could have by practicing alone."

"Excellent course – very pleased I attended. Great role play scenarios and good to have a mock exam. Can’t fault it in any way."

"Excellent advice and guidance on how to approach each stage of the exam. The guide is really useful to refer back to and continue to practice with."

"Very good course – teaches good techniques to prepare you well for stage 3 assessment."

"This will have a really positive impact on my selection centre. It is invaluable to have a better idea of what to expect on the day. I felt I got a lot of personal attention and Dr Hughes and Dr Tanna are very nice and approachable."

"The course is fantastic - thank you."

"Thank you for organising this course. It is well organised with a clear plan for the day. It is brilliant having a one-to-one tutor. I really improved throughout the day."

"A very effective and efficient course – I feel so much more confident now."

"This was the best course I have attended – so much time to practice role plays!"

"I feel much more confident about my approach to the selection centre - thank you!"

"I really liked the tutor’s insight into the key skills I need to demonstrate to succeed."

"The course has helped to expose a lot of the deficiencies in my consultation skills! Much better to find out now than later and I now know what to focus on."

"This course has helped tremendously to build confidence. One-to-one feedback is amazing."

"I now have a much better idea of what to expect in the exam and what the examiners are expecting of me."

"Excellent course – has given me a really good structure to what I am going to write and say."

"This course gave me very good experience of how it is going to be in the real exam. It helped me to structure good answers in the prioritisation exam and I now know how I need to improve and what I need to work on during the role plays."

"Excellent course, especially the small group work in the afternoon."


Saturday 7th May 2011

FEEDBACK FROM ROUND 2 COURSE - May 2011 - (this course was mainly attended by candidates who had been unsuccessful in round 1).

"Thank you again for giving such an excellent course!  It is clearly a good one, because this time I got an offer in the KSS deanery! I just wanted to let you know that especially the mock written examination was useful for me and knowing what to write in the justification and reflection.
Thanks again and all the best with the courses."
Best wishes, Geraldine.

"Just a line to let you know the course was very useful and I am convinced I couldn't have done well at the selection centre without the course. I would recommend it to anyone. I got my 2nd option for GP placement and it is ok. I am now busy with the transition. Seems there are lot of program directors, managers, supervisors I am a bit confused with the organisation of the program but I hope it will become clearer with time."
Thank you, Corina

"Just want to say Thanks to you and all of your team for helping us for stage 3 interviews. I got offer from my first choice deanery today and you may remember I was just trying to see the system for next year but even being on maternity I made it due to your great preparatory course. I would leave comments on your website."
Many Thanks, Saadia

"Many thanks to all organizers attended your course on 15th May and today I got offer with GP Training post at my first choice deanery. Just want to add that you must try to organise and promote your course in different cities."
Best Wishes.

"I just wanted to let you know that I was successful at my stage 3."
Many thanks, Adebola

"I really enjoyed the course and would welcome the opportunity to repeat the Stage 3 (afternoon) again in January, Please let me know if there are spaces available."

"Could you please keep me informed of any Stage 2 courses that you may also be running this year as I would be very interested.  In the meantime, any advice that you can offer in terms of books/online tests that may be beneficial, would be really appreciated."
Kind regards, Pritti

 

We also ask for individual feedback for our small group facilitators.
Average score for small group facilitators 4.87 out of 5!!
(see below)

"5/ 5 - I think this course is brilliant. Practice, feedback, consultation practice and examples of answers for written exercise were all helpful . It helps with mind set; practice and knowledge. Very encouraging and I particularly liked the (small group) practice sessions 5."

"5/5 - Reinforces strengths and constructive criticism of weakness. Excellent real case simulations – keep it up."

"5/5 - I think Shivani was an excellent facilitator. She could see our strengths, weaknesses and made us feel involved. This course will help me prepare as now I have an idea of what the selection centre will be like this will help me to be calm. I particularly liked small group teaching with a very high ratio of trainers to trainees."

"5/5 - Excellent facilitator. Very useful for stage 3 much better than  ‘xxx’ course due to lots of consultation practice with actors and good feedback. Doing a mock prioritisation exam and feedback is very useful. Getting feedback on paper for each consultation is excellent. Don’t be afraid to give negative points, things to improve or are going bad as much more useful then positive things."

"5/5 - Excellent facilitator and thank you. Need this course in different cities. His course was good due to broad knowledge and actual environment of exam condition; expert GPs training on the course, trainers are professional/friendly/ fully aware of different people’s needs."

"4/5 - This course helped me realise my weak points and body language i.e. how to use this effectively. Good for the price."

"5/5 - Facilitator was very positive, supportive and gave constructive feedback. The course helped to improve my communication skills appropriate for the particular examinations. I liked small group participants and professional actors."

"5/5 - Shivani likes teaching and that reflects in her overall attitude. Very helpful. Pleasant personality, attentive throughout, focussed and full concentration to candidates. This course will be helpful and I am sure will increase my chances of success. All course tutors were very much interested in individual candidates."

"5/5 - Role play was excellent, good booklet to read."


Thursday 14th April 2011

Dear Rick,

"Just wanted to let you know that I've got at place on the St Mary's scheme, which was my first choice, and to thank you and Shivani for your help. The course made me feel much more confident going into the selection centre.
Thank you!"

Dear Shivani,

"I thought the course was excellent & an investment well worth making!
I got my first choice UCLH scheme which I have accepted. The course was also really helpful for the clinical/communication scenario for other specialty selections & I got an offer from my first choice for Psychiatry training too! & some handy life tips for those tricky consultations..."

Dear Rick,

"I just wanted to tell you, I passed the exam and got my first choice job (Basildon) so a huge thank you to you and Shivani for all your help. I honestly really found your course the best.  Thanks again for everything!"

Dear Shivani,

"The coaching that I got from yourself and Rick and the tutors was excellent and really helped me. I got through the stage 3 selection centre and got my second choice scheme( Central Middlesex-London Deanery)
An excellent course and worth every penny. I would heartily recommend it."

Hi Shivani and Rick,

"I thought the stage 3 course that you guys did was great.  The main selling point for me was that your course gave the most practice for the role plays.  The fact that you have actors too is great so this frees the tutor to focus on assessing you and I found the feedback sheets very useful."

"Thanks to your help I got my first choice placement (Norwich)."


Saturday 19th February 2011

Feedback from Saturday 19th February course

"To let you know that I got my first choice placement."

"Just a 'Thank you' is really an understatement. If it wasn't for your coaching I would have been more than a bit lost. I honestly can't believe how much you covered in that one day, and told me all that I needed to know to get a place. At the selection centre I felt that I really did well at all the consulting tasks. I practiced all what we did on the course and as Richard said tried to visualize everything so there will not be any surprises. And it really worked. So, thank you very much for all your help."

"This is the best course I have been to by far. The facilitators really recognized what is needed to pass GP Stage 3 - the opportunity to practice many consultations in small groups with real actors in an exam environment along with constructive feedback from a tutor is priceless. Focused interactive teaching and helpful hints for the written prioritization task helped immensely, in comparison to other lecture-based courses I went to.  I gained the confidence to pass the exam - and secured my first choice job! I have recommended this to my friends and will continue to do so."

"Dear Rick, Just wanted to let you know that I've got at place on the St Mary's scheme, which was my first choice, and to thank you and Shivani for your help. The course made me feel much more confident going into the selection centre.  Thank you!"

"Dear Shivani, I thought the course was excellent & an investment well worth making!  I got my first choice UCLH scheme which I have accepted. The course was also really helpful for the clinical/communication scenario for other specialty selections & I got an offer from my first choice for Psychiatry training too! & some handy life tips for those tricky consultations..."

"Dear Rick, I just wanted to tell you, I passed the exam and got my first choice job (Basildon) so a huge thank you to you and Shivani for all your help."

"I honestly really found your course the best.  Thanks again for everything!"

"Dear Shivani, the coaching that I got from yourself and Rick and the tutors was excellent and really helped me. I got through the stage 3 selection centre and got my second choice scheme( Central Middlesex-London Deanery)
An excellent course and worth every penny. I would heartily recommend it."

"I thought the stage 3 course that you guys did was great.  The main selling point for me was that your course gave the most practice for the role plays.  The fact that you have actors too is great so this frees the tutor to focus on assessing you and I found the feedback sheets very useful."

"Thanks to your help I got my first choice placement (Norwich)."

How do you think this course will help you pass the interview?

"Small group teaching (groups of 4) excellent for practicing the role play scenarios and receiving individual feedback. Mock task prioritisation exam very good as recreated real exam time pressures."

"Very good tips on tackling prioritisation question – extremely useful as I believe it’s the hardest part of stage 3."

"I feel much more confident in my abilities now which is a big help. It is so helpful to practice – I made significant mistakes in the mock prioritisation exam which I will hopefully be able to improve on in the real thing."

"Excellent scenario practice + good examples"

"Lots of practice with feedback was very useful. Small groups was definitely a plus point."

"All aspects of exam covered. Advice given is SPECIFIC + CLEAR"

"Good advice on what is required in the written prioritisation exercise. Excellent tutors."


Saturday 29th January 2011

Feedback from Saturday 29th January course. 

How do you think this course will help you pass the interview? 

VM: Really useful to have so much individual feedback on all aspects of exam – written and consultations. Much  better than other courses – advertise 4 hours of 4 to 1 group time!!

Rg: Practice scenarios – excellent. Practice written and examples

CD: Good example answers for prioritisation. V. V. good role play practise

Lb: Brilliant course, brilliant advice on prioritisation exercise

Jh: Familiarity with exercises and ↑ confidence. Phrases and mark points to put into written answers

PS: Definitely, it will help us prepare better for the exam

Jt: Very practical, very friendly, relaxing atmosphere

Uo: Structured approach to written and verbal responses

So: I hope so

vh: Good practice scenarios in small groups – so we had a real feel for how the exam would be

 

What particularly did you like about the course? 

Vm:Lots of practice – mock exam, consultations – no irrelevant stuff at all

Rg: Everything was V. good

CD: Shivani was amazing for role play feedback. Lots of great suggestions. Also lots of role play practice – this is why I chose this course!

Lb: Small groups of 3 practising scenarios. One to one feedback. At least four scenarios with actor for each person

PS: Group of 3 in consultation. One to one feedback

Jh: Small groups. info packed lectures, lots of practice

Jt: Simulated consultation with feedback. Mock written exercise

Uo: Laid back

So: The practice sessions

Vh: Good opportunities to practice in small groups

 

How can we improve the course?

Vm: You can’t

Rg: More practice q’s/scenarios to take away + do after

Lb: No need for improving. Would definitely recommend this course

Ps: More time for group discussions and do more scenarios

jh: Nothing

So: Thought it was very good

Vm: Maybe more written priority practice


If you were asked by a fellow doctor to recommend a GP Stage 3 course, would you recommend our course?  …on the basis that meanwhile we have acted on any feedback you’ve given of course!

Vm: Definitely 100%
Rg: Definitely
Cd: Definitely
Lb:Definitely
Ps: Definitely
Jh: Definitely
rg: Definitely
Uo: Probably
So: Definitely
Vm: Definitely

Where did you hear about this course?

Rg:Recommendation
Vh: Recommendation
Cd: Google
Lb:Google
Ps: Google
Jh: Google
rg: Google
Uo: Search engine
So: Recommendation
Vm: Google/recommendation


What other feedback can you give?

Vm: Do more
Vm:Come to Oxford
rg: Excellent, especially that the groups for afternoon were small – best bit
Cd: Good time-keeping for course
Ps: Good course. Help to prepare better for exams
Jh: Much better than I could have hoped. Very glad I picked this course. Thank you!
Uo: Easier to assess after the exam

 

"Really, really useful to have so much individual feedback on all aspects of exam – written and consultations. Much better than other courses – advertise 4 hours of 4 to 1 group time!!  Lots of practice – mock exam, consultations – no irrelevant stuff at all – you couldn’t improve this course!!"
Dr VM January 2011

"Brilliant course, brilliant advice on prioritisation exercise. Particularly liked small groups of 3 practising scenarios, one to one feedback and at least four scenarios with actor for each person.  You couldn’t improve this course – I would definitely recommend it!"
Dr LB January 2011

"Shivani was amazing for role-play feedback. Lots of great suggestions and lots of role-play practice - this is why I chose this course!"
DR CD January 2011

"This course was much better than I could have hoped. I am very glad I picked this course. Thank you!!"
Dr JH January 2011

"Good practice scenarios in small groups – so we had a real feel for how the exam would be."
Dr VH January 2011

"Excellent insight. Will help me enormously."

"Brilliant, practical and focused teaching."

"Excellent teaching. First choice VTS obtained with your help. Scored 91/96!!"

"I'd never have known how to prepare for this without you. Thank you."




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