Fifth Year Guide

Fifth year is by far the most exciting, enjoyable and SCARY year at BSMS! With finals and graduation just around the corner it’s time to pull your socks up! You’ll be placed on 3 regional attachments, consisting of 2×4 week placements. The 6 rotations will include Medicine, Surgery, Elderly Medicine, Psychiatry, GP and Emergency Medicine.

As you’d expect there are log books which need signing before the end of each rotation, though these are mainly skills based instead of minimum attendance. Most students find it best getting the majority of these skills done in the medicine and A&E rotations. How you spend our time on the wards is up to you, though most use this time ultimately to focus on what FY1 will be like and really getting to grips with the job. It’s definitely good to keep a bit of a diary of what you’ve done each day as they expect some reflection from you each week which is hard if you can’t remember one day from another!

After Christmas is when the revision season starts. Luckily you’ll have already done some of your finals due to the change in curriculum! You can’t quite rule out ObGyn and Paeds as it could still come up in GP! The rest of the rotations should be just building on 3rd year knowledge, so the best advice we can give is to work steadily from the start of the year. You really can’t cram everything at the end!

The clinical skills team and medical school give a fantastic revision programme- which really shouldn’t be missed! There will be a catch up for any hard-to-get skills too! The teachers of the revision programme are the same clinicians who set our exams so the teaching should be second to none!

When you get to OSCEs the time you’ve spent on the ward will be invaluable. Being independent and arranging your own time is great, but here is where you’ll get caught out if you’ve not been in all year! OSCEs will test all skills from data interpretation/ clinical examination, history taking to management plans! They’re a great cause of stress so pace yourself, start early and practice on the wards and with your peers.