Tips for the Intensive Preparation of the MIR Exam

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It is practically essential for your future profession as a doctor to pass this test. The MIR is a necessary condition, although not sufficient, to guarantee your future as a medical specialist. There are other ways to work without specializing, but you would have to give up attending to patients in Public Health. The MIR is another obstacle in your professional career, which you must “pass”.

The MIR exam can be taken with a good order number with 7 months of intensive work. The thousands of colleagues who, following this same method, have passed this exam were not smarter than you, nor did they have a better academic record (scale). The only secret of his success was the sacrifice and the work-oriented in the right direction.

The preparation of the MIR exam is incompatible with any other job. You need all your time if you aspire to obtain a good order number, that allows you to choose a place among most of the specialities. The less time you dedicate to the preparation, the worse the order number you will get, and the more your alternatives to choose a place to train as a specialist will be restricted.

Remember that the final result will depend on two variables that are added: the “backpack” of medical knowledge that you bring before starting the Course (which are no longer modifiable, is what you bring), and the knowledge you will acquire during the Course (variables according to your level of work during it ). Bring yourself a goal at the beginning of the preparation, ambitious, but achievable, and fight for it.

There is no success without effort. During the next months, you will have to work all day. You will have to invest in your preparation every day: 6-7 hours of study, 1,5-2,5 hours of the test (112-250 questions), and 3 hours of revision (in class or on your own).

You must relate to your classmates. You are all in the same “boat”, and you share problems and fears. Do not fight against them, if not against yourself. One of the bases of your success is to create an environment of fellowship and hard work in class. Be honest with others. What has made the MIR Asturias Intensive Course more useful in previous calls has not been the classes, nor the books, nor the tests, but the work and sacrifice environment among the students. The main advantage of attending this course is to be surrounded by colleagues in your same situation willing to work to the fullest. If you have chosen the distance course we advise you to try to form a “study group” in your city and meet with other colleagues who are also preparing the MIR, to be able to set up a mutual aid group in your city.

While you study and read, try to relate the topics with things already studied, this reduces forgetting. However many summaries we provide, there is no shortcut to learning that avoids personal effort.

As important as the study is the daily training doing the test. Do not waste them. A significant number of students obtain a “sub-optimal” result (below their means) for not following this advice and dedicating the test time to the study. Each exam (previous MIRes, Drills, a test of the subject) will give you a different thing. Follow your evolution in your computerized reports: GPS MIR, CMIr, test reports, etc.

Do not lose sight of the 3 levels of profitability during preparation. From more to less profitable: repeated concepts of previous MIRs ( repeMIR ), concepts asked in the MIR and not yet repeated ( MIR not repeMI R) and finally, the rest of the medicine. Do not go from one level to the next if you have not mastered at least 85-90% of the concepts of the previous level.

It is useless to have known a thing if you do not remember it on the day of the MIR, that does not score on the exam. At the end of the day, you should review the study that day, attending class, or on your own.

The preparation of the MIR is a resistance race. Never lose your spirits or your nerves. It is useless to “break” a few steps before the goal. Before the doubt of if you are going to be able to hold on, and reach the end, the intensity of your work diminishes. If at some point you see that you approach that point of “rupture” and exhaustion, slow down and rest that day (or whatever you need).

No day, and under no pretext, stop sleeping as necessary (8 hours). Remember that it is a race of “resistance”, not “speed”. During sleep is when new knowledge is fixed in memory.

Even if you do not want to, and for one reason or another, there will be days when you can not meet your study objective. Do not try to recover that backward work, there is no time for it, and the only thing you will get is stress and decrease your performance. Each day face only the task of that day. Do not look back or forward, focus only on the work that touches you that day.

Even if you do not study everything planned, leave half an hour or an hour free to do sports or go for a walk every day. Your mental balance is essential for success. Rest one day a week to be able to perform the next. It is not wasted time, it is necessary for the success of your preparation.

Trust in you, we do it. If you want you can.

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