Being an MFSRH Examiner – a personal reflection
Date: 19 Sep 2023
Author: Dr Farah Chaudhry
Being an Examiner for the MFSRH is a rewarding role and one I have enjoyed and benefitted from for nearly a decade. It has taught me many new skills and made me more confident in my clinical knowledge as it is constantly being challenged and tested.
I first joined the MFSRH Examiner’s team in 2014 and have since then moved from SBA to EMQ group, become a Convener and an OSCE Examiner.
What made me do it? I viewed this as a valuable development opportunity. I was in the process of applying for my CESR and this presented itself as a perfect opportunity to meet the educational domain requirements. It also made me feel more part of the Faculty community, provided networking opportunities whilst working within a highly skilled team.
The greater question is – why after nearly 10 years I am I still committed to the role?
As an Examiner, my clinical knowledge and critical appraisal skills are constantly being exercised and challenged. To fulfil this role I am required to maintain up-to-date clinical knowledge of evidence-based medicine across the curriculum. This is, for me, without doubt the greatest benefit of being an Examiner as this knowledge is invaluable to my primary clinical role, making me a better clinician.
In addition to this I have acquired greater knowledge of educational theory, standard setting, statistical analysis of exam performance, Royal College and GMC examination regulations.
Being an Examiner is a great source of professional pride and reward - a privilege but also, as a high stakes exam, a great responsibility.
We are a young Specialty and this is an exciting time to get involved, contribute and help shape the future workforce.