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Essential Medicine (+ follow-on Essential OSCE): Intense essential learning based on common and must know exam questions
Interactive quizzes - really nice and easy-to-use [live MCQ questions] platform. It was great to have some insider tips about OSCE and how best to make use of time for preparing and also whilst actually in the stations. Very useful handout to read before hand and great use of time over the two days spread over the topics. Really appreciated it thank you so much!!! Fantastic weekend thank you! (5/5 - excellent)
The weekend was highly informative and provided a fantastic framework on which to build my revision. The resources sent to us were great and Deeban [Dr Ratneswaran] was a wonderful speaker and impressed me with his continually high energy levels! Would highly recommend. I will be sure to recommend this course to 2nd years and I would like to say again how useful I found this weekend, excellent work Deeban! (5/5 - excellent).
Really concise, gave a really great overview of what will come up in exams, gave us confidence that we are still learning and gave us lots of useful visual analogies to explain physiology - I hope to never forget these. I have recommended this to my medical student “children” to come next year. (5/5 - excellent)
A very helpful interactive course. Full of different ways of learning to suit everyone! Thank you for making sure we know the key information for our exams! It was very interactive and covered key subjects, was very fun too. A big thankyou! (5/5 - excellent)
I was at the Essential Medicine course weekend just gone. I'm emailing you but for the sole reason to say that honestly I think you were brilliant and possibly one of the best teachers I've come across. Good summaries, explained concepts very well. Learnt more than I did in 2 years. What did you like the most? Deeban's [Dr Ratneswaran's] bantz. (5/5 - excellent)
“Great course! I've learnt loads. The teaching on management and guidelines has been particularly helpful for me since i didn't get very much of this across rotations. I like how it's very exam focused [with] an overview of all core topics, varied learning styles, and a focus on high yield topics.” (5/5- excellent)
Good use of questions to demonstrate clinical scenarios and promote discussion. This was useful and broke things up. Enthusiasm of tutor [Dr Ratneswaran] was excellent and never waned which helped to maintain interest and attention - lots of useful ways to learn included such as mneumonics and hyperkalaemia dance. Thank you! this will massively help to direct my own learning and was a good recap of a lot of information in a short period of time. It was very obvious a lot of time and effort had gone into preparing the course and materials which aided engagement and learning. Thank you!
Completely satisfied with the course, great value for the money, felt that I learned more in two days than in the past 4 months. What did you like the most? Interactive questions with discussion on right and wrong answers. (5/5 - excellent)
Deeban [Dr Ratneswaran] was extremely knowledgeable, energetic and enthusiastic despite having to teach such a heavy volume of content over the 2 days. The information was presented in a clear and concise manner with useful 'Top Tips' and learning tools given throughout. Very, very useful course. (5/5 - excellent)
Very consise and exam focused and gives useful information. Thank you! really appreciate the information and knowledge - loved your explanations too
“Fun, you're funny (5/5 - excellent)”
Interactive, great attitude from the teacher, handout is very useful. Great jokes!
“Very charismatic teacher with a unique way of teaching an aesthetic powerpoint document. Lovely notes and very well organized. Excellent 2 days, definitely worth the money! (5/5 -excellent)”
“Very entertaining course. Kept attention levels high while summarising key concepts”
The content was relevant and super useful (hard task considering how many different med schools the course caters to). Although the sense of humour wasn't my cup of tea, I think it kept a lot of the audience engaged - again a difficult thing to do on such an intense all weekend course! (5/5 - excellent)
“[Dr Ratneswaran] has excellent presentation skills - prevented me from zoning out! Good organisation!”
Very good explainations and picked out the most important things to know. Good ways to help us understand like the small stories and mneumonics. Amazing teacher. (5/5 - excellent)
Teacher [Dr Ratneswaran] was incredible. Super enthusiastic and knowledgable. (5/5 - excellent)
Really enthusiastic. Great teaching. (5/5 - excellent)
Dee’s [Dr Deeban Ratneswaran's] energy, like an energetic koala bear!! His explanations! (5/5 - excellent)
Great engagement and interaction, interesting, key points, the history parts with the four question untill diagnosis etc. also the questions [live MCQ questions] with feedback after! Keep up the good work! really good content
A really useful overview of everything we need to know, presented in an engaging way. Thank you for all of your hard work.
Appropriate level. Comprehensive (5/5 - excellent)
Very comprehensive and concise, exam-oriented material (5/5 - excellent)
Nice, clear, concise explanations which are to the point. Thank you for your energy deepan, and thank you for your range of learning styles and random tangents - they help to keep my concentration
Thoroughly insightful and very relevant, loved the clinical situations to help put things into context, will definitely be coming to future events!!"
I liked the energy and humour and relaxed learning environment. The chocolates were nice and [Mo - course co-ordinator] is really sweet.
- Very fast paced - Extensive detail coverage - Teaching on up-to-date Mx guidelines - Has given me better idea as to what level I should be studying - Great consolidation of things learnt so far - Amazing course! Thank you!
Explained things really well and it was so exam specific which is really helpful. Super helpful! THANK YOU Really useful and well explained and well paced (5/5 - excellent)
I liked the anecdotes and the suitable pictures on the powerpoints which helped to jog memory and make us remember it more. (5/5 - excellent)
Recap of management plan and investigation steps are awesome!!! It's confusing to try to go through the whole NICE guideline by myself. So summary on these stuff are extremely useful. I will be in Essential OSCE too!!
Concise notes, interesting, very engaging, covers wide range of topics, able to describe things in interesting ways, very good cases and practice questions.
Covered everything, made me look at history taking & formulation in a different way (5/5 - excellent)
Succinct, integrating history, exam and investigations etc. Thank you! (5/5 - excellent)
Covered both exam material as well as OSCE. Good interaction with the MCQs. Very well taught, was engaging and able to maintain concentration. (5/5 - excellent)
Really well summarised topics and very interactive (5/5 - excellent)
High yield info and summarised info with MCQs:) [The course] books up quickly, please do more courses! (5/5 - excellent)
What did you like most? The re-iteration of important points for exams and OSCE (5/5 - excellent)
Deeban's [Dr Ratneswaran's] engagement with the students, friendly. Interactive with the quizes, and the cases. The vibe!
It was very informative and interactive, we were able to cover a lot of material in 2 days! (5/5 - excellent)
Very well taught. Makes everything very clear. Good notes provided. (5/5 - excellent)
Concise explanations of high yield topics. It was a really good course, thanks for organising it.
Key points for exams and osces with good background info. Simplified explanations that were easy to understand with memorable quiz, handout and enthusiastic teacher (5/5 - excellent).
Quiz in the beginning was really helpful! The handouts are really organized and easy to follow. I really enjoyed this session today! Thank you so much!
The teaching was excellent and the exam focus was extremely helpful. The notes also are invaluable (5/5 - excellent)
Deepan was an excellent teacher (5/5 - excellent)
The teaching was very good, very thorough, very knowledgeable teacher - good content. Very helpful, very good, very thorough (5/5 excellent).
The quizzes were very useful as well as the highlighting of the relevance of the clinical science to clinical signs in OSCEs (5/5 - excellent).
Information exam centred and condensed. Quizzes were great and engaging.
Organisation and succinct nature of delivery. Thank you for the energy. (5/5 - excellent)
"Excellent approach to teaching. Makes the sessions interactive, simple and inspiring at the same time. Really really excellent at what he does and selfless too!" (5/5 - excellent)
“One of the best teaching I've ever received”
“There was so much information but I managed to stay focused the whole day. You guys are amazing!”
“Good topics with key information. You were very engaging and I liked having handouts and sweets! 5/5 excellent”
Really like the structure of explaining causes etc and then talking about investigations after we had gone through it properly so we understood why. Really awesome teacher!!
The charisma and engaging attitude of the speaker, the clarity of the info, the way we are taught the key things to remember specifically for kings exams. Have more days like this earlier on in the year. THANK YOU!!
“(The OSCE tips were) mind-blowing at times!. It wasn't just a course, but an experience. Inspirational too!”
Fantastic presentation - engaging (5/5 excellent)
Very good and engaging presenter, lots of useful small details, good pointers on what to read up on more
Great straight forward summaries. Concise overview of everything, well presented. It was taught really well, and delivered well. Good revision session as the important concepts were pointed out. Really good handouts. Thank you, was taught well and interesting. (5/5 - excellent)
'Highly enthusiastic and knowledgeable' (5/5 - excellent)
“What did you like most? the content and teacher was energetic, explained difficult content in a easy way and good tips”
The structured teaching, the flow charts, the pace, the content. Thanks my G, see you at Essential OSCE. (5/5 excellent)
Lots of information, easy to remember, good lecturer!!! engaging (5/5 - excellent)
“One of the best lectures I’ve had – excellent speaker”
Clear and concise (5/5 - excellent)
The teacher [Dr Culadeeban Ratneswaran] was fab and engaging. Neuro was amazing. (5/5 - excellent)
“He is one of the best teachers to ever lecture us and is very approachable. I wish we could have more teaching like this.”
"Practice questions were a really useful way to apply knowledge. Really encouraging, thank you" (5/5 - excellent)
"The best teaching I've had in years" (5/5 - excellent)
Important points highlighted and explained clearly. Good value for money. This is how the uni should be teaching us. (5/5 - excellent)
Great level of knowledge. All questions answered to a high level. What did you like most? The pace and structure of the course (5/5 - excellent)
“It helped me consolidate a lot of my knowledge about the rotations and knowledge I knew and explained them to me so I was able to grasp the clinical significance. Helped me understand clinical medicine in an easy way”
What did you like the most? the tutor. Anything we could improve? nothing, it was amazing! (5/5 - excellent)
Clear and concise (5/5 - excellent)
Engaged delivery and good slides and handout (5/5 - excellent)
Well explained #thalaivaa (5/5 - excellent)
Teaching was efficient and just detailed enough for the time we had. Everything was explained very well. Really grateful for this teaching, thank you! (5/5 - excellent)
Good topics with key information. You were very engaging. Liked having handouts and sweets (5/5 - excellent)
It was to the point with good information and questions that didnt have obvious answers which were well explained.
“Good overview of important things for exams, really liked how osce exam findings were integrated with the teaching.”
“Well worth the money!”
"Very concise and clear delivery of teaching. Provides detailed but simple and easy to follow explanations of hard to grasp concepts."
Best money spent all year
'Very passionate in teaching, shows genuine interest in helping students'
'Focused learning. Confidence boost'
Very exam focussed which is great! (5/5 - excellent)
Covered most topics in a very engaging way. Very good teacher, very clear explanations. The interactive questions were good and a good amount of time spent on each topic
Awesome! very informative and bite size info is very useful!! (5/5 - excellent)
Informative and concise. (5/5 - excellent)
The explanations behind each point - I liked the fact you went from the start in your explanations and didnt think anything was too basic to mention. (5/5 - excellent)
Really thorough and loved the way you explained concepts. Really engaging too. Really liked the quizzes (5/5 - excellent)
Organised and structured well (5/5 - excellent)
Key topics are explained in systematic and easy to understand manner