I have, sad to say, been in a state of constant examination since the age of seven. I cannot remember a single year since then that I have been able to get by without undertaking an exam. Whilst I can’t say they are enjoyable experiences they no longer fill me with dread or take over my life the way in which they once did. Or at least they did not till I undertook the CSA (Clinical Skills Assessment), the examination needed to become a GP. Preparing for it was a rather brutalizing process and I detail my thoughts on it in article kindly published in the British Journal of General Practice (BJGP).
Coming from an immigrant community, there has always been huge pressure on not losing one’s roots. Many apocryphal tales, anecdotes, and fables are told in this regard, and one in particular that sticks in my mind is that of the fox who lost his walk. The story, as it goes, was of a fox who used to be the envy of the other animals for his unique walk. One day, the fox saw a man who, rather than walking on four legs, walked on just two. Keen to maintain his reputation of being the best walker, the fox attempted to walk on two legs, though, try as he might, the fox could not replicate the walk of man. …
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Hassanally K (2015), Viewpoint: Learning to be a Fox Again, BJGP, October 2015