'My final-year general medical exam was a disaster'

MY WORST DAY AT MEDICAL SCHOOL

Dr Bridie O'Donnell, a doctor and world-record breaking cyclist, recalls a nightmarish exam.


“There isn’t much room for doubt that my final-year general medical exam was a disaster: the professor made it very clear. I was halfway through the two-hour clinical exam and, standing at the bedside of a patient, I had just admitted that I didn’t have a diagnosis for him.

“I had determined that the patient had peripheral neuropathy, but I blanked out on the differential diagnosis. When I told him I didn

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