Multiple attempts at a high-stakes postgraduate exam - exploring the impact of failure and how trainees achieve success

Mary Pinder

Research output: ThesisMaster's Thesis

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Abstract

Specialist intensive care training includes a high-stakes examination with pass rate 35-65%. This qualitative study, using grounded theory, evaluated the transition from failure to success and the lived experience for eleven ICU trainees who were multiple exam-repeaters. Achieving success required acceptance of self and acknowledgement of clinical competence. Participants needed to process the emotions of grief and loss, negotiate personal challenges, rebuild their sense of self, and develop exam preparedness, adopting a mindset of lifelong learning rather than exam success. The generated theory, encompassing the underlying psychosocial, cultural and cognitive processes, was Identifying as an Intensivist.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationMasters
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
Supervisors/Advisors
  • Carr, Sandra, Supervisor
  • Denniston , Charlotte , Supervisor, External person
  • Smith-Han, Kelby, Supervisor
Thesis sponsors
Award date28 Nov 2023
DOIs
Publication statusUnpublished - 2023

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