Is this unfair or am I being overscrupulous?

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Is this unfair or am I being overscrupulous?

Post by lingua_franca » Fri Sep 18, 2015 7:25 pm

I'm preparing my presentation for an interview. My flatmate, who is a doctor, has offered to hear me when I'm done. Normally I do practise presentations on my friends before I give them, to check that I sound coherent and that I'm within the time limit, but my flatmate is offering to give feedback on the content itself. As she's a medic with an interest in specialising in psychiatry she might have useful things to say. My one concern is whether this is unfair. I know other applicants have probably got their current supervisors looking over their presentations for them, but I just wanted to check that I'm not straying into cheating territory.
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"Suppose it didn't," said Pooh, after careful thought.
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Re: Is this unfair or am I being overscrupulous?

Post by sparklepants » Fri Sep 18, 2015 8:50 pm

Hiya, I think it's totally fine to do this! :)

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Re: Is this unfair or am I being overscrupulous?

Post by maven » Sat Sep 19, 2015 2:21 am

Sounds fine to me. Use your network!
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Re: Is this unfair or am I being overscrupulous?

Post by lingua_franca » Sat Sep 19, 2015 11:49 am

Thanks both. I think I can sometimes be a bit overcautious about these things.
"Suppose a tree fell down, Pooh, when we were underneath it?"
"Suppose it didn't," said Pooh, after careful thought.
Piglet was comforted by this.
- A.A. Milne.

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Re: Is this unfair or am I being overscrupulous?

Post by sarahg » Mon Sep 21, 2015 12:30 pm

Not sure when the interview was, but that's totally fine in my books!
Hope the interview goes well, or went well :)!

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Re: Is this unfair or am I being overscrupulous?

Post by Mush » Fri Sep 25, 2015 9:04 pm

not sure of what level of job you are applying for, post clinical training or pre. So sorry if the below sounds patronising...

don't think its an issue, just be careful about becoming overly medicalised.

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Re: Is this unfair or am I being overscrupulous?

Post by BenJMan » Tue Sep 29, 2015 9:10 am

Totally fine, but as Mush highlights avoid becoming overly medical. I once had a reference from a psychiatrist who was genuinely shocked when I didn't get on to the course based on their reference letter. They insisted that had I been applying for psychiatry, that reference would have guaranteed me a place. The two disciplines can prioritise different things. That said yours might be lovely and psychologically minded :D Good luck!
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