Registrar Feedback

I felt that the course in a small group made it more effective as I got several chances to take part in the simulation. The individualised feedback at the end is also very thoughtful and I have not seen that in other courses. The course helped me get a better insight at what is expected of me when doing recorded consultations (December 2020).
I honestly believe I had the best experience on this course (December 2020).
Very interactive, realistic feedback and cases (December 2020).
Thank you, it has given me an excellent grounding to begin my preparation (December 2020).
Very good course - got ample chances to practice cases and get feedback. Brillant teaching (November 2020).
I found the tips about putting the patient in context helpful e.g. why me? why now? I found the tips about management useful i.e. 'set your stall' and things patient can do, things GP can do, things others can do. It was useful to go through the 16 domains where one could potentially perform poorly so that I am aware of this when consulting. Both role players got into character including use of props. there was a good variety of both video and audio consultations. I felt the feedback was honest and constructive. I felt involved in the discussion of my own performance. I felt this course gave me good direction to begin the process of recording consultations for the RCA. I feel better equipped to identify cases and to choose consultations that meet the exam criteria (November 2020).
Very useful course, conducted by experienced GPs, got chance to practice some useful case scenarios, and was given very useful personalised feed back. Really enjoyed the course, it was conducted in [a] friendly environment, it boosts my confidence (November 2020).
I really enjoyed the course as Nathan and Joe were quite funny and engaging. The variety of cases was really good and I got to see what examples of cases I could submit for the RCA. I also learned a lot about my style of consultation, and appreciated their honest and objective feedback. They gave me specific and useful tips for how to improve, and I'm looking forward to trying these out in my next consultations (November 2020).
Great presentation, delivered well, tips were clearly explained and easy to incorporate/develop when practicing consultations later on. Both great actors - very realistic. Great day, thank you so much (November 2020)!
"I felt more cared for here than with my own trainer! I also got so much more relevant feedback on my consulting than I have ever got from my trainer too (September 2020)!"
Very useful - highlighted the areas that I need to work on. One month's feedback (from my trainer) in one day. Many thanks (September 2020).
Thank you so much for the help. [This was] the best course I’ve ever attended. It has boosted my confidence and has given a structure to my consultations. Will strongly recommend it to everyone preparing for RCA (August 2020).
Great course, thank you. It was most helpful and I really appreciate the comprehensive feedback (July 2020).
It was a really nice course. Especially both trainers were excellent (July 2020).
Excellent! [I] learnt a lot in a single day! Would 100% recommend it to all (July 2020).
"Very informative and advised regarding focussed history, interpersonal skills and how to shared management plan. Both Cohens were very approachable and open to discuss (July 2020)."
Honestly excellent. I don’t usually book exam courses but this one was completely worth it. The Cohens were amazing - really knowledgable, very entertaining and both gave helpful, personalised feedback to each of us. The small group size meant that we got through lots of cases each and made the whole experience a lot less daunting. It was really good value for money and I would recommend the Cohen course to anyone and everyone (April 2020).
I really enjoyed the day, and felt by comparison to [another CSA course], yours was miles better. Much more exam focussed, relevant and great practice. I think a key aspect was building confidence and not being afraid to be yourself, add your personality and a human touch to the exam. Thank you again, I have already recommended the course to my colleagues (February 2020).
The main selling point of the course was Joe and Nathan's personality, charm, experience and teaching style. Perfect balance of critical feedback and positive appraisal. Really excellent (February 2020).
Joe and Nathan were very good at giving feedback and providing me with the confidence I need to power through the last 6 weeks of my revision! It was a great day (February 2020).
I really enjoyed the course! Thank you so much. I found it very useful. I particularly liked the individual feedback at the end and now feel I can direct my learning and know what changes to make in my future practice. The mark schemes, power point, cases and presentation were all perfect. I really enjoyed your enthusiasm for teaching and that you kept us engaged for so long. I also liked the dynamic between you two. I think you both brought your own experience and expertise. And Joe your sense of humour kept me going through the day. Overall, a great course and very good value for money. Yesterday was thoroughly enjoyable. It was much nicer as a small group. Thank you for all your help yesterday - I really appreciate it and will be recommending you (January 2020).
A good mix of positivity but also constructive criticism. Felt like a supportive environment but also with some tips to improve and good to go through individually at the end so that it wasn't in front of the group. Really friendly, great to have such a small group as it means I came away feeling like I'd had a lot of personal input. It was a long day but it went by really quickly. I would definitely recommend (January 2020).
"Why now?" was the most useful thing I learned during the course. Very good and constructive feedback. Thank you (January 2020).
Great enthusiasm. Course works very well. Would definitely recommend (January 2020).
Enjoyable and useful course. Good opportunity to practice cases given the small group numbers. Appreciated the individualised feedback at the end as well. Will recommend to colleagues. Positive reinforcement was useful and encouraging (January 2020).
Excellent course, with friendly approachable facilitators and a wide variety of cases. Good strategies to approach the cases. I will definitely recommend (December 2019).
Great day! Loads of learning. Super relaxed environment with loads of laughs. Both made you feel very comfortable. Great constructive feedback and massive confidence boost! Thank you (December 2019).
Really useful and enjoyable day, relaxed atmosphere which is helpful, great cases and tips. Good number of cases, anymore would have been too much. Amount of discussion was appropriate (December 2019).
I used "Why Now?" for every case. It worked (December 2019)!
Both Nathan and Joe went out of their way to explain and help the candidates which I really appreciate, this is why this course is absolutely the best! This genuineness is what delineates The Cohen Course from the rest of the available CSA courses. I would highly recommend it to all the trainees out there! And I want to say a massive thank you to both of them (November 2019).
Very relaxed atmosphere and provided individual feedback. Highly recommend if it is your first time or if re-sitting exam. The content was just right. Clear constructive feedback was given (November 2019).
Thank you so much! It's been so helpful. Thank you for your honest, constructive feedback. I will work on the areas that you both picked up on. I agree with everything that you pointed out (October 2019)!
This [introductory talk] is not just CSA practice, this is General Practice (VTS Programme Director, October 2019).
The course was very relevant for CSA and day to day practice (October 2019).
Just to let you know that I passed my exam (92marks). Thank you both so much for your wonderful course which gave me a lot of confidence (October 2019).
We found the day really helpful, and it was excellent value for money. Nathan and Joe are a great team! Thank you (September 2019).
Really engaging speakers, relaxed atmosphere and good constructive feedback. Really enjoyed the course (September 2019).
This was a fantastic course which was run by a very experience GP with examiners knowledge and a younger GP who had recently done the CSA. This in itself gave the course a huge breadth of knowledge, experience and attention to detail (September 2019).
The information and advice you give is amazing! Cases are current and relevant to CSA. Keep it up and continue with your passion. You are basically changing lives by helping trainees to pass. Thank you (September 2019).
Fantastic course, fab feedback, thank you for the confidence boost (August 2019).
Very informative and enjoyable. It has given me confidence for the up coming exam. Thank you (August 2019).
Excellent, small group, focused learning, constructive feedback. Enjoyable day where I felt that I achieved a lot and improved throughout the day. Good range of cases. Clearly very knowledgeable and experienced teachers who were supportive and fun too (July 2019)!
Thanks so much for a really useful and surprisingly enjoyable day! I feel so much more prepared and more focused on what I need to do over the next few months (July 2019).
I came to your course before the May CSA exam. Just to mention that I passed! Managed to get 97! Thanks so much for all your help on the course. It was a great help! Good luck with running it in the future! Will definitely recommend to friends (May 2019).
I didn’t know what to expect signing up for this course. The website looked really good and so I just went for it. It turned out to be a fantastic decision. Joe and Nathan are insightful teachers with a real feel for the CSA. Their phrases and advice were invaluable. Thanks so much both (May 2019).
I found your course superb - I did not expect this sort of quality. It was above my expectations. It was a pleasure to be in your course and I recommend it to all my fellows. I feel more confident and I know how I can improve my performance. Many thanks to you [both] (May 2019).
Just wanted to drop you a line to say I passed my CSA!! I scored 90, which I was pretty happy with! Your course was immensely helpful- I hadn’t done any preparation when I attended (as you might have been able to tell!), but after the day I felt I had a much better idea about how to approach the exam, and it gave me the proverbial kick up the rear to get my revision going properly (April 2019)!
This was one of the best courses I have ever done, and certainly the best value. It felt like you both really cared, and it is obvious that you have both put a lot of effort into developing the course. It was refreshing that it was not too regimented [...] but also not just an experienced GP talking about how they think it should be done, as some tutorials can be. [...] I'm very grateful to you for putting on the course, and it must be said that for the first time in a very long time. I was looking forward to work on Monday morning. Thanks again (April 2019).
Thanks again for your help and very useful feedback which helped me to pass! The best part was the 1:1 feedback. It really helped to improve my confidence and highlight the areas that needed further development (April 2019).
Very thorough and friendly course with useful constructive feedback on individual cases (March 2019).
I really enjoyed the course. I feel that it genuinely improved my technique and improved my approach to the CSA stations. The cases were broad in their topic area. I can't think of another course where we each would have been able to practice so many scenarios each (March 2019).
Thank you so much for all your time and attention. It was amazing! (March 2019).
Excellent course will highly recommend and above all warm, welcoming and enjoyable (March 2019).
Really friendly and insightful course. It was fantastic to get 1 to 1 feedback and the small group size made it feel very welcoming. A refreshing alternative to the other courses available. Thank you! (March 2019).
I really enjoyed yesterday and it was exactly what I wanted from a CSA course: the small group was ideal for me as I would have felt too intimidated if it was any larger. I found the more ‘unusual’ cases (eg telephone, home visit etc.) really helpful as these aren’t covered readily in the practice guides. I thought your approach to the CSA in general was extremely helpful and reassured me that it’s not all about knowledge! Absolutely fantastic (March 2019).
Good amount of hands on cases. Friendly atmosphere for role play practice with well structured feedback (February 2019).
Very useful and insightful course, has changed my way of thinking when dealing with cases and would definitely recommend (February 2019).
The mix of your freshness into the world of GP, Nathan, and [your] relatively recent sitting of the exam blends really well with the experience & wisdom of Joseph (January 2019).
I was really impressed by the content and structure of the course which relayed information effectively to the target audience - I was especially impressed by the "why me? why now?" now structure (January 2019).
The course was amazingly good. It gave me the insight to structure for the consultation and to sticking to valuable questions (January 2019).
Thank you so much. Honestly, you two have a gift for imparting knowledge without being didactic. You both struck a perfect balance between professionalism and lightheartedness. I’ve taken away lots of tips, and I hope to put those into practice not just for the exam, but for my career (January 2019).
In my view, The Cohen Course wins in all categories for revision courses: study group size, cost, quality of teaching topics, knowledge in discussions and number of role-plays. Their commitment and passion for teaching is evident and it was an honour to attend (January 2019).
I think the range of cases was excellent. I would definitely recommend the course, and actually there is great scope to increase the cost of it as other courses are more expensive. The individual nature of the course with limited number of people is the greatest difference from the other courses (January 2019).
What I loved the most about the course was that it was a very friendly atmosphere and we were made very comfortable which really helped my nerves when practicing the cases in front of everyone. I would recommend this course to anyone thinking of taking CSA perhaps a coupe of months before the exam (December 2018).
It was an amazing course. Definitely one of the best ones I have been to. Lots of tips and advice in the opening presentation followed by plenty of cases. As it is a very small group only 4 people per course everyone gets the opportunity to practice plenty of cases and get direct feedback after each case (December 2018).
Overall, my experience with Dr Cohen was nothing but excellent, and the support and direction given me enabled me to pass my MRCGP exams at my first sitting.
Nothing I can say will ever convey the amount of gratitude I owe to you for your excellent training. Thanks for converting my mistakes into lessons. You really know how to bring out the best in your trainees.
Dr. Cohen is the most dedicated, approachable and patient-centered doctor I know. It was an absolute pleasure working alongside him as I learnt so much. He is very experienced as well as being completely up-to-date with his clinical knowledge which meant that as a trainee, I received excellent teaching.
Dr. Cohen is constantly willing to provide feedback, but never in a way that makes me feel I have performed inadequately, or indeed failed in my approach to a particular problem – instead highlighting opportunities for improvement.
It's not only his excellent teaching skills and extraordinary medical knowledge but he has an impressive sense of humour.
Thank you so much for all your help, support, patience and teaching. You have easily been the best teacher/trainer that I had during my medical career. The skills and knowledge you have provided me with will be with me throughout my career.
I was able to observe and thrive under the attention of a keen, motivated tutor whose experience and willingness to share insight and perspective was massively beneficial to my education.
It is clear he has an excellent understanding of the exam itself and how to best prepare his trainees, both for the exam but also for their future careers.