Very few student will go through uni acing every exam. And many students will have to retake an exam at some point during their course. There can be any number of reasons why a student might need to retake an exam. To name a few: missing the pass mark, being unable to take the exam due to illness, sleeping through your alarm on the day.
Having to retake an exam is not the end of the world. It can feel awful when you don’t pass first time or you miss the exam, but rest assured a resit means another shot at it. Sometimes resits are capped in terms of the grade you can get but at the end of the day a pass is better than a fail. And in the context of medicine we don’t get graded in the same way as other students anyway – we get distinctions and merits instead of firsts and 2.1s.
So essentially if you have to resit try to view it as a second chance rather than a failure. You haven’t failed until you’ve failed at 2nd and maybe even 3rd attempt, depending on your course.
For some people, they may have the chance to resit at first attempt (usually if a request for mitigation has been accepted) meaning that the original attempt becomes void, is forgotten about and the resit is not capped. This is great news as it means your original exam was basically just a practice and everyone will view your resit the same as a first shot at the exam.
Second attempt differs a little. Usually second attempts are capped and do acknowledge your original exam as a fail. However they are viewed as a second chance to get a pass and if you do pass that is the grade you will carry forward. So its still worth putting in 110% effort.
Some univeristies and courses will also let you take an exam at 3rd attempt, which is like a reresit. But you’ll have to check with your specific school about that.