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How many minutes do you have in the exam to write down formulas and important stuff in the laminated paper they give you???????
Can we use the time from the tutorial???? And how much time from the tutorial we are able to use without been punished by the people in the prometric??????
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Not sure about the time to write but what I did was make a sheet with all the formulas (there are not that many and fit in one page). You should have most of them memorized from the practice questions. The day before all I did was look at that sheet again and again and I had them memorized to the teeth. My exam was at 1 pm so I was able to look at that sheet a few times in the morning so it was there in my short term memory as well. I would suggest to do the same because I think it is time consuming and stressful to write those down in a hurry and having to go back again and again. Same goes for lab values- know the basic ones by heart
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Wich lab values you think are the ones to memorize????
I'm used to check lab values in the chart they give you.
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Wich lab values you think are the ones to memorize????
I'm used to check lab values in the chart they give you.


Are you serious about always checking them in the chart? You should really start memorizing the most used because sometimes it is just a waste of time just trying to find them in the chart. Anyway it is very NL for an MD to know them by memory...
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i don think we need to memorize the lab values, they are all given there.
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They do give the lab values but you should automatically know the normal from abnormal when they give you a certain lab value. I am not saying not use the chart but I would suggest that as a backup. The exam is timed- do you really want to use 5-10 secs from your question time to find out what the is normal value for Sodium? Know the electrolytes-Pro thrombin/PTT-Normal CSF values-Hemeglobin/Hematocrit-AST/ALT etc. These are just the basics, chances are you wouldn't need all of them...but at least you will know the ones they ask the most. I had 2-3 calculations on my exam I barely utilized all those formulas I memorized but better safe than sorry. Its not that time consuming trust me- You will need just an hour to have all those formulas memorized and the LV's.
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Obviously some lab values we know by memory, but the other ones I check.
I don't think is a good idea to waste time memorizing all lab values if they are in the exam chart.
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By the way, is a thread to ask about facts that are useful for the exam day for most people, not to be receiving comments to try to freak people out.
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