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bassatom plz update ur progress in ck prep as well...i need a stimulus to keep workin
dear amber
the fact of the matter is that my studies is pretty much on a roller coaster ride these days... Today i am hopin to complete haematology from mtb.. I wish i could do some questions from offline uw.. But still, am working night today so am expecting it to be very interrupted
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the fact of the matter is that my studies is pretty much on a roller coaster ride these days... Today i am hopin to complete haematology from mtb.. I wish i could do some questions from offline uw.. But still, am working night today so am expecting it to be very interrupted



is it good to do offline uw...how will u know where u stand( i mean score prediction)..do u think hematology from kaplan & mtb is sufficient
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is it good to do offline uw...how will u know where u stand( i mean score prediction)..do u think hematology from kaplan & mtb is sufficient
Dear Confident.. I have not yet given my exam so i am not exactly the correct person who should be answering that question But from a personal poinf of view yes.. I feel its sufficient

As regarding offline UW.. I will later subscribe to the online version of it when i would have resigned from my job and concentrating on study full time till then offline UW i am using just to scare myself into studying
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I am confused... Yes i truly am.. Is it just me or others are travelling in the same boat as i am..

U see.. when i am working.. When there are no patients i open my laptop and start solving UW offline questions patients just start pouring in!!! Yup... laugh all you may at my conclusion but thats the total honest truth from the bottom of my heart.. i hardly got through 5-6 questions and the patients started pouring in.. I wouldnt have finished examining one when 2 others have arrived seeking my meager attention... and all damn vague cases.. patient 20yrs old female having chest pain and crawling sensation in feet.. Granny with movements of the jaw that come on intermittently and wants a ct done!! have to go through this again tomo also its best i feel if i just dont open my laptop tom lets c lets c...

The search for a sp is still on... I need one.. Badly.. Tired of talking my problems to myself
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dont worry...u at least hav a reson for not meeting ur targets....its worse wen we r draggy n torpid for no reason at all...best ov luck anyways
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dont worry...u at least hav a reson for not meeting ur targets....its worse wen we r draggy n torpid for no reason at all...best ov luck anyways
I just have a reason.. I guess if i didnt have any work to do i would have come up with some other new reason
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..The search for a sp is still on... I need one.. Badly.. Tired of talking my problems to myself
I was just wondering where u lost ur step 1 sp whom u had mentioned in ur preparatory method pdf??

Anyway,gud luck for ur sp hunt. I might have considered the option,but don't want to delay the exam beyond mid-september.
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I was just wondering where u lost ur step 1 sp whom u had mentioned in ur preparatory method pdf??

Anyway,gud luck for ur sp hunt. I might have considered the option,but don't want to delay the exam beyond mid-september.
+1 to that question.

the good news is that I have reached US safe and sound and am due to begin college from Monday...shucks..feels weird after this long :sorry:
also extended my eligibility period and would hopefully get into step 2Ck prep properly this time
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hey bassatom.

I was passing by and see your post, a good idea to keep a dairy in these tough times, good luck in your exams!!

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I was just wondering where u lost ur step 1 sp whom u had mentioned in ur preparatory method pdf??

Anyway,gud luck for ur sp hunt. I might have considered the option,but don't want to delay the exam beyond mid-september.
Lol Ya... thats one thing i need to mention.. My SP is looking for a 2012 match so she will probably give her exam in August, which is not even remotely possible for me.. Another reason probably for her hurrrrryyy is that she is now engaged and doesnt want to stay away from her fiancee for too long

Hopefully that explains things
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+1 to that question.

the good news is that I have reached US safe and sound and am due to begin college from Monday...shucks..feels weird after this long :sorry:
also extended my eligibility period and would hopefully get into step 2Ck prep properly this time
Glad to hear that you made it safely to the good ole US of A Hmmm.. Hope my answer to the question gives me extra brownie points Dont worry once the classes begin you will get back into the groove of things
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So, yesterday i got a temp SP... Its kinda working in fits and starts just like any new relation Lets c how far the vehicle goes before it completely breaks down...

Solved 2 blocks of offline CVS questions... and boy were they tough wheww.... Had a horrible night duty just could get an hour of shut eye! That too dreaming of a patient i had just treated and i wanted to give him haloperidol.. I just cant figure out why

I was planning to head off for this month ends relaxation time... you know.. away from work.. Books.. Not the internet.. I just cant seem to stay away from it but am too tired to travel today.. Maybe tom.... Maybe )))
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Glad to hear that you made it safely to the good ole US of A Hmmm.. Hope my answer to the question gives me extra brownie points Dont worry once the classes begin you will get back into the groove of things
I do hope so!...
I was planning to start on psychiatry today...
I hope to be done with psyche revision by tomorrow.....

and boy the first two days here were totally tiring...US of A so far seems to me to be all about walking walking walking so far...setting up accommodations, organizing myself, waking up to commitments in the morning, grocery shopping right from scratch and too many new people...and once again a new culture!..I do wish I did not have to continually keep adapting myself to new set ups...I am pretty bad at adapting and adapting quickly!

Ok bassatom this sounds too much like I am taking over your thread to blog about myself...but there!
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deos it take step 1,2 and 3 to becum n MD? an irrelevant post bt dis is d place dat i get replies...Bassatoms diary is so popular aftr all
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deos it take step 1,2 and 3 to becum n MD? an irrelevant post bt dis is d place dat i get replies...Bassatoms diary is so popular aftr all
Steps 1, 2CK and CS. Step 3 is not required.
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I do hope so!...
I was planning to start on psychiatry today...
I hope to be done with psyche revision by tomorrow.....

and boy the first two days here were totally tiring...US of A so far seems to me to be all about walking walking walking so far...setting up accommodations, organizing myself, waking up to commitments in the morning, grocery shopping right from scratch and too many new people...and once again a new culture!..I do wish I did not have to continually keep adapting myself to new set ups...I am pretty bad at adapting and adapting quickly!

Ok bassatom this sounds too much like I am taking over your thread to blog about myself...but there!
Not at all Vienn.. this is as much as a blog of others as myself.. Reading others experiences makes us feel we are not alone in this apocalyptic world
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Damn... I typed the whole thing and it got erased.... Now i gotta do it all over again!!! Yaaaaaaggggggggggghhhhh

Ok.. If you guys had read my step 1 prep i used to take a break every weekend to freshen up... this is now certainly not possible because well my work doesnt allow me to and weekends are the most hectic... So, i take the entire week off at the end of the month yup.. Its the end of the month and i am taking my off... Packed my bags and landed at my grannys

So the next few days will be spent just lazing around, eating mangoes and adding more bulk to my existing weight :P also will be spending some time in researching for my new case reports... I hate that..
so keep your questions coming in and i will do my best to answer them asap and to the best of my abilities
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I have been using my spare time to do offline UW questions... Ya.. did 2 blocks of CVS so far... Kinda some of them were confusing.. I just want to point out a mistake which i am sure some of you guys also must be making

Usually when a q is very long one of the techs i use to arrive at the answer quickly is to catch the keywords which will give me a clue to the diagnosis... For ex. chest pain during inspiration, or a recent travel.. It cuts down on th time But these step 2 guys are smart.. They put in keywords for a couple of diseases.. SO if you see only one keyword and make a diagnosis, there is a 50% chance that you are going to get it wrong... You need to read it completely, see which ds has got more features in the q stem and arrive at a diagnosis.. Slows us down, but no other choice

Better slow and right than fast and wrong
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amazing posts....read all your posts till date..wonderful..will keep following form now on....

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Bad day.. Really bad bad day.. I am so pissed off that the only way i can seem to blow off some steam is through this forum!!

So lets c.. Whats got my blood boiling so much...?

a. as u guys know i am on the lookout for a SP. And today what irritated me first was that there are some people who befriend you and the moment they see that you are a guy they unfriend you!! WTH!!! Of course, i dont need such study partners, but I am A GUY... GUY, GUY, GUY !! So yea.. think twice before befriending me.

b. A certain person who is only named as one of the steps in usmle sent me a request i accepted and the first thing she asks is if i have step2 material with me and if i can send her the same!! Again.. WTH!! I found those links searching for hours on the net and you want me to send them.. And i dont even know who in the name of blue blazes are you???? At least part of proper courtesy you need to get a conversation starting before you ask.. And i know.. Such people are the fly by nights.. One moment they are there and the next they are gone! I am not going to give you that chance whoever you are.

c. Another SP got annoyed with me because my schedule was not matching hers. I got really annoyed and gave her a piece of my mind. I mean, this SP thing is supposed to benefit both of the partners and should be convenient for both, just because her schedule doesnt fit mine doesnt mean she can run her mouth like a overflowing toilet. I gave her a good dressing down and didnt even wait for her reply. i dont care how she feels or would have felt.

d. To top it all, again Federer lost!! I mean, whats wrong with that guy.. 16 grandslams in his kitty and he cant hold his nerve to serve out the match!!! marriage and parenthood have cost him his guts !!

I am sorry guys... I know, i sound like a cranky old man screaming and bitching.. But sometimes things just reach a boiling point... I am helpful and considerate and many a time i have gone more than my way to accomodate another persons needs, but there is a limit to taking advantage of my good nature and yes.. I have an anger that sometimes even i am afraid of

Hoping for better times ahead guys...
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I am sorry guys... I know, i sound like a cranky old man screaming and bitching.. But sometimes things just reach a boiling point... I am helpful and considerate and many a time i have gone more than my way to accomodate another persons needs, but there is a limit to taking advantage of my good nature and yes.. I have an anger that sometimes even i am afraid of

Hoping for better times ahead guys...
more than a cranky old man you sound like that guy in Pyaar ka Punchnaama :P

I dont know how my schedule is going to work out right now or I would have tried to fit in with your schedule too...because I also need an SP for step 2...but the time difference would probably be crazy...
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more than a cranky old man you sound like that guy in Pyaar ka Punchnaama :P

I dont know how my schedule is going to work out right now or I would have tried to fit in with your schedule too...because I also need an SP for step 2...but the time difference would probably be crazy...
I hope that the guy you are speaking about is the hero.. Or at least the heros good looking friens Not the comedian or the villain

Ya.. Just email/pm me the timings when you will be free and the time difference.. i am in india and time is 5.5hrs ahead of GMT.. I have no idea how many hours its for you

Lets give it at least a background check and see where things stand
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So i am back to my workplace.. :sorry:

Yup.. Thats what i do when i get back... Pray that i dont get overburdened with work

One of the things that i must do is arrange the material i have and do an audit of what all i have studied so far Evr since i have started my research thing things have been haywire.. bit of here, bit of there and bit of everywhere

Part of the problem is that i dont have everything i feel necessary at my disposal.. U know.. I have it all in bits and pieces.. And i am unable to say definitely that "Hey.. This is the material I am going to use and No MORE " Part of it has to do with the fact that even books that claim to be a "comprehensive" review are not enough!! At least thats what i feel after trying to solve them questions

So thats what i will do tom.. Hopefully... Tired.. gotta go
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Bad day.. Really bad bad day.. I am so pissed off that the only way i can seem to blow off some steam is through this forum!!

So lets c.. Whats got my blood boiling so much...?

a. as u guys know i am on the lookout for a SP. And today what irritated me first was that there are some people who befriend you and the moment they see that you are a guy they unfriend you!! WTH!!! Of course, i dont need such study partners, but I am A GUY... GUY, GUY, GUY !! So yea.. think twice before befriending me.

b. A certain person who is only named as one of the steps in usmle sent me a request i accepted and the first thing she asks is if i have step2 material with me and if i can send her the same!! Again.. WTH!! I found those links searching for hours on the net and you want me to send them.. And i dont even know who in the name of blue blazes are you???? At least part of proper courtesy you need to get a conversation starting before you ask.. And i know.. Such people are the fly by nights.. One moment they are there and the next they are gone! I am not going to give you that chance whoever you are.

c. Another SP got annoyed with me because my schedule was not matching hers. I got really annoyed and gave her a piece of my mind. I mean, this SP thing is supposed to benefit both of the partners and should be convenient for both, just because her schedule doesnt fit mine doesnt mean she can run her mouth like a overflowing toilet. I gave her a good dressing down and didnt even wait for her reply. i dont care how she feels or would have felt.

d. To top it all, again Federer lost!! I mean, whats wrong with that guy.. 16 grandslams in his kitty and he cant hold his nerve to serve out the match!!! marriage and parenthood have cost him his guts !!

I am sorry guys... I know, i sound like a cranky old man screaming and bitching.. But sometimes things just reach a boiling point... I am helpful and considerate and many a time i have gone more than my way to accomodate another persons needs, but there is a limit to taking advantage of my good nature and yes.. I have an anger that sometimes even i am afraid of

Hoping for better times ahead guys...
i agree findin a befittin sp is harder than finding a suitable spouse so lets study on our own..and as far as tennis is concerned, i guess d last couple ov months hav been painful for every tennis fan..djokovic ended his winning streak at d hands ov federer jst at d tym when he shudnt have, it was just about one more match!Ahhhhhhhh! i too felt lyk smashin d tv down for d way he put himself across in dat match..more vulnerable than he ever has been.....bt dats how it is!
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i agree findin a befittin sp is harder than finding a suitable spouse so lets study on our own..and as far as tennis is concerned, i guess d last couple ov months hav been painful for every tennis fan..djokovic ended his winning streak at d hands ov federer jst at d tym when he shudnt have, it was just about one more match!Ahhhhhhhh! i too felt lyk smashin d tv down for d way he put himself across in dat match..more vulnerable than he ever has been.....bt dats how it is!
:P lol.. thats true And a SP is not going to be there with you lifelong At least thats the consensus out there! And ya... working out things somehow so far... And regarding tennis... I am fedex fan.. And next Nadal and then Djok.. SO you know where my allegiance lies
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..as u guys know i am on the lookout for a SP. And today what irritated me first was that there are some people who befriend you and the moment they see that you are a guy they unfriend you!! WTH!!! Of course, i dont need such study partners, but I am A GUY... GUY, GUY, GUY !! So yea.. think twice before befriending me.
Rofl

Btw, i fail to understand the concept behind everyone wanting a female sp. These ppl shud be surfing dating websites rather than usmle forums
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And i hate to watch federer lose, but more than that, i hate it when nadal wins(don't know why). Counting on djokovic to beat nadal in the final
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Btw, i fail to understand the concept behind everyone wanting a female sp. These ppl shud be surfing dating websites rather than usmle forums
I think it also has a little bit to do with being more comfortable with your own sex...like I would PREFER a female partner, but a guy is ok with me...but I guess a lot of women might not be a comfortable enough with guys to work around with them..
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I hope that the guy you are speaking about is the hero.. Or at least the heros good looking friens Not the comedian or the villain

Ya.. Just email/pm me the timings when you will be free and the time difference.. i am in india and time is 5.5hrs ahead of GMT.. I have no idea how many hours its for you

Lets give it at least a background check and see where things stand
havent seen the movie, so cant really answer you...seen just that one particular scene where he goes on like continuously for around 5 minutes about women...and though he kind of does bitch about women in a way, I think it was totally hilarious..and *kind of* true ...I mean I know I do that..so I hope I am not being VERY politically incorrect...he seems just so FRUSTRATED!!
I am talking about this one


I kind of didnt get your email address..I am around 9:30 hours behind from India..

EDIT: my email address is usmle.2ckcs.3.left@gmail.com I check it atleast once every day
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I think it also has a little bit to do with being more comfortable with your own sex...like I would PREFER a female partner, but a guy is ok with me...but I guess a lot of women might not be a comfortable enough with guys to work around with them..
I definitely understand that. I was talking about some guys specifically wanting female sps..that i find odd.
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I hope it was ok to put that link there, i am not sure on this forums policy on external links..:sorry:
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Thanks for sharing the movie scene, it is absolutely hilarious. I actually watched this scene a few days back on a facebook page,but couldn't find out the name of the movie. Looking forward to watching the movie.
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havent seen the movie, so cant really answer you...seen just that one particular scene where he goes on like continuously for around 5 minutes about women...and though he kind of does bitch about women in a way, I think it was totally hilarious..and *kind of* true ...I mean I know I do that..so I hope I am not being VERY politically incorrect...he seems just so FRUSTRATED!!

I kind of didnt get your email address..I am around 9:30 hours behind from India..

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Ya.. Nice think.. Reminds of the things we guys sometimes have to put up with
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I definitely understand that. I was talking about some guys specifically wanting female sps..that i find odd.
Yup.. It was exactly these guys whom i had in mind!! U know the ones who wish to have a "good time"!! Or they are homophobic..

Btw... I remember the time when i used to hate Nadal.. I think that was the time when Fed and Nad rivalry was at its peak.. But nowadays i am cool with it.. His wedgies make him look cute!
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Yup.. It was exactly these guys whom i had in mind!! U know the ones who wish to have a "good time"!! Or they are homophobic..

Btw... I remember the time when i used to hate Nadal.. I think that was the time when Fed and Nad rivalry was at its peak.. But nowadays i am cool with it.. His wedgies make him look cute!
Homophobes,lol..

And c'mon, nadal looks so dumb pulling at his underpants all the time, especially when all cameras are focussed on him when he's about to serve.

And and... i downloaded & watched that "pyar ka punchnama" movie last nite. It's a good watch for guys, though gals may not feel the same way about it.

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Homophobes,lol..

And c'mon, nadal looks so dumb pulling at his underpants all the time, especially when all cameras are focussed on him when he's about to serve.

And and... i downloaded & watched that "pyar ka punchnama" movie last nite. It's a good watch for guys, though gals may not feel the same way about it.

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Lol dude!!! I know.. u need a break once in a while from studies
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Ok... Good news finally! For the time being...

Got a SP.. WOrked out a rough schedule of sorts.. Keeping fingers crossed to see how things pan out over the next week :sorry:

Next item on the agenda...I never knew submitting an article for publication is such a big headache!! and i thought writing the article and finding the referencs was the tough part

In the study front nothin much happening.. Hope to do somethin in the morning because i have duty in the evening.. 6pm to 8.30am.. thats like 14 and a half hours straight!!!!

Will drop in a line tom.. Ciao..
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Ok... Good news finally! For the time being...

Got a SP.. WOrked out a rough schedule of sorts.. Keeping fingers crossed to see how things pan out over the next week :sorry:

Next item on the agenda...I never knew submitting an article for publication is such a big headache!! and i thought writing the article and finding the referencs was the tough part

In the study front nothin much happening.. Hope to do somethin in the morning because i have duty in the evening.. 6pm to 8.30am.. thats like 14 and a half hours straight!!!!

Will drop in a line tom.. Ciao..

did u see any interesting case scenario in your duty....i am getting scared with cardio with all these murmur...never good with murmur and ecg...still with im...
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did u see any interesting case scenario in your duty....i am getting scared with cardio with all these murmur...never good with murmur and ecg...still with im...
Depends on your defintion of interesting If it means people with vague histories.. Vague pains coming in the middle of the night just when you think u can get 5 mins of sleep then yup, they are VERY INTERESTING :P

Dont worry about cardio and ecgs and murmurs.. They are like step 1.. you can make a diagnosis without actually having to listen to the murmur or seeing the ecg Yup... just for your self satisfaction u can see them if you want to.. but dont sweat over it
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Depends on your defintion of interesting If it means people with vague histories.. Vague pains coming in the middle of the night just when you think u can get 5 mins of sleep then yup, they are VERY INTERESTING :P

Dont worry about cardio and ecgs and murmurs.. They are like step 1.. you can make a diagnosis without actually having to listen to the murmur or seeing the ecg Yup... just for your self satisfaction u can see them if you want to.. but dont sweat over it
thanks i felt lot better....yeah i meant tough case scenario difficult to diagnose...planning to start pead next,,,
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Its been a few days since i have posted.. I know.. Its been busy around...

Lets see.. firstly submit a journal article online is such a big big headache.. Yup... Submitted it.. Now waiting for the editors decision.. Could take some time :sorry:

Next, i have started collecting data for my next case series study!!! Now its going tough.. Getting journal references is never easy.. Hmmm.. there should be a simple way.. Dont tel me about pubmed.. I know about pubmed and google scholar.. They just give out the names of the relevant articles and unless they are free or you have an international university account or of course if you have the money then you can access the paid ones.. I cant unds why they have to make it paid.. They dont pay the authors, they get plenty of revenue from all this pharma ads... why cant they just make it free for accessing

Being doing my surgery qs also.. Again it was a bubble burst for me! I was under the impression (apparently wrongly) that surgery and its related subs were my strength...!! so i jumped into the battle of qs and came back with my tail disappearing deep into my hinny!!! So, again i took up the book and reading... reading... and trying to read

This step2 thing is going for me in a totally unexpected and haphazard way.. not like my step 1.. The work is hectic, i am trying to juggle too many things at a time and my mood is just not seeming right!! I wish i could leave my job and concentrate on my studies.. But what to do.. i still have to earn another 60k.. and the only reason why i am sticking here is that i just am trying to get in a couple of publications somehow

So, thats all thats happened with me over the past few days... Now, its back to work...
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Its been a few days since i have posted.. I know.. Its been busy around...

Lets see.. firstly submit a journal article online is such a big big headache.. Yup... Submitted it.. Now waiting for the editors decision.. Could take some time :sorry:

Next, i have started collecting data for my next case series study!!! Now its going tough.. Getting journal references is never easy.. Hmmm.. there should be a simple way.. Dont tel me about pubmed.. I know about pubmed and google scholar.. They just give out the names of the relevant articles and unless they are free or you have an international university account or of course if you have the money then you can access the paid ones.. I cant unds why they have to make it paid.. They dont pay the authors, they get plenty of revenue from all this pharma ads... why cant they just make it free for accessing

Being doing my surgery qs also.. Again it was a bubble burst for me! I was under the impression (apparently wrongly) that surgery and its related subs were my strength...!! so i jumped into the battle of qs and came back with my tail disappearing deep into my hinny!!! So, again i took up the book and reading... reading... and trying to read

This step2 thing is going for me in a totally unexpected and haphazard way.. not like my step 1.. The work is hectic, i am trying to juggle too many things at a time and my mood is just not seeming right!! I wish i could leave my job and concentrate on my studies.. But what to do.. i still have to earn another 60k.. and the only reason why i am sticking here is that i just am trying to get in a couple of publications somehow

So, thats all thats happened with me over the past few days... Now, its back to work...
You are doing very good. At the end when u will apply and get residency everything will become piece of cake for u........
yeah that was happening to me too ..i think for a second that i have done reading but when do bits some of them are wrong...so could not start pead but with same IM.
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You are doing very good. At the end when u will apply and get residency everything will become piece of cake for u........
yeah that was happening to me too ..i think for a second that i have done reading but when do bits some of them are wrong...so could not start pead but with same IM.
Dont worry confident!! Just remain confident and stay on track )))
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the only gud thing dat happened last week was dat djokovic won...dont ask me if i tried to study or not bt i watchd dat match a dazillion tymes i guess there will be quite a few people on dis forum to share my joy if not as djokovic fans at aleast as nadals foes
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the only gud thing dat happened last week was dat djokovic won...dont ask me if i tried to study or not bt i watchd dat match a dazillion tymes i guess there will be quite a few people on dis forum to share my joy if not as djokovic fans at aleast as nadals foes
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hey i read ur posts,,thy r really inspiring u do so many at a time,,i strting my step2 prepaation shud i order mtb or not???did u fing fA betr thn mtb ..plz advice
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the only gud thing dat happened last week was dat djokovic won...dont ask me if i tried to study or not bt i watchd dat match a dazillion tymes i guess there will be quite a few people on dis forum to share my joy if not as djokovic fans at aleast as nadals foes
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hey i read ur posts,,thy r really inspiring u do so many at a time,,i strting my step2 prepaation shud i order mtb or not???did u fing fA betr thn mtb ..plz advice
Dear american doc... If your aim is only to pass ck then mtb is more than enough.. if you are aiming to score high i feel a combo of fa and mtb is needed
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LOL Amber i saw some of his impressions on youtube.. he is funny
ya hes an interestin combo ov extreme sensibility in game and extreme immaturity otherwise
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u mean mtb plus fa plus kaplan or just mtb and fa??
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sometimes he is a bit immature on court too
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u mean mtb plus fa plus kaplan or just mtb and fa??
Kaplan is the base book.. cant do without it.. mtb and fa are the extra additions
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Ok.. been so long.. and no post.. hmmm... its strange strange...

Duty is been hectic... very actually...! The cases that come are totally crazy... and some are so silly...!! and its coming now once in 3 days and thats horrible... During the duty i always feel i have to resign and resign... The only 2 things that keep me going on are the fact that i am doing my case reports and i need the money

So... nothing going on the study side.. Yup.. was sleeping the whole day..

So hoping to do studies tom and on tuesday... Wish me luck guys...
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Ok.. been so long.. and no post.. hmmm... its strange strange...

Duty is been hectic... very actually...! The cases that come are totally crazy... and some are so silly...!! and its coming now once in 3 days and thats horrible... During the duty i always feel i have to resign and resign... The only 2 things that keep me going on are the fact that i am doing my case reports and i need the money

So... nothing going on the study side.. Yup.. was sleeping the whole day..

So hoping to do studies tom and on tuesday... Wish me luck guys...
Goodluck...i started pead ..going on well need to finish quickly following week...so next i have to start other topic....let c how it goes.
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I know its quite sometime since i have made my post.. Well the reason is simple.. I am not studying CK for now So no progress.. No post..

Its just that i was getting too stressed out.. The migraine headaches kept on increasing.. so much so that at one stage i was havin a doubt whether it was an SAH

Then i just cut down on my studies.. ITs simple.. I will be working for another month.. Need to focus on my research and case reports.. And work as usual is hectic.. THinking of Ck at this stage is like actually running an engine in neutral gear... How much ever u acclerate the vehicle just doesnt go forward and its not fair to my other SPs that they are struggling while i am not able to give my 100% to studies

On the bright side, it has given me more time to answer my mails and i think my answers have helped a few.. I think

And hey one of my letters got published http://www.ijsronline.com/index.php/IJSR

Its a first.. But hey.. something is always better than nothing
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I know its quite sometime since i have made my post.. Well the reason is simple.. I am not studying CK for now So no progress.. No post..

Its just that i was getting too stressed out.. The migraine headaches kept on increasing.. so much so that at one stage i was havin a doubt whether it was an SAH

Then i just cut down on my studies.. ITs simple.. I will be working for another month.. Need to focus on my research and case reports.. And work as usual is hectic.. THinking of Ck at this stage is like actually running an engine in neutral gear... How much ever u acclerate the vehicle just doesnt go forward and its not fair to my other SPs that they are struggling while i am not able to give my 100% to studies

On the bright side, it has given me more time to answer my mails and i think my answers have helped a few.. I think

And hey one of my letters got published http://www.ijsronline.com/index.php/IJSR

Its a first.. But hey.. something is always better than nothing

wow...saw your article its nice...congratulations!..you can always catch up ..nothing to worry....so how are u doing now..hope u recover from your headache soon
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Its been so long since i posted anything!! My topic has been pushed to the 3rd page.. cant allow that to happen now can we

Hmm lets see... There was one week when i went to my home just to chill out.. and then there was my papers which i was finishing and still pending because i need still 3 more articles.. And ya.. There was a hearbreak.. Not the one that needed my admision to the ICCU But you guys know how it goes... Better now than later

And during this 3 weeks i lost 2 SPs.. One just vanished off the radar and the other decided USMLE was not their cup of tea The vanishing act is not a surprise.. Happened a lot when i was searching for SP during Step1 and well the one who gave up USMLE has become a good friend.. So hey.. its not such a loss after all

So i am not going to pursue the SP thing too hard now.. I have work this month (btw put in my resignation and they were not happy ) and next month got a couple of weddings to supervise and thats gonna take up the entire month

I have noticed that if you give up reading for say even a week and when u come back everything looks so blank so to avoid that i am going to read in whatever free time i get... gotta catch up.. And hey.. am still replying to those mails.. Its amazing how simple doubts are complicated by some people And no.. I am not condescending.. Just telling

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Was going through all the posts that came before mine.. Hmmm.. Lots of new changes.. FA seems to be making a comeback in the CK forum! Thats pretty interesting... I really really am getting frustrated with MTB.. I still find it difficult to answer the UW offline qs...

SO its quite clear that MTB alone is not enough... Kaplan is essential... There are no doubts about that at all.. ITs like the foundation on which the entire preparation is built on!! That leaves us with the additional material that we may need... One i am distinctly favoring is FA.. In combination with UW its quite potent

THats all i can conclude from the past 2 weeks of studies.. Which is minimal btw Still..... Keeping fingers crossed
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I am just being a lazy bum... 2 days i had free in my hand and what did i do.. I watched all the 6 seasons of How i met your mother... Again

I just cant beleive myself.. Once i was juggling too many things at one time and i was heading for a nervous breakdown.. and now i am not having anything imp to do and am procastrinatin!!!

Put it down to the cold weather, or the fact that almost for a whole month next month i will be taking a break or the fact that i am not looking for a match this year..

I just drop in here like an old coot.. complain about how things are going and then continue in the same vein! How sad is my life
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Back from all my work.. Now just a wedding left to attend a week later... Have to start studying.. TOo much left.. TOOOO less time
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Ok.. So tentatively have got hold of a SP for the next few days.. Giving it a try but not really sure how well its gonna turn out.. The previous 2 were absolute disasters

Just need to be positive and keep the search on... Damn.. Its easier to get a date than get a good SP
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Hmmm.. Somebody wrote a comment and then deleted it off... I wonder

ANyways... Picked up my books today after a long hiatus.. And it took sometime for me before things started coming back... Day with SP was ok.. A couple of typos during talking caused a bit of embarassment, but the SP was cool about it

We started with hemat.. I did my revision and started doing the offline UW qs when i found them mixed with onco!! And onco started screwing me

But no worries.. WIll do Onco from MTB tom and hope that settles things

I subscribed to UW for 2 months.. But didnt activate it.. Will be on an extended weekend this coming week and didnt want to unnecessarily lose one week :P Hopefully this would be my last vacation for this month..
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Day 2 with SP. Well.. Not bad.. Got down.. Done hemat.. Infectious in the process of being completed.. Will start off on the offline UW questions of it tom

I just cant understand why i cant study alone.. U know, when there is someone around me i remain foccussed on my studies.. When there is none around i start drifting.. Loggin into FB, reading the latest news.. watching funny videos.. and in no time zap.. time up

THis SP is good, though she does the disappearing act a lot and during her disappearance i tend to drift.. Am i asking for too much..? Come on.. Its not one sided u know... I keep my SPs on their toes.. Make them accountable for time lost :P And yea.. I am kinda chillled out.. I am not the nerdy robotic studious type And i place importance on being friends and just not colleagues

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Ok.. Back from vacation.. Still on the search for a SP... Maybe i am destined to do this alone :P
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Well.. Been with a new SP for 2 days... DId 72 pages of kap surgery yest.. 80 did today.. Hopefully planning to finish it tom I just hope i can sustain this pace in the coming few days... Something or the other usually comes up that pushes me off track
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Ok.. Studying is taking a lot of time and energy and by the time i am done in the night i am drained gives me less time to post but then i thought i will post in the morning

Ok.. SO on saturday i finished surgery with my SP. That was 3 days to go throough.. I am always comfortable with surgery and well the book is very well written i must say

Took a break on sunday.. Nobody at home this weekend so you can only imagine what all may have happened

Yesterday started with peds.. Did 77 pages.. My new SP calculates everything according to pages.. I guess thats rubbing onto me too I was not happy with the development chart given.. I had a more extensive one which i prepared on my own when preparing for step1.. Just not sure where i have kept it

Todays target is 80 pages... I just hope that nothing diverts my attention.. :sorry: From the looks of it , I seem to be having ADHD
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Hmmm.. I totally neglected writing my journal and it got so pushed far away that i had a tough time looking for it

Well.. I activated my UW subscription and am doin it.. Finished peds and surgery and my overall correct is 76%... I expect it to fall down to record lows once i start doing medicine

Things are not panning out with the SP.. Any SP for that matter 2 are there in the pipeline now and just keeping fingers crossed

My previous step1 SP gave her exam a week back.. She is flying to the states this week.. Will miss u buddy

So.. Lets c what happens tom
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Its been real long since i posted. The fact is that i observed that whenever i mention in my posts that i have got a SP it eventually leads to things souring up!!!

SO what am i doing these days. Solving UW and revising Another 58% of UW to go Tryin to work out things with a SP Lets see... Step 2 ck is certainly more doable than Step1. My advice to people is that its good to give ur step1 before 2. Makes things easier conceptwise....
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I just cant seeem to get it!! I do 3 days of excellent studies and the remaining 2 days get wasted in sickness and post sickness recovery!! Its as if the universe is conspiring to balance out my study schedule to an average of 6 hrs a day !!!

So neuro is goin on in full swing.. SInce i worked in neurosurgery for 6 months its turning out to be simple so far (knock knock )

Today i plan to finish the UW qs of neuro.. Thats approx 3 blocks.. Hope the good god above is kind on me
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Ok then! Was able to finish my blocks in neuro So thats one goal accomplished.

today the plan is to revise Haem and onco and try to do few qs Again.. Knock knock :P
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Its been ages since i have posted and i have noticed that my post has been pushed way way back Some people in the hope of getting the free monthly subscription of the q bank just flood the forum with qs that are neither difficult nor challenging :P

To top it all, there are posts selling Tshirts, handbags and fake credit cards.. the forum moderators and administrators need to clamp down on this before things get more bad

On the studying front, i have another 400 odd qs to finish from UW.. I hate Biostats.. Never been good at it and its showing no signs of getting better!! To top it all, they have added the new type of qs!!

Still, its life and we need to go on...
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I know that its been quite sometime since i penned down how my prep is going. Being occupied with personal matters didnt help me much either

So lets see.. My prep is going on like the bad engine of a very old car! Sometimes it goes so smooth for hours together, then it develops small hiccups and gets slowed down and then finally for a couple of days it totally refuses to even start

I am done with UW.. 3 times.. The percentile went up from 76 to 80 and then settled at 82.... Now have to plan out my final schedule push

On the study partner front.. Hmm.. Not good.. One Sp i have to do an hour of questions in the night... Another to mail how my days progress was... Perhaps thats adding to my procastinating nature... Not finding excuses.. Just telling

One of the reasons why i dont post much is that there is nothing good to read on the forums.. there are qs without any proper discussions.. And spammers selling clothes and credit cards... and arguements on other peoples exam experiences

Its time the moderators of this forum bucked up and cleaned up a bit... Else this forum is just gonna go the wrong way
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bassatom finally,ws i searchin 4 u ,i am kerala graduate myself passed out last year frm pushpagiri ,if u dont have identity problems may be we cud be facebook friends,i think it can help us both in the long run,i completed my step 1,i followed ur pattern for step1 frm ur pdf file ,made me really gud at the test,had really gud score for nbme s ,kaplan,u world ..and eventually screwd of my real exam(score 222) lol,leave it to the 20 min of the break time after 4th block, was runin around in banglore to get fud ,eventually had to write the afternoon sessions of the exam on an empty stomach,....anyway i am jus lukin to make a strong cme bk in step 2 ck

but everythin apart i felt after step 1 that i am a far better clinician than any of our batchmates such is the appraoach of this exam ,i think this has been my greatest gain..
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Thats pretty cool.. I myself worked for a couple of months in pushpagiri...Well, there was a spot just oppsite theexam centre where i had my hot cup of coffee before my exam...
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bassatom finally,ws i searchin 4 u ,i am kerala graduate myself passed out last year frm pushpagiri ,if u dont have identity problems may be we cud be facebook friends,i think it can help us both in the long run,i completed my step 1,i followed ur pattern for step1 frm ur pdf file ,made me really gud at the test,had really gud score for nbme s ,kaplan,u world ..and eventually screwd of my real exam(score 222) lol,leave it to the 20 min of the break time after 4th block, was runin around in banglore to get fud ,eventually had to write the afternoon sessions of the exam on an empty stomach,....anyway i am jus lukin to make a strong cme bk in step 2 ck

but everythin apart i felt after step 1 that i am a far better clinician than any of our batchmates such is the appraoach of this exam ,i think this has been my greatest gain..
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Dear Diablo
Thats pretty cool.. I myself worked for a couple of months in pushpagiri...Well, there was a spot just oppsite theexam centre where i had my hot cup of coffee before my exam...
Just drop in your email of facebook id and i will send u a friend request
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k i wil send u my mail id as a personal msg ,jus let me noe if u dont get it
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Hey there... I just thought of dropping in my progress on you... Lack of accountablilty makes one slow is suppose

Lets c.. Yest i did gastro and infectious diseases (half) from FA... Watched A team (the movie), did my gym, solved a few qs that were there around the forum, watched a bit cricket and finaly i slept ...Whew, now that i think of it sounds a lot.. Wish i could put such effort into my study hopin for a better performance today :sorry:
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Now about my day.. Lets see... Whole day was doing random questions and updating my notes over the forums... Then when i was browsing through facebook i thought that anyways since i am spending so much time on facebook i might as well as make some constructive use of it.. and lo behold.. I created the group US residency match 2013 ! Yay.. Added around a few friends... Hopefully it will benefit others as much as it helps me I solved a few questions from the kaplan Q book.. Some are simple.. Some just bounce way over the head... Need to do more of it i suppose
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Ok.. time for the daily news Yesterday.. Hmmm... It was just randomly randomly doing qs and monitoring the USMLE group No gym... No tv.. Saw a bit of everybody loves raymond... That show is just like usmle.. U are irritated with it.. But u cant stop loving a few parts of it hehehe
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Hello bassatom..sorry but i just saw this thread and obviously there is too much to read now lol...but i wanted to ask you when are you planing to take the exam ?
sorry again if you already answered this but i didnt go through all the posts yet just the last few of them

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well i am starting my ck prep now....so it was really helpful and thanks a ton...
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