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Old 08-14-2014
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Hello folks,

I got my result yesterday and and and I passed in Philly, huh !!! I was horribly nervous.

I am FMG & it took around 45 days to prepare for this exam. At first I was just focussing on CIS part, but then as when I was practicing, I realized that the DDs and especially its order is extremely important. I literally learnt all the minicases, the order of its DDs and investigations as well. Most of the time I was practicing on skype, just few live cases just to make sure I am not performing bad on live cases.

Also I always completed all my cases in 13 mins, this is the best approach I think. It can save some time for you to think about the differentials and its order. You might take some more time in exam, but atleast if you can save 1 min, thats a big help !

Some advices for people taking C.S.
1: If you do not wish to use any other material other than F.A., thats good enough..... but then make sure you know everything about F.A., whole & soul.

2: About CIS:
*try to complete all cases in 13 mins when you practice
*if you are struggling with time in few cases, lets say a Neuro case, do a focussed P.E., Not entire neuro. Remember that your closure is more important than physical exam.
*after you are done with history taking, please summarize in just 2-3 statements & then ask the SP to have anything else to add on this. Asking this NOW AT THIS TIME might deviate your direction in a right path, if you were going wrong.
*If the patient is sad or in grief, you can go close to them, gently put your hand on the SP's back to create some bonding.
*remember whatever SPs say, its all said intentionally to help you !

3: About I.C.E.
* HPI: try to put everything but more concise to save time.
*DDs: make sure your 1st and 2nd diagnosis makes sense to your HPI. The order of DDs as I said is the most crucial part of I.C.E. While you are justifying your DDs, try to fill atleast 5 blanks of HPI and 2-3 blanks of P.E. Also try to incorporate negative findings considering other two DDs, this can fetch good points.
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