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Old 06-16-2011
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Hi everyone,
I just got my score report yesterday & what a relief to see "PASSED" !!
couldn't be happier !!
For everyone out there who are scared of this exam I say, u can do it,if I can do it,everyone can!
I'll post my experience here so that everybody get some benefit, coz I got a lot of information from this forum( may be even more than the books!)

- Study: I used FA only,I read it by myself once,then practised with a friend online,history & closing, did PE with my husband twice only,it was clumsy !
in fact I think FA is perfect for Hx & closing, although neuro exam is a bit long for the 15 min,u won't be able to do all the neuro exam in time.

- exam day: I was very nervous, I didn't get enough sleep the night before, I tried to hide it with a smile, but I think the pt noticed that !

- as for the mistakes here it goes :

- History:it was good in general, I asked most of the questions, although I forgot to ask about rash in a ped case, after leaving the room I realized it could be relevant to the Dx
one patient refused to answer my question about sex Hx & I couldn't convince her too
forgot to ask about menst Hx in 2 female pt

- PE: I couldn't finish PE in 2 neuro cases, especially one of them was the 1st case, so I had to say "I'll be back as soon as I get the test results, nice meeting u" & leave, although I didn't give any idea about the DDx or Ix !!

-closing: my closing was pretty much the same in all the cases, I gave the 1st 1 or 2 DDx, draw blood for lab tests,imaging studies, I never gave any details about the Dx work-up, that's why I got the lowest performance in information sharing skills, so I would really recommend that u spend more time in closing, even if u have to cut PE short.
I forgot to counsel about coffee & energy drinks in a relevant case.
-PN: was good in general,I could write everything I did inside the room,but I missed an obvious Dx, should have been the first in the list
in 2 or 3 cases I had less than 5 DDx & Ix.
There was a case I had no clue what the Dx was, I asked all the questions possible, I had to go with a close one.
- I was very nervous so I couldn't fake empathy in most cases, I was always thinking about the Hx & what PE I have to do,couldn't look at the clock, coz I thought it would be inappropriate.

So in conclusion, I say the exam is not as horrible as I thought it would be, my advice is practice well,time management, Hx, PE & closing
don't spend a long time on PE, leave a sufficient time for the closing coz it's important. Try to stay calm even if u feel that u messed up one case, don't let it affect the other cases

I'll be happy to answer any questions.
Good luck to all of u.
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hey congrats luck for ur future........have you ever used u world or other material for cs?
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Than you so much for your frank appraisal of the test and Congratulations on passing

I just had a couple of doubts

a. U didnt feel it important to do UW? many reccomend so just asked
b. How long did you take to prepare?

Once more, CONGRATs and all the best for the future
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thank you bassatom & hardik221186,
as for ur quetions,I didn't really have time to do uworld,coz I have a little daughter,it took 2 months to prepare ,1-2 hr/day.
since practice is the key,u could do Uworld cases instead of repeating FA cases like I did.

good luck..
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