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I passed. Higher performance in all 3 components. Way above borderline. Just missed stars in CIS and SEP i guess.

Exam :First week of April, Houston

Prep:Kaplan live course for 5 days
after that, 2-3 hours studying for around 5-6 days
Was my first time in America , so was roaming around and having fun most of the time.

Practiced only 10 cases once from FA and read up the rest of the cases.

CIS and SEP was good and I didn't have to work on it.

Practiced typing a few patient notes and got the examination part right.

EXAm day: well, screwed up the first case. made a few mistakes in almost every second case. Got myself back together in the first break and it was fine after that. I did miss counselling part in 2 cases, made patient repeat stuff because I had forgot what they had said in a couple of cases, definitely missed one or the other thing in the examination part.

Good thing was, the communication in the encounter stayed good. I was smiling all the time and empathetic and made small talk.I made sure that the patient feels that they wanna come back to me for a follow-up checkup..thats all that matters in the exam.

I knew friends who were studying at greenway inn and it made me paranoid. people study for a month or so and practice cases day in and day out and do what not for this exam. it is so not worth it. If u can handle a patient at ur clinic or hosp, then u sure can do this exam with just one week of prep, i bet.

So, decipher what your calibre is. Just know the rules and play it with the proper bet.

best tip I would give u - Think its your clinic and you're here to treat patients. you're not an examinee, but a doctor. I'm sure u will ace it. That's all I did.

Any questions, leave a msg. I'll help as much as I can.
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thanks alot for your post.
congratulation for the result..
i have two question are the cases covered by long case in FA or i need to study the mini cases also. i mean do i need to spend more time in mini cases or just know the dd for each and read them quickely.
and other question do i need to memorize the question in FA or just use meomorization letters like pamhug foss sawed. .. or whatever?
thanks again and good luck.
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thanks alot for your post.
congratulation for the result..
i have two question are the cases covered by long case in FA or i need to study the mini cases also. i mean do i need to spend more time in mini cases or just know the dd for each and read them quickely.
and other question do i need to memorize the question in FA or just use meomorization letters like pamhug foss sawed. .. or whatever?
thanks again and good luck.
I did not memorize the questions in FA.Its not needed. AS in your own words. And its very much okay if u miss asking something.Don't panic. A few of those questions had nice sentence structure though..Just picked them up. I used LIQORAA and PAMHUGSFOSS for every case. wrote it on scrap paper and filled it up durin the encounter.

Cases are covered by the long cases of FA. but Do minicases too. If you're getting the DD and work up, that's more than enough. I "read through" (not practiced) long cases twice and read through mini cases thrice. If you do minicases, then practicing the long cases would be easy.

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I did not memorize the questions in FA.Its not needed. AS in your own words. And its very much okay if u miss asking something.Don't panic. A few of those questions had nice sentence structure though..Just picked them up. I used LIQORAA and PAMHUGSFOSS for every case. wrote it on scrap paper and filled it up durin the encounter.

Cases are covered by the long cases of FA. but Do minicases too. If you're getting the DD and work up, that's more than enough. I "read through" (not practiced) long cases twice and read through mini cases thrice. If you do minicases, then practicing the long cases would be easy.

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Thank you so much .. all the best to you.
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congrats! it helps putting down your mnemonics and atleast 3 differentials outside the door before u walk in to help you avoid situation where u go all over the place/black out during the encounter.
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congrats on passing. What did you talk about in your small talk? When is the best time to engage in small talk? Like right before the PE while putting on gloves or washing hands and right before you leave if you have like 1 min left? Thanks.
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congrats! it helps putting down your mnemonics and atleast 3 differentials outside the door before u walk in to help you avoid situation where u go all over the place/black out during the encounter.
yeah, thats true. did that. they taught that at kaplan
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congrats on passing. What did you talk about in your small talk? When is the best time to engage in small talk? Like right before the PE while putting on gloves or washing hands and right before you leave if you have like 1 min left? Thanks.
well, i didnt really time it. hadn practiced it either. as i said, try to see the encounter as it is actually ur patient at ur clinic and the small talk just happens here and there. maybe one or two lines in each case, thats it. and while washin hands, i didnt talk anything because u cant see the patient while washing hands. and i washed hands for all cases, never used gloves. but people do do small talk while wearin gloves. so if u choose that option, well and good. and if u have time running out, forget small talk. it is not on their checklist anyway..
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well, i didnt really time it. hadn practiced it either. as i said, try to see the encounter as it is actually ur patient at ur clinic and the small talk just happens here and there. maybe one or two lines in each case, thats it. and while washin hands, i didnt talk anything because u cant see the patient while washing hands. and i washed hands for all cases, never used gloves. but people do do small talk while wearin gloves. so if u choose that option, well and good. and if u have time running out, forget small talk. it is not on their checklist anyway..
Thanks. Speaking of checklist, what is the on the SPs checklist? Can you tell us what exactly they mark us on? Thank you
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well, i dont really know and i think no one knows. but small talk is not one of the things fist aid mentions. so i assumed its not on the list
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