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Old 03-10-2014
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Hi all,
Everyone says that the real exam is similar to FA and the cases are straight forward. I just took the Kaplan one-day exam and found the cases to be somewhat vague, not like FA. I couldn't reach to any Dx during the encounter in 1-2 cases, and was having a hard time during closure for that!! I don't know is it because I lack the CK knowledge or what?
Does this happen in the real exam as well? What to say to the SP if I don't have a clue about the Dx???
Can anyone comment on this?
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There is always a chance you'll get vague cases in the actual exam such as patient coming in for prescription refill or just because they don't "feel well". I think the Kaplan course helps you get over your anxiety with respect to talking to SPs. The feedback they give you is priceless especially for the CIS part of the exam. As for the actual exam, there is no sure shot way to know what will come your way, so prepare the differentials for simple complaints well.

The odd chance that during your actual exam, you have no clue of whats going on...you can always say that you are unsure at this point and the problem could be related to your work, your sleep, maybe the gland that sits in front of your neck...there is no correct answer. In such cases, they aren't concerned about you reaching a final differential diagnosis, but rather how you handle a tough scenario. It may be a difficult patient, an argumentative patient, a rude patient etc. The patient note in these cases won't be perfect but you can always come up with some sort of diagnosis even for those vague complaints.
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