Hello everyone! I got my results today and I am very happy to say that I PASSED !!!!
I wanna share my experience with you all:
I studied for a month, most of time with a live partner who was also preparing. But she moved to chicago so we kept practicing on skype. I also practice with my husband, who is not a physician.
I used FA and many many videos on youtube for PE... random videos, not payed ones.I looked for maneuvers, especially for neuro.
We did all the cases on FA and some more "made up cases"
I live in Houston, but I wanted to be closer to the center, so I stayed at a hotel close to the test center. They gave me a cheaper price when I mentioned It was for a USMLE test. On the night before I slept around 10:30 and woke up at 5. I revised some flash cards (it makes me less nervous if I revise right before), and got ready.
When I got there, it was a mix between imgs and amgs. Amgs seemed very confident, they barely read the sheet on the door before entering the room, and I could hear them all greeting the patient loudly.
The SP's where all helpful in the sense they don't waste your time. They give you straight forward quick answers.
The cases where all doable, I started well, feeling good and energetic.
But after the first break I was exhausted!
I had enough time to do closure and counseling in all my cases, but I did a focused PE and used gloves (I thought wearing gloves was faster than washing and drying hands)
I didn't look at the clock to not be more nervous. Try to have an internal clock. You get at the point after a lot of practicing.
I can't remember all my mistakes. After the test I wasn't sure about what I did, if I ordered x y and z tests or did the x maneuver. Its horrible.
But I do remember:
- On the PN I blank and wrote "Urinary Studies " instead of "Urodynamic Studies"
- I felt that my PN was too short, that I should have wrote more on HPI and PE. This haunted me since day 1!
-I messed up a case where Facticious disorder should be on the differential and I didn't think about it...
- I didn't ask enough questions while doing HPI, then I realized it when doing my PN. Too late.
-When a patient said she was homosexual I got nervous and smile to much, almost laughing
- I didn't do Lermithe and Spurling test in a case when I should.
And indeed, my lowest performance was in ICE, as I expected.
I was so worried, focusing on my mistakes, that my confidence was on the floor... but now is all behind me, and with God's help I am one step closer to the residency
Try not to focus on your mistakes, but what you did good.
Good luck to us all!!!
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