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Default i'm a mom and i passed! Alhumdolelah

This is to encourage all the moms out there, who have their heart set in doing usmle exams but couldn't because of family priorities and responsibilities !!!

For alot of people, CS is may be an easy exam, but when you dont have any time to yourself because of responsibilities, you just cant do it !!!
So for me .. IM AN ACHIEVER!!!
YES I AM !!!

Alhumdolelah i passed! by the grace of Allah and prayers of my dear mother Alhumdolelah

Theres definitely light by the end of the tunnel ... just keep your faith and trust Allah and yourself and keep going

I prepared for 1.5 - 2 m altogether (off n on initially) weekdays may b 3-4hrs , sometimes even less than that, and weekends atleast 5-6 hrs no matter what !!
and by no matter what i mean everything , baby crying, diaper changing, making meals, all the chores can wait (very fortunate to have my spouse help me generously on weekends)

I used nothing different from what others are using ie FA and after 1 round of FA on skype with a sp , i started looking up on youtube for examinations plus history taking American way !! i searched hell lot of videos .... some may not even be required .. but just wanted to get an idea how to act , what to say , what should be the choice of words when you want to act empathetic to the patient, what your body language should be , everything !!

Im really good at Spoken English, an img and Living in US for the last 4 yrs, but talking at a grocery store or talking to the front desk lady is very different from being an Actual AMERICAN PHYSICIAN in Office talking to Simulated Pts - who actually believe ur the doc (for the day) .... So better be well prepared about the etiquette of a US Physician otherwise i dont see any point in mourning later !

i used the earlier posts in this forum having the wonderful wonderful mnemonics and might sound unnecessary and lot of work for some but i made all the FLASH CARDS that i thought might help me and they surely did!
-yellow flash cards for history taking for eg: hx for peds , hx for gyne, hx for neuro case etc
-green ones for different CC eg: Headache, hearing loss, abd pain and so forth

Lastly, i found lots of study partners in my local area, but none wanted to stick for long, or had other things, i felt frustrated but had to go on. I just want to tell u do not waste your precious time in finding study partners, just practice with friends, family whoever is available but tell them to be good with the acting and pointing out your mistakes.

PN is very very very important ... Again very important !!
try to practice from early on and time yourself for 9 min

Hope you all succeed, CS is a very different exam !! prepare wisely
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congratulations! I'm still studying for cs but I don't feel comfortable yet. anyways may I ask you some questions about fa? did you study 4th ed? and if you studied 4th ed how did you practice new style patient notes?
today I saw 5th ed on amazon and I don't know if it's revised to new system or not.
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This is to encourage all the moms out there, who have their heart set in doing usmle exams but couldn't because of family priorities and responsibilities !!!

For alot of people, CS is may be an easy exam, but when you dont have any time to yourself because of responsibilities, you just cant do it !!!
So for me .. IM AN ACHIEVER!!!
YES I AM !!!

Alhumdolelah i passed! by the grace of Allah and prayers of my dear mother Alhumdolelah

Theres definitely light by the end of the tunnel ... just keep your faith and trust Allah and yourself and keep going

I prepared for 1.5 - 2 m altogether (off n on initially) weekdays may b 3-4hrs , sometimes even less than that, and weekends atleast 5-6 hrs no matter what !!
and by no matter what i mean everything , baby crying, diaper changing, making meals, all the chores can wait (very fortunate to have my spouse help me generously on weekends)

I used nothing different from what others are using ie FA and after 1 round of FA on skype with a sp , i started looking up on youtube for examinations plus history taking American way !! i searched hell lot of videos .... some may not even be required .. but just wanted to get an idea how to act , what to say , what should be the choice of words when you want to act empathetic to the patient, what your body language should be , everything !!

Im really good at Spoken English, an img and Living in US for the last 4 yrs, but talking at a grocery store or talking to the front desk lady is very different from being an Actual AMERICAN PHYSICIAN in Office talking to Simulated Pts - who actually believe ur the doc (for the day) .... So better be well prepared about the etiquette of a US Physician otherwise i dont see any point in mourning later !

i used the earlier posts in this forum having the wonderful wonderful mnemonics and might sound unnecessary and lot of work for some but i made all the FLASH CARDS that i thought might help me and they surely did!
-yellow flash cards for history taking for eg: hx for peds , hx for gyne, hx for neuro case etc
-green ones for different CC eg: Headache, hearing loss, abd pain and so forth

Lastly, i found lots of study partners in my local area, but none wanted to stick for long, or had other things, i felt frustrated but had to go on. I just want to tell u do not waste your precious time in finding study partners, just practice with friends, family whoever is available but tell them to be good with the acting and pointing out your mistakes.

PN is very very very important ... Again very important !!
try to practice from early on and time yourself for 9 min

Hope you all succeed, CS is a very different exam !! prepare wisely
Congratulations! Great job
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congratulations! I'm still studying for cs but I don't feel comfortable yet. anyways may I ask you some questions about fa? did you study 4th ed? and if you studied 4th ed how did you practice new style patient notes?
today I saw 5th ed on amazon and I don't know if it's revised to new system or not.
I did FA 3rd Edition ... i know its not up to date for the PN ... so i did look up PN from Kaplan core cases 3rd Ed and its pretty good in there ! but since i purchased it in the very end of my prep i couldnt do much from there ...
i just searched on forum about writing PN , and then discussing with people who have given the exam and making my own , and comparing with FA to see if im missing on important information

Once you start practicing PN, itll automatically come to you
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Default Congrats!

Kudos! A job well done.
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