Hey everyone, this post is about how I’m passing my major course this semester. This semester we’re taking a 8 credit course that focuses on Primary Medicine with various systems of the body getting tested every couple of weeks along with the rest of my classes.
If that sounded overwhelming, it feels like it!
We started with GI and Infectious Disease in January, then Hematology and Pulmonary and we are finishing up Renal and Dermatology now so I’ll begin writing this journey with Derm.
How do you prepare for Derm?
- Pictures! If you have time, begin by making your flashcards because if you cut the pictures and write it out, you’re learning as you do this. My friend did this and it was very effective. It allows you to be able to work on the go. If you don’t want to write it, do it via quizlett or an app on your phone.
- Use your Google Drive: drop all the pictures into a file on the drive and make another documents with the answers. You will go through each of the pictures, write down your answer and check your answers once you’re done. This technique work best after you’ve learned the material.
- Look for written exams online to guide you with what type questions you may see on your exam.
How do you know what questions to ask yourself?
Derm is detailed oriented. Most disorder have a hallmark sign that helps to differentiate the skin disorder. So you’ll ask yourself key factors like:
- What type of workup will you order for a Pt presenting with small, grouped erythematous papules around the mouth and gentirals (Tzanck Prep). Take it a step further and ask what type of cells will you see if you order an Tzanck Prep?
- What disorders will present with erythamous rash across the cheeks and nose? And how do you rule each one out?
- What age group commonly has bullous pemphigoid, and how would you treat?
- What are the different stages of decubitis ulcers?
Repetition is Major Key.
You have to review the materials several times. Grab a classmate, a friend, your girl/boyfriend or mom and ask them to quiz you. Tell them to ask you the disorder hallmarks, dx, sx , tx and keep repeating it. Try it different ways.
I always learn by first reviewing things alone then in a group. When I talk about things outloud, I retain more and I’m able to explain why my amswer is right. Thats when I know I’m comfortable with the material.
And most importantly, always trust your instinct.
Leave a comment if you’re trying these methods out or if you have any other method that are helpful .