CS exam tips

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Posted by Yassmine G. from IP 24.147.203.95 on February 11, 2009 at 14:04:49:

In the name of God*, the most Gracious, the most Merciful

Greetings of peace to all readers,
First, great news; you will PASS the CS -God willing! If I did it, so can you… all you have to do is read this till the end & carefully check off all the items as you finish them.
Second, due acknowledgements; my deepest gratitude to our Creator*, Who answers all prayers-directly or indirectly- in its proper time... & special thanks to my family & friends for their valuable guidance & ongoing support, I couldn’t have done it without them- my dear Parents, my cool brothers Dr.Mostafa G., Dr.Sherif G., Dr. Amir G., Dr. Omar G., & my wonderful friends Dr.Hoda A., Dr.Heba G., Dr.Dalia E., Dr.Marwa S., Dr.Mary K., Dr.Eman E., Dr.Lobna A., Dr.Cindy S. & a few other colleagues who I regrettably can not mention all their names.
Third, a disclaimer; this is written permission that you can share/print my note to spread the benefit , as long as you don’t intend to make money out of it or wrongly attribute it to yourself.
Fourth, the lay out;
A-Very Useful Links ……………… (official links, usmle forums)
B-Resources Used ……………….. (books, websites)
C-Things to Memorize …………. (Differential Diagnosis, History Qs, Physical Examinations, Investigations)
D-Scoring System ……………...... (3 major categories)
E-Communication Skills……….. (check list, scoring points)
F-Important Advice………..…... (draft sheet, practicing)
G-Learn to Write……………….…. (Draft Sheet, Patient Note)
H-Study Partner …………………... (importance, alternatives)
I-Pre/EXAM/Post …………….…… (preparing, actual day)
J-Acceptable mistakes…………… (passed despite them)
K-Being Different ………………..... (what to do/say)
L-Whether to Retake CS ……..…. (reasons why you should)

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