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  1. DoctorPardi

    STEP 3 Score VS USMLE WORLD AVERAGE

    Got my real Step 3 score: 211 So I guess the 212 prediction from Uworld was pretty solid. I ended up doing about 700 Uworld questions, and half of the cases. No books or other study materials. Solid outcome given time devoted and being in a field with little practical application of most of the...
  2. DoctorPardi

    STEP 3 Score VS USMLE WORLD AVERAGE

    Taking the two parts 1 week apart (not on purpose just easiest for me to schedule that way) Before the first test: 57% on just over 600 Uworld questions. Made 212 on Uworld practice test. Plan to do all cases and about 100-200 day 2 questions during the week between the two. Step 1: 230's Step...
  3. DoctorPardi

    USMLE NBME Website Down

    Well the website came back up just a little while ago and I was able to print my score report. Nothing to see here. Sorry to make a whole new thread about this but didn't see anything recent or relevant. DP
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    USMLE NBME Website Down

    Anyone taking the test soon and not able to access the NBME website? I for whatever reason did not print my scheduling permit like a doofus and now the website is down tonight. Anyone been in this situation before? I have the first part of step 3 tomorrow and I am not sure if I should just...
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    Class of 2019!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Dude you stole my Avatar.
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    Application process: Looking back as a 4th year

    Wow I book marked this thread when I was a pre-med and now I am about to graduate. I have absolutely loved medical school and I am doing Orthopedic Surgery. The friendships I have had and the amazing times we shared going through this completely insane process I will never forget. The...
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    SOAP process question

    What does everyone think will happen with applying to a different field? What if you have all letters/PS in one field and then your field has no openings? Or only a few. Do you just throw some applications to radiology or ER (or whatever) and hope they don't mind that you clearly didn't...
  8. DoctorPardi

    Why is Psychiatry not part of the "ROAD" to happiness

    ROAD to me means great lifestyle and generally high pay. There have been arguments other fields fit into ROAD like ENT and certainly that deserves merit. However some purists would suggest difficulty of training plays a role in which most surgical fields would be excluded. However to address...
  9. DoctorPardi

    USMLE World Scores and Step II Scores

    Yeah my thinking was that those questions probably counted for us as well. That is why they took so long to grade our test so that they could decide which ones were good, etc. But honestly who knows what they're up to haha.
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    Average for Step 2 is 233 now???

    Step 2 has always been an easier test, whether it is because the questions are easier or students at that stage are just much better prepared. Whatever the case, the test is easier. However in the past, doing well on the test could be partly explained by the fact that a lot of people didn't...
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    USMLE World Scores and Step II Scores

    Step 2 CK: 252
  12. DoctorPardi

    Charting Outcomes 2011

    Nice going DoctaJay. Good to see another SDNer has done Ortho. You know what information I think everyone would really like to know. How does number of programs applied to impact matching chances? Obviously the biggest factor is contiguous ranks, but that obviously means how many interviews...
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    USMLE World Scores and Step II Scores

    I am taking it tomorrow as well. Uworld Practice Test: 207 (first day, before studying) Uworld Average: 65% I read most of Secrets and did Uworld once, then redid my weakest sections a second time to end up with a 79% average and having completed Uworld about 1.5 times. I planned to do a...
  14. DoctorPardi

    IM books

    There are plenty of interesting medical books a pre-med could read. The House of God is the first thing that comes to mind and most medical students and residents I know have read it. A lot of the things in the book have changed but several things you read now, as a third year and beyond you...
  15. DoctorPardi

    Army National Guard's new Med student program details.

    Hey man thanks a lot! You definitely were helpful.
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    Army National Guard's new Med student program details.

    See I've heard different things. The recruiter told me 120,000 dollars during residency, 3 years concurrent. Another ASR officer told me 120,000 but 3 extra years past the initial 8. No one ever mentioned 100,000. I am not trying to be argumentative, I just wonder if we're discussing the...
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    Army National Guard's new Med student program details.

    Yeah I got ya, the recruiter I spoke with told me he will "get me in, in october". Like you've pointed out though, he might not know any more than anyone else. I had another question, this loan repayment offer they have, 120,000 dollars while in residency. That is an additional 3 years after...
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    Army National Guard's new Med student program details.

    If more spots are open in october and I have all my paperwork in, will I be launched in october or will it take until january?
  19. DoctorPardi

    Official 2010 USMLE Step 1 Experiences and Scores Thread

    We had 6 weeks, but 3 of it was a mandatory prep class which was a big waste of time. So I studied for 6 weeks but the first 3 were not very rigorous because of the 4 hours a day of wasted time.
  20. DoctorPardi

    Official 2010 USMLE Step 1 Experiences and Scores Thread

    So just to throw some more normal scores in the bunch of ridiculous ones. Score: 233/99 (yes that is a 99 and yes my score is less than 236) My first pre-study practice test was 165. NBME 4 weeks out, having done 3/4 of FA and about 200 world questions was 195. I did the following...
  21. DoctorPardi

    MS3 in trouble. PLEASE HELP me land EM spot!!

    I am only a 2nd year but it would seem to me the classic MCAT advice would apply towards your "what score do I need to shoot for?" question. Do the best you can and that's it. People always want to know what they need to shoot for. If someone told you a 225 would cover up poor...
  22. DoctorPardi

    Survey for Residents-Politics of Anesthesia

    I think the problem is that you have an opinion that you believe in very strongly and you are assuming all other Anesthesiologists if given an opportunity would agree as well. I have known a lot of anesthesiologists who are very happy to have CRNAs around. Maybe they are short sighted? Maybe...
  23. DoctorPardi

    Reliable Salary Data for Academic Physicians at one particular University

    Professor is a specific term significant for a senior position at a university. That has to be taken into consideration. A lot of the time professors are chiefs of something or heads of departments as well. ENT is one of the most difficult specialties to match into, known for paying well. That...
  24. DoctorPardi

    Obama: "Wash your hands, cover your mouth"

    Whether you are liberal or conservative I think one has to give credit to the new york times or at least NYtimes.com for reporting "real news". Comparing their headlines to cnn, msnbc, and fox on a daily basis is ridiculous. They cover Obama a lot and are liberal leaning, but you're...
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    Obama: "Wash your hands, cover your mouth"

    It looks like the swine flu might never reach the status of a major pandemic. A week ago there was no way to know. Also I suppose it depends on how you define crisis but America isn't in great shape economically, there was a real threat for a flu pandemic and we are in two wars.
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    Obama: "Wash your hands, cover your mouth"

    What attitude do you think I have developed? I pointed out that GW Bush wasn't our current president. My point was based on hearing from our current president in a time of crisis. If the swine flu had come about two years ago I would have had the same feeling about Bush delivering a "Wash...
  27. DoctorPardi

    Obama: "Wash your hands, cover your mouth"

    I am asking because I honestly don't know. Isn't the reason people haven't done Stem Cell research because there hasn't been any government funding for it? I think the impetus for a company like pfizer to make a new drug is profits in the foreseeable future. I don't know that a business could...
  28. DoctorPardi

    Obama: "Wash your hands, cover your mouth"

    That would actually be hysterical. First Obama rolls up his sleeves and demonstrates correct hand washing technique, then he performs the "Obama fist bump" to members of his cabinet.
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    Obama: "Wash your hands, cover your mouth"

    I think Fox actually showed American Idol instead of the press conference haha.
  30. DoctorPardi

    Obama: "Wash your hands, cover your mouth"

    No I am not saying I'd rather hear advice from G W Bush. 1) He isn't our president anymore and 2) My point is that whoever the president happens to be is the person who's speech is likely to have the biggest impact in a time of crisis not a doctors. Certainly you would hope that the president...
  31. DoctorPardi

    Obama: "Wash your hands, cover your mouth"

    I think from a public health standpoint. Most Americans would listen to their president or vice president give advice on what to do than a doctor. The reason is because there are a million doctors. Who knows if this doctor talking is important or knows what he is talking about (sanjay gupta)...
  32. DoctorPardi

    Obama: "Wash your hands, cover your mouth"

    I think it was the president's 100th day and media outlets were making a big deal out of it. I presume they wanted a "look at what I've accomplished so far" type speech and instead he talked mainly about a possible pandemic. Also I don't know that washing hands and covering your mouth is...
  33. DoctorPardi

    Does a lack of resarch almost negate a high board score?

    Something you have to consider is that people who get in to more competitive schools are probably more likely to be better med students because they were better applicants. I mean that is the goal of all this non-sense (MCAT, GPA, research etc) undergrads have to get through to get into...
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    Does a lack of resarch almost negate a high board score?

    From the NRMP's "Charting Outcomes" article (http://www.nrmp.org/data/chartingoutcomes2007.pdf) "For all specialties except Family Medicine, smaller percentages of applicants who did not match to their preferred specialty were graduates of top 40 research intensive medical schools...
  35. DoctorPardi

    A question about ethics.

    Something to consider with Downs is the financial aspect of IVF. It costs tens of thousands of dollars for this procedure. They generally implant more than one embryo. They usually know they all will not survive, they do so to lower costs, so they do not have to do it over and over again until...
  36. DoctorPardi

    newbie question: when to apply for summer research programs

    Some of them are super early but most are in the range of January to March. Some may require a LOR from a medical school professor/attending. So you probably can not reuse AMCAS LOR writers. Keep that in mind because finding someone to write a letter for you might be the hardest part so early in...
  37. DoctorPardi

    The Official: 'What I wish someone had told me before Med-School" thread........

    I don't know how applicable this is to other schools and other people but I'll throw it out there. I wish someone had told me to live closer to school, or rather convinced me to do so. It is a major pain to live ~30 minutes away from school. I have to wake up earlier for class and have to...
  38. DoctorPardi

    Phys NBME rocked my world

    We have no shelf exams but every test question is written in NBME format supposedly.
  39. DoctorPardi

    Tieback Surgical Caps in Gross Anatomy Lab?

    Well I think the argument is somehow the hat would protect against the funky odor getting in your hair. Though I am not sure that's even true. Just seems like very little benefit for probably being looked at suspiciously by your classmates.
  40. DoctorPardi

    Tieback Surgical Caps in Gross Anatomy Lab?

    I wore a tieback hat once to gross lab, though I was dressed up as the Todd as a joke (fake tattoo, cut off scrubs, sexual innuendo). I wouldn't wear a scrub hat because I think people would think you're being gunnerish.