SurgeryChef said:If so, was it expected? What do you think you did wrong? Or do you think you should have passed? Just curious as I'm anxiously waiting for my scores. I haven't heard of anyone failing yet...
Well, having just received the results of my CS, I can safely say that you do NOT have to memorize the cases in the back of the First Aid book to pass. All I did was read through the intro in the book which described (pretty accurately) how the test works and skimmed through the mini vignettes on the plane ride down. Honestly, if you've done the 3rd year rotations and have interacted with patients, you'll be fine. Just be sure to do the "gimme" things like the introduction, draping, washing hands, etc. If you can speak fluent English, have some basic H&P skills, and know some basic medicine and differentials, you will pass.Swaydaa said:I had 2 friends fail the exam. They were in the top 15% of our class. This is the bottom line to not failing...... Other than your normal routine steps you should already know when interviewing and examining (wash hands, drape, etc..).....YOU MUST memorize each case in the back of the step2 CS book. They include all the typical disease processes...pnemonia, depression, chest pain, cough, fatigue, etc. For every illness the First Aid will list from "A to Z" ALL the questions you must ask and ALL the physical exam maneuvers you need to do. The people you are interviewing/examinating usually have no medical background, but they have the same checklist that is listed in the back of the first aid. Both students memorized those cases and passed on the 2nd attempt.
trkd said:Yeah, I have started reading first aid. I take it on Monday. I am curious to know about how much your ddx have to match their's. I am usually 3/5 the same with first aid (first one usually the same). I know no one knows the answer to this but I'd love to know how many of the ddx have to match.
future_OB said:good luck! i swear to you, its all in the first aid book. the cases and how you should write them on paper or the computer its just the same. know how to do the PE's but other than that...First aid rocks.