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MD How to keep up with basic sciences during practice?

anon ymous MD

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(I'm probably asking another stupid question, but here it goes...) Hi everyone, I hope you're all doing well. I was just wondering how practicing physicians are able to keep up with basic sciences during their years in practice. Do they solely rely on CME's to give them reviews that is relevant to the CME topic? Do they periodically go back to UWorld/Kaplan Qbanks? I am an IMG and still find all of this to be a bit overwhelming. I definitely see myself having to review topics afterhours (my specialty interest is Family Medicine). I hope I'm not the only one!
 

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(I'm probably asking another stupid question, but here it goes...) Hi everyone, I hope you're all doing well. I was just wondering how practicing physicians are able to keep up with basic sciences during their years in practice. Do they solely rely on CME's to give them reviews that is relevant to the CME topic? Do they periodically go back to UWorld/Kaplan Qbanks? I am an IMG and still find all of this to be a bit overwhelming. I definitely see myself having to review topics afterhours (my specialty interest is Family Medicine). I hope I'm not the only one!

After 40 years have continued studying. Of course CMEs are required, but maintain the habit of taking courses—often outside of my specialty—to familiarize new, novel, and compelling topics. Medicine and surgery are lifelong endeavors, and the developments often surprising and interesting. It may seem overwhelming in the beginning, but as the years pass, and new developments arise—have to throw in that many of us old school folk get dozens of journals, emails, and invites to lecture, teach, and for some it's fun—A lot of folks simply rely on CMEs in interesting places. There really are no "after hours"—Nonetheless it CAN become tiresome when the same topics are covered too often. Good luck, and don't worry, it'll catch on and won't devour your life—Besides it's more interesting than a crummy movie or hanging out - then again, a good poker game, or date with my wife takes precedence.

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Im a 4th year and already forgetting most of my basic science. If you do not use it , you lose it. When you go to residency the knowledge that you rely upon and continue to use will grow and other parts will atrophy.
 
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