Originally posted by brock18
i am a second year student at UM. we just had the competency week last month so i can tell you a little bit about it. the first thing you have to do is take a history on a mock patient. this encounter is videotaped. later on in the week you get into a small group consisting of about five of your classmates and a professor and you sit down and watch each others videotapes. everyone in the room will offer their opinion of how you performed and what you can do to make it better in the future. during the week there is also a clinical skills exam(which by the way is not taped)where you have to perform the entire physical on a patient while a physician is watching you. you are also given a clinical case(on paper) for which you have to perform a medline search and come up with a possible diagnosis for that patient. at the end of the week you have to take a computer exam which consists of about 18 questions that covers most of what you have learned over the year. it is supposed to give you an idea of what the usmle will be like.you are also assigned to a group of about five people and you are given a disaster scenario(like how to evacuate people after an explosion in the building) and your group has to come up with a plan of action for that particular scenario). the very last thing you do on that friday is to meet with your assigned mentor to discuss your progress throught the year. he or she will have your file that has all your grades and the results of your competency week. they will have access to anything that has gone in your file during the year. this competency thing is somewhat new in medical school and although few schools have them, in the future more med schools will implement it. if you have any other questions i will be happy to answer them
Originally posted by CANES2006
You guys, thanks so much for the info. I agree with you Cobragirl. This will be a pain to go through next June, but at least it will prepare me for the boards. I'm sure it will be alot less stressful for us because we've done these sort of tests before.