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What to expect on Path Boards

Discussion in 'Pathology' started by YoungFP, May 7, 2008.

  1. YoungFP

    YoungFP 2+ Year Member

    Dec 17, 2007
    One question we have around here is concerning calculations on the boards. Noone seems to know what we should expect. Has anybody got any idea about calculations on the board exam?:eek:
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  3. djmd

    djmd an Antediluvian 7+ Year Member

    Oct 2, 2001
    As in do they except you to do math? Yes.

    Here is the calculator they give you to use...
  4. JustInCASE

    JustInCASE Superior Being 2+ Year Member

    May 2, 2007
    On a Sea of Cheese
    Yes, a calculator is provided, and yes, you should be prepared to answer a few questions that require some minor math skills. Off the top of my head, you will absolutely be required to calculate fibrinogen dosing, and determine sensitivity and specificity. Other calculations you may be required to perform could include fractional excretion as well as clearance. If you are not a numbers type of person, just study everything else really hard so that you can afford to miss a few questions because these questions probably will not go beyond five questions. :scared:
  5. yaah

    yaah Boring Administrator Physician 10+ Year Member

    I have heard you need to know how to calculate LDL from other data. Other stuff mentioned above. Probably some other stuff too - the clinical compendium has some calculations in it, so does the Henry review book.
  6. green mantis

    green mantis 5+ Year Member

    Feb 22, 2008
    Here are some of the areas which I remember using math:

    1) Blood Bank - RhIg dosing, CCI, chance of finding a particular unit of blood
    2) Chemistry - Creatinine clearance, LDL, Henderson-Hasselbach
    3) Statistics - Sensitivity, specificity, positive & negative predictive value
    4) Lab Management - General accounting

    I'm sure there's probably more. Feel free to add to my list.

    ----- Antony
  7. YoungFP

    YoungFP 2+ Year Member

    Dec 17, 2007
    I am really asking what formulas we need to memorize. If this were a math exam, I would have been boarded before residency:laugh:.
    Thank you for a not so smart-a** response, like djmd gave.
  8. deschutes

    deschutes Thing Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Jul 24, 2004
    On location
    I heard there were things like converting nanograms to micrograms.
  9. yaah

    yaah Boring Administrator Physician 10+ Year Member

    I hope so.

    A couple of other blood bank issues include dosage (factor VIII, Cryo, FFP, Rhogam). I hate those questions, but it's hard to be angry at them since it's kind of important information to know.

    I can, however, be very annoyed without prejudice about the TSI micro questions. :mad:

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