Thursday, June 9, 2011

1/2 Way to being 1/2 Way

Ahhhhhhmmmmnnnnnn. [Loud exhale].
So the extended matching exam and long answer are behind me. I feel, meh about them. I felt like it didn't test our breadth of knowledge, but instead had very bizarrely chosen depth of knowledge questions. Like how much you knew about otosclerosis treatments or the theories behind why anti-depressants work (no, not mechanism of action, theories).

And other random things like, for example, on a 100 question exam there were 5 questions on different terms for heavy / irregular menstrual bleeding. Seriously? Seriously. It was that important for the school to assess if I knew the difference between menorrhagia, menometrorrhagia, and metrorrhagia??

During the year we had several cases involving lady-bits including pregnancy, infertility, PCOS, premature delivery, pregnancy induced hypertension, gestational diabetes, dysfunctional uterine bleeding...and then, 5 whole questions on bloody nomenclature? Nothing else? That was how they tested our knowledge of the ever-so-complex-involving-too-many-hormones-and-bits-diseases-childbirth-richly-innervated-many-muscled aspects obstetrics and gyne? Le sigh.

And while I am venting...

What was with the 10 questions on which muscles were eccentrically, concentrically, or isometrically contracted during each phase of the gait cycle? I thought the anatomy spotter was on Friday? Grrr...

Nothing on diabetes, heart disease, endocrinology...nothing. Ah well. It is over now! I just hate it when it feels like the test wasn't that applicable to the things the course really focused on. Like an entire long answer question on otosclerosis!? And another on the anti-gliadin antibodies in Coeliac!? Annoying.

Ok enough prattling on--all that is left is OSCE and spotter. Then...FIN!

4 comments:

emergencymedicineireland.com said...

i'm not sure i could have answered a single one of the questions you describe. that's somewhat worrying...

Albinoblackbear said...

Hahah, oh I wouldn't worry about it. The most likely reason those answers aren't on the tip of your tongue is because the aren't clinically relevant!!!! :)

Only medical students know tomes of useless information for a brief period of time (up to six weeks after final exams when the last of those proteins have been peed out--according to our on-site neuroanatomist!)

Christopher said...

Don't sell yourself short, I'm sure these are relevant in clinical care. I'll bet a community care paramedic just flips to their Otosclerosis protocol...it should be somewhere after Otomycosis but before Ototoxic Poisonings. Right?

ER Jedi said...

I don't know... if I had a nickle for everytime I still have to stop and think which is which for menorrhagia, menometrorrhagia, and metrorrhagia... I'd have about half a dollar.