While I take into account the opinions of several other students at Columbia, please remember that, in the end, these reviews are the words of only one student. Opinions will vary. However, I used all of these resources during my Pediatric shelf examination preparation.
One of the major challenges of the Pediatrics shelf exam is reconciling the importance of what you see every day on the wards (RSV, viral gastroenteritis, developmental delay) with the importance of what you’ll be tested on in the shelf examination (glycogen storage diseases, symptoms and antidotes of various poisons, congenital heart disease). Be prepared to relearn all the rare syndromes you forgot after Step 1. Flashcards will be your best friends.
There are a few tried-and-true resources for this shelf, as well as a couple of underrated gems.
I want to first thank Dr. Jaysson Brooks for his leadership as the Editor of the First Aid/USMLE-Rx Web Team this past year. I’d also like to thank Dr. Tao Le for giving me the opportunity to take the helm for the coming year. My hope is that we will continue bettering our efforts to serve your needs and maybe provide a little entertainment along the way. I want to start by informing you, our readers, of a few changes that we’ll be making this year in an effort to improve the quality of our outreach on our blog, Facebook, and Twitter.
This time of year marks the annual start of the residency application process through ERAS (electronic residency application service) for every 4th year medical student pursuing a residency position in the specialty of his or her choice. Like your application to college and medical school, you’ll need to gather a number of documents in a timely fashion. Below, we’ll cover the key components of your residency application, separated into two categories: items for which you are primarily responsible and items that your medical school will complete on your behalf. Additionally, be on the lookout for the ERAS “token” (provided by your Dean’s Office) to enter the ERAS website, and be sure to keep your AAMC ID and password in a safe, secure area.
The difficulty of the OB-GYN shelf exam lies in the fact that it contains the most “new” material out of any shelf – after all, the Step 1 examination doesn’t so much as mention pre-eclampsia, and the pre-clinical curriculum at nearly every school is limited in scope to hormones and gynecologic cancers. The process of childbirth itself isn’t usually featured prominently on the pre-clinical syllabus – so while studying for the shelf exam, odds are that you’ll be learning the vast majority of this specialty for the first time.
The American Osteopathic Association (AOA) Match program for osteopathic medical students places medical students into OGME-1 preliminary, OGME-1 traditional, or OGME-1 resident programs. Osteopathic medical students can find Osteopathic Intern and Residency programs listed on the Opportunities website (http://www.opportunities.osteopathic.org/) that are approved by the AOA Program and Trainee Review Council (PTRC). Options for medical students include:
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