Tips for the MCCQE1 preparation

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  1. komal

    komal Guest

    (A) Studying:
    -Study from either TN or Kaplan, for myself, I had studied from Kaplan as I found TN very hard and not written in a good way like Kapkan, I never touched TN in my life except for the chapters of Epidemiology and statistics, 2 small chapters.

    -Revise from 2 AMAAAAAAAAAZING books which are Master The Board step 2 and 3, step 2 is excellent for the MCQs part and step 3 is good for the CDM part, some information are present in step 2 and not in step 3, they are very little, but my advise is to read both, not only one of them.

    -Read the Ethics from (100 cases) written by Conrad Fischer, this is the Ethics of USA which is not different than that of Canada, but if you like a Canadian book, buy (Doing right written by Herbert), it is a Canadian book and forget about the (100 cases by Conrad Fischer), as no need to read both books.

    -The statistics and Epidemiology, can read them from the TN, they are some definitions and equations you have to understand and memorize and nothing more.

    (B) Practicing QUESTIONS:
    -You have 2 types of questions in the exam, the MCQs and the CDM, I think in the last few years, the CDM part was the easy part of the exam by which the candidates are using to collect marks, as there are plenty of time and about 40-45 questions of well known and well prepared topics of medicine, which the candidates prepare very very well and sit in the CDM session collecting marks easily, and to some extent, the CDM is like that, BUT, I think the examiners realized that and start to get some weired unusual questions like what I get, like Frost bite, how to prevent and how to manage, and Nasal bleeding, then give me 17 options to choose from, which occurs with POSTERIOR nasal bleeding and not the anterior nasal bleeding !!!!!!!!!!, so be open minded and prepare urself for any question and whatever question u get, stay caaaaaaaaaalm and NEVER get panic and think positive to gain the most possible marks from any weired unusual question you get.

    -The Q banks you need to answer for the MCQs part of the MCCQE1 are:
    USMLE WORLD step 2 CK
    USMLE WORLD step 3 (has MCQs part for the MCCQE1 MCQ part and also has a CCS part for the CDM part of the MCCQE1)
    Kaplan Qbook step 2 CK
    Kaplan Qbook step 3
    First AID step 2 CK Q&A
    Kaplan Qbank step 2 CK (if you want and still have time)
    Kaplan Qbank step 3 (if you want and still have time)
    Ottawa Notes has a CD with questions, I did not try and don not know one had tried it, you can try, it is cheap, if GOOD, so it is GOOD, if NOT GOOD, u did not lose anything
    NONE recommended Canada Qbank
    I had tried LMCC (MCCQE1), very bad, you can register in it online to practise some CDM questions that could be valuable, but as a total, NOT GOOD

    -The Qbank for the CDM part of the MCCQE1, u can get from
    CCS part of USMLE WORLD step 3 as I mentioned above
    CDM part of the LMCC (if you like)
    Some old questions you find in the MCCQE1 materials I had posted since 2 days, their links are in a another topic in the forum.

    -The most important thing you MUST do while practicing questions whatever MCQS or CDM, to prepare 6 word files on ur computer, one for each branch of, IM, Ped, OB+GYN, Surg, Psychiatry and Epidemiology+statistics+Ethics, while you are doing questions, you will get some tricky questions and others, you will answer wrong, the notices, you have to write, collect there in these word files, at the night every day after u finished, upload a copy of these files in a safe place to avoid losing them if your computer system get broken or something like that, can upload as a draft on ur email.

    -After finish all Qbanks and about 1 month before the exam, you MUST revise all these notes as these are the tricks you had fallen in while u r doing questions, you need to revise them before the REAL exam (logic), u can revise them once or more, I had revised them 3 times.

    -It will be amazing, if you can have a look on these books (Kaplan/TN + Master The Board step 2,3) once again before the REAL exam as that will give you huge self confidence that you are prepared well.

    -The usual important topics you must know by heart from ur study for the CDM part, better from (MASTER THE BOARD step 3) Are posted which are:

    1. COPD, acute and chronic management
    2. Asthma exacerbation
    3. MI, management, post MI complication
    4. Ruptured aortic aneurysm
    5. Polycystic ovarian disease
    6. TIA
    7. Rheumatoid arthritis
    8. JRA
    9. SLE
    10. Pulmonary embolism
    11. Meningitis
    12. Encephalitis
    13. Infective endocarditis
    14. Otitis media
    15. Pneumonia
    16. Contraceptive
    17. Diabetic neuropathy (everything like erectile dysfunction, nocturnal diarrhea etc )
    18. Management of hypertension
    19. Colon cancer
    20. Sigmoid volvulus in elderly
    21. Intussception
    22. Mekel’s diverticulum
    23. Atrail fibrillation
    24. Epidural, subdural hematoma
    25. Surgery trauma and ortho must b on finger tips
    26. Diarrhea in children
    27. Burn management ( they ask to calculate fluids to be given)
    28. Diverticulitis (their favorite most)
    29. Infant pyloric stenosis
    30. Breast lump
    31. Primary amenorrhea
    32. Precious puberty in both girl n boy
    33. Jaundice in infant
    34. Alcohol withdrawal
    35. DKA
    36. Cystic fibrosis
    37. Acute gastroenteritis
    38. Nephritic/ nephritic syndrome
    39. Subarachnoid hemorrhage
    40. Hyperthyroidism/ hypothyroidism
    41. Bacterial sinusitis
    42. Acute cholecystitis
    43. Ovarian torsion
    44. Acute appendicitis
    45. Acute mania
    46. Child abuse
    47. Menopause
    48. Pregnancy (what to do on 1st prenatal visit or test in 2nd trimester etc, you need to know how to manage a pregnant lady)
    49. Hypertension
    50. Perforated peptic ulcer
    51. Cellulitis
    52. Gout
    53. Acute pericarditis
    54. Dysfunctional uterine bleeding
    55. Bronchiolitis
    56. Septic arthritis
    57. Pelvic inflammatory disease
    58. Panic attack (acute and chronic management)
    59. Foreign body in eye/ RED EYE ( favorite) do read all causes of red eye n their management
    60. Vaginal discharge (all causes , treatment)
    61. Ectopic pregnancy
    62. Cystitis/ treatment of UTI in pregnancy
    63. Post op fever
    64. Iron deficiency anemia
    65. Pericardial temponade/ tension pneumothorax
    66. Pancreatic cancer
    67. Cholangiocarcinoma
    68. Psychy drugs, their side effects and treatment of side effects ( psychy should b on your finger tips)
    69. dermatology is a must do, they give pictures and ask either diagnosis or management
    70. Ethics is a must do

    -The MOST important thing in the night before the exam is to relax and rest and sleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep well and good.

    -The day of the exam is a long day, u MUST eat breakfast very well, the morning session is 3.5 hours, after which u will be exhausted and tired, MUST get something high caloric sourse like choclate and coffee, in the centres of the exams, they permit you to take Coffee and light foods like choclate with u to eat while u r doing the exam, they are good for that, for my self , in the rest between sessions, I eat choclate and drink Coffee and relaaaaaaaaaaaxed, some candidates were searching in their laptop to be sure that they had done well !!!!!!!!!, VERY STUPID, gust relax and collect energy for the 4 hours CDM part.

    -In the MCQs session, time management is essential, u must give ONE MINUTE for each MCQ, no more, in the CDM, u can give ONE HOUR for each 12-13 CDM question, u will do them in the 4 hours.

    -After the exam, forget anything about the exam and enjoy ur life.

    -I do not think that there will be someone who will do all this effort and get failed, because ALLAH is fair and will NEVER take you down after you had done all that.

    I am sorry if I had forget something, any questions, I am here.


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