|Originally posted by Silky Johnson |
Congrats! What was the exam like? You had to go through several scenarios I'm guessing?
Thanks. Was actually three parts in one exam: Cardiology, pneumonology and nutrition. Nutrition was mostly focused on diabetes type 1/2 and treatment as well as some other stuff such as obesity, rheumatoid arthritis, spondylitis, lupus, scleroderma as well as general knowledge of nutrition, calories, some formulas and so forth.
Pneumonology was basically every pathology except tuberculosis which will be covered next year, hence: different clinic evaluation methods, hidatid cysts, abscesses, sarcoidosis, fibrosis, pneumonia (including different pathological agents and their respective treatment) but mostly focused on asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, differential diagnosis, stages and exacerbation treatment.
Cardiology was the hard part...basically everything from anamnesis to paraclinic, clinic, treatment. The professor which was a tight-ass wanted us to learn the physics behind the machines, diving into how the EKG works, ecography (all forms, visualizations etc) and of course, all the pathologies: cardiac insufficiency, infarction, hypertrophy, hypertension (including pulmonary hypertension), cardiac arrest, cardiomyopahty, endocarditis, coronary diseases, arrhythmia, DVT and EKG derivations including a shitload of obscure stuff like Brugada syndrome/Takotsubo. What was the hardest part was that he insisted on treatment, including dosages. It wasn't enough studying by heart ~5+ classes of anti-arrhythmic medicine and how they function as well as a shitload of heparines names and their contra-indications, but we had to know the exact mg dosage as well - and of course, the mechanism behind all of the above.
In order to enter the written exam we had to pass the practical exam (of all three subjects) which was done earlier during the year, which included examination of the patients and one-on-one with the professor. And to enter the practical exam you need ~90% presence on classes/hospital duty.
Anyway, I study daily so it wasn't such a big deal. Went through each of the books three times cover to cover.