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    Core Clerkship Examinations (CCE)

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    In about 2 weeks, I have to take my CCE's for pediatrics. I'm not really sure what to expect as its my first clerkship exam. I've heard it is about 100 questions for 2 hrs, but that's literally all I know.

    I've been studying Kaplan pediatrics through out the rotation and hope to get through case files within the next week or so.

    Does anyone have any advice as to what I should study since we don't have powerpoints or anything of that sort that would give me an indication of whats being tested?

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    You are now a 3rd year and powerpoints is a thing of the past, just like Step 1 you will need good high yield review books and rotation specific study guides. As far as I understand all 3rd years now have to do the MUA courses (online) which would help tremendously for CS and rotations itself. There are many resources on the MUA courses platform that can be accessed, journals etc. In hospital using UpTwoDate can be great while on rotation. The hospital I rotate at gives students free access.

    Having completed all core exams I can shed some light on CCE. These exams are not easy, by any means. I know in the past people were simply studying Exammaster (EM) questions and getting fantastic grades. I think MUA and SABA have changed exams and no longer use old EM exams. That being said, I would still do all the EM questions for each rotation as the CCE Q are from EM Qbanks and the questions are really stupid sometimes, poorly written and test minutiae not even UW tests on. I would also do all UW questions for the rotation. This would have a two-prong effect, it will help you pass the CCE and you would have a major investment towards CK. I am firmly of the opinion that UW done over and over again through 3rd year would give you a great CK score. Any book of your choosing (step UP etc) can be used as an addendum.
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    Thanks for the advice. I normally didn't use power points on the island either, just read books and double checked with the lectures day before the exam to make sure I've hit everything. But I get what you're saying, its a whole new world here and you are not GIVEN any information, you have to do the leg work yourself.

    Right now, I'm reading Kaplan pediatrics, case files and hopefully get to exam master over the next week or so. Hopefully that will do the trick.

    Initially I was going to get UW but since I don't have IM until the beginning of next year (peds --> ob --> surg --> IM), I thought I should just wait until I start IM. I've heard that UW doesn't have that many questions for the other disciplines, but I could be mistaken, I've just heard it from random people who are studying for CK. In any case, I think I'll get UW once I start Ob/Gyn.

    Oh and one more thing, do you recommend any comprehensive review book (like FA was for step 1)? I normally like to write quick notes when I'm doing questions just to keep things together and make it a more active learning experience. I see people in my hospital walking around with FA Step 2 CK or Master the Boards, but I have not had a chance to look at them. Any advice?
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    Quote Originally Posted by wAyRadikull View Post
    Thanks for the advice. I normally didn't use power points on the island either, just read books and double checked with the lectures day before the exam to make sure I've hit everything. But I get what you're saying, its a whole new world here and you are not GIVEN any information, you have to do the leg work yourself.

    Right now, I'm reading Kaplan pediatrics, case files and hopefully get to exam master over the next week or so. Hopefully that will do the trick.

    Initially I was going to get UW but since I don't have IM until the beginning of next year (peds --> ob --> surg --> IM), I thought I should just wait until I start IM. I've heard that UW doesn't have that many questions for the other disciplines, but I could be mistaken, I've just heard it from random people who are studying for CK. In any case, I think I'll get UW once I start Ob/Gyn.

    Oh and one more thing, do you recommend any comprehensive review book (like FA was for step 1)? I normally like to write quick notes when I'm doing questions just to keep things together and make it a more active learning experience. I see people in my hospital walking around with FA Step 2 CK or Master the Boards, but I have not had a chance to look at them. Any advice?
    Master the Boards seems the way to go for step 2 and 3. I didn't use it for step 2, but a lot of students caught on to it when it was released. Also, Boards and Wards is another one you should look into. I read FA Step 2 and was not impressed by it at all.

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