If you are looking to do very well on the Family Medicine Shelf Examination, then keep reading. I did very well, got an A+; finishing off my medical school exams with a huge BANG! I used a few resources, and to be frank, they did help a lot.
As per usual when it comes to my break downs on doing well on your clinical clerkships shelf examinations, I will explain what I did in as much detail as I can.
Now as just a quick introduction to what to expect when it comes to the Family Medicine Shelf Exam; it is definitely easier than Internal Medicine. Also, you’d probably be able to pass the Family Medicine Shelf Exam, if you had the Internal Medicine Shelf Exam before; with only using the first resource on the list. Obviously the only difference is “screening” – preventative medicine. I got a fair amount of screening questions on my examination and also a lot of elderly medicine related questions. Some of the questions were as simple as diagnosing the disorder or recognizing a very simple contraindication to someone’s background health in relation to medications, etc. It did have some statistical questions; I got like 2 of them and a few ethical questions.
I also got about 3, 2 part questions that the NBME have decided to include in all of their NBME questions. It is no longer the format of having two questions, with the same options, but different scenarios. Instead, they have two questions, that are related to each other and unfortunately, when you answer one, you have to lock your answer in, before moving on. It is a similar method that’s U-World has, when they have two part questions, which if you decide to move forward, by default you’ve basically locked the previous question. To be honest, I found this to be something that could stress me out, because imagine if you answered the first question wrong, you’d pretty much know it right away as the second question literally starts off with the right answer, as per the continuation of the 2 part format.So, what I did, was skip all those questions once I came to them by going to the review window. After I was done with the exam, I came back to those questions, so at least getting the first part wrong, didn’t screw up my thought process and confidence throughout the remainder of the exam, as all those questions were already answered. So, I would suggest doing this also. By the way, I got all those 2 part questions, correct. Which was a nice icing on the cake, when I left the exam; knowing that I got those 6 questions correct.
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