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Monday, September 15, 2014

Bottom line: There are a handful of useful sites for browsing information online about residencies beyond what is provided by the programs themselves, but take them with a grain of salt.

Kudos to everyone who was able to sign in to MyERAS and submit their application before the website started looking like this -

For everyone else, while we're waiting anxiously to get applications submitted, you may want to check out these helpful review sites that have additional information about residencies. Many of these are reviewed by actual anonymous residents at the programs so they can give you a more realistic look at the programs you are interested in. Of course, you'll need to be cautious as most of them are basically unregulated forums that have no way of knowing if the reviewers actually go to the program. This is the internet, after all!

* Official *
FREIDA online - hopefully you have visited this website already. It is the only site with OFFICIAL information from residencies and includes valuable data like salaries, average work hours, contact information for program directors/coordinators, etc. This should be your first stop for most reliable and up to date info. (You need to log in to use this site, that's how official it is!)

* Not-so-official *
Scutwork.com - comprehensive review site by residents/rotating medical students, many many programs found in this database

AMSA's residency reviews - has fewer programs listed than scutwork, I recommend selecting the "All allopathic program reviews" to browse the available options instead of using the search bar

If you're into calculators, you can check out this one about chances of matching. Don't let it fool you, though, it's impossible to tell where they're getting their data from for making the calculator. You may be safer just looking at the official match data to check out your chances as a candidate.

Whatever you use, definitely make a strong effort to do your homework before applying and interviewing to a program, because this is the reality of our situation now:

Happy researching!

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Bottom line: Understand and predict your shelf exam scores with NBME


As we mentioned in our Transitions discussion, it will be a great idea to practice taking shelf exams at the NBME website: https://nsas.nbme.org/home (which we also made into a Quick Link on the right under Phase II). To purchase a practice exam, select “Purchase Services” on the left hand menu after logging in. The shelf exams are found under the heading “Clinical Science Mastery Series” - there are two different practice exams for each rotation (again, nothing yet for Family Medicine, but for all other rotations there are practice exams).

To interpret the score you get on a practice shelf exam, follow these steps:

1. Get your Assessment Score. This is found on the report that you get right after completing an NBME practice exam, circled in red below.


2. Scroll down to get approximate subject exam score that corresponds to your assessment score - this is the raw score that NBME thinks you would have gotten if this had been your real shelf exam.


3. Open the Shelf Exam Score PDF (found on the SMRT Sharepoint site under Shared Documents -> Phase II folder or use this link). Use the approximate subject examination score as your raw score on this sheet. This will give you an approximate final grade for the course.


Note that the NBME specifically advises against using the practice exam scores for predicting your score on the real test day, and I agree that it would be wise not to take the example above, for instance, and assume that this student will get a 3 on their shelf exam. On the other hand, this process certainly helps me gauge approximately how much I need to panic about studying more.

Happy studying!


Monday, March 31, 2014

Bottom Line: Buying a smaller tablet for clerkships is NOT required; however, there are plenty of uses for a tablet if you're itching to get one!

More details: I've been asked quite a few questions regarding mini tablets and clerkships. After talking with older SMRT members, Dr. McGuire, and the One45 company, I've tried to put together some answers for you:

-What is this new system Dr. McGuire mentioned? The main change for the class of 2016 and beyond is the new system called One45. This is a browser-based system with mobile-enhanced components. This means it will work on ANY tablet/smartphone. We will mainly be using this system to enter patient encounter information, see grades, and complete evaluations. It can also be used as a concise calendar (showing your resident's and attending's calendars for that rotation) and for clerkship lotteries (but I'm not sure if UNM is taking advantage of these last two options quite yet). The obvious advantage of having a portable tablet is the ability to do these things immediately and on-the-go; however, you can also just make notes on paper and enter information later on a computer. If you'd like more information, I encourage you to check out their site at www.one45.com.

-Does PowerChart work on a tablet? Yes, you can use PowerChart on a tablet. However, older SMRT members warn that it is not the most reliable, such that small internet interruptions can cause a note you've been writing to disappear. 

-How else are tablets used during clerkships? DynaMed, Epocrates, UpToDate, taking notes during lectures, e-textbook reference, etc. 

-Which tablet should I get if I want one? There are a lot of tablets that will fit in your white coat pocket (unless you want to sew a bigger one for your current tablet!). To give you an idea, my iPad mini in a hardy Otterbox case is about the biggest you can go and still fit in that pocket. Mini tablets include the Google Nexus 7, iPad mini, Samsung Galaxy Note 8, Samsung Galaxy Tab 3, and the Evga Tegra Note 7, among others (NOTE: I have NOT checked if all of these fit in your white coat!).

-If you are interested in buying a smaller tablet: Along with the usual stores, I encourage you to check out Groupon (www.groupon.com, use Search at top). They have a bunch of good deals right now on the iPad mini, the Galaxy Note 8, the Galaxy Tab 3, and cases!

Hope this helps! If you have any questions, feel free to email!


Saturday, January 4, 2014

Bottom line: there’s no perfect way to figure out what score you’ll get on the Step 1 until you actually take the test, but there are several ways to get a ballpark idea of your score with these tips and tools.

We all know that going through lots of practice questions is a good way to study for Step 1, but it is confusing to try to figure out if you’re doing well. Will a 50% on the USMLEWorld question bank get you a passing score? What about the Kaplan QBank? After taking a look at the resources out there, I have distilled my top three sites for taking your grades on these question banks and correlating them with a possible Step 1 score.

1) Clinical Review: http://clinicalreview.com/ClinicalReview/resources/usmle-score-calculator.html


        - This is my favorite as I felt it was quite accurate and allows you to visualize where your practice scores are on the normal distribution. So you can plot based on your latest Kaplan score, your latest USMLEWorld score, and any NBME practice tests you have taken. One note about this predictor that I found on other sites: to get an accurate prediction of your Step 1 score from the QBanks, take your score on the last 300 questions or so and average those percentages. That way if you have improved the prediction will reflect that. The one drawback is that this site uses Flash, so iPads will be unable to view it without a Flash-enabled web browser like Puffin.

2) Score Blog: http://usmle-score-correlation.blogspot.com/

        - Although I did not rely on this one too heavily over time (and it is just a table), I found this extremely useful for telling myself if I have done well enough on a subject in the QBanks. This is because the table tells you, for instance, that getting 60% of the USMLEWorld questions right corresponds to a 228 on the Step 1. So when I was taking sets of questions and got a certain percentage, I could be confident in whether I was studying well for that topic if I got the percentage I wanted.

3) Med Friends: http://www.medfriends.org/step1_estimator/

        - This one is least accurate because they don't have as much data, but still a good site, especially for allowing you to enter in multiple values like the top site.

Happy studying!

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Bottom line: Updated Mac computer PowerChart access instructions.

Hi Ya'll!
On and off-campus PowerChart access on a Mac is quick and easy!  There are two ways to access it.

Off Campus:
First Way:
1. Download "Citrix Receiver" directly from Citrix.
2. Click on the Settings button at the top of the application when it opens.
3. Choose "Accounts"
4. Click the + button on the left to add an account.
5. Use https://receiver.health.unm.edu as the URL.
6. It will prompt you to enter your HSC (i.e. Groupwise) username and password.  In front of your username, type health\
7. The + button should appear on the left side of the screen.  Click here then choose which apps you would like on your home page.
8. From now on you just have to open the Citrix app and then click on the PowerChart icon that you added to your homepage.

Second Way:
1. Download "Citrix Receiver" directly from Citrix.
2. Access the UNMH Intranet from the UNMH homepage, under the heading For UNMH Employees, then the link on the left-side of the page Cerner Millenium Applications.  This will prompt you to log in to the Gateway.
3. Log in to the gateway with your HSC (i.e. Groupwise) password.
4. Click on the PowerChart link and Citrix will open automatically (some browsers, e.g. Chrome, may not open Citrix automatically, but instead a Launch file -- clicking on this file should open PowerChart).
5. The next time you want to access PowerChart, just go straight to the second step.

Let us know if you are having issues!

Have a good one!

Students in Medicine for Resources in Technology

Thursday, October 10, 2013

If you would like to find parks or trails around Albuquerque or selected counties around NM, download SMRT's very first iPhone app! Prescription Trails is a program to help individuals get outside and moving! website for prescription trails at http://prescriptiontrails.org Download the app here.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Mental health resources are easier to find in New Mexico thanks to the NM Addiction Resource Clearinghouse. UNM School of Medicine student Ryan Mals has created a one stop shop to help providers, patients, and loved ones to find help. Check out http://www.nmarc.net/ for more information.