Process of elimination

The studying continues, despite the fact that I’ve forgotten quite a bit of the medical knowledge that I once had. I’ve made it a point to try to do a set of practice questions every day and, despite the fact that I feel like I have no idea what I’m doing when I stumble through the questions, I seem to be doing better than I expected. I find that in most cases when I get the correct answer, it isn’t because I know my stuff. More often than not, it’s because I had some vague intuition that one of the answers felt more friendly than the others. I guess I should be glad that the questions are multiple-choice!

3 thoughts on “Process of elimination

  1. There is so much information in the medical field, that I don’t think that anyone can actually memorize it all. I know that the psychologists have a large diagnostic manual – do doctors have something similar?

    I love how “It’s never lupus” is part of your comic, especially since I have never heard of lupus or any of the other words that you have written down. Good luck on your exam!

    • I think the book you’re thinking of is the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), which is essentially the Bible of psychiatrists (and I guess psychologists too?). I was once told by a Psychiatry intern that a good portion of a psychiatrist’s job is to “know the DSM,” so my impression is that they do actually end up memorizing a great deal of it =/. As far as I know, there’s no comprehensive catalog of medical diseases.

      The lupus thing was a reference to the show House, where it seems like lupus is part of every episode’s differential, but never actually ends up being the diagnosis.

  2. I do the same thing: answer a few answer questions each day – it really helps no matter what you are studying.
    Good luck with studying! I have a lot of respect for people who get in to the medicine field. :)

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