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How to Study for the General Surgery Qualifying Exam
Sheel Patel by Sheel Patel on Jul 12, 2021 in Surgery, Boards, General Surgery

Passing the General Surgery Qualifying Exam (QE) is the first of two steps to becoming a board certified general surgeon. After completing five years of intense general surgery residency, this exam can be considered a way to regurgitate everything you have learned thus far.

However, it is very important to remember that your preparation for the board examination actually begins from day one of residency. It is also important to remember that there is no right or wrong way to study for boards and that the suggested method in this post is one of many ways to prepare. 

How to Rock Your Surgery Rotation (and Live to Tell the Tale)

Dr. Samuel Azeze and Dr. Shelby Wood contributed to this post. 

The night prior to starting my surgery rotation, I couldn’t tell whether I was filled with anxiety or excitement, but either way I wasn’t getting any sleep that night. So many colleagues and faculty brought up rants and raves about the surgery rotation — always with mixed reviews — and that resulted in even more confusion. I didn’t know what to think, how to approach the rotation, or how to succeed.

Can a DO Be a Surgeon?
Sheel Patel by Sheel Patel on Feb 2, 2021 in Surgery, Osteopathy

At Med School Tutors, we receive a lot of questions about the value and opportunities for students pursuing a Doctor of Medicine (MD) versus a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO).

How to Study for the Surgery Shelf

One of the exams medical students consistently dread is the surgery shelf exam.

Why is the surgery shelf so challenging?

For a couple reasons: you spend so many hours in the operating room that you don’t have any time to study (or you may be too physically exhausted to study), and there are very few resources out there that actually address what’s actually going to be on the exam itself. Not daunting at all, right?

The Big Break: Orthopaedic Emergencies

This is what surgeons live for. The adrenaline rush of life and limb saving surgical intervention. Orthopaedic emergencies are rare and can be life and limb threatening without prompt intervention. For the USMLE, you should know of the open fracture, compartment syndrome, necrotizing fasciitis, and septic arthritis.

Match Into a Surgery Subspecialty Residency with These 5 Pearls of Wisdom
Dr. Paras Shah by Dr. Paras Shah on Oct 25, 2017 in Residency, Surgery

So you want to do a surgical subspecialty? Good decision. Really, really good decision. There are many reasons that surgical subspecialties appeal to medical students. The first and probably most incorrect reason is that acceptance into a surgical subspecialty justifies your academic worth, as only the most competitive candidates are able to make the cut. I would have to say that if this is the reason you're choosing a surgical subspecialty you should really reconsider. The most successful residents in my experience are those who have a passion for the field, who are engrossed in the subject material such that reading a relevant research paper or scrubbing into a surgery is more of a way of life than a forced maneuver. The hours are long, the competition is tight, and you submit yourself to being a student for the rest of your life. That being said, most people pursue surgical subspecialty for the right reasons.

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