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Jefferson Medical College Alpha Omega Alpha Guide to the Second Year
This course is a little different because you have 8 days of lecture as a sort of "primer", and then the course is continued through FCM. After your 8 days of lecture you will have an exam on the material. Then when you start FCM you will have some Physical Diagnosis lectures mixed in with all of the other FCM lectures. The information you learn for Physical Diagnosis during the FCM part of the year is double-tested. You will need to know it for the FCM exam you are taking (ex. You will learn about heart murmurs during cardiology), and you will need to know it for a Physical diagnosis final exam. The final exam at the end of the year tests you on all of the information you have learned throughout the entire Physical Diagnosis course. Your grade for Physical Diagnosis is based on the exam before Thanksgiving break, performance at the affiliate hospital visits, a scenario-based, focused history and physical exam using standardized patients at the clinical skills lab, and the final exam.
For the week before Thanksgiving, if the PowerPoint lectures are included in the syllabus, follow them. If they're not, take notes and then print out the PowerPoint after the class. Unfortunately, the PowerPoint is usually not available until after lecture. If you learn the PowerPoint and anything extra in class, you'll be fine. Don't worry about all the information in the syllabus. Also, make sure you either buy a copy, or find a way to listen to Dr. Mangione's heart and lung sounds CD and the information included with it. There are sounds on your exams and they come from the CD and lecture.
As for the FCM lectures, they usually hand out the PowerPoint in class, which is then available later online. The best strategy is to go to lecture and follow along. Then, get the PowerPoint after class and review it. By the end of the year, all of the information in the original syllabus should look familiar, though still it has extra information you will not be tested on.
Usually the afternoon consists of meeting with your doctor, performing a history and physical on a patient and then reviewing with your doctor. You will be required to submit some form of written documentation, usually to your preceptor. It may be a history and physical, or just some of your notes. This can be a valuable look into what 3rd year is like. Some demand more than others. If you have any problems with a preceptor tell Dr. Mangione immediately. He will always help you. Also, the preceptors tend to grade rather harshly because they only see you 4 times and they are more used to grading students in the 3rd year who are there for weeks at a time. Don't stress too much about it.
CLINICAL SKILLS CENTER
FINAL EXAM (Standardized Patient)
FINAL EXAM (Written)
Last updated: 7/12