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Four Stages of Competence

In the 1970s, Noel Burch described four stages of learning any new skill and it could be summarized as follows:

  • Unconscious incompetence, where one does not recognize a deficit;
  • Conscious incompetence, where one does recognize a deficit and how to improve their skill;
  • Conscious competence, where one is competent but requires concentration to perform the skill, and;
  • Unconscious competence: where the skill has become second nature.

Everyone strives for unconscious competence. The mastery of a skill has become so complete that you can do it effortlessly. The scariest state to be in is the first stage. “You do not know what you do not know.” That can be a terrible position to be in, especially when a patient’s life is on the line.

That is why receiving feedback is so important. That is why we train for so many years, under the watchful eye of so many experts to be a master of the craft. Sometimes, in order to make that transition to the next step of our competency, it requires someone else to point out where we need help.

Clinical Decision Making.

Here is an example of an answer field from the CanadaQBank. The LMCC exam does not mess around when it comes to its multiple choice questions. On the hardcore scale, it goes beyond 11 but it is less than 9000.

Turning Twenty Six.
Celebrations included a hearty breakfast, a fancy dinner, and a day’s worth of group studying for the MCCQE. Hopefully next year there will not be higher priorities that need to be addressed. 
Thanks to everyone who has sent their well wishes today. Stay awesome, folks.

Turning Twenty Six.

Celebrations included a hearty breakfast, a fancy dinner, and a day’s worth of group studying for the MCCQE. Hopefully next year there will not be higher priorities that need to be addressed. 

Thanks to everyone who has sent their well wishes today. Stay awesome, folks.

Study Week

I expect I will not be posting very much over the course of the coming week as the MCCQE part 1 is fast approaching. I thank you all for your patience and understanding.

I hope to see you all on the other side.

Sincerely,
Tom of the Medical State of Mind

And of course…

…the fire alarm must go off. 

Colours In The Sky by Miami Horror featuring Cleopold.

I am going to the hospital library to study for my upcoming clinical exam this weekend. This is my motivational song of the day.

Case Study.
Studying in the clerkship years is a challenging task. Study times gives way to working time; working time gives way to sleeping time. Somewhere in between we need to create time for ourselves to build our knowledge.
The transition into third year requires quick adaptation to studying on the go. Bring a pocket book or load an ebook onto your phone or tablet computer. If you have few minutes to catch your breath, take out your study material and read a little. 
The best way to maximize your learning in these circumstances is to read around the cases you see each day. Was there something you did not understand about the pathophysiology for patient A’s condition? Not sure what the management plan should be for patient B? Make a case study out of these patients and read around what you do not know or cannot remember. Not only does this help you relate your readings to an actual experiences that help solidify your knowledge, but it will help you manage that patient’s care better. It is a win-win.
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Case Study.

Studying in the clerkship years is a challenging task. Study times gives way to working time; working time gives way to sleeping time. Somewhere in between we need to create time for ourselves to build our knowledge.

The transition into third year requires quick adaptation to studying on the go. Bring a pocket book or load an ebook onto your phone or tablet computer. If you have few minutes to catch your breath, take out your study material and read a little. 

The best way to maximize your learning in these circumstances is to read around the cases you see each day. Was there something you did not understand about the pathophysiology for patient A’s condition? Not sure what the management plan should be for patient B? Make a case study out of these patients and read around what you do not know or cannot remember. Not only does this help you relate your readings to an actual experiences that help solidify your knowledge, but it will help you manage that patient’s care better. It is a win-win.

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Previous pearl: Photos & Videos Prohibited…

Jeopardy / Millionaire

If you find yourself wanting to do a group study session but want to bring some excitement and competition to the table, why not set up a game night for your friends?

For academic medical students, try a hand at adapting Jeopardy. It takes some time to build up enough cards and factoids to make a late night session worthwhile. Do it in teams or fly solo. Can you answer fast enough?

For clinical medical students, adapt a game of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? Put yourself in the hot seat in the audience of your friends and try to rank up in a certain topic. Find help with the 50/50 option, poll your audience, or call a friend (e.g. a dermatology resident for a skin lesion question). Rewards can range from free meals to switching prized call shifts to just good old fashion prestige. 

Have you ever played a study game? Share your ideas below.

Phases of the Bipolar Spectrum.
Our mood is always in a constant state of flux. In patients with bipolar disorder, the mood can swing quite dramatically into the highs and lows. They can be pleasantly but intensely perked up one visit or severely and suicidally depressed the next.
This diagram, adapted from the citation above, hopes to illustrate this.

Phases of the Bipolar Spectrum.

Our mood is always in a constant state of flux. In patients with bipolar disorder, the mood can swing quite dramatically into the highs and lows. They can be pleasantly but intensely perked up one visit or severely and suicidally depressed the next.

This diagram, adapted from the citation above, hopes to illustrate this.

The studying never ends.
Took a few moments today to flip through some questions and read around the topics before carrying on with the rest of my day. It is all about lifelong learning.

The studying never ends.

Took a few moments today to flip through some questions and read around the topics before carrying on with the rest of my day. It is all about lifelong learning.