EDExam Podcast – Episode 1 – Amit Maini

Here it is, the first ever EDExam Podcast!!

Why record a podcast?
One of the cornerstone pieces of advice for anyone sitting the ACEM Fellowship Exam is “get lots of advice from lots of people”, as everyone has different tips that worked for them, and if you only ask one or two people for advice, you may not get advice that works for you.  I was mulling over this concept recently, then it hit me.  Of course! Why not start recording different people’s advice on preparing for the exam, and that way we can have a permanent record of the different approaches that people have taken, with tips on what worked for them, what didn’t, and things to definitely avoid.

For the inaugural podcast I selected a guest who took a very different approach than most to the exam.
Dr Amit Maini is a FACEM from Melbourne (via the UK), creator of the excellent ED Trauma & Critical Care website, who used some rather unorthodox techniques when preparing for the exam, and he overcame several obstacles such as choosing a bad, external rotation for his exam period, a paucity of study buddies and even tenosynovitis in his writing hand.  For those in out of the way places or who like to do things a bit differently, Amit’s very candid interview will be inspirational, and for the maintream folk, there’s still plenty of great exam preparation tips. Enjoy.
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3 Responses to EDExam Podcast – Episode 1 – Amit Maini

  1. dreapadoir April 17, 2012 at 1:27 pm #

    Hi Andy
    I like the podcast, and I just wanted to say, my preparation for the exam was very similar to Amit’s, except for the De Quervain’s and being on a paeds rotation! I also do not believe it is necessary to read a textbook or more cover to cover. Questions, practice, exposure to examiner and FACEM feedback, and Web 2.0/Social Media resources. It may work for some, but I would have failed dismally if I had stuck to that approach! http://dreapadoir.wordpress.com/2011/12/01/is-the-textbook-dead/

  2. dreapadoir April 17, 2012 at 1:30 pm #

    Just realised the lazy grammar of my previous post made my point unclear. What I meant to say is the textbook based approach would have led to dismal failure for me!

  3. Andy B April 17, 2012 at 11:40 pm #

    Thanks Domhnall (& thanks for the link)
    I definitely think that the utility of textbooks is waning, and its good to know that people can get through without reading all of the books cover to cover (I, like you, bought all of them and certainly didn’t read any of them front to back). I still think however that for those that have a couple of years to kill between primary & fellowship exams, it doesn’t hurt to browse through some of the textbooks, as they are still packed full of useful information, and believe me many ED docs are nowhere near up to speed with Web 2.0, and I don’t think Web 2.0 has all the information you need to pass the exam yet. I also think that some people (like me) need to understand the theory behind medical concepts to gain true conceptual understanding, and whilst you can get a lot of this online, the books suit some peoples learning styles better. I think it also helps to know how we “used to do things” to understand why we do things differently now, so the books are a useful historical reference!
    Anyway your (and Amit’s) techniques add weight to my “different strokes for different folks” theory, so thanks for the comments!

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