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I think there should just be a general tab- whats the feeling on buying books in general?Blueprints are dense and longer, but cover the entirety of what you need to know. I use these as my "textbooks"

First Aid for Clerkships are less detailed, but gnerally include most everything you need to know. They are good to get the jist of something you are unfamiliar with (surgery and OB/Gyn god-sends)

PreTest has hundreds of questions, which is good to test your knowledge toward the end of the rotation. They have good synopses, but might not hit everything. Also, the questions tend to be harder than the NBMEs.
Borrowing books is always a good option whether this be from upper classman or fellow third years who have already taken the rotation. If you develop a system with several classmates then you only have to buy a few books. I read blueprints for most rotations and then did pretest or UWorldCK. This gave me a basic fund of knowledge and practice with questions
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Is there a specific MS3-Indy Calendar for exchange? No
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Closed toed shoes always? Is there a need to wear stockings/tights when wearing a dress or skirt? Same rules outpatient?I stuck with closed toed shoes for my own comfort; I don't know if there is any specific hospital policy pertaining to footwear. +/- stockings with skirts and dresses is up to you, plenty of people don't. I'd stick with knee-length or longer items for easier mobility. Outpatient dress-code is the same. If you are inpatient on a non-surgical month, the times where scrubs are allowable are weekends and call days.Definitely invest in comfortable closed-toed shoes.You will regret heels unless your feet are made of steel. Many residents/doctors/students where Danskos. Expensive but saves you many foot blisters.Any recommendations?
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I'm in an extreme post step1 ictal state. When will I start caring about life again? We'll let you know...What is life?6/1/2015
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Are the uworld Step 2 CK self-assessments worthwhile or are there NBME self-assessments for the clerkship shelf exams?Yes, on the latter question. Regarding the former, I don't know. I did Doctors in Training for Step 2 CK and liked it. It covered everything and gave me structure. If I had to guess the self-assessments aren't worth it - after all what is even considered a good Step 2 score?I never used any form of self assessment before the shelves. Just tried to make it through one book (blueprints, casefiles, etc) and do questions (either pretest or UWorld)
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Should we get the UWorld Step 2 CK bank now and use it to prepare for each rotation's shelf?I would say yes. yes.
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Are we disadvantaged by taking a vacation this year?That is a very open ended question. The asnwer depends on a number of factors including but not limitted to: when it falls in the year, your level of "burn out", whether you are playing around with applying to a specialty but are not quite sure (I knew several folks who used this time to cross things off their list), do you want to get research done. That last item is really tricky. If you have already done research this is a good time to continue a project/finish it up. If you have not been working on a project, I would suggest using this month to do a case report. Optimally you will rotate with a clerkship you are interested in matching in, identify a cool case while on that service, have a supporting attending and/or resident who would be happy to co-author it with you before your elective month. Life as an MS3 is rarely optimal though so you will probably have to decide which of those items are negotiable and which are not.

TLDR: there is an opportunity cost to taking a vacation (Rotation, research, one less month of 4th year vacation); However, you might be exhausted and/or you might have no real "need" for those opportunities. In that case, it makes sense to relax.
If you have your vacation scheduled for the very last month of 3rd year, you will get the option of scheduling your Sub-I for this time. You will be able to get this out of the way early and take it at pretty much any location you want guaranteed. Everyone else will have to go through the 4th year preferencing "fantasy draft" to try and match into the month and location they desire.You are not disadvantaged; it is truly a preference. Many people take an "easy/fun" elective so that they have 3 months of vacation during fourth year. Lots of people do a research month. I took vacation third year and have no regrets. (I took it right after I took Step 1 when I was 200% burnt out)
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no one mentioned this at GLIC, but which rotations will various lectures be required? and how frequent are they?Each rotation has it's own set of lectures that are taken with varying degrees of seriousness by the clerkship. For example, last year it seemed like neurology took their lectures VERY seriously, while on surgery it was hit or miss whether someone even showed up. Other clerkships do different lectures for people at different locations. For example St. Vincent OB/Gyn has their own lectures, a lot of them. That said, things are in constant flux so this is one of those areas where you should just pay attention to what you are told in orrientation. This is unique for each rotation and can vary from year to year. Sorry unable to provide my specific advice- your best bet is to listen at orientation for that specific rotation.
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Which "pocket guides", if any, should we carry in our white coats during clerkships?A lot of people use the Pocket Medicine book. It has a lot of great information in it and is handy for when you are on rounds. I got by fine without it though.Maxwell's can be helpful.Most people have Maxwell's. It is cheap and a great reference for H+P, labs, and writing basic SOAP notes or admitting H+P. I did not invest in Pocket Medicine.
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Did anyone do the DIT step 2CK review course? do you recommend it? they have a $200 promotion being offered right now so I guess I have to make a decision asap... I never used any DIT products. They aren't bad I just chose not to because of money and learning style. If you desire structure I hear it is helpful. It seems a bit early to take a Step2Ck course..?If you took it for Step 1 and found it to be helpful, I expect that you would also like it for Step 2. I have not taken it, but I get that they want you to pay in advance and then start the class later. It's definitely too early for an MS 3 to be starting to study for Step 2 CK
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If we are going to the gym after a shift, are we allowed to change into gym clothes at the hospital (just prior to leaving), or should we always be in business attire/scrubs while at the hospital?Interesting question. I would suggest using a restroom in a different part of the hospital from where you are working, just to be safe. Or just change at the gym. That said, I don't think anyone would fault you for staying fit!
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