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We Have Good News and Bad News… What Do You Want to Hear First?

February 1, 2020 |by Family Medicine Exam Prep Course | 0 Comments | CCFP | , , , , , ,

Before entering the next SOO station, you read the prompt: “You are about to meet a patient whose clinical presentation and investigations are suggestive of a new diagnosis of lupus.” You eloquently perform a review of systems, provide an excellent management plan and arrange follow up with the patient… But you are NOT deemed a SUPERIOR CERTIFICANT. What went wrong?

It was actually a “Bad News” scenario, and you didn’t use interviewing techniques that the FMEP Course hopes to see in a SUPERIOR certificant.

The good news is that we have the tips and tricks you can use when a similar situation shows up on your exam. We have summarized an excellent AFP article that will help you be an FMEP Superior Certificant on your SOO. (more…)

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“Doc, Do You Even Know What You Are Doing?!” 

January 11, 2020 |by Family Medicine Exam Prep Course | 0 Comments | CCFP | , , , , , , ,

Your SOO has been going great so far and you are feeling confident.

You go to your next station – you see Mr. Huff And Puff. He is a 58-year-old man with COPD. He is not using his puffers despite repeated discussions. He is also a 60-pack-year smoker. The first thing the actor says is, “Doc, do you even know what you are doing?! I am still coughing!” 

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Be a QUITTER – But Not on Your SOO! Your Guide to Smoking Cessation

December 16, 2019 |by Family Medicine Exam Prep Course | 0 Comments | CCFP | , , , , , ,

You are about to meet Sara, a 25-year-old patient with a 20-pack-year smoking history. She would like to quit. You walk into the room.

Do you know how to counsel your patient? Is it Champix or nicotine… both… or neither? What’s the latest advice? To help prepare you, we’ve written a summary of an excellent CFP article – find the full article with all the statistics here!

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Doc, You Want My Car Keys…? Driving and Dementia

November 23, 2019 |by Family Medicine Exam Prep Course | 0 Comments | CCFP | , , , , , ,

It’s your SOO. You walk into the next room – you have an 89-year-old man. His wife has expressed concern about his driving ability.

Will you cut up his driver’s license? Call the police? Report him to the MTO?

Does driving and dementia make you lost for words? Are you thinking that you’d better brush up on your reading before SOO time? No need to search too far – we’ve summarized a comprehensive CFP article for you right here! Here is the article for your reference.

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If You SNOOZE, You LOSE – WAKEY, WAKEY… SOO TIME! AN APPROACH TO FATIGUE

November 16, 2019 |by Family Medicine Exam Prep Course | 0 Comments | CCFP | , , , , , ,

The bell chimes and it’s the next station – you have a 33-year-old male who presents with fatigue for several months. He has no other medical history. ENTER THE ROOM.

Do you want to pull your hair out? Bite your fingernails? HOLD ON! We’re here to help. Here’s a brief checklist to follow for your SOO (or SAMP) – we used this helpful CMAJ article to help create a SOO tool for you.

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On a SOO: Let’s Talk about POO – Traveller’s Diarrhea

October 28, 2019 |by Family Medicine Exam Prep Course | 0 Comments | CCFP | , , , , , ,

It’s the CCFP SOO exam – you’re about to enter the next station … Your station has a 23-year-old male coming in for travel advice. He is going to Jamaica and wants to know what he can do to prevent getting traveller’s diarrhea. What are you going to ask? Are you confident about what medications he needs? What investigations may be needed once the patient has returned home if the symptoms persist?

If you’re ready to learn how to become a FMEP course SUPERIOR Certificant… keep reading. 

This blog is a summary of the Canadian Family Physicians’ article on traveller’s diarrhea. The article can be found here.

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SOO and SAMP: Your Study Guide for HEADACHES!

October 16, 2019 |by Family Medicine Exam Prep Course | 0 Comments | CCFP | , , , , , , , , ,

What are the SAMPs and how do you recommend studying for the SAMPs? The Short answer management problems (SAMPs) test your knowledge base and problem-solving skills. The SAMPs are done on a computer in different locations across Canada. They take approximately 4 hours and will take place on the Friday of the examination weekend…

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What are the SAMPs and how do you recommend studying for the SAMPs?

August 28, 2019 |by Family Medicine Exam Prep Course | 0 Comments | CCFP | , , , , , , , , ,

What are the SAMPs and how do you recommend studying for the SAMPs? The Short answer management problems (SAMPs) test your knowledge base and problem-solving skills. The SAMPs are done on a computer in different locations across Canada. They take approximately 4 hours and will take place on the Friday of the examination weekend…

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What are the SOOs and how do you recommend studying for the SOO?

July 28, 2019 |by Family Medicine Exam Prep Course | 0 Comments | CCFP | , , , , , ,

What are the SOOs and how do you recommend studying for the SOO? The simulated office orals (SOOs) are CCFPs way of examining how you perform in a clinical setting. The oral examination includes five SOOs which are each 15 minutes in length. At 12 minutes, you will be informed that you have 3 minutes…

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How to study for the CCFP exam?

June 28, 2019 |by Family Medicine Exam Prep Course | 0 Comments | CCFP | , , , , , ,

When it came down to writing the CCFP exam, we asked over 50 residents who passed the exam what their strategy was. Here are some of the tips we got COMMON THEME: do not stress!, Scheduling, Don’t only study, Create a plan, Resources…

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