- Take NBME and see where you are at in terms of your knowledge.
- From the NBME, evaluate which topics you are weak in.
- Plan out how you are going to cover the weak areas, such as using videos, First Aid book, and question banks (Kaplan, USMLE World).
- Take NBME again, a different version, to see where you are weak at.
If you didn’t get the memo, then here it is, in order to start AICM or further clinical clerkships SJSM students are now required to be certified in not only CPR, but also in OSHA and HIPAA. Anyways the entire cost for OSHA and HIPAA cost be about $55. Better to know this now then later because it takes a while to complete the two courses. And if you haven’t done so, then also get CPR certified.
OSHA Blood Borne Pathogens basically deals with how to handle hazardous materials in the medical area. It basically is about what to do and what not to do in the wards. OSHA training costs me about $30 and I was certified at compliancetrainingonline.com. The OSHA training typically takes an hour with a test at the end. However, since it is painfully boring it could take up to an entire day.
Basic HIPAA certification was the more boring one out of the two because unlike OSHA training, HIPAA training didn’t have an audio reading off the page. HIPAA deals with the privacy and security of medical information of patients. HIPAA laws were created because apparently criminals can steal medical information and make fraudulent transactions since the medical information is very sensitive. The HIPAA certification costs about $25 and it can be completed at myhipaatraining.com. HIPAA certification is supposedly done in 30 minutes, but it’s also so boring so it can take up to a day with a test at the end.
Also, note that you need to be CPR level C certified to also conduct clinical clerkships. I believe the certification lasts around two years and then you have to retake the course. Jackson Park Hospital offers it for $40 per student.