What To Do After AICM 5th Semester

This post is out of a request from one of the readers. I probably wrote several topics in different angles. You finished AICM 5th semester so, now what do you do? Most of the students may feel that they were not fully prepared to take the USMLE Step 1 by the end of AICM 5th semester and they need to go over their weak areas and improve their basic science foundation. 
After you finished AICM this is what you need to do:
  1. Take NBME and see where you are at in terms of your knowledge.
  2. From the NBME, evaluate which topics you are weak in.
  3. Plan out how you are going to cover the weak areas, such as using videos, First Aid book, and question banks (Kaplan, USMLE World).
  4. Take NBME again, a different version, to see where you are weak at.
Keep one thing in mind, if you hear that a fellow student studied for several months after AICM and passed the USMLE Step 1, that doesn’t mean that you can study for the same amount of time and pass. Everyone is different and everyone from the island studied differently. You are not ready to take the USMLE Step 1 until the NBME test tells you that you are above the passing range.

Jackson Park Hospital in Chicago, IL

The following is a video of Jackson Park Hospital. This is good introduction for the students in Bonaire and Anguilla. This is where you will do AICM 5th semester and possibly your core rotations if not at Mercy Hospital. In the video you will see some of the residents of the hospital whom you will meet when you do AICM or do your clinical clerkship; that is if you start by this year or next year.

OSHA and HIPAA Certifications are Now Required for Clinical Clerkships

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.