PDI is a challenging class in MD4; it requires you to take whatever you learned in the previous semesters and use it altogether; PDI stands for Physical Diagnosis Introduction & Clinical Medicine so you can see why it’s hard, now we’re entering the clinical arena. There are no notes to copy from. Dr. P speaks, and it’s your job to take notes or record his lectures on an audio device. I have found it kind of challenging to get the attention I need with our big class of 60 people. The class is divided in to 2 groups; each group takes turn surrounding the gurney while the instructor teaches the concepts of examination. Thank GOD for the internet; I’ve found videos online to help me in PDI. I have gathered them to a playlist and it’s displayed below; the concepts the videos show are taught in class and if you watch them over and over again then you’ll get very familiar with the examinations. If we have to learn any new concept in class for block 2, then I will update the playlist below with new videos.
The videos include shifting dullness, fluid wave, Murphy’s sign, Rovsing’s sign, and rebound tenderness.
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For all you not-senior students of SJSM you will love MD4. The schedule is a bit relaxed and we have time to sleep and study for the tests. We have 4 tests but 2 of them are from one class. We have PDI tests with one that is multiple-choice where we take it like any other tests and the other one is practical one where we perform physical exams on a patient. The patient is actually another classmate we choose to be our partner. The other tests are Epidemiology and Systemic Pathology (Pathology II).
The schedule is great as well, on the week of the test, on that Thursday we have the multiple-choice test for PDI, and on the following day, a Friday, we have the practical for PDI. On Friday everyone is assigned a certain time of the day to show up to be tested; we have 20 minutes to get tested per pair. The weekend is the time to study and on the following Monday we have Systemic Pathology and Epidemiology tests. Therefore, on Thursday we have the PDI theory exam at 8 AM, on Friday we have the PDI practical exam on our given schedule, on Monday we have System Pathology II at 10 AM and then we have Epidemiology at 2 PM. So yeah that’s the schedule for MD test.
As in terms of difficulty, I would say it’s a bit better than MD3 because now we have only 3 subjects instead of 5 subjects to study for. The subjects are not easy though, they are still difficult but studying for them is more relaxed now. Therefore, we have more time in our hands to learn the material well. Some people are actually taking the extra time to start studying for Step 1.