To do well on your rotation’s WRITTEN EXAM you need to have a good understanding of the “Core 4” body systems (Neurology, Cardiology, Pulmonary, GI). Virtually all medical students have a basic understanding of these core body systems and the common topics related to these systems.
Neurology: Headaches, Strokes, Meningitis
Cardiology: Chest Pain, Myocardial Infarction, EKG reading
Pulmonary: Shortness of Breath, Pulmonary Embolism, Pneumonia
GI: Abdominal Pain, Nausea/Vomiting, Appendicitis
To do well in the DEPARTMENT you need to do well on the “Other Stuff”. These are the types of topics that are NOT going to be heavily tested on your exam, and most students don’t study them for this reason. However, knowing them will make you look like an absolute rockstar when you are with your resident and attending. Only advanced medical students have a strong understanding of these seemingly random (but very common) issues.
Epistaxis, Foley Catheter Issues, Rectal Bleeding, Laceration Repair, Rashes, Suicidal Ideation, Geriatric Falls, etc.
Emergency Medicine Advanced Clinical Subject Exam Content Breakdown (NBME Website)