First year Diaries E05: Dr. Mohamed Hagahmed – Preparing for Exams After Residency Graduation

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In this episode, Kevin Dong (@kevinjdongMD) interviews Dr. Mohamed Hagahmed (@hagahmedMD) on his transition to practice and how to prepare for your board/licensing exams after you graduate from residency. Dr. Mohamed Hagahmed is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at UT Health San Antonio.

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  1. Can you talk about your experience and what graduating residences can do to prepare for this transition both for attending-hood and for their board/licensing exam?
  2. How was that experience for you? There are a lot of things you need to learn just to transition, and on top of studying the exam, there can be a lot of elements. How did you prepare for this?
  3. How do you prepare for the exam whilst practicing independently?
  4. How do you tackle and overcome imposter syndrome, while being a staff physician but not quite yet being board certified or licensed?
  5. Do you have any specific people you seek guidance from, especially when you have tough days?
  6. When it comes to transitioning, do you have any specific resources that you use?

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Kevin Junghwan Dong

Kevin Dong is an Emergency Medicine physician in Hamilton, Ontario. His interests include medical education, mentorship, and producing video/podcasts. He completed the Digital Scholar Fellowship in 2019 and he is currently the CanadiEM Director of Multimedia.