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    Q&A Thread - studying medicine and being a doctor

    Hi! The career pathway is to do a medical degree (either undergraduate or graduate entry), do a medical internship and work as a junior doctor in various surgical units, and try to get into a surgical training program in the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. These training programs are...
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    Is Iron Sulfate Unstable?

    Iron (II) sulfate is definitely stable - this is the form in which medicinal iron tablets come.
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    help for indicator question

    Mmm - I get your point. Our aim was to try cater for students of ranging abilities which I definitely found a challenge. The way we approached it was to have a graded approach to questions - exam questions tend to be a little harder than topic test questions, and (at least for HSC Chemistry...
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    help for indicator question

    Fair call. Even with my own published book (the Decode HSC Chemistry book) I am very much on the lookout for student and teacher feedback about any questions that may be flawed - ultimately you need many sets of eyes to pick out minor issues. So far, so good - but this particular thread...
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    Mod 6 extended response

    Fully agree here. And also fully agree with the definitions of acidic and basic solutions. The logical sequence here is: A neutral solution is defined as one in which [H3O+] = [OH-]. If and only if the temperature is 298 K, this implies that Kw = 10^(-14), which in turn implies that a neutral...
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    help for indicator question

    Agree with everything CM_Tutor has said above. Rest assured that in the real HSC exam, such inaccuracies and inconsistencies would be extremely rare so you would not be expected to try and navigate questions like these. HSC exams (from what I can see on the NESA website) are vetted extremely...
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    Mod 6 extended response

    If you also want to push the boat, you can also talk about how the pH 7 being the cutoff between an acidic and a basic solution (with pH 7 being neutral pH) is predicated on Kw =[H+][OH-] being 10^(-14). Which is only true when the temperature is 298 K. Meaning the stimulus material is...
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    help for indicator question

    You raise a very fair point. Based on the graph it would appear as though bromothymol blue would be a more appropriate indicator to use in comparison to methyl orange whose pKa is about 3.5 (the indicator colour would be orange at this point). I'd actually have to agree with you here - based on...
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    Band 6 Chem???

    Hey viennamotley - Study guides would be your friend here - these contain exam-style questions where you can basically learn to apply the knowledge you have learnt in class and from the textbook. For a conceptual subject like Chemistry, exposing yourself to lots of problems is your best bet...
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    Q&A Thread - studying medicine and being a doctor

    Anatomy and physiology textbooks are certainly plentiful. Definitely would own at least one anatomy and one physiology textbook: Anatomy - Gray's Anatomy for Students; simple, to the point, no BS. Netter's Clinical Anatomy is also very much on point. Physiology - there are two textbooks, both...
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    Q&A Thread - studying medicine and being a doctor

    That's very nice of you! I had wound back my tutoring significantly going into internship myself - the job is quite tiring. At the moment I do teach a couple of classes but I also am doing a lot of book-writing for my company (Decode)!
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    pH buffer question help

    Henderson-Hasselbach equation: pH = pKa + log_10 ([Ac-]/[HAc]) = pKa + log_10 (n(Ac-)/n(HAc)) Given we are only looking for the change in pH, we just need to see how "log_10 (n(Ac-)/n(HAc))" changes since pKa is constant. Initially, log_10 (n(Ac-)/n(HAc)) = 0, as the acid and conjugate base...
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    Q&A Thread - studying medicine and being a doctor

    Sorry I disappeared for a while! As an intern? Highly variable. Some weeks you are rostered for 38-40 hours. Other weeks you are rostered for up to 45-50 hours (uncommon though). Rosters can include days off on normal business hours where you work out of hours shifts, yes.
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    Q&A Thread - studying medicine and being a doctor

    I did rostered overtime and it is always paid. Evenings/nights/weekends are included in the roster, yes. When do you work weekends you end up going into paid rostered overtime.
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    Q&A Thread - studying medicine and being a doctor

    I'll try my best. Incidentally, my sister did her medical degree at the ANU and I did do an elective rotation in Canberra in my final year, so I have a tiny amount of familiarity. Looking through the handbook, looks like Year 1 and 2 are preclinical years and Years 3 and 4 are clinical years...
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