Disease Detectives B/C

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Re: Disease Detectives B/C

Post by cemsc10 » April 12th, 2016, 5:27 pm

Private Wang Fire wrote:Principles of Epi is probably the best book to read if you only had time for one, plus most of the definitions/methods of calculating things and names for statistics will be straight outta there as well since it's from the CDC.

For harder disease tests at state/national level time management is probably the most important part, working fast is really important otherwise you won't finish and miss easy points.
Yeah I definitely agree, as it seems like the higher the level, the longer the tests so that teams can be weeded out. Usually I look at number of pages and quickly estimate the time I can spend per page (even if it ends with me spending less time on multiple choice, and "donating" my extra time to extended response.)
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Post by moumantai » April 14th, 2016, 6:06 pm

Hi! There was an emergency situation, and I've been placed to do Disease Detectives with only a few days' notice for the state competition. In your experience, is it more important to have a high quantity of diseases with information, or will it be more worth my time to have not as many but have a great amount of detail? I'm sorry for asking such a general question, but any help is appreciated.

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Post by cemsc10 » April 15th, 2016, 6:55 am

moumantai wrote:Hi! There was an emergency situation, and I've been placed to do Disease Detectives with only a few days' notice for the state competition. In your experience, is it more important to have a high quantity of diseases with information, or will it be more worth my time to have not as many but have a great amount of detail? I'm sorry for asking such a general question, but any help is appreciated.


Usually on most disease tests, there's abundances of diseases, but not many go into detail for several diseases. I have seen some tests that focus on only one disease that is common, so I suggest having detail on common diseases, and simply having little detail about an abundance of others, as many tests have matching. Feel free to ask anything else, we don't mind haha.
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Re: Disease Detectives B/C

Post by dcrxcode » April 15th, 2016, 7:52 am

moumantai wrote:Hi! There was an emergency situation, and I've been placed to do Disease Detectives with only a few days' notice for the state competition. In your experience, is it more important to have a high quantity of diseases with information, or will it be more worth my time to have not as many but have a great amount of detail? I'm sorry for asking such a general question, but any help is appreciated.
Most disease detectives tests I've seen focus more on the process of epidemiology and finding information about disease outbreaks rather than the disease themselves. If you look at some tests on the test exchange, those are generally somewhat like those you might see at State.

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Re: Disease Detectives B/C

Post by nshirazi14 » April 15th, 2016, 11:25 am

dcrxcode wrote:
moumantai wrote:Hi! There was an emergency situation, and I've been placed to do Disease Detectives with only a few days' notice for the state competition. In your experience, is it more important to have a high quantity of diseases with information, or will it be more worth my time to have not as many but have a great amount of detail? I'm sorry for asking such a general question, but any help is appreciated.
Most disease detectives tests I've seen focus more on the process of epidemiology and finding information about disease outbreaks rather than the disease themselves. If you look at some tests on the test exchange, those are generally somewhat like those you might see at State.
Having specific diseases is not as important, focus more on the vocab, especially what's on the training handout, the statistics on the stats handout. Realistically, if you are aiming to do decent, expand a bit on both the training and statistics handouts.
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Re: Disease Detectives B/C

Post by moumantai » April 15th, 2016, 9:55 pm

nshirazi14 wrote:
dcrxcode wrote:
Most disease detectives tests I've seen focus more on the process of epidemiology and finding information about disease outbreaks rather than the disease themselves. If you look at some tests on the test exchange, those are generally somewhat like those you might see at State.
Having specific diseases is not as important, focus more on the vocab, especially what's on the training handout, the statistics on the stats handout. Realistically, if you are aiming to do decent, expand a bit on both the training and statistics handouts.
Hey, everyone. Thanks for the help, I really appreciate it after having had a whirlwind of a week. I did a few tests on the exchange, and I feel more-or-less prepared with the notes I have on the training/stats handouts. It's been a whirlwind, but I think that I'll pull through with what I have. I'm going to jot down a couple of things on common diseases and recent health crises and call it a night. I'll let you know how it all goes, thanks again.

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Re: Disease Detectives B/C

Post by cemsc10 » April 17th, 2016, 8:51 am

moumantai wrote:
nshirazi14 wrote:
dcrxcode wrote:
Most disease detectives tests I've seen focus more on the process of epidemiology and finding information about disease outbreaks rather than the disease themselves. If you look at some tests on the test exchange, those are generally somewhat like those you might see at State.
Having specific diseases is not as important, focus more on the vocab, especially what's on the training handout, the statistics on the stats handout. Realistically, if you are aiming to do decent, expand a bit on both the training and statistics handouts.
Hey, everyone. Thanks for the help, I really appreciate it after having had a whirlwind of a week. I did a few tests on the exchange, and I feel more-or-less prepared with the notes I have on the training/stats handouts. It's been a whirlwind, but I think that I'll pull through with what I have. I'm going to jot down a couple of things on common diseases and recent health crises and call it a night. I'll let you know how it all goes, thanks again.
When is your tournament?
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Re: Disease Detectives B/C

Post by maxxxxx » April 17th, 2016, 9:01 am

cemsc10 wrote:
moumantai wrote:
nshirazi14 wrote:
Having specific diseases is not as important, focus more on the vocab, especially what's on the training handout, the statistics on the stats handout. Realistically, if you are aiming to do decent, expand a bit on both the training and statistics handouts.
Hey, everyone. Thanks for the help, I really appreciate it after having had a whirlwind of a week. I did a few tests on the exchange, and I feel more-or-less prepared with the notes I have on the training/stats handouts. It's been a whirlwind, but I think that I'll pull through with what I have. I'm going to jot down a couple of things on common diseases and recent health crises and call it a night. I'll let you know how it all goes, thanks again.
When is your tournament?
The Washington state tournament was yesterday
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Re: Disease Detectives B/C

Post by moumantai » April 17th, 2016, 3:05 pm

maxxxxx wrote:
cemsc10 wrote:
When is your tournament?
The Washington state tournament was yesterday
I promised an update, so here it is: It went...really badly. I don't know if I'm allowed to talk about my test, and if I'm not, I'm really sorry The test was 10-12 questions. Most of them were 2x2-based questions and those went alright except for mix-ups in concepts that made our heads spin for a little. Then there were a few chi square-based things, and neither my partner nor I knew what to do with more than a smidge of confidence. No vocab, no disease knowledge. Oh, well. I think that if we had a few days' more time at the very least, we would have been more prepared. That said, I want to do this event next year...once you guys got me going in a study direction, I found this all really cool.

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Re: Disease Detectives B/C

Post by Destiny24 » April 20th, 2016, 8:05 pm

Anybody have some long advice list for nationals? I'm preparing right now and want to do well!

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