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Re: Disease Detectives B/C

Post by mc408 » March 12th, 2017, 1:29 pm

Skink wrote:I find the CDC online book inadequate, but, more to the point, the print book I own is inadequate, too. This event really hits two different topics: epidemiology and <i>biostatistics</i>. You really need something for both. Well, then there's the topical stuff, which may be a third arm...I don't think you'll find everything under one roof anywhere.
What else do you recommend for practice material?
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Re: Disease Detectives B/C

Post by Abekitt » March 14th, 2017, 12:01 pm

mc408 wrote:
Skink wrote:I find the CDC online book inadequate, but, more to the point, the print book I own is inadequate, too. This event really hits two different topics: epidemiology and <i>biostatistics</i>. You really need something for both. Well, then there's the topical stuff, which may be a third arm...I don't think you'll find everything under one roof anywhere.
What else do you recommend for practice material?
I would say find a test that base off analysis and practice on that for sure. Seeing how to repond to multiple situations and even what kind of statistics method you would use could be very beneficial for you. Also, do some research on the food borne illness chart thats on the soinc.org disease section (at least thats where I think it is, and see what kind of organism it is and know overall information on it.
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Post by Nerd_Bunny » April 3rd, 2017, 11:03 am

Does anyone know of a good link to practicing calculation of risk, odds ratio, and other math we'll need to know? A worksheet would be fine too.
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Re: Disease Detectives B/C

Post by Unome » April 11th, 2017, 1:37 pm

Should I expect to see much in the way of disease knowledge questions on the nationals test? I keep encountering them and doing badly, but I don't want to spend time on that if it probably won't show up.
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Post by Nerd_Bunny » April 11th, 2017, 2:24 pm

Unome wrote:Should I expect to see much in the way of disease knowledge questions on the nationals test? I keep encountering them and doing badly, but I don't want to spend time on that if it probably won't show up.
At my state tournament, we didn't have any disease questions. But I think they will probably have them at nationals. I found a list of diseases at sonic.org made by the CDC and am currently studying those for nationals. Studying just those is probably good enough, I think they're the most common food borne illnesses.
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Re: Disease Detectives B/C

Post by Alex-RCHS » April 11th, 2017, 6:26 pm

Unome wrote:Should I expect to see much in the way of disease knowledge questions on the nationals test? I keep encountering them and doing badly, but I don't want to spend time on that if it probably won't show up.
IIRC the nats test last year didn't have many disease questions. Rather, it was a few long case scenarios. Some of those case scenarios asked about a specific disease, but by far most of the points came from other stuff.

That being said, I only saw about a third of the test, because my partner and I split it up.
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Re: Disease Detectives B/C

Post by maxxxxx » April 26th, 2017, 4:04 pm

Are volunteer bias and self-selection bias two different things? They seem like the same thing to me but I'm not 100% sure.
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Re: Disease Detectives B/C

Post by Tailsfan101 » May 2nd, 2017, 11:25 am

Unome wrote:Should I expect to see much in the way of disease knowledge questions on the nationals test? I keep encountering them and doing badly, but I don't want to spend time on that if it probably won't show up.
I encountered one on a practice test, and was totally clueless, but luckily I had none at state. Nationals will most likely include them, I would suggest using Nerd_Bunny's suggestion, or I found this link: https://www.fda.gov/downloads/Food/Food ... 187482.pdf
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Re: Disease Detectives B/C

Post by Unome » May 9th, 2017, 11:59 am

I seem to be messing up a lot on problems asking for possible remediation methods. Does anyone know how I would go about preparing for those?
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Re: Disease Detectives B/C

Post by maxxxxx » May 9th, 2017, 1:42 pm

Unome wrote:I seem to be messing up a lot on problems asking for possible remediation methods. Does anyone know how I would go about preparing for those?
I might be remembering wrong but I think in Chapter 6 of Principles of Epi they cover remediation. Although I have seen answers on tests that are slightly different than what's in the textbook, either it's too much common sense or too much obscure prevention measures.
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