Every February, neurology residents around the country dust off their #2 pencils in preparation for that worst of exams: the RITE. The Residency In-service Training Exam is a brutal, 8 hr scantron affair covering ALL OF NEUROLOGY. I’ve taken a lot of exams in my day; the RITE is the worst. Maybe it’s the 500+ questions written by attendings who want to show off their smarts and lack of real-world knowledge. Maybe it’s the “pictures” so blurry they must have been printed on a dot-matrix, then mimeographed several times, before being hand-copied by a horde of Egyptian scribes.
But because I don’t want my program director to realize how dumb I am, I’ve spent the last two weeks looking through old exam “discussion manuals” (i.e. answer keys; they reuse the questions) and review guides prepped by prior residents. The reviews are pretty amazing, like this gem from 2013:
Yes, Virginia, dread of cats is a testable topic for neurology residents. And let’s not forget the one question every year that is like “What is the billing code for a 40 minute subsequent encounter? 99132, 99133, 99134, or 99135?” This is high-yield, vital information! Exactly what you NEED to know as a neurologist.
Ugh, back to the books before I fail this sucker.