Nice to see the BJJers finally incorporating some wrestling takedowns in their games. Tavares & Carneiro both showed some solid wrestling skills.
just goes to show how BJJers steal everyone elses game (judo, wrestling)
Both are with BTT. Is Darrel Gholar still the wrestling coach?
damn you BJJers STILLLING everyones moves!!!
yeah, spelling errors suck.
Thread of the year nominee
My sarcasm-o-meter is going off.
Darrell hasn't coached with BTT for a couple years now.
are u trying to say BJJ is ACTUALLY wrestling??! WOW breakthru of the freaking year ..thanks.
LOL @ people ragging baboon when they don't have half the education or intelligence (or sense of humor) that he has :-P
Speaking of which, baboon - I have a funny story of a patient who might have snookered your father-in-law down here, but don't tell him I said that ;-) I didn't know he did occasional consultation work for the VA - the man gets around.....
Hey, what's up Ted? How are things down south? I'll be moving back myself in little over a month. I accepted a position at UAMS in Little Rock.
I'm sure I'll be coming through your town often. Let me know where you guys are training.
Oh, so *you* took that job? Is it the one in the Reynolds Institute Center on Aging? And is Courtney Ghormley going to be working with you? If so, a great bunch of people over there, the little diner in the basement of the CoA makes some *awesome* burgers and pie, and there's also a 60 year old gerontologist (Liem is his name, IIRC) who is (A) so smart and knowledgeable about *everything* it's scary and (B) a ridiculously high-ranked judoka, though I never got a chance to train with him. LR also has a *great* BJJ crew, much better training opportunity than anything I have over here in Jackson.
I knew they were looking for two folks over there last year, I actually considered it pretty strongly at the end of my post-doc until the Jackson VA spot opened up. I even sent Court an application and was getting ready to interview.
Small world, huh? ;-)
That's it. I'm excited about it. I'm actually from AR and have trained with a few of the guys there. In fact, my first mma fight was Dring's Modern Ringsport.
I saw the LR VA has a few new openings, too. Hopefully, it will be a growing area for neuropsych.
Are you planning on attending NAN in AZ this fall? It will be a week of NP and training for me. Maybe I'll see you there.
Oh, I sit for the EPPP this saturday, have any advice?
Shit, dude, I wish I'd have known - I have 14 copies of practice tests, I could have had my secretary Xerox them and mail them to you :-(
Best advice by this point - DON"T FUCKING WORRY, you will do fine. When you walk out of the test, you will feel like it was a piece of shit invalid test (and you will be right!), but you will have done fine.
I actually got semi-humorously chastised by my post-doc faculty because I stressed so much about it, I spent ~120 hours studying over 4 months, and I literally memorized all 14 practice tests. Of course, when the real thing rolled around, I wasn't too sure how I did, and I doubted myself, I told people I wasn't sure if I passed. I got my score back, and I had smoked it so badly (745, I think) they argued that I could have knocked ~60 hours off my studying time and done something useful like make a few posters for INS or NAN :-P My fellow post-docs and interns were aghast - somebody getting called on the carpet for doing *too well* ;-)
Here's a C&P of (A) my post-test reactions and (B) my post-score reactions from the EPPP listserv:
I was a member of this list a ways back, then put off taking the
test for a while. I dropped off the list, although the information
and discussions were very helpful. Now that I've taken the test, I
thought I'd rejoin and share a few thoughts on the experience.. ..and
stay on in case the worst happens when I get my score.
I started studying sporadically in January, but didn't really buckle
down until April. And even so, 'buckling down' meant about 1-2 hours
per weeknight and 4-5 hours per day on the weekend. I used the
complete Psychprep materials, and also near the end got the Academic
Review practice tests as well (8 of them).
Could I have studied harder? Most certainly. In the grand scheme of
things, knowing what I know now, would it have made a difference?
Why do I say that? Well, while I had seen threads come and go on the
utility of various preparatory materials, I never saw anything that
noted any insufficiency or even deficiency in any particular
materials. However, after taking the test, I am sorry to say that my
heart goes out to anyone using Psychprep, as easily 70+ of the
questions on my exam were *nowhere* to be found in the study guides,
tapes, practice tests, etc. I should have known something was not
right when I average mid-70's % correct on Psychprep practice tests
prior to studying, then studied the Psychprep notes like crazy and
averaged 97% on my second run-through of the five tests and the 210
quiz questions; yet after that point I got the AR tests and
immediately dropped back down to the low 70's or even high 60's.
There were tons of questions in the AR tests that could not be
answered using Psychprep, but I attributed that to how folks had
said AR was much more detailed, to the point of being overly
(perhaps even unnecessarily) so. Still, I researched the stuff I
didn't know, and by the time the real test rolled around, I was
getting low to mid-90's percentages correct on the AR tests.
Well, the real deal was MUCH more like AR on the first go-round. I
kept close track of how my answers turned out, and here's my tally,
broken into four levels of confidence in my answer:
100% - I knew the answer even before reading the choices - 132
75% - pretty sure it was one of the two I narrowed it down to - 41
50% - narrowed it down to two, then made an educated guess,
hopefully a bit better than a coin toss - 43 questions
???? - a.k.a. WTF questions - things that I had never even heard of
in all my training or studying, answer was chosen randomly - 9
Running some very fast and loose probabilities on those numbers, and
after correcting each group proportionally for the removal of the 25
exploratory questions, I'd say I passed, though likely not by much -
I predict my score will be about 75-76%. Now, if many of the "hard"
questions turn out to be the exloratory ones, that could only help,
too, but I have no way of knowing that. And heaven help me if all 25
of the questions to be removed all come from the '100% sure'
After I was done, I went home and looked up as many of the questions
from the three 'uncertain' groups as I could (alas, I was not
allowed to take my scratch paper home, and I had written ~70
questions/concepts/ choices/things- to-look-up on it). Infuriatingly,
of the roughly 98 questions I was not 100% sure about, I found the
answers to exactly *11* of them in the Psychprep materials.
Pleasantly, I found that I was right on 8 of the 11, which I hope
bodes well. Still, many questions asked either about something
completely not covered in Psychprep, or else asked about s/t that
was covered generally in the notes, but it was regarding a specific
detail that was not present. To be fair, a dozen or so questions
were picky ethical or treatment questions that I doubt any study
materials could truly prepare one to know.
I was able to find answers to another 12 or 13 in notes/info
obtained from the goldmine files here, and (pleasantly again), I got
at least 8 right. SO, FWIW, give those files a shot.
So, yes, here I am blowing off steam :-/ I had planned to sell my
materials to a friend taking the test, but after my experience I
cannot in good conscience do that. If the worst happens and I have
to re-take the test, I will most definitely use a different set of
One study tip - comparing taking practice tests and
reading/elaborating on/memorizing pages of info - I found I learned
more and learned faster by taking the practice tests.
My humble 2 cents worth....
Title: Feathers never tasted so good!
Well, I promised I'd eat crow if I was wrong, and
yesterday I was happily surprised to find that in fact
I had been wrong ;-)
Setting the stage - my very pregnant wife called me
right as my last group of the day was beginning at
5:30. She'd gone home, let out our dogs, then left
again to go pick up some groceries, then had a blowout
on the highway. As my group had two psychologists (myself and another), I
informed my colleague and then ran to the rescue,
fairly freaked at the thought of my wife and baby
stranded out on the road.
I got to where she was parked on the highway shoulder,
put the spare on the tire (destroying my dress shirt
in the process!), and drove with her to Wal-Mart to
fix the tire (it was the only repair shop open at the
time). We were informed we'd have to wait 30-60
minutes before it was done, but in the grand scheme of
things that was a small price to pay. While sitting
around, we made small talk about our day, and I
happened to ask her if we'd gotten anything in the
mail. She said, "Oh, the usual, a TV Guide, a bill, a
credit card application, and something that looked
like a student loan refinancing thing. You know, one
of those garbage things that says 'Open immediately. '"
A tickle caught the back of my mind, and I said, "You
don't happen to know who it was from, do you?" She
responded, "Oh, I think it wasn't some major group
like Citibank, it was someone I never heard of before,
I think they were called PES or something."
The remainder of the 45-50 minutes before her car was
fixed (our house is ~25-30 minutes away, it would have
made no sense to run home) were absolutely agonizing
:-) I hadn't expected my results for at least 2 more
weeks, and now knowing they were sitting at my house
and I couldn't see them - aggh!
We eventually made it home, I managed not to break the
door down in my haste to get to the mail, and I
grabbed the letter off the counter. My wife, sweet as
pie, offered to open it for me if I were too anxious
to read it. I figured I'd bite the bullet and do it
myself, and besides, I didn't know how the score would
be reported (e.g., percentile, 200-800 scale, etc.),
so she might not have understood the result (she didn't get much stats training!).
As someone noted before, there was no
'Congratulations' prefacing this particular letter,
and so my expectations sank. I muddled my way through
the explanation of how a 500 scaled score was the
minimum for licensure in most places, and then almost
had my heart *stop* when the next number I saw was a
450 - but it turned out this was the cut-off for
On the next line, I'd almost swear a golden beam of
light descended from the heavens and through my
window, landed on the letter, and a chorus starting
singing Handel's "Alleluia." ;-) I had gotten a 744.
Here's a cut and paste from the e-mail I wrote about 2
hours after taking the test:
"100% - I knew the answer even before reading the
choices - 132 questions
75% - pretty sure it was one of the two I narrowed it
down to - 41 questions
50% - narrowed it down to two, then made an educated
guess, hopefully a bit better than a coin toss - 43
???? - a.k.a. WTF questions - things that I had never
even heard of in all my training or studying, answer
was chosen randomly - 9 questions
Running some very fast and loose probabilities on
those numbers, and after correcting each group
proportionally for the removal of the 25
exploratory questions, I'd say I passed, though likely
not by much - I predict my score will be about
Given that a scaled score of 744 is probably roughly
equivalent to a percentage correct of between 90-95%,
my estimate of my own performance was clearly *way*
off, and pleasantly so. I still hesitate to take a lot
of credit, as I think I managed to guess well or even
luckily on many questions. Still, my rant that 'no one
who uses Psychprep can expect to pass without tons of
outside knowledge' should be put to rest now, as
clearly I did learn enough from the materials.
Best of luck to everyone who has yet to take it or yet
to pass - take those practice tests, scour the
goldmine files, and it *will* happen for you!
My best regards and thanks to all for the support and
info you've provided!
(and my apologies for hijacking this thread!) - Ted
Its only going to make the BJJers game stronger, why not cross train? Look at linland tapping out BJJ BB.
"Nice to see the BJJers finally incorporating some wrestling takedowns in
their games. Tavares & Carneiro both showed some solid wrestling skills."
I guess you haven't been watching much MMA in the past 8 years or so
You got me, KASCA! I just picked up watching MMA, actually. When is Luke Cummo fighting again?