study groups

Directions for Immigrants offers study groups to help you prepare for accreditation exams and employment success. Our clients review materials as outlined in the exam syllabus and/or study materials through a question and answer format. Clients also improve study skills and develop test taking skills. Attention is also paid to the development of relevant vocabulary as well as an understanding of terminology and Canadian business culture. Study groups are also a useful resource for peer support among the participants. The study groups are facilitated by a Career Coach with training in adult education and group facilitation and when possible co-facilitated by a professional in the field of study.

Currently, professional exam study groups are available for:



Engineering and Geoscience

Fundamentals of Engineering (FE)

Study Group Description: 
The Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) study group focuses on assisting internationally educated engineers in reviewing competencies as outlined by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying NCEES 

Facilitated sessions (Saturdays) focus on the fundamentals of engineering and are facilitated by a licensed engineer. Peer study sessions (Wednesdays) provide an opportunity to collaborate with others in your discipline and to study materials specific to your discipline. The peer study sessions are not facilitated. The materials covered in the facilitated sessions cover the general FE material. Please be aware that the FE exam is a discipline specific examination. For information on the FE exam please visit: ncees.org/exams/fe-exam/ 

Licensing Body: Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA) 

Facilitators: 
Facilitated by a licensed engineer 

Cost: 
No cost for eligible clients accepted into the group 

Eligibility Requirements: 
  • Be an internationally educated engineer 
  • Have been assessed by APEGA to write the FE exam and provide proof 
  • Be scheduled or planning to write the FE exam within one month of completing the study group 
  • Write and pass an assessment test to assess your math and engineering skills 
  • Complete a study group assessment 
  • Be ready, willing and able to commit to the attendance rules
  • Be ready, willing and able to study the required hours per week 
  • Be approved by a career coach/facilitator/coordinator 

Delivery Method: 
Face to face 

Required Textbooks: 
  • FE Review Manual Rapid Preparation for the Fundamentals of Engineering Michael R. Lindeburg, PE 
  • FE Other Disciplines Practice Problems by Michael R Lindeburg PE, 4 Jul 2014, Paperback 

Dates: 
October 15, 2016 to February 25, 2017 (Saturdays) and October 19 to January 25, 2017 (Wednesdays)

Time:
9:00 am – 1:00 pm (Saturdays) and 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm (Wednesdays)

Number of Sessions: 
16 Saturdays and 14 Wednesdays, 30 sessions in total 

What are the steps to find out if you can join the FE study group? 
  1. Call the Directions for Immigrants office to make an appointment to meet a career coach, phone  403-770-5155 
  2. Complete your online registration form 
  3. Attend your appointment to determine your eligibility 
  4. Write and pass an assessment test 
  5. Complete a study group assessment with your career coach 
  6. Develop an action plan with your career coach if accepted to the study group

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National Professional Practice Exam (NPPE)

Study Group Description: 
The National Professional Practice Exam (NPPE) study groups focuses on assisting internationally educated engineers and geoscientists in reviewing competencies as outlined by the guidelines of the Canadian Engineering Qualifications Board through a questions and answer format and review with a facilitator. 

Licensing Body: 
Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA

Facilitators: 
Co-facilitated by a career coach and licensed engineers 

Cost: 
No cost for eligible clients accepted into the group 

Eligibility Requirements:
  • Be an internationally educated engineer orgeoscientist 
  • Have applied to be a member of APEGA and provide proof 
  • Have registered to write the NPPE and paid the fees before the specified deadline and provide proof
  • Complete a study group assessment 
  • Be ready, willing and able to commit to the attendance rules
  • Be ready, willing and able to study required hours per week 
  • Be approved by a career coach/facilitator/coordinator

Delivery Method: 
Face to face 

Required Textbooks:
  • Canadian Professional Engineering and Geoscience: Practice & Ethics, Fifth Edition, 2014 by Gordon C. Andrews 
  • Practical Law of Architecture, Engineering, and Geoscience, Third Canadian Edition, 2015 by Brian M. Samuels and Doug R. Sanders
  • https://www.apega.ca/apply/exams/nppe/study-materials/ 

Dates: 
January 7 to March 25, 2017 (Saturdays)
or
January 18 to March 29, 2017 (Wednesdays) 

Time: 
9:00 am – 12:30 pm (Saturdays)
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm (Wednesdays) 

Number of Sessions: 
11 

What are the steps to find out if you can join the NPPE study group? 
  1. Call the Directions for Immigrants office to make an appointment to meet a career coach, phone 403-770-5155 
  2. Complete your online registration form 
  3. Attend your appointment to determine your eligibility 
  4. Complete a study group assessment with your career coach 
  5. Develop an action plan with your career coach if accepted to the study group

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Medical Laboratory Science

Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS) Certification Exam

Study Group Description: 
The Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS) study group focuses on assisting internationally educated Medical Laboratory Technologists in reviewing materials as outlined in the CSMLS competency profile through a question and answer format. 

Licensing Body: 
Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS)
Please note this study group is not affiliated with The Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science national certifying body. 

Facilitators: 
Facilitated sessions by licensed medical laboratory technologists 

Cost:
No cost for eligible clients accepted into the group

Eligibility Requirements: 
  • Be an internationally educated medical laboratory technologist
  • Be deemed eligible to write the exam by CSMLS and provide proof
  • Complete a study group assessment 
  • Have a computer with an internet connection
  • Be ready, willing and able to study the required hours per week 
  • Be ready, willing and able to commit to the attendance rules 
  • Be approved by a career coach/facilitator/coordinator 

Delivery Method: 
Online – D2L and Adobe Connect

Required Textbooks: 
Reference textbooks as per CSMLS 
Reference materials will be reviewed with a career coach

Dates: 
December 5 - last date possible to join for the February 2017 examination
March 28 - last date possible to join for the June 2017 examination

Time:
Facilitated online sessions will be organized by the faciliatator at the beginning of your sessions

Number of Sessions: 
10 

What are the steps to find out if you can join the CSMLS study group?
  1. Call the Directions for Immigrants office to make an appointment to meet a career coach, phone 403-770-5155
  2. Complete your online registration form
  3. Attend your appointment to determine your eligibility 
  4. Complete a study group assessment
  5. Develop an action plan with your career coach if accepted to the study group

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Nursing

National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses NCLEX-RN®

Study Group Description: 
The National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) study group focuses on assisting internationally educated nurses in reviewing competencies as outlined in the National Council of State Boards of Nursing test plan through a question and answer format and review with a facilitator.

Licensing Body
College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CARNA)

Facilitators: 
Facilitated by licensed registered nurses 

Cost: 
No cost for eligible clients accepted into the group

Eligibility Requirements: 
  • Be an internationally educated nurse 
  • Be deemed eligible to write the NCLEX-RN by the College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CARNA) and provide proof 
  • Be scheduled or planning to write the NCLEX-RN within 3 months of completing the study group 
  • Complete a study group assessment 
  • Be ready, willing and able to commit to the attendance rules 
  • Be ready, willing and able to study the required hours per week 
  • Be approved by a career coach/facilitator/coordinator

Delivery Method:
  • Face to face 
  • Online for clients living in Alberta outside Calgary

Required Textbook: 
Not applicable

Dates: 
April 22 to August 12, 2017 

Time:
9:00 am to noon 

Number of Sessions: 
14 

What are the steps to find out if you can join the NCLEX-RN study group? 
  1. Call the Directions for Immigrants office to make an appointment to meet a career coach 403-770-5155 
  2. Complete your online registration form 
  3. Attend your appointment to determine your eligibility
  4. Complete a study group assessment with your career coach 
  5. Develop an action plan with your career coach if accepted to the study group

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Medicine

Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Exam and Qualifying Examination Part I (MCC EE & QE1)

Study Group Description:
The Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Examination and Qualifying Examination Part I (MCC EE & QEI) study group focuses on assisting international medical graduates in reviewing competencies as outlined by the Medical Council of Canada’s Objective for the Qualifying Examination through questions and answer format and review with a facilitator. The sessions are focused at the clinical clerkship level as a review of clinical knowledge, ethics, critical thinking, decision making abilities and exam taking skills for both the MCC EE and QE1. 

Limited spaces are available in the MCC EE & QE1 study group. 

Licensing Bodies/Provincial Body:
  • College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta (CPSA
  • Medical Council of Canada (MCC
  • Alberta International Medical Graduate Program (AIMGP)

Facilitators: 
Co-facilitated by a career coach and licensed physicians or senior residents 

Cost: 
No cost for eligible clients accepted into the group 

Eligibility Requirements: 
  • Be an international medical graduate 
  • Have registered for an upcoming MCC EE or MCC QEI exam and provide proof 
  • Attend the mandatory screening sessions, upon completion write and pass an exam to assess your clinical knowledge 
  • Be ready, willing and able to commit to the attendance rules 
  • Be ready, willing and able to study the required hours per week 
  • Be approved by a career coach/facilitator/coordinator 

Delivery Method: 
Face to face 

Required Textbook: 
Toronto Notes (current edition) for Medical Students, University of Toronto Press 

Dates: 
January 24 to April 8, 2017 (Tuesdays, (some Thursdays) and Saturdays) 

Times: 
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm (Tuesday/Thursdays) 
10:00 am – 1:00 pm (Saturdays) 

Number of Sessions:
Varies, approximately 36  

What are the steps to find out if you can join the MCC EE & QEI study group? 
  1. Call the Directions for Immigrants office to make an appointment to meet a career coach, phone 403-770-5155 
  2. Complete your online registration form 
  3. Attend your appointment to determine your eligibility 
  4. Complete a study group assessment with your career coach. Potential clients will be added to a list and will be notified of the assessment test dates and details 
  5. Potential clients must attend mandatory screening sessions, write and pass the exam given at the completion of the screening session. 
  6. Develop an action plan with your career coach if accepted to the study group

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National Assessment Collaboration & Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination Part II (MCCQE Part II)

Study Group Description: 
The National Assessment Collaboration and Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination Part II Objective Structured Clinical Examination (NAC & MCC QEII OSCE) study group focuses on assisting international medical graduates (IMG) in reviewing competencies as outlined by the National Assessment Collaboration alliance of Canadian organizations streamlining the evaluation process for IMGs. The sessions focus on primary care coupled with in depth reviews of clinical knowledge and skills, ethics, professionalism, communication and decision making abilities required of physicians in Canada. Sessions include a practice National Assessment Collaboration Objective Structured Clinical Examination (NAC OSCE). 

The study group's objectives are: 
  • To understand the NAC OSCE objectives, formats and measurements 
  • To deepen and widen clinical knowledge and critical thinking in all focus areas of the OSCE through interactive clinical case presentations, assignments, case studies, performance feedback, practice OSCE and evaluations 
  • To enhance communication, cultural and language skills relative to the passing of the OSCE 

Limited spaces are available in the NAC & QEII study group. 

Licensing Bodies/Provincial Program:
College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta (CPSA
Medical Council of Canada (MCC
Alberta International Medical Graduate Program (AIMGP)

Facilitators: 
Co-facilitated by a career coach and licensed physicians or senior residents 

Cost: 
No cost for eligible clients accepted into the group

Eligibility Requirements: 
  • Be an international medical graduate
  • Provide copies of MCC EE and MCC QEI exam results 
  • Have met the required language benchmarks for application to AIMGP 
  • Proof of registration with the AIMGP may be requested 
  • Have registered for an upcoming NAC or MCC QEII exam and provide proof 
  • Complete a study group assessment with a career coach 
  • Participate and pass an assessment test to assess your clinical knowledge * 
  • Be ready, willing and able to commit to the attendance rules 
  • Be ready, willing and able to study the required hours per week 
  • Be approved by a career coach/facilitator/coordinator 

* Acceptance to the NAC & MCC QEII study group requires participation in a 6 hour assessment and is offered in 3 sessions. The assessment will consist of cases and tasks from real wards. Participants will be assessed on aspects of their previous training, communication skills, comprehension and ability to adapt and ability to learn the frameworks of the Canadian health care system. The assessment criteria is based upon CANMEDs roles for residents. Final acceptance to an IMG study group will be based on an aggregate score from participant’s study group/needs assessment and the 6 hour assessment, which will have objective and subjective marking scales completed both by a physician and the career coach. All decisions will be final and participants may reapply for future study group offerings. 

Delivery Method: 
Face to face

Required Textbook: 
Toronto Notes (current edition) for Medical Students, University of Toronto Press 

Dates:
January 12 to March 2, 2017 (Tuesdays and Saturdays) 

Time:
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm (Tuesdays) 
1:30 pm – 4:30 pm (Saturdays) 

Number of Sessions: 
21 

What are the steps to find out if you can join the NAC & QEII study group? 
  1. Call the Directions for Immigrants office to make an appointment to meet a career coach 403-770-5155 
  2. Complete your online registration form 
  3. Attend your appointment to determine your eligibility 
  4. Complete a study group assessment with your career coach. Potential clients will be added to a list and will be notified of the assessment test date and details 
  5. Attend, write and pass an assessment test session on a specified date (see * note above for more details) 
  6. Develop an action plan with your career coach if accepted to the study group

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The R 3 Series

Beyond the Exams – The R3 Series - Remembering, Reasoning, Residency Preparation (formerly Integrative Series)

This study group is facilitated by a licensed physician and career coach focusing on giving IMGs simulations of real wards with cases from a wide breadth of specialties with tasks ranging from patient management to dealing with ethical issues on the ward. The goal is to assist IMGs in preparing for OSCE, higher levels of assessment or clinical employment. The focus is on clinical problem solving abilities across all disciplines. 
The study group will be held over 5 days consisting of 3 hour sessions.
Tasks will include:

  1. History and physical of patients
  2. Management of unstable patients
  3. Trauma assessments
  4. Laboratory/diagnostic ordering and assessment
  5. Discharge planning
  6. Resident duties (academic rounds including presentations)
  7. Managing ethical/communication issues

To participate, participants are required to:

  • Have successfully written and passed the MCC Evaluating Exam (MCC EE)
  • Have successfully written and passed the MCC Qualifying Examination Part I (MCC QE1) or be pending notification
  • Meet the Alberta International Medical Graduate Program (AIMGP) and College of Physician and Surgeon’s Alberta language criteria
  • Registered or intending to register for the NAC or MCC QEII OSCE immediately following completion of the R3 Series and provide proof of registration OR have recently passed NAC and intend to compete for residency in the current cycle.
  • Be approved by a career coach/facilitator/coordinator
Candidates must meet with a Career Coach for an eligibility assessment and be approved by the program coordinator. There is limited number of spaces available for this study group. All applicants are added to a potential participant list until notification of acceptance. Final acceptance to the study group is based on available space and personal suitability to the group and the objectives of the study group. Applicants may be required to attend an in person interview. For more information, call the main reception at 403-770-5155.

The next session is starting in June 2016

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Pharmacy

Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada Evaluating Exam

Study Group Description: 
The Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada Evaluating Exam (PEBC EE) study group focuses on assisting internationally educated pharmacists in reviewing competencies as outlined in the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada Evaluating Exam blueprint through a question and answer format and review with a facilitator. 

Licensing Body/Provincial Body:
Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada (PEBC
Alberta College of Pharmacists (ACP)

Facilitators: 
Co-facilitated by a career coach and licensed pharmacists

Cost: 
No cost for eligible clients accepted into the group 

Eligibility Requirements: 
  • Be an internationally educated pharmacist 
  • Be approved by PEBC to register for the EE  
  • Write and pass an assessment test 
  • Complete a study group assessment
  • Be ready, willing and able to commit to the attendance rules 
  • Be ready, willing and able to study the required hours per week 
  • Be approved by a career coach/facilitator/coordinator

Delivery Method: 
  • Face to face Calgary residents 
  • D2L and Adobe Connect for clients living in Alberta outside Calgary 

Required Textbook: 
Comprehensive Pharmacy Review for NAPLEX, ed. by Shargel et al, Wolter Kluwer

Dates: 
February 1 to June 28, 2017 (Wednesdays)

Time:
9:00 am – 1:00 pm 
Additional 3 full day sessions 9:00 am - 4:00 pm, dates to be determined 

Number of Sessions: 
22 

What are the steps to find out if you can join the PEBC EE study group?
  1. Call the Directions for Immigrants office to make an appointment to meet a career coach 403-770-5155
  2. Complete your online registration form 
  3. Attend your appointment to determine your eligibility
  4. Write and pass an assessment test 
  5. Complete a study group assessment with your career coach 
  6. Develop an action plan with your career coach

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Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada Qualifying Exam Part I (MCQ)

Study Group Description: 
The Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada Qualifying Examination Part I Multiple Choice Question (PEBC QEI MCQ) study group focuses on assisting internationally educated pharmacists to review the competencies as outlined in the PEBC Qualifying Examination Blueprint through a question and answer format and review with a facilitator. 

Licensing Body/Provincial Body: 
Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada (PEBC
Alberrta College of Pharmacist (ACP)

Facilitators:
Co-facilitated by a career coach and a licensed pharmacist

Cost: 
No cost for eligible clients accepted into the group

Eligibility Requirements:  
  • Be an internationally educated pharmacist 
  • Have registered for an upcoming PEBC QEI (MCQ) exam and provide proof
  • Write and pass an assessment test
  • Complete a study group assessment with a career coach 
  • Be ready, willing and able to commit to the attendance rules 
  • Be ready, willing and able to study the required hours per week 
  • Be approved by a career coach/facilitator/coordinator 

Delivery Method:  
Face to face Calgary residents 
D2L and Adobe Connect for clients living in Alberta outside Calgary 

Required Textbook(s):  
Compendium of Therapeutic Choices (CTC), Canadian Pharmacists Association (most recent edition) 

Dates: 
February 9 to May 11, 2017 (Mondays and Thursdays) 

Time: 
9:00 am – 12:30 pm 

Number of Sessions: 
25 

What are the steps to find out if you can join the PEBC QEI (MCQ) study group? 
  1. Call the Directions for Immigrants office to make an appointment to meet a career coach, phone 403-770-5155 
  2. Complete your online registration form 
  3. Attend your appointment to determine your eligibility 
  4. Write and pass an assessment test
  5. Complete a study group assessment with your career coach 
  6. Develop an action plan with your career coach if accepted to the study group

Study Group Calendar

Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada Qualifying Exam Part II (OSCE)

Study Group Description: 
The Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada Qualifying Examination Part II Objective Structured Clinical Examination (PEBC QEII OSCE) study group focuses on assisting internationally educated pharmacists in reviewing scenarios as outlined in the PEBC Qualifying Examination Blueprint by practicing mock clinical scenarios with feedback from a facilitator. 

Licensing Body/Provincial Body:
Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada (PEBC)
Alberta College of Pharmacists (ACP

Facilitators: 
Co-facilitated by a career coach and licensed pharmacists

Cost: 
No cost for eligible clients accepted into the group 

Eligibility Requirements: 
  • Be an internationally educated pharmacist 
  • Be eligible and registered for an upcoming PEBC QEII (OSCE) exam and provide proof 
  • Be registered with the Alberta College of Pharmacists (ACP) and meet their language requirements and provide proof 
  • Write and pass an assessment test
  • Complete a study group assessment with a career coach 
  • Be ready, willing and able to commit to the attendance rules 
  • Be ready, willing and able to study the required hours per week
  • Be approved by a career coach/facilitator/coordinator 

Delivery Method: 
Face to face 

Required Textbooks: 
  • Compendium of Therapeutic Choices (CTC), Canadian Pharmacists Association (most recent edition) 
  • Compendium of Therapeutics for Minor Ailments (CTMA), Canadian Pharmacists Association (most recent edition) 

Dates:
February 9 to May 11, 2017 (Mondays and Thursdays)

Time: 
12:30 pm – 4:30 pm 

Number of Sessions: 
25 

What are the steps to find out if you can join the PEBC QEII (OSCE) study group? 
  1. Call the Directions for Immigrants office to make an appointment to meet a career coach 403-770-5155 
  2. Complete your online registration form
  3. Attend your appointment to determine your eligibility
  4. Write an assessment test Complete a study group assessment with your career coach 
  5. Develop an action plan with your career coach

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Job Success Groups

Clear Communication for Business

Job Success Group Description: 
Clear Communication for Business (CCB) is designed to help internationally educated professionals prepare for and succeed at job search and job maintenance. Improve your soft skills and learn how to develop essential communication skills required to be successful in the workplace and gain familiarity to Canadian workplace culture 
Topics include: 
  • Overcoming communication barriers
  • Interacting professionally in the workplace 
  • Canadian workplace culture 
  • Conflict resolution 
  • Team Work 

Facilitator: 
Facilitated by a career coach 

Cost: 
No cost for eligible clients accepted into the group 

Eligibility Requirements: 
  • Be an internationally educated professional (non-health) 
  • Complete a study group assessment 
  • Be ready, willing and able to commit to the attendance rules 
  • Be approved by a career coach/facilitator/coordinator 

Delivery Method: 
Face to face 

Required Textbooks: 
Not applicable 

Dates: 
September 12 – 16, 2016 (Monday to Friday) 
October 31 – November 4, 2017 (Monday to Friday) 

Time: 
9:00 am – 2:00 pm 

Number of Sessions: 

What are the steps to find out if you can join the CCB job success group? 
  1. Call the Directions for Immigrants office to make an appointment to meet a career coach, phone 403-770-5155 
  2. Complete your online registration form 
  3. Attend your appointment to determine your eligibility 
  4. Complete a study group assessment with your career coach 
  5. Develop an action plan with your career coach if applicable and accepted to the group

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Clear Communication for Health Professionals

Job Success Group Description: 
Clear Communication for Health Professionals (CCHP) is designed to help internationally educated health professionals fine-tune their communication skills with patients and colleagues from many other health care fields. You will learn through role play and scenarios the expectations of Canadian patients and health care providers. 

Topics include: 
  • Overcoming communication barriers 
  • Interacting professionally in the workplace 
  • Canadian Workplace Culture 
  • Conflict resolution 
  • Team work 

Facilitator: 
Facilitated by a career coach 

Cost: 
No cost for eligible clients accepted into the group 

Eligibility Requirements: 
  • Be an internationally educated health professional 
  • Complete a study group assessment 
  • Be ready, willing and able to commit to the attendance rules 
  • Be approved by a career coach/facilitator/coordinator 

Delivery Method: 
Face to face 

Required Textbooks:
Not applicable 

Dates:
January 16 to 20, 2017 (Monday to Friday) 

Time: 
9:00 am – 2:00 pm 

Number of Sessions: 

What are the steps to find out if you can join the CCHP job success group? 
  1. Call the Directions for Immigrants office to make an appointment to meet a career coach, phone 403-770-5155 
  2. Complete your online registration form 
  3. Attend your appointment to determine your eligibility 
  4. Complete a study group assessment with your career coach 
  5. Develop an action plan with your career coach if applicable and accepted to the group

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