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Official Revised USMLE Content: More Immunology
by heights 03-24-2011, 08:33 AM

Apparently the USMLE is expanding the amount of immunology on the exam and people taking the test after mid-May will have these changes. Here is the link http://www.usmle.org/General_Informa...x?contentId=55 and I also copied the info below. I am honestly not sure how much of a difference these changes make. I would love to hear your thoughts on these, and also how you are studying immunology.

Revised Step 1 Content Outline
In 2009, a subcommittee of the Step 1 Committee began an in-depth review of the Step 1 content outline and the Step 1 item pool. The goals of this group included increasing the number of items in the exam that assess basic science knowledge in a clinical context, an effort that had been underway for several years, as well as a review of the General Principles section of the content outline.
Posted November 02, 2010 [-] Click HERE to close announcement
As a result of the work of this group, the number of items in the examination with non-clinical presentations was reduced; this was announced on April 21, 2010.

At its June 2010 meeting, the Step 1 Committee approved a revised Step 1 content outline. This revision involves recoding items previously included in the General Principles portion of the content outline into Organ System sections of the outline. In addition, items from the General Principles section of the content outline that test immunology were reclassified to a new category, Immune System. This change reflects expansion in the field of immunology.

The updated Step 1 content outline can be viewed here. The previous version of the Step 1 content outline can be viewed here.

Step 1 examinees who expect to test on or after mid-May 2011 may want to become familiar with both the old and the updated content outlines when preparing for their examination.
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Old 03-24-2011
 
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Thanks for the post!

Thanks for the above post. I looked at those links and Ill just copy and paste the IMMUNE SYSTEM thats added on by the USMLE to the updated Content-

Immune System
Normal processes
development of cells of the adaptive immune response, including positive and negative selection during
immune development
structure, production, and function
granulocytes, natural killer cells, macrophages, mast cells, dendritic cells, cell receptors
T lymphocytes, including T-lymphocyte receptors, accessory molecules, cell activation and proliferation,
cytotoxic T lymphocytes, and memory T lymphocytes19
B lymphocytes and plasma cells, including B-lymphocyte receptors, immunoglobulins, cell activation
and proliferation, including development of antibodies and memory B lymphocytes
structure and function of lymph nodes, host defense mechanisms, host barriers to infection, mucosal
immunity
immunogenetics
Rh and ABO antigens, including genetics
cellular basis of the immune response and immunologic mediators
antigen processing and presentation in the context of MHC I and MHC II molecules, including
distribution of MHC I and MHC II on different cells, mechanism of MHC I and MHC II deficiencies,
and the genetics of MHC
regulation of the adaptive immune response
activation, function, and molecular biology of complement
function and molecular biology of cytokines
basis of immunologic diagnosis
Abnormal processes
disorders with alterations in immunologic function
abnormalities in adaptive immune responses
deficiencies of phagocytic cells and natural killer cells
complement deficiency
HIV infection/AIDS
Non-HIV infections of lymphocytes
systemic diseases of immunologic function
systemic disorders affecting the immune system and the effect of age on the function of components of
the immune system
immunologically mediated disorders
type I, type II, type III hypersensitivity
type IV hypersensitivity
transplantation risks and rejection, including transfusion reactions
isoimmunization, hemolytic disease of the newborn
drug-induced adverse effects on the immune system, including Jarisch-Herxheimer
Principles of therapeutics
mechanisms of action and use of drugs that specifically affect immune function
vaccines (active and passive)
antiretrovirals
immunomodulating and antineoplastic drugs
biologics, including monoclonal and polyclonal antibodies
other therapeutic modalities
Gender, ethnic, and behavioral considerations affecting disease treatment and prevention, including psychosocial,
cultural, occupational, and environmental
emotional and behavioral factors
influence on person, family, and society
occupational and other environmental risk factors
gender and ethnic factors
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On or after Mid May...I assume that means May 15th?
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i think they already started immuno questions as experiments as i had ALOT of immuno questions some really hard, and some were okay in difficulty....

so they're testing the immuno questions as experimentals right now till they implant the good questions in may.
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i think they already started immuno questions as experiments as i had ALOT of immuno questions some really hard, and some were okay in difficulty....

so they're testing the immuno questions as experimentals right now till they implant the good questions in may.

Yes some of my friends took the exam recently and also said immuno was heavily tested..but yeah I think you are right..they are being used as experimental right now!

But Im hoping this is on or after mid may = May 15!
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I really dont see any reason to panic becuase the above listed topics are covered by KLN anyways, so we already know it. Only thing is, before we weren't tested on it.. now we are!
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I really dont see any reason to panic becuase the above listed topics are covered by KLN anyways, so we already know it. Only thing is, before we weren't tested on it.. now we are!
Yeah and now we need to understand it in a more clinical context...
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Yeah and now we need to understand it in a more clinical context...
Seems to me they want to always make things difficult.. They never go ''hey, your lucky test taker #2894, your exam will be easier! "
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need to know the change

hi
can anyone tell me there is anything new topic other than given in kaplan and please also tell me the reference to a good book for those new extra kaplan added topics. thanks in advance
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as far as i know, levinson has the best immunology section high yield for step 1...
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