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Arrow Done with the beast that is Step 1 !!!

So it's done! Finally after months of prep, it all came down to yesterday!

I'll start off by saying that the exam like almost everyone says, is extremely fair. There are the questions that are like, OMG what is this stuff, and then there are the questions that are like, wow really? this is easy! So it balances out big time.

I found my exam heavy on physio and immuno. Definitely know your physio, inside out and out, or as they did on the test, arrows up and down!!! So many arrows it makes you dizzy! I know most people say Goljan for path OMG you need him, but physio was tested very highly on my exam, i think i had about 20-30 questions of pure arrows and another 20 of graphs.

NBME's are a MUST! As some questions I got yesterday were exactly like the ones from NBME's. So do as many of those as you can.

As for my prep, I started in March, with the Kaplan live lectures that came to our school. That ended in May 27th, and then I studied on my own for 4 weeks, and took the exam yesterday June 23rd.

Study material wise, I did 3 NBME's (1, 7, & 12), UWSA 1, all the Kaplan Lecture Notes, first aid (of course), and DIT. I will say DIT made my scores really jump, the teacher really knows what to focus on. There were questions my exam that had I not DIT I would have no clue on and since he follows the FA it forces you to look at every page!

All in all, I feel OK. I don't feel it was easy, but I don't feel it was impossible. I'm shooting for a 220+ so just gotta wait and see, it's in God's hands now, hopefully I'll be able to share good news with you guys in 3-4 weeks

Thanks for all the support and the great advice, this forum truly is wonderful!

If you guys have any questions, please feel free to ask, I FINALLY have free time again, hehe
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Congrats!!!
how about anatomy...do you think kaplan is enough???
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how about anatomy...do you think kaplan is enough???
Kaplan does a great job with anatomy. There were maybe like 1 or 2 anatomy questions that were on obscure structures that you would need to read an actual anatomy book to know, but for the most part, Kaplan is very sufficient.

Know your way around a CT Scan. Know the most common levels with important structures and what you'd see at those levels. I wouldn't spend too much time on it, but like the week before, if you have the time, flip through a radiology atlas or website with pictures, just to get a feel. The new kaplan lecture notes have ct scans at the end of each chapter, those are sufficient.
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Could you tell me what is DIT?
I know its doctors in training but is it a book or lecture series.
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Could you tell me what is DIT?
I know its doctors in training but is it a book or lecture series.
live lectures...
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Congratulations Andy....i'm sure you rocked it!

Thanks a lot for posting your experience. Ufff! Your prep was really fast if just started prep in March. Pretty fast! Congratulations and I wish you luck on your score!
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Kaplan does a great job with anatomy. There were maybe like 1 or 2 anatomy questions that were on obscure structures that you would need to read an actual anatomy book to know, but for the most part, Kaplan is very sufficient.

Know your way around a CT Scan. Know the most common levels with important structures and what you'd see at those levels. I wouldn't spend too much time on it, but like the week before, if you have the time, flip through a radiology atlas or website with pictures, just to get a feel. The new kaplan lecture notes have ct scans at the end of each chapter, those are sufficient.
Uh oh... I only did anatomy from FA... do you think it'll be sufficient? Were you heavily burdened with anatomy questions or were there not that many? :sorry:
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Congratulations, Andy!

How long is each question? how many lines on average? I am kind of slow in reading, need to be prepared for long questions.

Thanks!
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Uh oh... I only did anatomy from FA... do you think it'll be sufficient? Were you heavily burdened with anatomy questions or were there not that many? :sorry:
FA anatomy is enough...it wasn't like I got a lot of very technical or detailed anatomy. So you'll be fine. Just make sure you know how to read CT scans and X-rays. I remember one question had me choose which is the correct chest xray for the pt in the Q! So they love pictures!!!
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Congratulations, Andy!

How long is each question? how many lines on average? I am kind of slow in reading, need to be prepared for long questions.

Thanks!
I got a handful of one liners! Straight questions, which helped saved tons of time! There are a handful of VERY long ones too tho. It balances out. You'll be fine, just get practice doing Qs in timed mode so you're used to the time frame you'll have on the actual day.
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Could you tell me what is DIT?
I know its doctors in training but is it a book or lecture series.
It's a lecture series that follows the FA and the DIT handout. It's very high yield. The lecturer basically reads the FA to you in an interesting way and tells you what to focus on and what not to focus on. He's big on pharm too! My pharm scores after that course jumped big time. The program consists of 15 days of lectures covering every chapter in FA. You can go at your own pace or do it in the 15 days or faster if you're up to it.
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I got a handful of one liners! Straight questions, which helped saved tons of time! There are a handful of VERY long ones too tho. It balances out. You'll be fine, just get practice doing Qs in timed mode so you're used to the time frame you'll have on the actual day.
Did you do any Qbanks?

What's a good % cumulative for UW for 220?

How would you distribute the real questions as compared to UW? 50% Easier than UW, 25% Harder etc.
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It's a lecture series that follows the FA and the DIT handout. It's very high yield. The lecturer basically reads the FA to you in an interesting way and tells you what to focus on and what not to focus on. He's big on pharm too! My pharm scores after that course jumped big time. The program consists of 15 days of lectures covering every chapter in FA. You can go at your own pace or do it in the 15 days or faster if you're up to it.
is it like a must to do DIT for a high score?? or jst readin FA would b enough...?also u didnt say u did UW qbank...?didnt u do dat..

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i also hav the same que as patelmd as in what cumulative% in UW is necessary for a high score...actually i m nt scoring high on UW qbank ques....a bit worried on how to proceed..
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Congratulations and i hope u good score
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did you had to use so many equations? like MAP or collapsing pressure for example?
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did you had to use so many equations? like MAP or collapsing pressure for example?
just the usual biostats ones like PPV and sensitivity, one hardy-weinberg, 2 ejection fractions, and 1 PAO2....nothing to crazy!
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Many thanks...and congratulations... you did it!!
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just the usual biostats ones like PPV and sensitivity, one hardy-weinberg, 2 ejection fractions, and 1 PAO2....nothing to crazy!
Andy answer my questions about Uw!!!
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Hey,

Do you recommend any particular atlas for the Radio and Histopath stuff. Some say Uworld makes you at them!
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Did you do any Qbanks?

What's a good % cumulative for UW for 220?

How would you distribute the real questions as compared to UW? 50% Easier than UW, 25% Harder etc.
I did both Uworld and Kaplan Qbank, completed them both.

I'd say the questions resemble a mix of both! The physio mainly resembled Kaplan Qbank questions, since they love those annoying arrow questions, lol.

As far as percentage wise, I don't know what would be good to get a 220, since I don't have my scores (and don't know if I even passed!!!) I can't say what works and what doesn't.

When you feel ready to take it, you'll know it.
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hey andy first of all congratulations and all the best for ur result.
I have heard you have to add important points from uworlds and kaplan q bank to your FA so its easier while revising from FA near exam.
I want to know if u did tha same? i mean did u add notes to ur FA? Coz i started doing this but its taking me a lot of time.
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also wanted to know which books did u use for immuni as they are asking more questions from immuno. Is kaplan enuff for immuno?
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hey congrats of having been done with the beast and good luck fr the result!...
just wanted to ask u a few...
u said about ur nbme's....could u tell me which nbme corelated more with the real 7 or 12...i did 7 wid 233...hav my exam next week...going thru FA now...am kindof exhausted n lazy these days...
thinking if i shod do nbme 11 or 12?..ne thoughts?...and ne recommendations of wat to give a look in the last few days?..wat about exam timings?..
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I hope that you get a great score!!
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please give sum insight on histopath??is fa and uworld enough?? or should we do the kaplan histology section as well!!
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