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Default i have watched pathom video and read its book . must i read goljan ?

im still not perfect in pathology . should i revise it again from pathoma or i must read goljan ? i aim for 240+, so if pathoma is insufficent for that score i want go with goljan
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I've seen people score above 240 with pathoma PLUS FA but still if you feel unstaisfied you can do rapid review goljan. Either 100 page or the 36 page thing. That alongwith uworld is more than enough
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iam satisfied with pathoma , DR Sattar is great , i liked both his videos and book . but i was wondering is it enough for 240+ , and since u have seen people with 240 and pathoma , its good . thanx
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hi, ive been looking for the link to pathoma videos
would be great if u could share it.
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Yeah Pathoma is now more than enough. I think everyone will agree on ths ..
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Yeah I think Pathoma is one of the best -- got me 260+ on the real deal! I can't imagine having done step 1 without it. I probably watched each video 4-5 times over the course of the year (I used it along with my classes and then repeated it during step 1 study time).

I also listened to goljian in the car/gym/whenever and really liked him too, but I feel pathoma is a better resource if you have to chose. What I like about Poppy Goljian is how he THINKS, and how he shows us how to think. He is great about integrating across subjects and helping you understand how test writers think and will ask you about this stuff.

I used Goljian's book with my classes but never used it for Step 1 prep. I didn't really use Pathoma's book, just his videos. I'm more of an auditory learner though, so I learn best from hearing things.
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wow 260 . you are great ! can u please say what was your most important tool in preparation ? and how many times did u read fa , uworld ?
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wow 260 . you are great ! can u please say what was your most important tool in preparation ? and how many times did u read fa , uworld ?
I never read FA and almost finished UWorld. I think they are great sources though and I used them a lot with students I tutored at my med school, but FA just wasn't my personal style. I have plenty of friends who scored in the 260s who loved it, so that's just my personal opinion.

I never got in to that whole reading FA a bunch of times thing; that just wasn't my style. I came to medicine wanting to do otolaryngology, so I knew I needed a high score and when you want a high score, everything is high yield and there are no shortcuts!

I loved Pathoma. LOVED. He's a brilliant teacher and shows what an impact great teaching can have on a subject.

I liked Goljian audio just because I could do it while doing something else.

I used a ton of different subject-specific review books during my classes, but never again during dedicated study time. For dedicated prep, I basically just did UWorld random/timed blocks for a couple of weeks and took my exam, though when people ask I say that I studied for 2 years because that's what I feel like I was doing for the first 2 years of med school!

I guess my "trick" was that from day 1 of medical school, I tried to learn the underlying mechanism behind everything I was taught. EVERY time I didn't understand a mechanism, I took the time to look it up and write it out until I could explain to a 12-year-old. This took a LONG time and I was often in the library past midnight, but I really care about this stuff and wanted to be the best doctor I could be. I think that kind of deep learning is what made my score possible.

I also happen to be a really good test taker, and I think my ability to do this comes from something my friends I used to do: we would write multiple choice questions for each other. We did this constantly for all our classes, and I got to the point where we could figure out most of our class exam questions ahead of time. You see, there are only so many ways you can ask a question about a topic. You can dress it up and put in lots of distractions, but you cannot change the truth. Learning this early and practicing it made it much easier to figure out what USMLE questions were asking. Sometimes they can seem confusing, but being able to figure out the topic -- even if I didn't know the answer -- made it easier to at least make an educated guess.

I wish I had some awesome secret resource to share, but the truth is I just gave it a lot of hard work and tried to learn it the old fashioned way!
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