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First Aid First Aid is missing lots of info!

I started q on uworld after first time FA but many questions in uworld i cant find it in Fa (ex:vaccines) or the information they give in FA is not enough to solve the question, do I have to go back to Kaplan so as to cover or what, and since that how to depend totally on FA before exam?
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I never liked FA , I don't think it is enough at ALL for getting a very high score. I was aiming for a 260+, so I read everything. I know more now and became a better doctor. I got a 251 which is not that bad.

The only thing I can guarantee you is that FA has 90% of what's in the exam according to people, it's just the way you extract that information is what matters. FA doesn't do a good job at telling you HOW to use the book, but their Qbank UMSLE Rx is a good way to reivew the book. Rather than memorizing boring plain notes, go to the Questions they have that they create from the book itself. I never reviewed FA and bought the URx to go through the supposedly amazing book.

Believe me, my exam was more of a KAPLAN oriented exam than UW. Do both if you want a high score. If you simply want above 90, FA is enough.


Set your goal and then decide. FA is a short cut for people who don't have time or the energy to read and just want to pass the exam.
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use UW as a learning tool, rather then to assess ur knowledge, and make notes into ur FA, dat will make it complete... all of those who scored 230+ have made their UW notes into FA, rather then reading FA alone...i myself didnt like FA, but i guess i m 1 of those rare cases out of a thousand, who did not do FA..
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use UW as a learning tool, rather then to assess ur knowledge, and make notes into ur FA, dat will make it complete... all of those who scored 230+ have made their UW notes into FA, rather then reading FA alone...i myself didnt like FA, but i guess i m 1 of those rare cases out of a thousand, who did not do FA..
you are not that rare. I hated it too. I didn't write notes in it. I just kept doing questions till the day of the exam. Never reviewed that book at all. only did it once then used the URx Qbank to review it. Made it tolerable, every time I open that book I wanted to throw it away and curse all it's lovers
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the way iam reading 1st aid is after complete every chapter in kaplan lec notes return to 1st aid and read that part for eg cardio physio it is only 5 pages but need u understand everything so i also put notes from kaplan in 1st aid so that iwill not return to kaplan when read 1st aid in 2nd time
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hi
I ve studied kaplan and doing Uworld with FA
the problem is that many q u dont have their answers in FA while they r in kaplan (e marijuana toxicity symptoms , I get q that their answers in kaplan only )
so how to correct this defect as I dont want to depend on kaplan before the exam ????
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Hey rose! Why dont you add note of uworld to your FA,so in the end its the mega-high-yield book for last prep. I guess kaplan is more to get a good basic "backround" knowledge, and to be comfor. with all the principles(like physio). Thats how I did at least. Best of luck!
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Hey rose! Why dont you add note of uworld to your FA,so in the end its the mega-high-yield book for last prep. I guess kaplan is more to get a good basic "backround" knowledge, and to be comfor. with all the principles(like physio). Thats how I did at least. Best of luck!
yes add notes to 1st aid or ur notes book
u cant remember everything know the concept
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thanks alot for u both
i am doing my uworld
completed 1 time reading first aid but my scores are so so low
and i have many questions with new ideas or informations not found
on FA and I have never heard about it but the percent of people who answered
it is high so I am confused about that and dont know how to improve ???
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Rose,listen I had the same problem too,but I remark when I'm reading 1st aid the 2 chapters you have to focus in for the exam: ONCO-HEMATOLOGY AND MUSCULOSKELETAL;furthermore the oncologic drugs;and do what glomerulus told you
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Hey rose, dont panic if u dont know a question or a concept. As uworld says its not just knowledge assement its a learning tool. So start using it this way. Add the new concepts to your FA, if u really dont understand something go back to your other books and add the notes to FA. I just think its really good to have information densely in the end in one place, so just have to go through this in the final step of prep. This is what I am doing at the moment, and it was really worth it. So dont panic about not knowing stuff from uworld and try to figure out whats the best way for you to integrate all the concepts. best of luck.
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thanks alot for the replies , i will try to do that but it takes long time to write notes as some subjects are totally new and u have to write it all , and i spend alot alot time on uworld
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