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1 round of FA done --- nice and beautifullly with kaplan where needed
1 round of uw systemwise done --- i annotated alot but not the whole uw
now pathoma for a month with FA
next uw 2nd round with FA

Im very bad at pharm and remembering drugs ... whats the best way to do it?

when and which nbme should i take ?? or should i take UWSA ???
i read somewhere in the forum, theres a free nbme assessment ... is it ??

thanks
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1 round of FA done --- nice and beautifullly with kaplan where needed
1 round of uw systemwise done --- i annotated alot but not the whole uw
now pathoma for a month with FA
next uw 2nd round with FA

Im very bad at pharm and remembering drugs ... whats the best way to do it?

when and which nbme should i take ?? or should i take UWSA ???
i read somewhere in the forum, theres a free nbme assessment ... is it ??

thanks
1) Pharm is one of the toughest subjects for many people and much of it comes down to brute force memorization. Spaced repetition programs like Anki can be very helpful for this. Beyond that, focus first on the basics of learning the broad classes of drugs. I may not remember offhand all the details of bethanachol, but I do know it's a cholinergic so now I know its mechanism and its side effects! I can probably figure out what it's used for too just based on the mechanism. So I would focus first on learning all the big classes of drugs and their mechanisms. Once you do that, you can start memorizing the drug names that don't have a class-specific suffix (ie. verapamil and diltiazem as calcium channel blockers) and those that are exceptions to the rule (ie. labetalol is a beta blocker that also has some anti-alpha1 properities).

2) For NBMEs, take the newest ones available. Take as many as you can afford and ideally aim for once every 1-2 weeks so you can measure your progress. UWSA is fine too, but may slightly overpredict your score if you've been using UWorld to study.

3) I don't remember there being a good free NBME assessment. I remember one that was super easy -- like insanely easy -- but not a true assessment. I think the free one I remember was just to get people familiar with the format. That was a couple years ago though, so maybe things have changed!
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1) Pharm is one of the toughest subjects for many people and much of it comes down to brute force memorization. Spaced repetition programs like Anki can be very helpful for this. Beyond that, focus first on the basics of learning the broad classes of drugs. I may not remember offhand all the details of bethanachol, but I do know it's a cholinergic so now I know its mechanism and its side effects! I can probably figure out what it's used for too just based on the mechanism. So I would focus first on learning all the big classes of drugs and their mechanisms. Once you do that, you can start memorizing the drug names that don't have a class-specific suffix (ie. verapamil and diltiazem as calcium channel blockers) and those that are exceptions to the rule (ie. labetalol is a beta blocker that also has some anti-alpha1 properities).

2) For NBMEs, take the newest ones available. Take as many as you can afford and ideally aim for once every 1-2 weeks so you can measure your progress. UWSA is fine too, but may slightly overpredict your score if you've been using UWorld to study.

3) I don't remember there being a good free NBME assessment. I remember one that was super easy -- like insanely easy -- but not a true assessment. I think the free one I remember was just to get people familiar with the format. That was a couple years ago though, so maybe things have changed!
Thanks a bunch
i have to start Pharm from scratch, itll take another month or so
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Kaplan lectures best .. For pharm..start from scratch and follow with FA...followed by questions from q bank...just keep revising everyday...the previous days notes...that's how I am doing...hope this helps..good luck studying..May all our hard work gets paid off at the end.
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You can download the free step 1 questions here: (http://www.usmle.org/practice-materials/index.html)

You can also register to take a sample test at a Prometric center here:
(https://apps.nbme.org/CBTPSRegistrat...gistration.jsp)

Both of these exams are for practice and to to get familiar with a Prometric center in order to be ready for the actual exam day, so they're not used to assess your performance for the actual step 1.

Use NBME assessments (buy from here : https://nsas.nbme.org/nsasweb/servlet/mesa_main) to see if you're ready or not and only use these to evaluate if you're ready for the actual test or not. Although, I have not taken my test yet, but reading experiences from other test takers I have realized that Pharm/Biochem/Micro can be done just from FA and no other source is necessary for them. So I would make a flashcard for pharm from FA and study them everday or just buy a pharm flashcard like from Conrad Fisher or Lange.
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