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I'm pretty sure I passed, looked up a lot of things today and got lucky, fortunately I had good study partners. What do you guys want to know? I was a silent watcher on this forum and want to give back?
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Congrats! You are finally done with Step 1. I sat for step 1 on August and it felt great when I stepped out from the prometric center.
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Hey, yes any feedback would be great! Did you feel that uw and fa was sufficient for the exam? Did you have any wtf questions?
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i would really appreciated if you tell me what kinda embriyo questions you faced up.
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congrats,,

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Congrats on getting done with step 1 & Good luck for the result!
Could you please share your experience in terms of qbanks? Which ones did you do and which ones were helpful in what context?
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qbanks were only helpful when I was writing what I learned into first aid, otherwise I would like I remember the question from the qbank, but not how to think about it, I need all the qbanks world, first aid, and Kaplan, but my problem was a lot of times I could not remember the content and was stretched too thin.

I did not think first aid helps, too superficial, but when writing other stuff into it like gold review step 2 cs notes, my husband was studying for cs and I always had to be his patient, that helped.

like I got a crazy question about SSRI and pyr450, I picked the drug we would always bother me about and I was right, best to take step 2 cs first, and use gold review, but I did not.

with regard to micro, I used the brs questions from school, and had a really hard micro teacher, so I did not study for that and still did fine. qbank context? if u are doing them while listening to more detailed lectures you will get more out of them. I had really good teachers in India who loved and care for me, embryo got a question on carotid dissection, long hx and told dx, what embryonic arch messed up?

I don't think it was an arch I think it was trauma, not sure, I think if u overdo the qbanks they will mess u up, keep in mind americans don't study as long and do better than imgs. my hubby(husband) failed to use that insight when guessing and it did not help him, please my friends if you forget everything else don't forget that.

micro: brs is probably best even though 98% not tested, and you will guess teaches u how to guess correctly
cell bio: I think Kaplan craziness is best for that got a question on IP3 lithium vs unknown, I think unknown, do not go for things and say things u know, which no one knows. I had a series of questions on second messengers that kept getting more difficult and the last question I picked not know. know the G protein pathway well. Food born outbreak look at statistics and guess which food it is was also on there.

uw and fa is suffient for exam, u will pass, but not walk out feeling confident, u don't need to buy Kaplan, but do look over old stuff, I had no questions on hep c or new junk...rely on forum for support.

wtf question: yes, one on pathologist from Africa, what does he have one liner with tons of pictures and xrays pft test, I picked burkits not sure

ok guys, hopeful I gave u a decisive advantage, feel free to ask more questions. the more you do better, but who has time do to all those things, if my husband was not working and I did not have the excuse I had to stay at home to take care of children I would not have broken 270 barrier now I have to figure out how to couples match with a hubby who failed the step 1 three times but passed cs and ck and step 3 on first attempt. rely on the power of family to return favors, and in some way we are all part of the human family god bless you all and your families.


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I will look at the poll and post more advice as it comes to me.
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Hey thanks for the reply! Why did you feel fa wasnt sufficient (to superficial)? I heard micro questions are tough on the real deal! Also how were the biostats and Neurology questions (those are the hardest for me :/)
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Look, if you are trying to pass the exam, it is fine, don't use anything else, but if you are trying to ace the exam, you need to use other resources when you mind can't recall pages (which happened to me and will happen to you), be prepared. Also first aid is boring to study, not much action to rewrite and reforget so many pages

With regard to neuro, focus on where neuro and cardio interact, especially migraines (vascular headache, how drugs work, really everything) and ASD that can cause a stroke. Moyamoya Disease disease is a hot topic in neuro right now

pronator drift (had 2 videos on exam), reflects a CONTRALATERAL lesion

I did go through high yield neuro book they use here too, at a better fellowship in England, so it was no a problem for me. Feel free to ask any questions, there is little I don't know.
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What about anatomy questions . What topics were covered on your exam.
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Did you take any nbmes?
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no nmbes, I was not so foolish to think questions they give me will help me, I most stuck with online qbanks, especially recently updated questions. My husband had stuff from Gold Review that helped. I had to be his practice partner.

Anatomy topics: homeless guy found at bus stop, Saturday night palsy vs radial fx with confusing picture, looked like radial fx

gout vs turf toe

picture of knee: could not decide between sepsis (fever) and gout (EtOH)
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I have never heard of these things like pronator drift or turf toe. Its not in fa or uw or kaplan qbank. These are some strange concepts, can you explain further please.
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Athletes get turf toe. It's inflammation of the big toe. It looks just like gout.
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