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I read Rapid review once and listen to goljan lectures once. However, for some reason, my path scores - whether they be in nbmes, q banks, etc, dont seem to be going up. My physio was never too good, so im reading PHYSIOLOGY BY COSTANZO , and hopefully it will help.. but i'm kinda stuck with path.

My exam is in 5 weeks- I've done UW twice, so right now im doing USMLE CONSULT. Do any of you see a benefit of re-reading Rapid review, or is there any other source i should tap into? I can budget my time to re-read RR, if you all say a 2nd read is necessary. Any sort of guidance will be appreciated, thank you so much!
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@Dr. Nick: LOL! You're always an avid fan of pathoma in ALL threads.

@pkul85: I suggest you review your primary book, Goljan RR, for a second time while doing TONS of patho questions.

My recommendation:

HIT PATHO (High Intensity Training in Patho)

1. After reading a chapter in Goljan RR, answer mcqs on that specific chapter. You can find chapter-specific mcqs in, for example, Robbins patho qbook.

2. In addition to that, do 1 block of patho questions in the morning and 1 block of patho questions in the evening in your qbank: Random, timed.

Don't take too extensive notes by this time. It will only slow you down. Once you see the info, memorize! Your exam is close anyway. You might not be able to go back to them if you don't streamline your notes.

At the end of this "intense" patho workout, as your "cool down" exercises, make your own tables and flashcards on what you think are "forgettables" or high-yield. For example, make your own table on the LM, EM, IF chars of the diff types of glomerulonephritis. This is to consolidate info.

You can finish this in 7-10 days. Cram everything you can!
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WORD!! Pathoma all the way. Do it twice
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1. After reading a chapter in Goljan RR, answer mcqs on that specific chapter. You can find chapter-specific mcqs in, for example, Robbins patho qbook.

2. In addition to that, do 1 block of patho questions in the morning and 1 block of patho questions in the evening in your qbank: Random, timed.

Don't take too extensive notes by this time. It will only slow you down. Once you see the info, memorize! Your exam is close anyway. You might not be able to go back to them if you don't streamline your notes.

At the end of this "intense" patho workout, as your "cool down" exercises, make your own tables and flashcards on what you think are "forgettables" or high-yield. For example, make your own table on the LM, EM, IF chars of the diff types of glomerulonephritis. This is to consolidate info.

You can finish this in 7-10 days. Cram everything you can!

Would this also work for Pharmacology? I'm having some troubles here too... freaking names!!!
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Thanks for the replies guys

Also to the pharm question: i am no expert, but what really worked for me is First aid, regurgitate, in and out.. and questions, questions, questions! MY pharm has been pretty good on nbmes and qbanks- almost always on my highest scored list... and thats been my mantra so far. FA + Qbank!
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I totally agree with d_wiqed!
It's a little too late for you to go the other books. Just follow the same book you have been using.. Read it twice.. If needed 3 times.. The more you read the more you rmr and when you read it the 2nd or 3rd time it will be faster too..
Plus questions! questions! That's where you find your weak areas!
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thx so much guys i wasnt sure if reading and re-reading the same thing would help.. someone once told me that if u do something and it doesnt work, then you would be an idiot to re-do the same thing and expect different results..

i guess that doesnt work with our usmle studying huh? thanks Im going to re-read goljans RR and will pray that hopefully more info will stick in Good luck u guys!
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thx so much guys i wasnt sure if reading and re-reading the same thing would help.. someone once told me that if u do something and it doesnt work, then you would be an idiot to re-do the same thing and expect different results..

i guess that doesnt work with our usmle studying huh? thanks Im going to re-read goljans RR and will pray that hopefully more info will stick in Good luck u guys!
I would not advice goljan RR is abig book , please dont waste your time on it , everyone in their experience has said its a overkill , patho is mainly recall , its either you dont know the stuff or you dont remember , reading goljan will take atleast 15 days , and in the end you remember nothing , i suggest take those 15 days to read UW and do all patho Qs again ..... see how many you get right , write down its notes into FA , read them again ..

thats what i feel , rest is your choice ....

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thx so much guys i wasnt sure if reading and re-reading the same thing would help.. someone once told me that if u do something and it doesnt work, then you would be an idiot to re-do the same thing and expect different results..

i guess that doesnt work with our usmle studying huh? thanks Im going to re-read goljans RR and will pray that hopefully more info will stick in Good luck u guys!
Well... Has it worked for you?
There's a difference... You like it and you rmr stuff from it.. However you need to go through it again to rmr more stuff... In this case stick to it.. But if you don't have alot of time then go over the weak areas in that book or the things you highlighted the first time... Because sometimes changing books during the last few days might stress you out.. Atleast that's how its for me..
Or... You don't like it.. And the book didn't help you at all.. In that case there's no point in going over the same book again. If you think something else is better then go to that...
Again thats just my opinion... If something else works better for you then u can go with that
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Would this also work for Pharmacology? I'm having some troubles here too... freaking names!!!
Hi, Dr. Mexito!

I guess it depends... If it's just the brute memorization of pharma names and the drug families they're in that you're having trouble with, then, making your own flashcards is the remedy. There are flashcard softwares that make things easier and a LOT less time-consuming. Active study helps in recall and retention.

On the other hand, if it's pharma concepts that you're having trouble with, then, the patho plan I suggested above is a good way to go.

That's just my humble opinion.

Good luck!! I can't wait to hear the good news from you!
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