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Guys,

Could anyone suggest how i can improve my scores on these two areas renal & musculoskeletal...

Resource such as kaplan/FA... any other material

I read FA several time but still cant improve my scores...

Please advice

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Kaplan videos help
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Do renal and musculo skeletal questions from Uworld or any other Qbank... they will really help you understand concepts which r essential for answering questions..
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well in renal, i think you really have to understand the physiology, to understand everything else including the renal pharm.

in musculoskeletal, go with the most important stuff, like upper and lower limb. And the pathology. I have to say, FA makes a good job, but sometimes upper and lower limb takes a bit of practice with questions, and you might want to check kaplan notes, to add to the FA. I found a lot of videos in youtube to help me understand most of the upper limb. The path, you can check goljan.
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I checked FA today and here are some important high yield topics for MusculoSkeletal:

Epithelial Cell junctions: specially macula adherense(desmosome) related to pemphigus vulgaris, gap junction, and hemidesmosome.
Unhappy triad
Upper extremity lesions: specially the mechanism (example median nerve: supracondylar fx), dermatomes of the hand, learn to draw the brachial plexus like FA, read outside FA carpal tunnel sx. Memorize the upper ext nerve table. Know also the types of claws. Know the different fractures and dislocation and their nerve lesion, those are here in this forum somewhere. Know the muscles in the eminences of the hand.
Lowers extremity is very high yield in usmle world, so i guess you have to know it.
Muscle contraction mechanism, and also know the A, H, I lines.
Types of muscle fibers
Bone formation
FA pathology is more than enough, special emphasis in the lab values in bone disorders and bone tumors, the crystals in gout and pseudogout.

Renal, almost all the chapter in FA is high yield. But the most important topic are nephrotic and nephritic syndromes. Dedicate some time to it.
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