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My test was scheduled for March 30.
I took NBME 11 at the end of February and got 420/203
Than I took nbme 12 a week ago and got 520/226
Took NBME 13 esterday and got 500/221
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This is not the score that I need. **** that.
Taking into consideration the test anxiety that I will experience at the test center it will be a good low 200...
I rescheduled once in December when I got 184 (3digit) on NBME
Now I want to reschedule again, will lose my money, but **** money!

I did UW twice, 69% first run 83% second.
Did FA 3 times.
I used Kaplan for basic knowledge.
I did UW subject review for statistics.

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I need a good advice in here.
My plan is to get another books, or at least substitute pathology with something else, like BRS. what is the best book for pathology?
I want to take Kaplan Qbank and ace it, cuz I remember UW inside out for now.

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And how to cancel my appointment right now and what are the steps for the new application?

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If you're not satisfied with your score then its best to make a decision and postpone. You will have to reapply for step 1 i.e pay $780 again. You just call prometric and cancel your date and then I think you can call ecfmg and see what they say about extending your eligibility..or you can go online on oasis and do it from there!

Also, for pathology - pathoma is the new thing. I still have to try it but everyone says with $100 you cant go wrong. If not pathoma, then there's BRS for pathology or Rapid Review by Goljan although its a big read.
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If you're not satisfied with your score then its best to make a decision and postpone. You will have to reapply for step 1 i.e pay $780 again. You just call prometric and cancel your date and then I think you can call ecfmg and see what they say about extending your eligibility..or you can go online on oasis and do it from there!

Also, for pathology - pathoma is the new thing. I still have to try it but everyone says with $100 you cant go wrong. If not pathoma, then there's BRS for pathology or Rapid Review by Goljan although its a big read.
Pathoma guy scares me I saw him live.
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Pathoma guy scares me I saw him live.

well i guess the best thing to do for path for you then would be questions .. use webpath, kaplan qbook, first aid QnA, may be pretest series .. and obviously the qbanks ... do as many questions as you can on path to improve it!
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well i guess the best thing to do for path for you then would be questions .. use webpath, kaplan qbook, first aid QnA, may be pretest series .. and obviously the qbanks ... do as many questions as you can on path to improve it!
Btw, how are you evaluating yourself? I saw you wrote that u did all the nbmes... So now none are left?
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Btw, how are you evaluating yourself? I saw you wrote that u did all the nbmes... So now none are left?
Well luckily theres NBME 13 .. and I'm saving it for the last week or two before my exam!

For all the other NBME's I did them last year in July/August ..so its been quite a long time so I guess I can use them again. I also have a diagnostic, and 2 simulation exams from kaplan Qbank .. Just gonna use those along with NBME 7,11,12 and 13. Gotta do with what I have
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Btw, how are you evaluating yourself? I saw you wrote that u did all the nbmes... So now none are left?
This is what hypermedic said in his thread Skipping the Exam Date:

"just contacted ECFMG today, they told me i have to cancel my appointment with Prometric...and after the eligibility period ends....i will have to wait for two weeks before i can submit a new application...."

I guess you can pm him for more specific questions regarding a new application.

As for the evaluation, from what I've seen other members do here, they use 300 questions from a qbank like usmleconsult to assess their progress aside from the nbmes. Just minus 10 points from the predicted score. That's another option I guess.
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If you're not ready, postpone. Money comes in second. By the way, what program or specialty are you applying to? Your score is more than a decent for many programs.

Maybe you can do one of the First Aid review courses. I hear they're pretty good and can get you 10-20 extra points in your test.
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Guys, what do U think, how much more time do I need to get 240?

I think I have some weak concepts somewhere in my prep, so I want to go through basic books once again.

I have all set of Kaplan notes and just ordered Goljan's BRS rapid review.

I work full time so I cannot physicaly and mentally study more than 5 hours in the evenings. (I can do qbank while at work).

How much more times do I need you think? Realistically?
1-2 months?
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I find myself learning the best from flashcards, do u guys know what are the good flashcards out there now?

I have Pharmacology from Conrad Fisher - these are really great.

I also have BRS Microbiology - these are joke and wasted money.

Are there flashcards for Genetics or Behavioral or maybe even Biochemistry that are worth trying?
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Ah man, you should have ordered pathoma!
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I find myself learning the best from flashcards, do u guys know what are the good flashcards out there now?

I have Pharmacology from Conrad Fisher - these are really great.

I also have BRS Microbiology - these are joke and wasted money.

Are there flashcards for Genetics or Behavioral or maybe even Biochemistry that are worth trying?
I had brenner's pharmacology flash cards but never used them ...


Also, have you heard of this book - USMLE Step 1 secrets ? I have heard good things about it. I have it as well but haven't used it till now.

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Ordered these 2 also:

Kaplan Medical USMLE Medical Ethics: The 100 Cases You Are Most Likely to See on the Exam (Kaplan USMLE)

Kaplan Medical USMLE Physical Findings Flashcards: The 200 Questions You Are Most Likely to See on the Exam.
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Lange biochem and genetics flashcards?
this one - http://www.amazon.com/Lange-Biochemi...2883329&sr=8-8
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Have you done UW Self Assesments?
Recently a lot of people are underscoring on NBME...and they are relating more with UW SA.
I don't recomend you to delay so much the exam...the risk of forgetting things is pretty big...
You need to define your real goal on the exam...I mean if you really wanna 240 or over you better commit to studying 24/7 , and yes I mean quit working.
In the other hand if you can not quit work...you need to lower your expectatives....even the AMG medical students when they start preparing for the Boards they do not do anything else, they commit themselves to study 10 to 14 hours daily for approximately 4 to 5 weeks, even if they have been the past 2 years getting the foundations for the test.
Don't get crazy buying so many books, the point is you need to figure out the basic concepts and then realize how to answer questions...they can ask the same concept in 20 different ways but if you practice lots of questions formats you wont get lost.
I wish I can give you a better advice, but not the case, since I am in the waiting room also, but I have faith that God is leading my steps, and I figure it out where I want to go...
Just as I say, define your goal based on your ability to commit to the study.
And just one more thing I don't think doing QBanks at work is a good idea...they are the base of your study so when you review the answers you need to be totally concentrated, and dissect the question. It helps me to read the answer, understand the concept, and rewrite it with my own words, sometimes with pictures or diagrams or just rephrase it, so when I come back with another question dealing with the same concept it had already been drill in my head in my own words, and not just a simple snapshot of the answer of the QBank.

Sorry if it is too long, but we are all in the same boat, and supporting each other makes thing more easy too handle, and also stop the insanity.

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see, I know exactly what I want - It's everything at once! As for now I want 240, who knows, maybe when I get 240 on nbme - I will want 270.

As for now, my goal is 240.

Quitting job is not an option.

I know many peps who do not work, have 24/7 to study and mom and dad to clean and cook for them and they manage to fail or to get a low score... - I have nobody on my side, just my iPod and a pile of laundry, but I already have something OK on NBMEs.

I want more...
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btw, I did UWSA1 - 221 and UWSA2 - 234

But I have no trust in them...
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When is your deadline with your date for the exam?

Maybe what you need is break ...I mean a day to just set your mind free for a couple hours and then try one more NBME.

As I say if you delay too much it has its risks.

BTW I hope I dinn't offend you, maybe I was too harsh, but it is the same for all of us, and I feel thankful for these place where we can support each other to keep going on.
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Ah man...u wanna say quits with those NBME scores??just read oti nogonnyo's sucess story here in this forum..anyways if u r not comfortable its okay..i wud have sat the exam with that score in NBME bcoz deep down my heart i wud have qstioned myself have i done enough??plus momentum will also suffer..forgetting stuffs from FA will get regular..nobody feels fully prepared to kill the exam but really thats how everyone feels..anyways whatever u do,all the best
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When is your deadline with your date for the exam?

Maybe what you need is break ...I mean a day to just set your mind free for a couple hours and then try one more NBME.

As I say if you delay too much it has its risks.

BTW I hope I dinn't offend you, maybe I was too harsh, but it is the same for all of us, and I feel thankful for these place where we can support each other to keep going on.
haha, sorry, I am not easy to offend =)
Yes buddy, I understand the risks...
I also wish I would not jump around and tell everyone that my exam is approaching, cuz now everyone is like - have u taken it? why wont u take it?!
I wish I would follow the advice from a fortune cookie I got: keep your goals away from the trolls =)))

But I have to take this risk... My deadline is march 31. I have to reapply...
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Idea!

Aw I just can wish for you the best...
Is not an easy journey, but it is totally worthy.
Don't hear the outsiders, just be honest with you and if you realize that is not your time is just not your time.


If you have time check this article

http://www.usmleme.com/timeline

I found it pretty useful...

As I said doing loads of questions is what I've heard is the big deal...

Best of lucks!!

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Thank you, yes I read this link today from the previous post, very very useful.

I seriously feeling that it is just not my time.
I want it to be like "bring it ot, I am ready for any crap that u can throw at me!"

Now its more like running blind...
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Since my scores now looking like the scores of an AMG who has just finished 2y of basic sciences, I have decided to follow Taus Method (modified with KLN biochem instead of lippincott)
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Ordered these 2 also:

Kaplan Medical USMLE Medical Ethics: The 100 Cases You Are Most Likely to See on the Exam (Kaplan USMLE)

Kaplan Medical USMLE Physical Findings Flashcards: The 200 Questions You Are Most Likely to See on the Exam.
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Guys, what do you think about
Lange biochem and genetics flashcards?
this one - http://www.amazon.com/Lange-Biochemi...2883329&sr=8-8
let us know how these work for you when you've gone through them
ive been considering them myself.
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let us know how these work for you when you've gone through them
ive been considering them myself.
I decided to buy them, cuz Pharm flashcards really boosted my knowledge. I used not to know jack **** except that u take ibuprofen, when you have muscle pain, but after going through those I have consistent star on all nbmes in pharm.
I hope the same thing will happen with these cards too!
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Me too. I have some old BRS Pharmacology flashcards from when my brother (now a Psychiatrist) took the exam. They're quite useful, but I've been thinking about getting some newer flashcards.
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I decided to buy them, cuz Pharm flashcards really boosted my knowledge. I used not to know jack **** except that u take ibuprofen, when you have muscle pain, but after going through those I have consistent star on all nbmes in pharm.
I hope the same thing will happen with these cards too!
oh the 200 flash cards one is pharm?
i dont need that then

but i heard the conrad fischer 100 cases is really good.
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Guys, what do U think, how much more time do I need to get 240?

I think I have some weak concepts somewhere in my prep, so I want to go through basic books once again.

I have all set of Kaplan notes and just ordered Goljan's BRS rapid review.

I work full time so I cannot physicaly and mentally study more than 5 hours in the evenings. (I can do qbank while at work).

How much more times do I need you think? Realistically?
1-2 months?
Hello man... First of all... please do not despair. You rock!!! DocSikorski....

I know I'm the weird guy of the forum (weird not queer ha ha ha), and that my advice might be not as good as the rest of the advices given here but, I really would like to help you in anyway because I believe that the "force" is within you (It runs strong in that side of your family ).

I will give you the advise that I'm following...

1. "less is more" don't waste more money in new books, don't waste time learning new stuff... master the things that you already have with you.

2. Done with UW? Kaplan Qbank is the next chord of the song...

3. Goljan is going to take time man... be aware of that... (However, I did like it ).

4. Done with FA? read it again, and at least 3 more times (but don't just read it, READ IT).

5. Do as many Q as you can...

6. If you have to postpone... so be it... don't feel bad about it.

7. When answering a Q you...
1.
2.
3.
4.
5. :sorry:
6. I know what are they asking but I just can't remember the answer.
7. The answer that you though was not the right one.

Because, bottom line... the song goes like this:
  • if you are between 1 to 5 = Time to hit the books again
  • if you are in 6 and/or 7 = more Q is the way to go
Last but not the least... after doing the self-assessments, when they give you the Dx of your performance... Where is the problem??? because I believe that if the problem is the same or similar after all the SA... the bell is ringing saying "watch out with this ****!!!"

Also, deep inside of everyone here in this forum... we all know (at least in some measure) what topic that is the personal kryptonite. So... work on that/those topic(s) more and more!!!

Well, that's it... I hope I've helped you in some way...


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Appreciate that man!!!

I do feel bad about postponing, especially when I am so close and yet so far...

I am like between 5-7
Getting weird q's on nbme is bothering me, sometimes they would ask about stuff that wasn't in my books and just have to guess... But there are like 3-4 questions like that.

Sometimes I read the question and answer it and get it wrong. Then when I review it I understand what a silly mistake I just did cuz that was the matter of word play or something really stupid like that...
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The original taus method can be found here:
http://www.scribd.com/doc/36671560/2010-Taus-Method

It is a method designed for American students after they are done with 2 years of basic sciences.
Many of them do take NBME right after they are done with these 2 years before studying for the exam. Method uses FA as a road map of how to review your basic books and of what is currently tested on the exam.

I am going to follow it with my own modification.
If anyone was or now using it, I would love to hear your input.

Since most of the american med students are about to be done with their 2 years of basic science in April, I believe many people would start using it at this point.
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The original taus method can be found here:
http://www.scribd.com/doc/36671560/2010-Taus-Method

I am going to follow it with my own modification.
If anyone was or now using it, I would love to hear your input.
I'm also planning to do a modified Taus as a syllabus for my revision this April.

We can swap ideas along the way.
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Everything depends on you
I personally think that adding new material at this stage of board preparation is not a very good idea.
If you havn't done goljan go for it. At least do audios along with audio lecture notes. I will be very beneficial work to do. if you have bought a book you'll get 400 q-s to practice for pathology this will help too. majory there is not a big difference between RR and other materials for pathology, but the main point is that goljan itself makes to look it different, make you understand the full depth of problem.
I think doing whole book + lectures requires at least 1,5 month. like not to run it, but to READ and MEMORIZE it. i see people are posting they are doing it in 2-3 weeks for the first time but

I would recommend only adding goljan to the preparation you are using.

P.S. Which was your weak area based on NBME-s?
I'm sure you consider to give them comprehensive revision


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I personally think that adding new material at this stage of board preparation is not a very good idea.
If you havn't done goljan go for it. At least do audios along with audio lecture notes. I will be very beneficial work to do. if you have bought a book you'll get 400 q-s to practice for pathology this will help too. majory there is not a big difference between RR and other materials for pathology, but the main point is that goljan itself makes to look it different, make you understand the full depth of problem.
I think doing whole book + lectures requires at least 1,5 month. like not to run it, but to READ and MEMORIZE it. i see people are posting they are doing it in 2-3 weeks for the first time but

I would recommend only adding goljan to the preparation you are using.

P.S. Which was your weak area based on NBME-s?
I'm sure you consider to give them comprehensive revision


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NBME's reflected a couple times that my Genetics, Neuro and Behavioral were weak.
I do not feel satisfyed with those + Biochem and maybe Reproductive.

I did Goljan 1.5 times along with FA - I think that was the reason of my score boost from 200 to 220.
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I'm also planning to do a modified Taus as a syllabus for my revision this April.

We can swap ideas along the way.
How much time do you think to give for Taus method?
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NBME's reflected a couple times that my Genetics, Neuro and Behavioral were weak.
I do not feel satisfyed with those + Biochem and maybe Reproductive.

I did Goljan 1.5 times along with FA - I think that was the reason of my score boost from 200 to 220.
Aha. what did you use for Neuroanatomy?
genetics and behavioral are mind**** subjects as well as biochem, but i think for biochem kaplan is way enough consider to do it one more time.

give a read (one more time) reproductive patho in goljan + endocrine phys from kaplan( brs isn;t as good as kaplan) -> you will feel strong in this area

consider using goljan every day and your score will increase to the higher ranges


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I used Kaplan for Neuro. I think they did a good job with it, but I still cannot consolidate it properly in my memory.

Genetics is my nemesis... I am comfortable with syndromes, but way too confused by family diograms...
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I used Kaplan for Neuro. I think they did a good job with it, but I still cannot consolidate it properly in my memory.

Genetics is my nemesis... I am comfortable with syndromes, but way too confused by family diograms...

listen to Reienbecher one more time ( 3-4 days) and than do this:

http://www.oup.com/uk/orc/bin/978019...ources/00mcqs/

It has pretty hard questions to deal with. esp in pedegrees and risks and all the **** (:
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How much time do you think to give for Taus method?
That's a tough question! If it's only HY + Goljan + annotated FA + qbank questions (as instructed in p. 2 under second or third run-through), that might take 3 weeks (full time study).

I'm planning to do only 1 complete system-wise run-through in 5 weeks. I'll add uworld notes and chapters from kaplan books to the Taus plan. This is with 1 block (random, timed) of kaplan qbank questions everyday.

I think we shouldn't stretch the time frame too long. We'll start forgetting things again...
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I think that after kaplan notes it's a great book to do.
this book doesn't need to add some info inside. if you have time you can do it in a month. imagine high yield stuff taken out from kaplan lecture notes in one book. there are mainly only diagrams, but i'm still going to give one read.
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That's a tough question! If it's only HY + Goljan + annotated FA + qbank questions (as instructed in p. 2 under second or third run-through), that might take 3 weeks (full time study).

I'm planning to do only 1 complete system-wise run-through in 5 weeks. I'll add uworld notes and chapters from kaplan books to the Taus plan. This is with 1 block (random, timed) of kaplan qbank questions everyday.

I think we shouldn't stretch the time frame too long. We'll start forgetting things again...
Agreed. Do you have a date yet?

Id say Taus plan is worth 6-8 weeks
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Agreed. Do you have a date yet?

Id say Taus plan is worth 6-8 weeks
I haven't scheduled my exam yet, but my plan is on the last week of May.

Hehehe! I guess you're right. 6 - 8 weeks is more realistic.

I think it's better to do it under time pressure. That's why I'm leaning towards at maximum 6 weeks. (This is not including the "Last 2 Weeks" part of the Taus method.) Being in "cramming" mode helps me retain more and use time more efficiently. I'll start utilizing the Taus method when I reach 220's in the nbme (like you) and/or I've strengthened my weak areas already. The Taus will be like my last complete run-through.
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Hehehe! I guess you're right. 6 - 8 weeks is more realistic.

I think it's better to do it under time pressure. That's why I'm leaning towards at maximum 6 weeks. (This is not including the "Last 2 Weeks" part of the Taus method.) Being in "cramming" mode helps me retain more and use time more efficiently. I'll start utilizing the Taus method when I reach 220's in the nbme (like you) and/or I've strengthened my weak areas already. The Taus will be like my last complete run-through.
Since its purely AMG-based, getting some starting score on NBME is necessary...
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Since its purely AMG-based, getting some starting score on NBME is necessary...
Yep, I agree... I just pray my nbme goes well so I don't have to delay getting started on Taus.

Have you read HY cell and molecular biology already? It's part of the Taus method. I'm planning to read it. Someone said it only takes a weekend, but I don't know... All those molecular/genetic stuff (I browsed through it) seems pretty intimidating.
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Yep, I agree... I just pray my nbme goes well so I don't have to delay getting started on Taus.

Have you read HY cell and molecular biology already? It's part of the Taus method. I'm planning to read it. Someone said it only takes a weekend, but I don't know... All those molecular/genetic stuff (I browsed through it) seems pretty intimidating.
I havent, my books were all from Kaplan.
I guess it's hard to jump into great score using only Kaplan...

Have u used USMLErx?
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I havent, my books were all from Kaplan.
I guess it's hard to jump into great score using only Kaplan...

Have u used USMLErx?
True...

In all honesty, I've been dying to use usmleRx online. I've done some questions in pharma from the offline version. It felt like a qbank-flashcard for me. It's like a "flashcard" bec. questions are straightforward and the answers are simple. It's not going to take you so much time going through the explanations. It would give you a good gauge which parts you've already memorized and which ones "fell through the cracks" as pkul85 described it. Hence, it's excellent for recall.

The best and my favorite part is it's easy enough. It boosted my confidence when I was doing it -- like I can go to prometric the next day. LOL!

Of course, in terms of quality of questions and complexity, nothing beats usmle world. It depends on what you're looking for. Try the offline qbank and see if you like it.
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In all honesty, I've been dying to use usmleRx online. I've done some questions in pharma from the offline version. It felt like a qbank-flashcard for me. It's like a "flashcard" bec. questions are straightforward and the answers are simple. It's not going to take you so much time going through the explanations. It would give you a good gauge which parts you've already memorized and which ones "fell through the cracks" as pkul85 described it. Hence, it's excellent for recall.

The best and my favorite part is it's easy enough. It boosted my confidence when I was doing it -- like I can go to prometric the next day. LOL!

Of course, in terms of quality of questions and complexity, nothing beats usmle world. It depends on what you're looking for. Try the offline qbank and see if you like it.
Weird, cuz people report lower scores on RX than on their UW...
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Weird, cuz people report lower scores on RX than on their UW...
Really? I didn't know about that... Maybe they made changes with the new online qbank. The old one that is available offline seems pretty easy and straightforward to me. Or maybe they did usmleRx as a first qbank that's why it seems more difficult.

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I listened to his audio (the must!)
And did his notes (400+) pages.
Waiting for his RR to appear as a package near my door...
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And did his notes (400+) pages.
Waiting for his RR to appear as a package near my door...
Ah ok. 400+ pages in his notes? I have a copy of his audio transcripts thats about 130 pages. 400+ pages is almost like a text book!
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@DocSikorski: I was just browsing the website posted by monsalg2502 (http://www.usmleme.com/timeline) and I came across this link in the Resources area: http://forums.studentdoctor.net/show...8#post12295038

It's an extensive feedback posted recently (3/22/2012) about usmleRx from someone who got 250 step 1. You might find it useful.
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I listened to his audio (the must!)
And did his notes (400+) pages.
Waiting for his RR to appear as a package near my door...
From what i have read your problem lies in pathology (seeing that you ordered GOljan RR)

My advise to you so that you increase pathology to the roof is the following.

Read only chapters 1-8 of goljan (they really nail the most important stuff of general path and even include physio and biochem)

Do webpath and their quizzes (seriously after this youll feel so much better and stronger)

Youll defeat the beast my friend
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Hi, bud! How long did it take to do webpath?? Thanks!
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From what i have read your problem lies in pathology (seeing that you ordered GOljan RR)

My advise to you so that you increase pathology to the roof is the following.

Read only chapters 1-8 of goljan (they really nail the most important stuff of general path and even include physio and biochem)

Do webpath and their quizzes (seriously after this youll feel so much better and stronger)

Youll defeat the beast my friend
How long does it take to go through all of webpath? Is it just quizzes or more like a qbank where you can review the answers as well ?
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Hi my friends, about 5 days, first did all the slides of the systems and memorized or at least tried to understand the pictures, then did about 400 questions per day of their quizes (they accumulate)

It has 2 kind of quizzes
10 questions of each section of pathology with images (real exam simulation)
then on average 60-70 questions per system without images clinical vignettes so its really awesome!
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haha you beat me to it
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How long does it take to go through all of webpath? Is it just quizzes or more like a qbank where you can review the answers as well ?

The asnwer is given to you in tutor mode (cant change it) so you click and you get the answer either as correct or incorrect and why
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Hi my friends, about 5 days, first did all the slides of the systems and memorized or at least tried to understand the pictures, then did about 400 questions per day of their quizes (they accumulate)

It has 2 kind of quizzes
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wow 400 questions per day ?! Is that with review of the answers?

Also, did you feel like that improved your path or increased your score by a lot of points?
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Also, did you feel like that improved your path or increased your score by a lot of points?
Yeah I waked up at 5 am (I enter social service and go from 1 pm to 8 pm) and did at least 400 questions per day, by being in tutor mode you ust click and get the answer so i think its way faster than a real qbank, also i tried to do at least 3 systems per day (somedays did more) of their slides so it took me about 5 days to finish it

Also do the neuroanatomy part, it includes CT scans MRI's and macroscopic images of the most tested material on the step it really boosted my confidence and knowledge of pathology (I feel is my strongest subject along with micro)
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Yeah I waked up at 5 am (I enter social service and go from 1 pm to 8 pm) and did at least 400 questions per day, by being in tutor mode you ust click and get the answer so i think its way faster than a real qbank, also i tried to do at least 3 systems per day (somedays did more) of their slides so it took me about 5 days to finish it

Also do the neuroanatomy part, it includes CT scans MRI's and macroscopic images of the most tested material on the step it really boosted my confidence and knowledge of pathology (I feel is my strongest subject along with micro)
Thanks for the great input. I will try to incorporate Webpath into my schedule! Already have so many sources for pathology however
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Ill give you a piece of advise, I did webpath at the end, after finishing all of my pathology resources, why did i do that? simple, because of the images, I saved them for last so that i had them fresh in my memory on the day of the exam ( it did work because i had like 50 images on my exam and felt good in the majority of those questions)
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Ill give you a piece of advise, I did webpath at the end, after finishing all of my pathology resources, why did i do that? simple, because of the images, I saved them for last so that i had them fresh in my memory on the day of the exam ( it did work because i had like 50 images on my exam and felt good in the majority of those questions)
what exactly is webpath?
is it a site?
or a subscription i buy?

i can deffo see the value in doing webpath towards the end, especially considering i dont know diddly-squat about slides and pics when it comes to path.
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http://library.med.utah.edu/WebPath/

It is one of the resources listed at the end of FA

I did it - pretty decent!
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Yeah I liked it a lot and I used it at the end and hopefully for me it worked, dont get disheartened, I also sucked big time in pathology but practice practice and more practice did help
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I like go running with Goljan in my ears... Doesn't help me to run faster, but at least makes listening to G. more dynamic
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how do you guys just sit there (or run) and listen to audio?
i cant see myself learning that way
i have to figure out how to structure my study when i tackle goljan audio next month
maybe sit there with the goljan notes in front of me?
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how do you guys just sit there (or run) and listen to audio?
i cant see myself learning that way
i have to figure out how to structure my study when i tackle goljan audio next month
maybe sit there with the goljan notes in front of me?
One question, do you drive? long distances? or something like that?
I used to drive everyday 2 hours and there i would listen to Goljan
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how do you guys just sit there (or run) and listen to audio?
i cant see myself learning that way
i have to figure out how to structure my study when i tackle goljan audio next month
maybe sit there with the goljan notes in front of me?
I'm doing the same, i need headphones + notes in front of me. this is the most valuable way to do goljan.

in other case if one has done goljan once or twice ... he can listen just during running or smth.
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I used to drive everyday 2 hours and there i would listen to Goljan
nope, i sit in the library for 10-12 hrs a day.
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Instead of taking the bus walk (unless thats a long distance)
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how do you guys just sit there (or run) and listen to audio?
i cant see myself learning that way
i have to figure out how to structure my study when i tackle goljan audio next month
maybe sit there with the goljan notes in front of me?
I also get easily bored with audios/videos... Here's what I'm planning to do for my revision:

Goljan audio then answer patho questions on topics tackled for the day

Incorporate studying Goljan patho with related topics on other subjects (i.e. Autoimmune diseases chapter with Immunology, etc.)

This way I'm spreading the 40+ hrs of Goljan audio over a month. LOL!
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i have to figure out how to structure my study when i tackle goljan audio next month
maybe sit there with the goljan notes in front of me?
If you've done pathoma then you don't need to do goljan!! Instead use the time to do more questions. Although i havent decided fully on pathoma but im 80% sure i will be doing it. it all depends on an nbme performance after DIT to see if i really need pathoma.

As for goljan, its a total of about 40 hours of audio lectures so if you listen to 5 hours per day you would be done in about 8 days .. you just have to sit down and listen to it lol
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i think i need to have some goljan material open infront of me to follow along with the audio

what should i use?
the 100+ pdf notes?
goljan's personal 400pg notes?
RR (do i even need to buy this book? i heard its so big and long and overkill)?
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If you've done pathoma then you don't need to do goljan!! Instead use the time to do more questions. Although i havent decided fully on pathoma but im 80% sure i will be doing it. it all depends on an nbme performance after DIT to see if i really need pathoma.

As for goljan, its a total of about 40 hours of audio lectures so if you listen to 5 hours per day you would be done in about 8 days .. you just have to sit down and listen to it lol
yea i dont plan on getting RR
but i have heard of ppl doing pathoma + goljan audio
ppl rave that goljan audio is the best thing since sliced bread so i figured i should try it
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Oh yeah, when it comes to actual learning and understanding of what Poppy is saying - you have to sit with the book in front of u and headphones on.

I did that in the library
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Oh yeah, when it comes to actual learning and understanding of what Poppy is saying - you have to sit with the book in front of u and headphones on.

I did that in the library
what material did you have open in front of you?
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i started listening to them on the train and would walk about 45 mins instead of taking the bus. On the train i would listen to the audio and then go over the notes while listening to it but when i would walk 45 mins i would relisten to the same audio without the notes to reinforce the audios. In about 5-6 days i got through 7 audio lectures! Takes a while but i havent been able to do any audios since i started doing physiology from kaplan.
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but i have heard of ppl doing pathoma + goljan audio
ppl rave that goljan audio is the best thing since sliced bread so i figured i should try it
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I dunno, its very individual, but his audio boosted my performance by 20 points
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but i have heard of ppl doing pathoma + goljan audio
ppl rave that goljan audio is the best thing since sliced bread so i figured i should try it
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Depends on your pathology knowledge, its not a must but can help, also depends on what resources you have and all that
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I had FA on the table where I added stuff and his notes in my laptop
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is webpath maybe better for someone like me who's done pathoma and KLN?
should i spend my path review time on doing webpath over doing goljan audio?
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Could someone please share the 400+ notes ?!

Also i think it depends on each individual. If your pathology is strong enough you dont even need pathoma or goljan, kaplan covers everything and all the concepts. But its the way of teaching of each professor that makes the difference. Goljan is about 10 years old audio lectures but they are still used !! but i feel like pathoma is the new rave thing that everybody's on
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He has 36 audio lectures,

45-59 minutes each.
That is a bootleg copy of his lecture during one of the review courses I believe somewhere at the East coast in 2001-2002.

I assumed that his class started on Monday and went till Friday, so around 5 hours per day. That is how I listened to it too
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I'm not sure with the other notes, but it's the RR that the audio follows. It skips some parts. On the other hand, there's also the transcribed notes of the goljan audio. What is written there are those things he says that doesn't appear in the RR book. So it's RR + transcribed notes.
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should i spend my path review time on doing webpath over doing goljan audio?
Webpath is not better is just different, it depends on the point of view in which you are seeing things.

Sure its amazing but i would recommend you save it for last near exam date because of the images, if you are done with Pathoma and KLN then stick to first aid, however we must know hows your pathology performance on your tests
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The best way to use Goljan is to get the "bootleg pack" of his 400+ pages notes (200 general path, 200 systemic), His slides (pictures) because he refers to them frequently and also that pack has Goljan 36 and Goljan 100 - very useful.

I'd suggest googling that or looking on filestube dot com - one of my favorite file hosting.
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Questions are hard.
Well maybe picky, not necesserely hard. I like it, right what I need after UW
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Well maybe picky, not necesserely hard. I like it, right what I need after UW
It helps you compare and contrast one thing from the other, doesn't it?

Gives another perspective on things you thought you already know...

That's what I like about it.
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It helps you compare and contrast one thing from the other, doesn't it?

Gives another perspective on things you thought you already know...

That's what I like about it.
True. I have a thousand of concepts that I "sortof" know... I want to make them solid. I hope this qbank will help.

On the other hand, btw, the first part of Taus method is Kaplan Qbook questions! I want to do 50 - 100 q per day during the first round of Taus... So since there are 2-4 tests that are subjectwise in Qbook, Ill be doing Usmlerx timed random (there are 3000 qs anyway )and Qbook subjectwise
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True. I have a thousand of concepts that I "sortof" know... I want to make them solid. I hope this qbank will help.

On the other hand, btw, the first part of Taus method is Kaplan Qbook questions! I want to do 50 - 100 q per day during the first round of Taus... So since there are 2-4 tests that are subjectwise in Qbook, Ill be doing Usmlerx timed random (there are 3000 qs anyway )and Qbook subjectwise
Yep! That's a great plan!

Mine is somewhat the same, but instead of subject-wise questions, I'm planning to do them topic-wise.

Everyday I'll be doing (hopefully):
- 15 - 30 mcqs per topic (simple questions only; just for retention)
- 46 mcqs random, timed block of kaplan qbank (very minimal or almost no notes)

This why I've been collecting and asking about all these review books with end-of-chapter questions like BRS, Katzung, Robbins qbook, Pre-Tests, etc.

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Yep! That's a great plan!

Mine is somewhat the same, but instead of subject-wise questions, I'm planning to do them topic-wise.

Everyday I'll be doing (hopefully):
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- 46 mcqs random, timed block of kaplan qbank (very minimal or almost no notes)

This why I've been collecting and asking about all these review books with end-of-chapter questions like BRS, Katzung, Robbins qbook, Pre-Tests, etc.

By the way, are you still planning to do kaplan qbank?
No, I heard many people saying that they made it harder than UW just because they added lots of low yield stuff to Kaplan Qbank, not representative of real test.

What I get from Taus and whats great in it - FA outlines to you what is going to be asked and you get review books to explain and add whats in FA and then you go over your own customized only for You copy of FA. (1-2 times) and then you go and cut the balls from this **** test
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What I get from Taus and whats great in it - FA outlines to you what is going to be asked and you get review books to explain and add whats in FA and then you go over your own customized only for You copy of FA. (1-2 times) and then you go and cut the balls from this **** test
LOL! I guess you're right. I better keep my revision closer to FA and focus more on my UW notes. Kaplan qbank might get me side-tracked too much.

From the feedback of the person in the link I posted earlier, I think you'll do great with the UW + usmleRx combo. What he said actually made sense! (uw simulates the hard questions; usmlerx simulates the easy questions)
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LOL! I guess you're right. I better keep my revision closer to FA and focus more on my UW notes. Kaplan qbank might get me side-tracked too much.

From the feedback of the person in the link I posted earlier, I think you'll do great with the UW + usmleRx combo. What he said actually made sense! (uw simulates the hard questions; usmlerx simulates the easy questions)
True, but I remember UW inside out, by now would answer 99% of it correctly. I have a bunch of AMG's around here who said they were using RX and UW or some just - RX alone and scored well...

That guy from your link tells that the test was a mix of RX and UW-like questions...

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I was in a very similar situation. I had my exam initially scheduled for September '11. The very night before I gave an NBME and got a 220. I was shattered inside, all that work and this is what I have to show for it. Regardless...I didn't show up the next morning.

This is where it got tricky. I had to work and save up money again as I didn't have any funds left to register. I worked like a dog for 3-4 months and saved up to register again. Now by the time I was ready to sit down and study again I had forgotten EVERYTHING. You'd be surprised how quickly this S-H-I-T leaves your brain.

This is where I really started regretting my decision. I would have gotten it out of the way with most probably a decent score but just because I panicked I had to waste so much time in between saving up money and then not to mention studying everything from scratch. Now if I look back, I would not have skipped it...it just wasn't worth it. All the stress all over again, all the time wasted that I could have put towards something else (CK or CS).

The other side of the argument is that I got more time to get my sh.i.t down. Went through things more thoroughly, especially paid attention to all my weak areas. Just gave NBME 13...got a 247....exam in less than 3 weeks (on April 18th).

Was it worth it in the end....HELLLL NOOO!!!!!

I went through all that suffering and pain for a measly 20 points. When you're sitting pretty at 220....20 more points do not make a difference at all...this is something I just discovered talking to people in residency...happen to live 2 minutes from a University program that offers residencies in multiple fields.

A 20 point difference is huge when you're comparing someone scoring a 200. But when you're already at 220, you've met and exceeded the requirements of most programs.

You want honest advise. Give it and get it done with. Having the step 1 around your head is the worst thing in life. If you know you can get anything between 212-220 go and give the damn thing. Save yourself the hassle...I know I would have if I had known better.

The reason why I'm being so open with you, is I know exactly what you're going through. I went through it and I suffered the consequences of it. And if you skip the exam, I'm pretty sure you're gonna feel the same way.
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I am going through a heavy hangover right now =)

I hear you haga.
But you freaked out the night before... because you were not sure...
What if you would freak out on the exam itself? That would not be a good thing to happen.
The score you have now can get you into residency even in California!
I was working then, and will be working further so the money I am losing... well yeah, I am upset about it.

I do not feel that I know what I have to know completely, just this weird feeling inside...
Of course there is a rush and I want to be over it as soon as possible, especially when people at work are asking me about this ****...

But I hope I made right decision and I am going to work hard again to make sure it was the right one.
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Whoa!
After going through part of my weak areas and learning the stuff that I wanted to punch in the face I feel like a pimp!!!

Weber and Rinne are now my fellas!
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After going through part of my weak areas and learning the stuff that I wanted to punch in the face I feel like a pimp!!!

Weber and Rinne are now my fellas!
There you are!!!

I was wondering about you... Tell me, how is Taus going on for you??? Would you recommended???
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There you are!!!

I was wondering about you... Tell me, how is Taus going on for you??? Would you recommended???
Yes. I do lack organization and I know it well, so I use FA as my checklist and as my calendar haha! And add notes to it.
I will recommend to "do your own" method from whatever works for you, I feel that for now this is the best way to go. I do have some modest knowledge of what is relevant and what is irrelevant and try to stick to it...

I add notes to FA from everywhere except for Goljan RR and Molecular Bio - I use these books in full, they are worth of it!

How are you man? How is studying?
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