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First Aid Why do we need anything other than FA?

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Please I would like to know if first Aid is a gold standard (high yield) for USMLE then why do we need to add in information from Kaplan notes, UWorld etc in to it for complete reading? I mean shouldn't the original information it has be enough for the exam?
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FA contains alot of high yield stuff thats right, but not everything. These Qbanks that you mentioned also contain low yield things (thats what make them more difficult). Kaplan Q bank i would say that at least 20% is low yield things and i guess UW wont be far away from it. and these things are the things you add to your FA to make it complete. well thats at least my opinion.
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That's because FA is just an outline, it has all the information but in a summarized bulleted graphical pattern, if you don't know the background you can never memorize FA but if you have recent fresh good background then FA alone is enough, that's why US med students read only FA, because they have the background they just need the "high yield" review.
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thanks for clarification.Now the challenge here is to pick the high yields from other sources to transfer to FA...whew
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how many times kaplan series series shud be done efore memorizing fa?
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how many times kaplan series series shud be done efore memorizing fa?
i think one read of kaplan with videos is very much ok.anything more than that is lowyield.one mistake people make is reading kaplan alone b4 picking fa.its absolutely wrong.read ur kaplan subject wise alongside fa and transfer infomation/concepts missing to fa.
i learnt this the hard way
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i think one read of kaplan with videos is very much ok.anything more than that is lowyield.one mistake people make is reading kaplan alone b4 picking fa.its absolutely wrong.read ur kaplan subject wise alongside fa and transfer infomation/concepts missing to fa.
i learnt this the hard way
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