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Hey guys,

My exam is exactly 1 month from today.
I need to atleast increase my score by 5 pts, 10 pts would be amazing cuz id love to be part of the 99 club lol.

I did another nbme and my weaknesses showed up again. They are:
- Musculoskeletal (don't know why, seems simple but I always score low)
- GI
- Respiratory

This upcoming week i'm going to go through UW, but in the evenings work on these weaknesses. I figure if I can work on my weaknesses (the biggest one being musculoskeletal), then I should be able to increase by 5pts.

What sources other than Kaplan, pathoma, FA can I use now?

I seem to do best when I approach a weak subject with a new source.
Micro, path and neuro were all my weaknesses before i did CMMRS, pathoma and HY neuro and now they are my strengths (well, maybe not micro lol but its borderline+).

I dread to hear the utterance of Goljan here but if thats the case then i'll do it. What do you guys think?

After reviewing UW for the next week ima do 15 days of DIT, then i have like less than a week to review forgettables before i go into my exam.

How does the plan sound?
How can i jump up those 10pts?
What new ish can i try?

Thanks in advance.
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stick to HY stuff only, thats what would suggest...
probably u shouldnt go to new stuf, just keep revising all that you know already and make a specific point revising these weak areas
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stick to HY stuff only, thats what would suggest...
probably u shouldnt go to new stuf, just keep revising all that you know already and make a specific point revising these weak areas
if i just keep revising ill stay where i am
i doubt ill forget where i am now, im the kind of dude who studies to learn not to memorize, so its harder for extinction to occur lol
so touching new stuff doesnt mean my score will drop because ill forget HY stuff, that stuffs kind of my base knowledge now.
i think i need some new stuff to get those pts up, not necessarily a whole new way or program but atleast for my weaknesses, i think i should read about em from a new source.

i dont know, what do you think

how else could i get up 5-10pts? 10pts would be sweet.
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What NBME did you end up taking and how did you score ?
I am taking NBME 5 today!

If you want a new source then just go for Web Path like you were thinking of in the other thread. If that helps then good, if not then move on to another source since Webpath shouldn't take too long.
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What NBME did you end up taking and how did you score ?
I am taking NBME 5 today!

If you want a new source then just go for Web Path like you were thinking of in the other thread. If that helps then good, if not then move on to another source since Webpath shouldn't take too long.
i took nbme 11 today and scored 219.

im starting to think webpath isnt that important. 95% of the time, theres sufficient info in the stem to answer the question. the histo slide is rarely the only thing to look at.

goodluck on nbme 5.
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@Dr. Nick:

You can definitely increase your score by 10 points or more!!

I was able to increase mine by 14 pts in 2 wks (nbme 5 - 228, nbme 12 - 242, both online). I couldn't believe it bec. I was only expecting around a 5-7 point increase. What I did then is review my weak areas on nbme 5 for 2-3 days, tried to go hard-core (read KLN along with FA + mcqs) but ran out of time, and ended up finishing 95% FA and 50% of my UW notes before I went for the next nbme.

I suggest you review your weak areas for a few days. Review material you've read before just to refresh your memory + do tons of questions. The quality of questions matter. Don't go for usmle-type. Look for straight-forward, recall-type of questions. They are usually the ones found at end-of-chapter questions of review books. These are good bec. they are divided by topics and not random. They cover all areas which will help you pinpoint exactly which topic is bothering you. Lots of review books have pdfs online so maybe you can use them. They will help master the material. Then, just read FA + UW notes in 1 week to refresh everything.

That's my big, big secret recently. LOL! I try to do hundreds of questions on a subject that are aimed towards mastery. But I make sure I already have a very good base on the subject first before I do questions. Doing the mcqs don't take much time (only at most 4-6 hrs) bec. they're straightforward questions with minimal or no explanations. Review of material + mcqs can take around 0.5 - 1.5 days per subject depending on how in-depth you want to go with the review.

Also, don't underestimate what FA + UW notes can do for you. It's cliche to recommend these but they really pulled my score up. Maybe for us who are at the last phase of the prep, these are just what we need.

Good luck, Dr. Nick!!

Side-note:
My exam was booked on June 20 a few days ago before I went for nbme 12. I am now wishing I booked it earlier. I am now feeling the fatigue/burn-out even though I've been taking frequent breaks (I went out for 2 days in 1 week and finished season 1 of Game of Thrones AND Point of Interest tv series). How are you doing? Is the adrenaline rush kicking in?
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@Dr. Nick:

You can definitely increase your score by 10 points or more!!

I was able to increase mine by 14 pts in 2 wks (nbme 5 - 228, nbme 12 - 242, both online). I couldn't believe it bec. I was only expecting around a 5-7 point increase. What I did then is review my weak areas on nbme 5 for 2-3 days, tried to go hard-core (read KLN along with FA + mcqs) but ran out of time, and ended up finishing 95% FA and 50% of my UW notes before I went for the next nbme.

I suggest you review your weak areas for a few days. Review material you've read before just to refresh your memory + do tons of questions. The quality of questions matter. Don't go for usmle-type. Look for straight-forward, recall-type of questions. They are usually the ones found at end-of-chapter questions of review books. These are good bec. they are divided by topics and not random. They cover all areas which will help you pinpoint exactly which topic is bothering you. Lots of review books have pdfs online so maybe you can use them. They will help master the material. Then, just read FA + UW notes in 1 week to refresh everything.

That's my big, big secret recently. LOL! I try to do hundreds of questions on a subject that are aimed towards mastery. But I make sure I already have a very good base on the subject first before I do questions. Doing the mcqs don't take much time (only at most 4-6 hrs) bec. they're straightforward questions with minimal or no explanations. Review of material + mcqs can take around 0.5 - 1.5 days per subject depending on how in-depth you want to go with the review.

Also, don't underestimate what FA + UW notes can do for you. It's cliche to recommend these but they really pulled my score up. Maybe for us who are at the last phase of the prep, these are just what we need.

Good luck, Dr. Nick!!

Side-note:
My exam was booked on June 20 a few days ago before I went for nbme 12. I am now wishing I booked it earlier. I am now feeling the fatigue/burn-out even though I've been taking frequent breaks (I went out for 2 days in 1 week and finished season 1 of Game of Thrones AND Point of Interest tv series). How are you doing? Is the adrenaline rush kicking in?
Thanks for the feedback!
I think i will focus on my weak areas this week.
Goljan audio + slides + FA and if u recommend basic questions then i will do those too!

Great to see u progressing so well, youre def ready for this exam.

Im not really the kind of dude to get nervous or anxious so im not too stressed or anything, just trying to keep on track and get my usual 9hrs of sleep a night

Ps. Game of thrones is the best series on tv right now, new episode just came on, im gona watch it tomorrow. Start on season 2 and get caught up!
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Thanks for the feedback!
I think i will focus on my weak areas this week.
Goljan audio + slides + FA and if u recommend basic questions then i will do those too!

Great to see u progressing so well, youre def ready for this exam.

Im not really the kind of dude to get nervous or anxious so im not too stressed or anything, just trying to keep on track and get my usual 9hrs of sleep a night

Ps. Game of thrones is the best series on tv right now, new episode just came on, im gona watch it tomorrow. Start on season 2 and get caught up!
Thank you!

I tried doing Goljan audios before (in the last weeks of April) but I found it too time-consuming for this stage of prep... I only listened to the first 4 lectures then decided to let go of it. It was a pretty hard decision since I wasn't able to do a first pass of the audios before and I'm a big Goljan fan. If Pathoma made your patho solid, maybe you don't need to go over Goljan audios anymore? I find that at this stage of prep, most of the the things Goljan says in his lectures (the parts where he "integrates") we already know.

In my case, in lieu of Goljan audios, and for my finishing touch of patho, I'm going to do Robbin's patho qbook. You might want to check out this qbook. It has around 30-item mcqs per chapter or topic and has a good share of pictures. I was only able to do 1 chapter last week but I like it very much. So far, they are doable questions with 3-5 sentence (concise but helpful) explanations. It would be a very thorough review of patho and would pinpoint weak areas. It takes me I think around 1 hour to answer per topic and around 1 hour to review. I know there has been talk about webpath lately. This qbook is my alternative to webpath. But I have yet to finish it so maybe my feedback will change along the way.

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LOL! Noooooo... Although I promised myself there would be no more tv series for me until my exam, I am getting the feeling I'll watch season 2 Game of Thrones before this week is over. And that's bec. you reminded me!!

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Thank you!

I tried doing Goljan audios before (in the last weeks of April) but I found it too time-consuming for this stage of prep... I only listened to the first 4 lectures then decided to let go of it. It was a pretty hard decision since I wasn't able to do a first pass of the audios before and I'm a big Goljan fan. If Pathoma made your patho solid, maybe you don't need to go over Goljan audios anymore? I find that at this stage of prep, most of the the things Goljan says in his lectures (the parts where he "integrates") we already know.

In my case, in lieu of Goljan audios, and for my finishing touch of patho, I'm going to do Robbin's patho qbook. You might want to check out this qbook. It has around 30-item mcqs per chapter or topic and has a good share of pictures. I was only able to do 1 chapter last week but I like it very much. So far, they are doable questions with 3-5 sentence (concise but helpful) explanations. It would be a very thorough review of patho and would pinpoint weak areas. It takes me I think around 1 hour to answer per topic and around 1 hour to review. I know there has been talk about webpath lately. This qbook is my alternative to webpath. But I have yet to finish it so maybe my feedback will change along the way.

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LOL! Noooooo... Although I promised myself there would be no more tv series for me until my exam, I am getting the feeling I'll watch season 2 Game of Thrones before this week is over. And that's bec. you reminded me!!
Robbins qbook eh? I think ive heard of it. Is there a pdf of it anywhere?
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Robbins qbook eh? I think ive heard of it. Is there a pdf of it anywhere?
I think I saw a pdf of it before but the FB group that carries it shut down already.

Before you go looking for a pdf, check it out first in Amazon. You can look inside the pages and see if it's the one that fits your prep or the one you need right now. I bought the 2nd edition in the local bookstore bec. it's cheaper. It cost me only $6. LOL!

3rd edition ("Look Inside" feature)
http://www.amazon.com/Robbins-Cotran...=cm_cr_pr_pb_t

2nd edition (33 feedbacks)
http://www.amazon.com/Robbins-Cotran...owViewpoints=1
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