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Old 12-02-2012
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Question The Essentials or the In-Between Information!

it just amazes me, as to how in-depth i wrote my notes! for instance, i noted that a normal CFTR transmembrane channel, will inhibit ENaC (sodium channel), and that's why with CTFR mutation, you get a highly active ENaC, which results in increased sodium reasoprtion in respiratory and exocrine epithelial cells.

at one time, i use to know that information. but its now completely forgotten. i am pretty sure we won't be tested on needing to know the above information, but isn't it knowledge gaps like that, which can make the difference between a good score, and a great score?

or should i really just stick with goljan rapid review, and only learn the essentials, and not the 'in between' information. i only use the example above to illustrate what i'm talking about. its those knowledge gaps between concepts, and the details which i have completely forgotten.
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There is no end to medical knowledge, you can sit 10 years reading for Step 1 and you'll never finish!

The depth of details make a difference between 220 and 260 score but the example you mentioned above is certainly very low yield.

The trick is to learn the high yield concepts and the high yield dry facts.

The USMLE is a huge exam and nobody can master the details in the depth you mentioned.

Just grab your high yield books, practice questions as much as you can and you should be OK

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