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hi everyone .. this forum helped me a lot so i thought may be i could give something back..

1st read... kapl. books plus vids
2nd read... kapl. books plus f.a plus uworld plus annotating the f,a with uworld n a lil from kapl.
3rd read n 4th read from ma annotated f.a
NBME 1 thru 5 n 11

GOLGAN: a total waste of time, absolutely no need, his lectures are good though
F.A: is ur book, if annotated intelligently
n yes i also agree that 95% exam comes from f.a n uworld

last point: exam is all about basic concept no need to do PhD on anything just clear the basic concepts......its a simple exam but if ur concepts are weak u wont survive a single block
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congratz and thanx for sharing your's exame experience.
but one thing i would like to ask you that i have done with kaplan lecture notes 3times except micro-imuno 2times,and histo yet not done.but i forgot most of theory b/c i left study material about 6months ago,now doing uw getting score between 50-60 what should i do,b/c of big gap between study and uw i forgot lot of stuf thats why am getting dificlty in reminding that stuf which i have studied, pls guide me here if you can.one thing i wana to tell you that mine plan to take exame at end of feb i cant extend it more than that b/c of personal issues
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its quite a co incidence the very same thing happened to me...6 7 months gap after 2nd read ...so i also forgot almost the whole kapl. but in ma case i had annotated, in ma own words PREPARED ma f.a heavily...so when i got back after the gap all i had to do was give 2 reads to f.a..
in ur case if ur also doing f.a then i would say.... leave everything else n do 2 reads of that n i think uv time for that ....but if u havent followed f.a even then ur good.. many of ma frends with 250 + dint do f.a....just try to give a comprehensive read n then a quick read of 7 8 days to kapl.......
abt uworls in ma opinion uw percentage has nothing to do with ur scores.. its a study tool only.....
lastly there was this big mistake that i made ...if u dont have time to do all nbmes then dont start with the 1st... skip the first 4 5 n must do last 4 5 ..... their qs are quite similar to real exam ....mine was very similar to nbme 11
as i said before ,exam is not realy abt memory its abt concept.....i can put it in a way that the things that u think u ll forget will already be given in the q stem......q will be abt the concept...so dont panic n dont pay much attention to ur uworld score.....
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what did you get on NBME 11?
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238.... did it the last day
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wow that's not encouraging....9 points lower on the real exam...my 480 is more like a 400 then
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its 10 pts actually.... ya i was kinda surprised too... may be i did a few blunders in the last 2 blocks... i was so tired ...but still was confident for 235+ after the exam ....so i cant really comment on that
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im giving exam in april..plz guide me how to prepare for pathology?i also don't like goljan book..but lecs r ok...im thinking to do Kaplan notes n U world for patho?
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im giving exam in april..plz guide me how to prepare for pathology?i also don't like goljan book..but lecs r ok...im thinking to do Kaplan notes n U world for patho?
actually ma whole plan was circling around f.a n i annotated it in a way that it became a complete package... i DINT use any book for patho , started goljan but a horribly written book. so left it midway..
i did f.A ,then did goljan lectures in pdf n then did uworld.... doing all this i annotated ma f.a in a way that the patho portion of ma f.a became a combo of uworld , goljan lect., n f.a....then i did this combo twice ...
dint use kaplan book so cant say anything about that.....
one important thing i wana mention is that pictures are becoming a significant part in patho so dont underestimate them..... robins or webpath would be a good choice for that.....
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wow that's not encouraging....9 points lower on the real exam...my 480 is more like a 400 then
We are on same page with yu. My score on NBME FROM 440- 490. I'm using dvd kaplan third run now, hope it help. my exam in two weeks. How ab yu?
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I have not booked a date yet. I am waiting to get my target score on NBME (240+) and then I will do that. I am focusing on UW and FA only. Kaplan I did before but now no time to go for another read. Did you take UWSA1 or 2?

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We are on same page with yu. My score on NBME FROM 440- 490. I'm using dvd kaplan third run now, hope it help. my exam in two weeks. How ab yu?
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I have not booked a date yet. I am waiting to get my target score on NBME (240+) and then I will do that. I am focusing on UW and FA only. Kaplan I did before but now no time to go for another read. Did you take UWSA1 or 2?
I'm too not set my exam date, so I wait when I feel more comfortable with my score. I'm doing UW offline , DIT and Kalpan(I forgot some topics).
My UWSA 1 is 490
My goal 235-240.
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thanx azam..can I get that PDF of goljan?my email shehlaakbar@yahoo.com
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thanx n good luck for step2..will u tell what type of question did u get on murmurs,graphs ,radiology,
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thanx n good luck for step2..will u tell what type of question did u get on murmurs,graphs ,radiology,
thanx..

MURMER: i got one normal heart sound from fred free 150 n one of aortic regurg. dint get any idea about it by listening but from q stem... in ma opinion its very difficult to diagnose but the q stem gives u a good idea

GRAPHS: graphs were mainly about the basic concepts like compet. agonists etc mostly covered from f.a.....

RADIO: dint get much, actually most qs with the pictures can be solved from q stem... but in neuroanat i had to identify the structures like pituitary n cortex etc... all covered by pics given in kapl. anatomy book..
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