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Question What are general principles of health and disease?

I took an NBME and I got a low scores in Renal, General Principles of Health and Disease, and Behavioral Science.

I think I'll go through Goljan RR again for Renal. Any other advice?

I just did the Biostatistics course on UWorld so I think my Behavioral Science will go up because that was my main problem there. (Btw it's a great course if you have a day to spare for Biostatistics or it's your weakness.)

I have no idea what to do for general principles of health and disease. Is that general pathology and physiology or what? Please help me. I'm taking my exam soon.
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I believe its your whole exam in general. Its not a subject you can correct. If you raise your score or do well in your exam in all subjects, this tends to increase as well.if you buy the expanded form in NBME, they pretty much show all the questions that you got wrong under that subject. This one has baffled students for years.
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The general principles are those initial chapters that you find in any standard USMLE book. It's the general concepts that are prerequest for more detailed understanding such as inflammation and cell injury in pathology, membranes and electrolytes in physiology, bacterial classification and bacterial genetics in microbiology, immunoglobuline dynamics and structure in immunology, ..etc

As Peewee said, there's no single book or resource that you can hit on to improve your score in that regard. If you are planning to go again through Goljan RR then that's a good idea.
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I second both Peewee and Rasheed!

And yes going through Goljan again is a very good idea! it will do nothing but strengthen your basics also.
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@dazzles - Did the UW biostats course help you? I was thinking of taking it but I'm not sure the time investment is a good use. I think I should use the time to go over Goljan one more time or the UW questions one more time -what would you recommend?

Other than that - general principles seems to mean "not otherwise specified" as the psychiatrists say. So i guess Goljian again to sharpen that area?



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I took an NBME and I got a low scores in Renal, General Principles of Health and Disease, and Behavioral Science.

I think I'll go through Goljan RR again for Renal. Any other advice?

I just did the Biostatistics course on UWorld so I think my Behavioral Science will go up because that was my main problem there. (Btw it's a great course if you have a day to spare for Biostatistics or it's your weakness.)

I have no idea what to do for general principles of health and disease. Is that general pathology and physiology or what? Please help me. I'm taking my exam soon.
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It only took me a day because I made notes on what I read in the explanations. If you just read it then it will only take a couple hours. Some of the questions are the same as UWorld but it explains more in depth about how to solve them and approach questions. I'm going through my old UWorld tests again right now. I don't want to solve them all again because that takes a lot of time. It's up to you though. You'll realize a lot of stupid mistakes you made early on...at least I've noticed that lol. I'm going through Goljan again right now also. It takes less time the second time through. Good luck!
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