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Biochemistry Collagenopathies

Guys, mostly mentioned collagenopathies are OI, EDS, and alport syndrome on most step 1 prep resources. I saw other conditions on my histology book, such as:

Kniest dysplasia
kindler's syndrome
multiple epiphyseal dysplasia ( MED )
schmid metaphyseal chondrodysplasia
stickler's syndrome type II
Generalized atrophic benign epidermolysis bullosa ( GABEB )


Do you think these conditions are important to cover and master?

By the way, I'm doing biochem and the histology book is not a high yield, just a good reference for detailed explanations. I'm trying to make sure I don't miss anything, since someone who's done the exam lately said, sometimes they surprise you with weird conditions you haven't covered...

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Very weird conditions!
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Of course that knowing everything is the best but nobody in the world can master all the vast medical knowledge that's out there even if you are genius.

Therefore, you need to stick to the high yield info so that you can retain all of it in your hippocampus, otherwise if you read everything, low and high yield get mixed up and you'll end up forgetting high yield info.

The depth of details you mentioned in your post is unlikely to be tested in USMLE, even the entire topic of collagen disorders is not that high yield.

I suggest (for the purpose of USMLE) that you stick to the high yield books and avoid large textbooks.

If you have a research project or if you are going to sub-specialization then at that point, yes, go to the deepest details you can.

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