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Default Are Q Banks even necessary? Here are USMLE Notes for the Cardiovascular System

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I've been wondering for a long time if Question Banks are even necessary at all? I mean, there are thousands of NBME questions to simulate the real USMLE exam. Why aren't the NBME exams enough to track our progress and find out how to take the test? Wouldn't shorter pattern recognition-type questions be just as effective for gathering the content and learning the material as full-length questions?

I don't really have the answer, but I have tons of notes. I meticulously searched for only the highest yield material. I'm wondering if my notes might actually help people do better on the USMLE Step 1 than Question banks. (I know it is a stretch, but I'm curious.) So, I have attached some of my USMLE Step 1 notes for the CARDIOVASCULAR SYSTEM.


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Would you like to see a document like this one for every single subject?
Would a 'Question Vault' with 4,000 short questions work better than a Question Bank with 2,000 long questions? Why? Why not?
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Thanks hv done few of them. Very helpful.
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The question reading saves time as the important points are in the bullet form .... people might use these in their preliminary reading and the explanations are somewhat good enough ....yeah totally helps .... but for the real exam people need full text scenarios to practice and get used to it ....from which book btw you extracted the questions ....?
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Questions are the most imp thing in preparation do as many q bank u can
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Hey guys,

I've been wondering for a long time if Question Banks are even necessary at all? I mean, there are thousands of NBME questions to simulate the real USMLE exam. Why aren't the NBME exams enough to track our progress and find out how to take the test? Wouldn't shorter pattern recognition-type questions be just as effective for gathering the content and learning the material as full-length questions?

I don't really have the answer, but I have tons of notes. I meticulously searched for only the highest yield material. I'm wondering if my notes might actually help people do better on the USMLE Step 1 than Question banks. (I know it is a stretch, but I'm curious.) So, I have attached some of my USMLE Step 1 notes for the CARDIOVASCULAR SYSTEM.


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If you use the attached Cardiovascular System notes, please give me some feedback on them:

Did the notes help you?
Did the short, pattern recognition-type questions save you time, or not?
Would you like to see a document like this one for every single subject?
Would a 'Question Vault' with 4,000 short questions work better than a Question Bank with 2,000 long questions? Why? Why not?

first post with that? you might be attempting to get more people to like your notes to perhaps get some money off the other system notes but to be honest no matter how many notes a student reads the best way to remember IS doing question banks! they provide actual exam like questions and help the student think better. notes are not enough whether they are from First Aid or your notes.
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Tons of responses, thanks all.

I'll leave the documents as they are for now and come back to this thread at a future time. Anyone can use the questions as a first year student or during the summer, or during your Cardiology class--which actually might work even better than just before the USMLE exam.

The facts have come from the current highest-yield source material and organized in the way that I needed them to be organized for myself.

If you're reading this now but don't have time to reply, I wouldn't mind if you voted really quick even if it is a negative response.
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Edit to original post: Q-banks probably are necessary. No surprise there, I guess. Since I made this post, there have been comments on the fact that there is a distinct skill involved in reading full-length questions that people may actually need to practice, so Q-banks really allow the test-taker to practice the whole gamut of the test experience. However, it seems that shorter quiz-questions may be helpful as a supplement to block-classes or Q-banks, or if someone has already mastered full-length questions due to their NBME practice.
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they are good but they seem to be concise form of uworld questions and explanations .... nevertheless they seem pretty helpful and will be good to review them after one has finished uworld
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hey...the questions you have posted are very useful...kindly post other systems also if you have....
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