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Hey guys, How are you all?

So I started prep in January with reading Kaplan lectures notes for most subjects (the exceptions were: Pathoma for pathology, HY for Anatomy, BRS Behavioural Science along with Kaplan Behavioural science, and. HY Neuroanatomy.). I finished one read by the end of March along with 1 entire read of FA. At the moment I'm also listening to Goljan audio in the mornings (when I head the gym) but it's going pretty slowly. I know that spending 3 months doing my 1st read is probably quite long but doing it with FA and Rx qbank really took me a while.

I started doing USMLE Rx from mid-feb and haven done around 1,000 q's so far. I decided to leave the remaining questions when I do my UWorld review.

I subscribed to UWorld today (March 31st), and did just around 20 q's (random, timed) to get a taster of what the q's are like, and I already like this qbank quite a lot! I've decided to do a block a day but here is my dilemma (which has been very frequently asked on these forums what from I've read):

Should I do the UWorld blocks random or system-wise? I thought doing it system-wise would be ideal as I could review FA the 2nd time with each subject. But I've read on these forums that the people who scored pretty high are the ones who started off and kept doing random, timed blocks. What do you think? I do understand that doing the q's system-wise would make me forget the stuff I start off doing, but then I am planning to review UWorld a 2nd time so this "might" not be an issue (may be I'm wrong.)

My eligibility period is between May-July, but I will postpone it to the next period as I need to spend more time reviewing UWorld the 2nd time along with Rx.

Oh and I also plan to do Conrad Fishers ethics, and Uworld biostatistics q's (as I'm quite weak in this topic.). I might also do Goljan if I have the time (but it looks like that's not going to happen.)

Any advice? Is anyone going through the same problem?
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No one?

Oh well, I guess I'll just do what I think suits me.
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Hey, I think you should do all random and timed blocks since you have already reviewed all of the material and have even gone through the other qbank.
I have been doing all random-timed blocks since I started Uworld and I think it's the best way to prepare for the real test.
My test is on april 10th and I have 6% (3 more blocks) of the uworld qbank left and I'm planning to save them for a full length simulation (NBME 15 + 3 uworld blocks).
I already did NBME 16 (I think I did well), and I felt really comfortable with having to deal with a path slide question and then having a biochem or biostat question next thanks to doing all the uworld blocks random and timed.
Anyway that is my 2 cents, best of luck!
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Also do Pathoma if you can! forget about Goljan, In my experience It has been the highest yield of all the sources I've used, I did it when I started Uworld and I noticed my percentage go up in Pathology very quickly, I read Goljan along with the kaplan notes and videos, and I think it is a good book for understanding some key concepts, but not the highest yield for review, also much better than Kaplan pathology as well.
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Also do Pathoma if you can! forget about Goljan, In my experience It has been the highest yield of all the sources I've used, I did it when I started Uworld and I noticed my percentage go up in Pathology very quickly, I read Goljan along with the kaplan notes and videos, and I think it is a good book for understanding some key concepts, but not the highest yield for review, also much better than Kaplan pathology as well.
Hello. Can you comment on how high yield are the goljan audios? I have been doing for a few chapters and they seemed pretty good just concentrating on main topics but wanted your opinion as how high yield they will be for step 1. Thanks in advance
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Hello. Can you comment on how high yield are the goljan audios? I have been doing for a few chapters and they seemed pretty good just concentrating on main topics but wanted your opinion as how high yield they will be for step 1. Thanks in advance
I didn't get around to listen to the audios. I think goljan audios + book at the same time could be high yield (better than doing just the book or just the audios), but Pathoma is basically that plus being able to look at a powerpoint, listening to Dr. Sattars excellent explanations and being able to annotate the book, plus he draws on his presentations, which I found it to be a very intuitive way to remember some key concepts, especially for hematology. You know the more senses you engage the better memory retention!
It also depends on your learning style, I prefer diagrams and drawings rather than pure text. Combining this with audio and video I have found is the best way to retain information for me. Keep doing Goljan audios if you are feeling you are retaining the important stuff! You can try out Pathoma for free and see if it suits your learning style (I know I sound like Pathoma is paying me or something, but I really found it to be an excellent source)
Hopefully I'll be able to commment as how high yield all of this stuff really is after I take the test!

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I didn't get around to listen to the audios. I think goljan audios + book at the same time could be high yield (better than doing just the book or just the audios), but Pathoma is basically that plus being able to look at a powerpoint, listening to Dr. Sattars excellent explanations and being able to annotate the book, plus he draws on his presentations, which I found it to be a very intuitive way to remember some key concepts, especially for hematology. You know the more senses you engage the better memory retention!
It also depends on your learning style, I prefer diagrams and drawings rather than pure text. Combining this with audio and video I have found is the best way to retain information for me. Keep doing Goljan audios if you are feeling you are retaining the important stuff! You can try out Pathoma for free and see if it suits your learning style (I know I sound like Pathoma is paying me or something, but I really found it to be an excellent source)
Hopefully I'll be able to commment as how high yield all of this stuff really is after I take the test!
Thank you! i am already done with pathoma with videos and you are right he explains things really nicely. Now I was doing my first read of FA and listening to goljan audios so that's why asked how high yield are the audios
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I did indeed finish Pathoma, and I think it was the best investment I ever made as Dr.Sattar really breaks it down for you. It's just that so many people on here idolize Goljan to the extent that I get scared I'm leaving out an important source.

The reason why I thought of doing subject-wise the first time is so that I can revise FA (as I forgot most of what I read the first time.)

So what I'm doing is:
Read FA topic (gastro, endocrine, pulm etc) and then do 1 timed, subject block in that subject. Then I review and annotate.

I'm only doing one block a day so that once I finish FA (should take me 15-18 days), I can start doing 2 blocks and change it to random, timed from then on.
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I didn't get around to listen to the audios. I think goljan audios + book at the same time could be high yield (better than doing just the book or just the audios), but Pathoma is basically that plus being able to look at a powerpoint, listening to Dr. Sattars excellent explanations and being able to annotate the book, plus he draws on his presentations, which I found it to be a very intuitive way to remember some key concepts, especially for hematology. You know the more senses you engage the better memory retention!
It also depends on your learning style, I prefer diagrams and drawings rather than pure text. Combining this with audio and video I have found is the best way to retain information for me. Keep doing Goljan audios if you are feeling you are retaining the important stuff! You can try out Pathoma for free and see if it suits your learning style (I know I sound like Pathoma is paying me or something, but I really found it to be an excellent source)
Hopefully I'll be able to commment as how high yield all of this stuff really is after I take the test!
hi can u comment on the question banks which u have used ? i'm going to do UW but i'm still thinking of starting usmlerx... i'm in a dilema wether to do usmlerx or no... if u can suggest something for it... thanks once again..
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I did indeed finish Pathoma, and I think it was the best investment I ever made as Dr.Sattar really breaks it down for you. It's just that so many people on here idolize Goljan to the extent that I get scared I'm leaving out an important source.

The reason why I thought of doing subject-wise the first time is so that I can revise FA (as I forgot most of what I read the first time.)

So what I'm doing is:
Read FA topic (gastro, endocrine, pulm etc) and then do 1 timed, subject block in that subject. Then I review and annotate.

I'm only doing one block a day so that once I finish FA (should take me 15-18 days), I can start doing 2 blocks and change it to random, timed from then on.
Sounds like a good plan! Make sure you don't run out of fresh questions though.
I really can't speak for the Goljan audios, but I feel they are a bit overhyped. Pathoma is the way to go I think.
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anyone here can help me out with question bank... wether only u world is enough or usmle rx is must... ?
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I think that's entirely up to you and the time you have to spare for another qbank.

In general, the consensus is the more questions you, the more amount of knowledge you can acquire.

So do 3 banks too and that really baffles me.

I think USMLERx is primarily used to consolidate FA facts and make you integrate stuff in FA. You also learn stuff that you missed/didn't pay attention to in your FA reading/s.
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thanks... i'm starting FA so i think i'll do usmlerx along with FA to remember FA better and do Uworld after i finish FA once so that i can annotate extra points from uworld in FA...
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thanks... i'm starting FA so i think i'll do usmlerx along with FA to remember FA better and do Uworld after i finish FA once so that i can annotate extra points from uworld in FA...
I agree with Qirk that it's up to you, if you have the time for an extra qbank go for it, I for example will only have time to finish Uworld. Exam is on april 10th, so Im hoping Uworld was good enough
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i'm giving in august end or september 1st week.. so i've time.. i guess i'll start rx from tomoro... thanks and good luck..
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İn my case Goljan did a better job than pathoma. I agree with everyone that pathoma really helps you engage the concepts. But it is kind of review of review.
So first read of book with videos were ok but then i realized that i didnt retain alot. So that makes me a liitle bit disheartened. Afterwards, İ decided to give a chance to goljan. Then i realized that I ve retained more than pathoma after i finished my first round. Anyway the choice is yours but i highly recommend you to give a chance.
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