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Old 03-03-2011
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Hi everyone!
I am half way through my second read and still I am not sure where I stand.
In uworld pathophysiology I had a score of around 37.
I am lost and according to some a bit slow. what should I do to increase my score and to get a 99..
I have to get 99 as its a matter of do or die
I am sure you all can give me a sincere advice.

Desperate.
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It's hard to reply...
  • how much time do you have?
  • have you applied for a test date yet?
  • have you taken any diagnostic test yet to see where you stand?
  • why do you have to get a 99 "do or die"?
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thnx for responding mondoshawan..
i have 4months time.
i have not taken date yet..but have to give in july.
no i have not taken any test yet because i am not confident about my preparation and i am afraid of taking it now..but thinking of taking uworld or nbme in april after i am done with my second read..
its very important for me to get 99 as everyone is thinking that i am taking too much time..i started my prep 4months back..and its like no one understands the situation..i can study 5days a week for 8hours..
thats why i am asking because i know you all can give me honest advice.
i feel lost.
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I think it would be a good idea to take a test now to see where you need to concentrate your effort during this revision. It sounds like you're doing U World online - why don't you take one of their UWSAs? Don't get discouraged and hung up on one subject! Especially something so integrative as pathophysiology. Indeed, if you are intent on taking it in July, you may want to stop doing subject-wise and do random blocks. You can still study subject-wise, but just running through a qbank subject-wise is not going to help you as much, especially if you are prone to discouragement...

Good luck!
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thanks alott mondoshawan..i will follow what you said and will tell u about my progress.thanks alottt..best of luck for ur exams.
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You can still study subject-wise, but just running through a qbank subject-wise is not going to help you as much, especially if you are prone to discouragement...
Do you not think its a good idea to study subject-wise mondoshawan? I've been doing the qbank subject wise and will switch it to randomn when I am 50% through it. Just makes studying each organ system easier I think..and you will have questions left over for actual exam-like practice. I don't know if its the best technique esp since my exam is end of this month.
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Do you not think its a good idea to study subject-wise mondoshawan? I've been doing the qbank subject wise and will switch it to randomn when I am 50% through it. Just makes studying each organ system easier I think..and you will have questions left over for actual exam-like practice. I don't know if its the best technique esp since my exam is end of this month.
First of all, I haven't taken the exam yet, so the best advice would come from people who have taken it and done well! I think that the best way to study depends on many factors: How long has it been since you finished medical school? How much clinical experience do you have? How much time can you spend per day? How much money do you have? How good is your English? How are your study habits? How are you at memorizing? How is your internet connectivity? How long do you have? Is there a group you can study with? A friend? Etc, etc...

For those of us still in school, much of the material is fresh in our minds, but it is not integrated. In school, we usually learn things by subject or by system. When we are studying for the USMLE, we need to integrate all of this information. This is the strength of some of our resources like Goljan audio, live review courses, PASS lectures, etc. Doing questions in Kaplan or UWorld underscores this as well - questions are not always single-step call-and-response one-liners. Rather, they require two- and three-step reasoning. They also require not only a collection of facts but also a true and confident understanding of basic principles. This is why the best Kaplan subject lecturers like Raymon are so helpful - they continually tie in general principles and make connections

Doing the qbanks subject-wise or system-wise is a great way to revise things, especially when it has been a few years since we last studied or if we feel like we didn't learn things very well in medical school (this is the case for me - the neuroanatomy and pharmacology rooms in my brain are rather empty! I am studying these subjects alongside my overall review of things about which I already have some knowledge). I am sure that there are people who can tackle the qbanks by subject and still manage to study in an integrative way - I would have a hard time doing this, though.

Because struggle is struggling with such an integrative "subject" as pathophysiology (which is more than a combination of path and phys questions, both of which are, themselves, fairly integrative), it seems like maybe continuing to take questions subject-wise is only going to reinforce this deficit. Certainly the UWSA or NBME will let us know what subjects or systems we are having the most trouble with, and we can study those or do questions in a Qbook, BRS, Robbins Review, Guyton Review, PreTest, etc. But I think that, if our deficit is in something like pathophysiology, multisystem, general principles, or even path alone or phys alone, then doing questions in random blocks might be a good way to break our minds out of the compartmented subject-wise view. And as our exam date approaches, of course, we need to shift to timed rather than tutor mode...

So, I'm not saying that we shouldn't revise by subject or by system, especially at the beginning, but I think that in struggle's case a more integrative approach might be called for.
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Thank you for such an elaborate response! I guess everyone just has their own approach. From your posts you seem knowledgeable in a lot of areas of the basic sciences so it was nice to get your input! I wish you and struggle the best on your exams!
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