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Old 01-09-2015
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Default difference between MTB3 2nd VS 3rd Edition?

Hey Guys,
I planning start studying for ck. I was wondering should get MTB3 3rd edition or 2nd edition would do?

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read the reviews of mtb 3 on amazon.com

here's one of them:


Just received the book and read the ID chapter.

So, the only difference, I can see, between this 3rd edition and the 2nd edition is the addition of Basic Science information, which is displayed in purple boxes under the topics where it is relevant. From scanning through the rest of the chapters, it seems like ID has the most amount of new basic science information, with other chapters having their fair share of new tid-bits added as well.

Now, how helpful and useful the basic science information is, I won't know until the questions are started, but for the most part, the information looks as high yield as possible without going overboard reviewing ALL your step 1 stuff.

Another thing to keep in mind is that the "new" Step 3 exam is only adding about of 3-5% of basic sciences, so I don't think it can really make or break your score, and since for most of us, a passing score is enough, I think the 2nd edition of this book plus a qbank would suffice as well.

Other than that, all the other information seems unchanged.

I will update this periodically as I keep using it in conjunction with a Qbank and see how useful the updated information is.

Best of luck Studying!

***UPDATE 12/6/2014***

Surprised there is no basic science added to the Emergency Medicine/Toxicology section. I started a qbank today and from the questions I got from EM/Tox, I figured there should be information on the MOA of some of the toxicities, like for example in Acetaminophen toxicity, glutathione is needed to inactivate the toxic metabolite NAPQI, or how n-acetyl-cysteine acts as a glutathione substrate to help inactivate NAPQI... and same can be said about any of the other toxicities listed in the section which I thought were pretty commonly seen and tested. Maybe their not as important for the exam??? Not sure but thought i'd point it out.
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