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Old 11-22-2012
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Default Question about the usmleconsult qbank - any one try this or can comment as a 2nd bank to UW?

Hey I wanted to know what the deal is on usmleconsult offered the elsevier book company? I know the falcon review offers this as an option to usmleworld if you take their course but not planning on doing falcon.

Anyways, I already have a full subscription to UW. I tried their 30 question sample and the explanations were so so... question stems were pretty good though and they have extra info to all their elsevier books... seems more of a cut/paste job above anything.

My main questions were in addition to using usmleworld, how accurate and up to date are the usmleconsult questions in terms of content/management/treatment... I looked at this forum's poll results and there were no other threads here from a search to give any more insight.

I don't care about the actual test format of their software or the possible lack of the newer abstract questions (UW has that covered)... just wanted to hear about the content and if the answers/explanations were similar to UW. I was looking to an alternative besides usmlerx and kaplan qbanks.

hoping to hear some replies - thanks!
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bah, the more i looked at their sample questions... the more their explanations sucked. the questions themselves are really good but not for the explanations.

also their expanded discussions on their own published books were really cut and paste topics with no real narrative. it doesn't look like their resources references have been updated for quite a while either.

i would have went the usmlerx route, but even those are a hit or miss... just like usmleweapon, usmlerx is written mainly by medical students and a few residents and then checked over by faculty from wherever.

does anyone know who actually writes the kaplan qbank questions?

consult seems to have been written by physicians at least from what they said on their webpage descriptions
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