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what is the most difficult USMLE step 1 subject to cram?

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I find pharmacology with all those un memorizable drugs and side effects is the most difficult and frustrating portion of this shear huge exam

I just can't understand why we should know all this , there is a pharmacology college right!
 

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immunology the most difficult with all those CDs and receptors
by the way, mastering immunology will make the difference in step 1 score
 

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Does anybody have any statistics on which subject do most test-takers get wrong for?
Wow, it would be great if we find such a statistics

I think the qbank providers can provide such statistics, like for example UWorld should know how many students got their microbiology questions correct?

As for the NBME, I think they will never release such information
 

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Wow, it would be great if we find such a statistics

I think the qbank providers can provide such statistics, like for example UWorld should know how many students got their microbiology questions correct?

As for the NBME, I think they will never release such information
Yes that feature will be really good. :) Just more stats on everything. Maybe also including things like : Whats the average time people take to complete a particular question. Then if you think that question is hard to you and you took very long to answer it, you can also see how fast other people answer that question and get it right.
 

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immunology is not to be taken lightly. its complex, and needs to be studied ( read memorized : cytokines, markers etc) thoroughly to be able to get the correct answers.

kaplan is very good. it has the required details, and yet is concise. that plus UW is just about all you need to be good at immuno.
 

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What about Pathology

I have heard that Pathology is the most difficult subject to cram, from almost everyone who has sat the USMLE, I'm surprised to see it is Immuno. I guess that means I should spend more time on it, with Regards to Pathology, does anyone have any recommendations for a Good Pathophysiology book for the USMLE step 1. I haven't been able to get my hands on one.
 

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I have heard that Pathology is the most difficult subject to cram, from almost everyone who has sat the USMLE, I'm surprised to see it is Immuno. I guess that means I should spend more time on it, with Regards to Pathology, does anyone have any recommendations for a Good Pathophysiology book for the USMLE step 1. I haven't been able to get my hands on one.
I think Goljan or BRS are the usual ones for pathology review. But for pathophysiology, I used Lilly's Pathophysiology for Heart Disease for my cardiology. Just for understanding, too detailed for board review actually.
 

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I find pharma the toughest as it entirely depends on memorization!! Although Kaplan videos and lecture notes really help make a difference!
 

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I don't know about you.
But for me I really found immunology the most difficult of all.
It's impossible to memorize all those CD molecules and to understand the complicated interrelated connections and effects of the various component of the immune system.
Immunology sucks :toosad:
 

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I just took my exam today and without doubt pharmacology was the most difficult - in fact the only difficult subject:confused:.

They keep coming up with all sorts of confusing graphs.. and no matter how strong your pharma is, the tendency for mistakes is always so high
 

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I just took my exam today and without doubt pharmacology was the most difficult - in fact the only difficult subject:confused:.

They keep coming up with all sorts of confusing graphs.. and no matter how strong your pharma is, the tendency for mistakes is always so high
i m already so scared...abou pharma n ur post made me even more scared..:( god help me...jus coz of pharma i have decided to give step 2 first
 
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