Originally Posted by unsung
If you think about it, when ppl are "reading" FA, they're probably only retaining like 60% of the material... or less.
Even on the 3rd read or something, most ppl are probably like "yeah, eosinophils, I KNOW what they do, DUH... har har har". *Flips page*
But then a Q shows up in step that asks you the specific granules it has or some such. And the person's like wtf, I've "never seen this" before... even tho' it's right there in FA.
I'm totally getting that feeling as I'm going through GT. The open-ended Qs really show me how much I know or don't know. Sometimes knowing a "picky" detail cold turns a big, complicated clinical Q into a real simple Q.
Btw, what was the small group Q?? haha.. I've definitely had that experience. I'll know stuff like the triad for this or that syndrome cold... and pretty much no one else in the room had that "lightbulb" moment, so they're struggling through some long-winded clinical scenario.
GT & Goljan are GOLD, man.
I'm really hoping that the bolded holds true for me and that alone justifies the raw memory horsepower that this program elicits (which can sometimes mask shortcomings in understanding concepts in my view). Your vote for Goljan is something I definitely agree with and I intend to use his book + audio to keep my eye on the mechanisms and big picture. Goljan seems like a nice "counterpoint" to GT.
Without getting too specific, one of the questions had to do with the side effects of a drug (of which there are like 7). I don't think it was the fact that I knew the answer, but the rapidity at which it came out. I mean, being able to name a laundry list of side effects is a pretty cool party trick, lol. The other question had to do with a very well known cluster of post-infection sequelae (even has a bolded mnemonic in FA). Same thing: GT tattooed that crap in my brain.
BTW, I am a first-year (almost done) which contributes to my douchiness. But there is no way I am going to wait until the last 6 weeks to try and memorize first aid. I want to be doing question banks ~exclusively by that point. I am using GT to go over material previously covered; generally I don't use it for "learning" stuff, unless our school totally omits something (happens often).
One more question
: Are you planning on continuing GT up until the exam? So far I was thinking about ditching it completely or weaning myself off of it in the last month and make the switch to UWorld.