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Anybody think Goljan writes UW questions?

Discussion in 'Step I' started by Tiger26, May 29, 2008.

  1. Tiger26

    Tiger26 Senior Member Physician 10+ Year Member

    Mar 13, 2004
    After listening to the Dude throughout the year and learning his book in lieu of our school's path curriculum, I feel like I know pretty well how he thinks and what kind of questions he asks (I'm also all too familiar with all of his stories and family members, as I'm sure everybody else is by now)

    Anyway, does anybody else see a distinctly Goljan-esque theme in a significant number of the UWorld path questions. Either he's so good at predicting how question writers think, or he's the root source of these.

    Coincidence? I think not--what do you all think?
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  3. MDbt

    MDbt 2+ Year Member

    Feb 9, 2008
    According to one of the Kaplan professors, UW questions are written by medical students and/or former medical students. I don't know how much there is to this statment. However, it would explain the similarities in question stems, graphs and explanations on UW considering the vast amount of medical students that use Goljan as a reference.

    SOUNDMAN Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    May 16, 2004
    probably true, but I had atleast 15-20 questions or so on the real thing nearly verbatim from UW...
  5. ShyRem

    ShyRem I need more coffee. Physician Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Jun 17, 2004
    Where I hang my hat.
    I think they have a bunch of old trolls who they feed bad food to and make them watch horror movies stuffed in a basement somewhere. Those old trolls are so miserable that they take it out on innocent medical students by making up these outrageous questions. And then they take advantage of our OCD nature and have us pay through the nose for the privilege of getting our butts kicked on a daily basis.
  6. MDbt

    MDbt 2+ Year Member

    Feb 9, 2008

    I think that explains it!! :D
  7. DrFraud

    DrFraud Banned 2+ Year Member

    Dec 29, 2007
    Is this the life of a pathologist too?
  8. -Goose-

    -Goose- 10+ Year Member

    Jul 7, 2005
    Hilarious. So true.
  9. DragonWell

    DragonWell Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Nov 20, 2004
    Anybody done the UW assessment? If so, you will definitely find an inside joke about a certain protozoa and the cold war.
  10. Tiger26

    Tiger26 Senior Member Physician 10+ Year Member

    Mar 13, 2004
    Which one, the American or the Russian version of the joke? (also an inside joke)
  11. It'sElectric

    It'sElectric 10+ Year Member

    Dec 5, 2005
    No way! That's awesome. I honestly don't think he writes for them, but I wouldn't doubt that the questions writers have listened to his lectures, read his book etc. Plus, the man (Goljan) does seem to have a lot of natural insight into how the actual USMLE authors write questions, but don't forget he has spoken with numerous students who previously took the actual exam.

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