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Death by Table

Discussion in 'Step I' started by Old_Mil, Mar 22, 2007.

  1. Old_Mil

    Old_Mil Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Nov 19, 2004
    ...they're in every board prep book I've seen. Tables that list translocations. Tables that list 3 characteristics of one disease or 4 of another. Tables that summarize genes. Clotting factors. Bugs. Drugs.

    How are you guys memorizing all this stuff? I have a pretty good handle on the whys, but every time I stuff one more useless little fact (Cowabunga's Disease has a t(245,152) translocation) another one seems to fall out.

    This memorizing is killing me.
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  3. EvoDevo

    EvoDevo Forging a Different Path Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Jun 5, 2003
    Crazy Town
    Visual mnemonics and stories.
  4. lord_jeebus

    lord_jeebus 和魂洋才 Moderator Physician 10+ Year Member

    Jul 12, 2003
    Repetition. There's only 4 or 5 worth knowing.



    Learn the pathways not the tables

    Flash cards
  5. godschosenone

    godschosenone Never a bad joke 2+ Year Member

    Aug 23, 2006
    skip the ones that can be skipped.

    i remember a lot of stuff because i make funny stories out of things that can best be memorized. when i take the exams and i see those things, i start to laugh, not because i don't remember them and it's better than crying, but because i remember the funny things that i made up to remember them. it's cool. you not only get the points, but you also get a good laugh. i wonder if everyone around me just thinks i am hearing voices.

    this one's not really funny, but i am trying to show you how it works:

    acute promyelocytic leukemia. a 15 yo and 17 yo cheerleader trade cars. the 15 yo gets the all trans am retinoic, and the 17 yo gets the M3 BMW. the 17 yo yells RA-RA (the receptor). both of them like A-Rod (the baseball player/auer rods) and are promiscuous so they like disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC). now you'll be laughing when you are taking step 1.

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