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medicinehopeful

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    hey all,
    i start family medicine soon. and i was wondering how helpful step up to medicine would be. of course, i probably wont get through it all. would it be more helpful to read step up instead of blueprints for family? also, how good are the aafp questions online? is there a fee to use the questions?
     

    diosa428

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      No, don't use step up to medicine for family med. Blueprints + articles from aafp should be more than sufficient. You need to understand asthma, copd, DM, HTN, HL, obesity, things like that. Step up has waaay too much info on diseases you will not see on family med.
       

      domer621

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        hey all,
        i start family medicine soon. and i was wondering how helpful step up to medicine would be. of course, i probably wont get through it all. would it be more helpful to read step up instead of blueprints for family? also, how good are the aafp questions online? is there a fee to use the questions?
        I would definitely read Step Up as opposed to Blueprints for the NBME shelf exam. It was 90% IM.

        AAFP questions were ok... it's free to become a member.
         
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        Just took the shelf this past week ... I don't know how helpful Blueprints is since I only glanced through a friend's copy, but you should definitely go through whatever you're going to use for internal medicine if you haven't taken the IM shelf yet. Step Up is good if you still have a few weeks until your exam. If you don't, just go through the Step Up ambulatory section and then pick out practice questions from MKSAP for Students (you should do most of them but can ditch stuff like the "nosocomial infections" section). You'll see some questions about multiple myeloma, sarcoid, etc in addition to the bread and butter HTN, DM, CAD stuff, so definitely treat this exam like it's an internal medicine test. Case Files Family Practice is good for the pedi and OB cases (but don't rely on CF for much else). There were only a few questions on psych that were on obvious topics like ADHD and depression, so don't worry about it too much. Good luck!!
         
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