i'm studying for this GI path exam and the practice test is almost all "which one of these x is y EXCEPT" questions. it makes me want to stick my finger in my ampulla of vater and give myself obstructive jaundice.

I had a professor this year who wrote both "except" questions and those multiple choice types where you have a, b, and c as separate answers, yet d and e are combinations of a, b, and c. ******ed thing is that he told us consistently that both these question formats are highly used on the usmle step 1. Way to stay current.

It's a good thing I have textbooks, review texts and the desire to read or else I would be receiving no education at all.

Yeah I hate these Q's w. a passion. One of my profs. insists on "trying out" new question types on us. Most hated of all has to be the K-type (I think thats what he calls em) where the stem is: "The pt. had X BECAUSE of Y" and the choices are

A. X is true and Y is true and the relationship is correct
B. X is true and Y is trues but they are not related
C. X is true and Y is false but the relationship is correct
D. X is false and Y is true but they the relationship is correct
E. X is false and Y is false and they are not related

Drives you nuts trying to figure out if the statements are true and if one caused the other.

Yeah I hate these Q's w. a passion. One of my profs. insists on "trying out" new question types on us. Most hated of all has to be the K-type (I think thats what he calls em) where the stem is: "The pt. had X BECAUSE of Y" and the choices are

A. X is true and Y is true and the relationship is correct
B. X is true and Y is trues but they are not related
C. X is true and Y is false but the relationship is correct
D. X is false and Y is true but they the relationship is correct
E. X is false and Y is false and they are not related

Drives you nuts trying to figure out if the statements are true and if one caused the other.

Yep, that's right the E-type...I HATE those. This prof also used to like stating: "what is the most PROXIMATe cause of ...." and then proceeed to list things that all lead to a disease or symptom.