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is there any benefit of doing very well in preclinical classes?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by Bulbasaur, Sep 26, 2014.

  1. Bulbasaur


    Feb 11, 2014
    I go to a true P/F school, no internal ranking, pre-clinical grades are not used for AOA, etc. People say that doing well first 2 years will help when step 1 comes but is it really the case? The stuff I learned a week ago, I have already forgotten so I'm pretty sure I'd have to relearn most of the board material brand new. Also, I heard first year courses are rarely tested on the boards.
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  3. cs24

    cs24 2+ Year Member

    Mar 26, 2013
    The better you know it the first time, the faster and better it will come back to you when you do your boards review.
  4. EMDO2018

    EMDO2018 Banned Banned

    Oct 8, 2013
    I don't know

    not really, why are you posting this in pre allo?
  5. Serous Demilune

    Serous Demilune 2+ Year Member

    Mar 9, 2014
    You'd be surprised what comes back to you once you see some boards-type questions. You will have to work much harder at boards prep if you only do the bare minimum during first year. These courses aren't rarely tested, you'll have plenty of questions on them.
  6. DermViser

    DermViser 5+ Year Member

    Apr 4, 2009
    Yes, doing well in the first 2 years is an integral step to doing well on the boards. That's so the 6-8 weeks of studying after MS-2 is over is more a review than a learning stuff for the first time. So no, they weren't lying to you.

    And no, first year courses are tested on boards. Maybe not as nitty-gritty as course exams, but they are tested. Take advantage of your "true" P/F curriculum in the first 2 years to maximize your learning and your board scores while not having to be anal about every single point on course exams.
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  7. redpanda

    redpanda 'tern 7+ Year Member

    Oct 6, 2009
    This and the fact that the better your preclinical knowledge foundation, the easier it is to load clerkship knowledge on top of it. Because clearly, no one learns all the stuff on the IM shelf exam in the 8-12 weeks of the clerkship. It certainly helps to have some pre-existing pattern recognition.
  8. Snoopy2006

    Snoopy2006 7+ Year Member

    Jun 22, 2009
    Echo the above. You'll regret not getting a topic down well the first time when you're trying to get two years of material reviewed in 6 weeks. Take a look at some of the popular Step 1 study schedules out there. You think it's hard to review an entire subject in 2-3 days? Try learning it all new - not gonna happen.
  9. Ismet

    Ismet PGY-fun! Administrator Physician 5+ Year Member

    May 15, 2011
    Whoever told you that hasn't taken the boards. Biochem and micro are HUGE on Step 1.

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