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Lippincott Biochem - how to "know it cold"???

Discussion in 'Medical Students - MD' started by D30417995, Aug 10, 2006.

  1. D30417995

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    arrggghhhh!!

    It's a stupid question to ask, I know....

    How do you guys know all the biochem in that book cold????? Do you just read it over and over and over again? Anyone actually close the book and attempt to draw out those pathways from memory???? Given the very limited time that we get to study, everything just seems so much more difficult when in fact it's not that bad if we have all the time we want....
     
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  3. Instatewaiter

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    The conceptual stuff is not too bad. It's the memorization that gets you. For all the pathways, take a few pieces of computer paper and draw the pathways over and over, with the enzyme names, products, reactants and structures (if you have to know them). If you do this about 10 times you will know it cold.
     
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    For me it was all about repetition. I would review the pathways the night before that particular lecture, then again the night after the lecture, one more time that weekend, and then 3-4 times the week of the test. Usually after that, I had it down pat.
     
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    I've heard Lippincott contains a lot more info than you need for Step 1. True/false?
     
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    True. Pretty much all you need for step 1 purposes is in first aid.
     
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    That's how it was when I took it in 2011.
     
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    Pneumonics help sometimes......
     
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    Yes. In general doing anything other than UFAP is low yield.
     
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    UFAP?... Uworld First aid pathoma?? This is a term now???
     
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    Yep! You see it more for discussions about what to study during end of second year, though. I don't see it being helpful to do during first year.
     
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    Unless you have Pathology in 1st year.
     
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    What are the chances the test writers catch onto "UFAP" and construct exams purposely so that people basically won't get above a 220 if they only studied those 3 things?
     
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    Very unlikely. The Step 1 exam isn't a weed-out exam. It's simply an exam to assess if you have an adequate level of knowledge about the basic sciences. It's not meant to trick you. Probably more straightforward than your medical school exams in your first two years.
     
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    Also hard because of how comprehensive they are. First Aid is one of the densest, compacted sources of info. It would be very hard to construct an exam that would widely differ from it. IF they were to do it, they would have to do it gradually and FA would catch onto it because it's updated every year.
     
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    That would be kinda hard since they would have very little material to test on since UFAP covers so much. Reading from the past Step 1 threads, it seems like they're countering UFAP by throwing in a couple questions on completely random pathologies, giving atypical or incomplete clinical presentations, and staying away from buzzwords. Basically, they're making it less about pattern recognition and more about understanding concepts and integration.
     

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