Discussion in 'Step I' started by abelabbot, Mar 7, 2013.
A new NBME 15 is out! Here is the official discussion page. How did you guys feel about this nbme?
what's up with the numbering system? there's nbme 1-7 but no 8, 9, 10. then there's nbme 11, 12, 13 and now 15 but no 14?
lol no idea
Has anyone taken it?
Took it yesterday.
Got 590 (Approximately 242)
Felt tougher than NBME13. Felt more like UWorld (question stems tend to be long and multiple options given all look the same)
Many questions were WTF-type of questions. Had to take many guesses. There are also some easy questions though.
I think it is worth it if you still have 2 - 4 weeks before Step 1. My guess is that it reflects the type of questions on the current Step 1 exam.
Man, I'm exactly 2 weeks out. Debating if I should or not. Don't want it to kill my confidence, I'm only around the 220s...
How were your previous NBMEs in comparison?
NBME 13 and 12 were around 250...
Check out this forum http://www.usmleforum.com/files/forum/2013/1/723796-2.php to see several questions and how you feel...
If you decide to take it, take it in expanded-feedback mode so you can at least look up the wrong questions.
PROS on taking it: could reflect current Step 1 questions (but not sure of this though)
CONS: harder than NBME 13, might get you a lower score than expected, answers not yet available on forums
yet another one of the many NBME mysteries...in a long line of mysteries.
What was the highest ever Score?
What is the highest possible Score?
How do they work out the Score?
Is there a life after death?
Doesn't look too terrible. I personally seem to manage the UWorld length/style a little better than the straight FA recalls. Too many stupid mistakes/second guesses. I'll have to consider taking this before my exam. Thanks for the input!
overall i thought it was pretty fair - had a 238 on 11/12 and 242 on 15 a few weeks later despite misclicking on at least 2 answers and making an math* mistake...
during repair of esophageal atresia, fibrotic esophagus with no lumen, what germ layers originally filled the lumen?
endo/intermediate meso/NC/paraxial meso/surface ecto.
Are you kidding!!
I sat the Step1 in December and could only take up through 13. I'm so jealous. I'm thinking of sitting this one just for fun
"just for fun" sounds like something Phloston would say...
Thanks for sharing. I'm taking the exam in a week, but decided against any more NBMEs at this time, so I'm glad to at least get input on the new form. (My confidence will probably be a real factor at the range I'm at, which is why I held off.)
13. OP poisoning. Yeah, atropine, atropine and more atropine. Pralidoxime is for the fasciculations and regeneration of AChE. (Treated a ton of these cases myself, and lost a lot of these pts - common method of suicide for farmers overseas.)
15. Annoying answers choices. I'd say A. Wouldn't E be deferring to someone else? Which is apparently never the right choice.
Isn't it just hypothyroid because T4 is low? Then you look at TSH next to determine whats going on.
And the Type 2 w/ Insulin Q. My guess would be the lowest - A. In Type 2, they still produce insulin - its the resistance thats the issue, until later stages. So we use other meds to inc. sensitivity, inc. secretion, or inc. gluc. uptake. If we're administering insulin it means the pancreas isn't putting enough out. That would be my reasoning. (No idea if its correct.)
I think you mean 2 D. (?)
Oh yeah. Typed it on my phone
This is a reminder, please refrain from posting complete scenario details, images, and exact, complete lists of the answer choices. These are grounds for copyright violation and the NBME has frequently pursued copyright violations in the past.
If you look at any of the other past NBME threads the exact same thing was done. I don't know how frequently the NBME actually pursues second year medical students posting questions on this forum for the purposes of learning.
670/261. felt pretty good about this one. a couple of WTF tricky ones but doable after thinking them through for more than a minute. this was my first NBME with the real thing coming up in less than a month. I felt that the questions were for the most part on par with UWorld. Currently hitting around 81% with a little over 100 questions left on my first pass.
I have a few NBME 15 questions i need help with... would anyone help me answering them?
Yep! took it pretty recently. Toss them on this thread and I'll try to remember which answer choices I picked.
I also wanted to ask if anyone has nbme 15 offline. My exam is in a week and i wanted to review it inside out because all my friends who took the step said it was really really similar
ah good catch
Thank you for your help.....The one with the kid crying i read other places they said its normal grief still not sure about that one
I put normal emotional response and it didn't come up for me.
yea i think its normal because the kids doing good in school and he is not crying all the time, jst when he remembered his sister he cried so i thinks thts normal...
I searched everywhere nobody has this damn nbme offline....lol
that sounds about right. I think this might have been one that I was split on and guessed correctly. I felt that this test definitely had a handful of questions that came down to eliminating to two choices and flipping a coin.
I felt like this for half of the questions on this nbme...very tough form!
My score went down from NBME 13 to 15 (took 2 weeks apart). Found 15 tougher overall, more experiment type questions, more "murky" answers. Probably more representative of the actual Step 1. Score fell 4 points. Not a major dropoff but a good reality check.
Did you guys also have a question that straight just asked for the average of ten different ages? I re-read it so many times thinking they were trying to trick us somehow but in the end I guess that's all they wanted lol.
And then there was ridiculous experiment thing with botulism and end plate potentials and Ach, I had no idea what was going on.
Yea it was definitely a form that required more thought than usual. As for the botulism question, mEPP and the mV change per vesicle of ACh would be constant as they're intrinsic qualities of the neuromuscular junction. It's the total EPP that decreases because less ACh is released per depolarizing event.
^ exactly, mastmastdonan, I was like epp mepp wtfbbqpwned
Overall I agree with the person who said it had a lot of easy questions with a few crazy wtf ones interspersed.
Took it this past weekend. Got a 240 - agree with everyone else. Lots of questions were ridiculously easy (calculate the mean of 10 numbers - LOL). Some were more theoretical (like that botulism ACh one), and some I genuinely wish I could see an explanation to because I had what I (clearly incorrectly) thought were good reasons for going with two answers.
Thought it was a little harder than 13 (which I took before), but still easier than UWorld.
Just finished taking NBME 15...I'll agree with everyone else as well and say that there were way more UWorld style questions. A lot more vague symptoms too (way less "buzzwords") and more questions (I thought) where I was wavering between a couple answers. A lot more questions than the other NBME that I just straight up guessed on.
Yeah somehow I got that botulism one right but have no idea how. About to go read the wikipedia article on mEPPs haha. I also got some ridiculously dumb ones straight from FA wrong though like the coronary circulation one and the acute intermittent porphyria enzyme one.
The only other NBME I've taken so far was NBME 12. Crazily enough I scored higher on this one than 12 even though I felt like 12 was easier.
12 (4/9/13): 610/247
15 (4/16/13): 630/252
Oh I also didn't understand the one where H. pylori was the answer for the esophageal mass. Can anyone shed some light on this?
I can't remember the question exactly but did it give you a picture of the biopsy? I think this one was just adenocarcinoma (following GERD-induced intestinal type metaplasia).
Yeah I figured that's what it was too.
The thing is there isn't a consensus the H. Pylori actually is a risk factor for GERD so I thought the question was pretty stupid (even though it was the one that made the most sense I guess). Like if you go the the Uptodate article on H. Pylori and GERD it says there's no consensus on the association and there have been reports that say H. Pylori actually is protective against GERD. Bad question I think.
I really don't like these types of questions either. I guess sometimes we just have to suck it up and pretend that dogma is truth and go with it.
I'm gonna throw another one out there if anyone has the answer. Does anyone know what the receptor type was supposed to be for the question with the woman with hyperthyroidism?
The question was basically 25 yo woman comes in w/ palpitations and insomnia, 5kg weight loss, pulse 125/min. Exophthalmos, thyromegaly, hand tremors.
TSH < .1uU/mL
T4 18 ug/dL
Sx are cuased by hormones acting on which of these receptors?
I put G-protein coupled receptor. Was thinking Graves disease, Ab against TSH receptor...apparently that was wrong?
this was a dirty question. They were asking for the DIRECT cause of the symptoms. In this case it was the excess T3 acting on the nuclear thyroid hormone receptors.
Ohhhhh damn that was a dirty question. Thanks.
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Thought this test was pretty tough..
Can anybody help me with the answers to:
- renal tubular acidosis patient w. defect in renal amniogenesis...What is their source of ammonia?
- Pt. with H.pylori...what would decrease recurrence? (smoking?)
- Floppy baby w/ defect in inhibitory neuron (glutamate? glycine?)
- ADHD behavioral program...more common in boys...boys and girls separated randomly in 2 groups...type of treatment allocation? (stratification/alteration/open/outcome adapted/stratification?)
- why deoxygenated blood can carry more CO2 than oxygenated blood
- sexually active 26 y/o w/ lump on rectal area...severe pain, no bleeding, inconsistently uses condoms (anal carcinoma, anal fissure, external hemorhoid, HPV, skin tag)
I put stop smoking for the h. pylori question, glycine for floppy baby, and the female with the picture I put hemorrhoids. pretty sure those were all correct
the other ones you posted I got wrong also.. sorry not much help there
Thanks. I think the study one is stratification. And the one about o2 and co2 is because deoxygenated blood can buffer better...
Just took nbme 7. Huge difference..jumped 10 points. Felt a lot more straightforward. I wonder which is more predictive. Thoughts?
"A 2-month-old male infant is brought to the emergency department by his mother because of a 2-day history of generalized tonic-clonic seizures, myoclonus, and hiccuping. His mother says he has fed poorly and has been floppy since birth. .......................Which of the following neurotransmitter receptors most likely contains the defect?"
I just read the question about the floppy baby... I initially thought about a listless baby, so maybe he ingested canned goods or honey that contained botulinum toxin - pointing towards a neuromuscular junction issue (acetylcholine)... but then again the vignette says that the baby had tonic-clonic seizures... which leads more towards something like tetany (Glycine or GABA)... and maybe the reason why the baby's floppy is because it's always so tired??
Why would the vignette point to two different things? do we get questions like that on the actual step... or am I the only one viewing the question that way....
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