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Okay, UW...

Discussion in 'Step I' started by Mansoor, May 28, 2008.

  1. Mansoor

    Mansoor Member 7+ Year Member

    May 16, 2002
    Long Island, New York definitely getting harder as I do more questions.
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  3. peter90036

    peter90036 not out fishing 7+ Year Member

    Jul 13, 2005
    next to the pond
    they only have 1 pool of questions, its the same Qs everybody does
  4. jeffsleepy

    jeffsleepy Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Dec 27, 2002
    Maybe you're getting stupider. :(
  5. mudphudwannabe

    mudphudwannabe Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Dec 18, 2004
    Don't worry. I never noticed UW get easier. Although my scores improved a bit over the 3 weeks I studied, there was only a very slight upward trend (my scores were scattered all over the place). If I had studied for longer, maybe it would have seemed easier at some point, but I wouldn't worry about it. Learn as much as you can from it and don't sweat your scores too much.
  6. Tiger26

    Tiger26 Senior Member Physician 10+ Year Member

    Mar 13, 2004
    I'm a week and half in and my average has gone up 1% (65%), which kinda sucks cause I've been studying my tail off, although I've got about 3 weeks left
  7. Lany

    Lany 2+ Year Member

    May 24, 2008
    :scared: .. same here.. doing fairly ok around 60-65%.. then one block.. 44%.. then i realized i was brain fried and everything around started to float (diff. from joint tho). Jus took rest of the day off and climbing up again.. keep ur heads up.

    if method of doing questions (like studying the subject before hand) has changed, it might throw % off.. and also weakness and strength can be identified if its within subject or system. use it to your advantage. cheers.
  8. LusuR

    LusuR Im gud at docter 5+ Year Member

    Oct 24, 2005
    2nd stall from the left
    For me, UW draws disproportionately from each topic. When I was 20% done, I noticed that only NINE questions from the pathology section had been used, while nearly all off the biostats, embryo, behavioral had been used. This could explain why it's getting harder for some. Anyone else experience this?
  9. DrFraud

    DrFraud Banned 2+ Year Member

    Dec 29, 2007
    Yes, I noticed the same thing. The first 5-10 50 q blocks I completed had a balance of genetics, anatomy, ethics, biostats, bs, and phys, and I usually did well with these questions. As I used up these qs, all thats left with was path and pharm. By the time I did my last block, about 80% of the q's were pharm and pathology:eek:, and my scores dropped.
  10. Tiger26

    Tiger26 Senior Member Physician 10+ Year Member

    Mar 13, 2004
    Yeah, seriously, what's up with the pharm questions . . . apparently I was supposed to know the different ocular side effects of the antipsychotics and also be able to diagnose neonatal opiate withdrawal based on the fact that the mother was a homeless drug abuser (these types of questions seem like ones I should be having to do next year . . . errr I mean in 6 weeks, when 3rd year starts)
  11. InternationlDoc

    InternationlDoc Imported like a Ferrari 10+ Year Member

    Aug 21, 2005
    haha I made similar post on the "StepIII" thread. But yea, glad to know I'm not the only one.

    Uworld seems particularly challanging on Pharmacology questions. Also, it drew disproportionate questions when I first started it. Histo, Embryo, Biostats and Behavioral sciences were all depleted before path even began! (had no category of it on assesment for a good 150+ questions!) :confused:

    Sets seem like a random luck of the draw. On some I feel very confident getting 85%+ then the next I hit 60 something% . Although I did notice that variance in the average % of people getting questions correct flucutates from 45%-60% (which is not as big of a range as my % change from set to set).

    Also, I agree that there are some patient management questions that seem step II ish.
  12. 45408

    45408 aw buddy 7+ Year Member

    Jun 13, 2004
    I missed the neonate opiate withdrawal one too. I didn't think the correct answer would be "Give the baby more drugs."
  13. Mr. Freeze

    Mr. Freeze Not right. (in the head) 10+ Year Member

    You must not have kids. :D A little tincture of opium would make it a WHOLE lot easier to study at my house!
  14. PenguinHead

    PenguinHead 5+ Year Member

    Nov 16, 2006
    I just missed this one today. I didn't like any of the answers. I didn't that whole question set actually...

    My average for this last week had been creeping closer and closer to 70%. I was pumped, confident, etc. Of course, today, I bomb and feel like I've regressed 3 weeks. 1 day to go...
  15. GoodEats

    GoodEats SDN Donor 10+ Year Member

    Sep 24, 2005
    Yeah, I e-mailed them about this -- whenever I used the 'ALL Main Divisions' thing, it was doing this. After switching off a few of the divisions (like Histo, which I have zero left of anyways), it started pulling from the Path pool along with the rest. Good luck...
  16. Tiger26

    Tiger26 Senior Member Physician 10+ Year Member

    Mar 13, 2004
    While studying for my Ob/Gyn rotation, I was just reading about opiate use in pregnant mothers and Blueprints specifically said the management was a "tincture of opium" for the neonate, which I thought was kinda funny since they used the exact same wording as UW.
  17. Knicks

    Knicks 7+ Year Member

    Aug 28, 2007
    Why doesn't UW get their act together? :mad:

    Drawing disproportionately, making the diagnoses "easy" (based on another thread I read), etc.....

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