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STEP 1 Anatomy/Embryology

Discussion in 'Step I' started by shigaT, Jun 20, 2002.

  1. shigaT

    shigaT Member 10+ Year Member

    Dec 9, 2001
    I have 5 days until test day and things are coming together except that alot of the Q-bank anatomy questions are kicking my ass. I've only used Kaplan and First-Aid to study from.

    For those of you who have taken the test - is First-Aid good enough for anatomy/embryo? If not - is there a book I can cram with?

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  3. Ludy

    Ludy Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Jun 29, 2001
    I took Step 1 today <img border="0" alt="[Clappy]" title="" src="graemlins/clappy.gif" /> and had very little of either anatomy or embryo. I can only remember 2 embryo questions, both of which were covered in First Aid, and maybe 10-15 anatomy (at the MOST). Some of them were pretty random, so you wouldn't necessarily see that stuff in FA, but I wouldn't recommend going through HY Gross Anatomy right now either. Of course, everyone's test is different, but I haven't heard many people complaining about anatomy questions. I would really focus on knowing your graphs (phys and path) and review some behavioral science. There were some CTs and MRIs on my exam that I had some trouble with, but that's a big weak point of mine. If you're at all familiar with them, I doubt you'd have a problem. If not, you may want to glance through an atlas, or at least the pics in HY Neuroanatomy.
  4. mcwmark

    mcwmark Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Jun 20, 2001
    I agree. If it's not in First Aid, just take your best guess--I had a few pseudo-anatomy questions that wouldn't be in any review text for anatomy. In fact, I still have no clue to what the answer would be, and have no desire to dig Harrison's out and look for it. Much of the other, non-esoteric questions bordered on the are you really a medical student? (Stuff like do you know what side of the body the spleen is on? Duh...I hope :)
  5. southerndoc

    southerndoc life is good Physician Moderator Emeritus Lifetime Donor Classifieds Approved 10+ Year Member

    Jun 6, 2002
    ALL of my anatomy questions were general. One of them had this bizarre answer choice (a question in the abdomen and one of the answer choices referred to a neuro structure!).

    As far as embryology is concerned, the big things seem to be cardiovascular and renal development, and all the arch derivatives, pharyngeal pouches, clefts, etc. Know those because I had one direct question that asked which pharyngeal pouch/cleft it came from.
  6. Mango

    Mango Very Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Apr 30, 2000
    Deffinately do the branchial derivatives, and cardiac/circulatory embryo. And for anatomy, I'd make sure and study the specific nerve's that have characteristic things when they are damaged. For example - Midshaft humerus fracture leads to radial nerve damage, leading to wrist drop. Or common peroneal and foot drop. They love questions on stuff like that. Also, cross-sectional anatomy seems to be a new favorite. Most of the stuff you need is in First Aid. If you're running low on time, study path/phys or behavioral, they are more important. Good Luck, you'll feel soooo good when it's over!
  7. sanfilippo

    sanfilippo El Gaucho Misterioso 10+ Year Member

    Jun 4, 2002
    North Country
    most of the anatomy on step one was very cut-and-dry. i did have a abdominal cross-section where you had to identify the organ based on the pathology/scenario given (liver v. spleen v. kidney).

    embryo: i agree with the above: know your arches and your ASD/VSD/PDA's in terms of a clinical context (what does the murmur sound like, age range, etc.)--read those cases in UCV pathophys. to refresh. i also had at least 2 bizarre embryo questions, one of which was molecular biology-oriented. go fig.
  8. mdphd2b

    mdphd2b Hepato-phile 10+ Year Member

    Nov 16, 2001
    Someplace cold
    Just took step 1 today <img border="0" alt="[Clappy]" title="" src="graemlins/clappy.gif" />

    Very weird...Got embryo Q's on pulm hypoplasia, duodenal atresia, ASD, PFO, and 2 on Meckel's deverticulum. Anatomy covered some CT/MRI, mostly neuro anatomy, right lower quadrantanopia, Horner's syndrome, cranial nerves. Gross had a pelvic CT, CT of skull for max sinus, HIATAL hernia...damage to THORACODORSAL nerve!!!!

    I had ZERO questions on histo, branchial arches, neural crest cells, brachial plexus or lower limb, femoral/inguinal hernias. A very atypical experience. I think the subjects most-represented on mine were immuno, micro, behavioral science, physio, pharm, path, biochem. Alot more genetics and less path than I expected. Well, at least it's over! YIPPEEEE <img border="0" alt="[Clappy]" title="" src="graemlins/clappy.gif" />

  9. rajal

    rajal Junior Member 7+ Year Member

    Jun 13, 2002
    hi mdphd2b,
    how was molecular biolgy and immunology questions, were there lot of calculations to you.
    is kaplan enough for immunology.
    about neuroanat-what do we have to know in detail.

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