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Discussion in 'Step I' started by 1medicalstudent, Apr 16, 2007.
Is it worth it???
I don't see the appeal of it since it is based off of FA so you really don't learn anything new. It just tests how well you know FA. Atleast with other qbanks I can see some new info.
I didn't think so. It seems that many people like Kaplan or UW. I haven't heard anyone praising usmlerx.
However, drilling first aid concepts seems like a good idea, so I did a search on ebay, and found some flash cards. They are awesome, and I would check them out. (Please don't PM asking me for them for free, its against sdn policy.)
I started doing UW the other day and Ive done only about 50 Q's. Im looking up every Question in first aid after I answer it. Every single question has been in First aid in some form. So Im kind of supprised when I hear people say that first aid only covers like 60% of the topics covered on usmle when every practice question Ive seen is at least mentioned in first aid.
I agree, every question (almost, at least 90%) has been in First Aid.
That's why I got the flashcards, because I want to make sure I know first aid down cold. They are not perfect, but well worth the money and much cheaper than usmlerx.
I plan on going through twice and adding things to make sure I understand everything, and then reading that thing over and over and over and over and over until I puke. Then I will wipe up the puke and read it one more time. Oh, and questions will also be puked on.
or you can buy the Q&A FA that is 1,000 questions from RX
I got the Q&A book and am using it as a supplement to Qbank and UW.
automan what are the format of these flashcards?
I have a macintosh, and I use them in a program called iflash on my computer. The auction I won also sends the cards as two kinds of PDF files which I printed out: Standard Q&A on front/Back and also a mode with the question on one half of the paper, and the answer on the other. They really are better than expected, but there are a few misprints and some cards are pretty useless. Overall, for around $30, I got about 5000 flashcards made directly from FirstAid - so I am happy with my purchase. If you like flashcards, it may be worth checking them out.
I don't know if the person is still selling them, but I remember the auction was orange. Just do a search for "usmle flashcards" and you should find it.
I have that book and I really like the way they ask questions. I fail to understand why people would criticize it.
I've heard USMLERx can be good, as it can serve as yet another pass of FA.
Yes there is a ton of material in FA, and you may know it cold, but USMLE Rx really makes sure it gets hammered home.
However as far as Questions go, after my experience and getting my score back, I honestly feel USMLE-World is the best. The format, their style, their testing of concepts, its really similar and really prepares you well.
best of luck
In your opinion, are USMLE RX questions too simple? Is it too distant from real exam?
Please answer sincerly and only if you tried it. I have both USMLE RX and Uworld; I bought USMLE rx because I need more questions, because I already did 2 times uwolrd and I almost memorize it (not more useful)
I don't think so. I just finished Rx, and I felt like it was a good way to test your knowledge of FA. Otherwise, you feel like you know something from reading it a few times, but actually, it didn't stick. Rx shows you that. For what it's worth, I get average grades, and I finished it with a 62%. Towards the end I was going back and forth btw 60s and 70s. YMMV.
I'm finding UMSLE rx questions very useful, they give the FA esplanation right under the answers, after u choose the answer, in the tutor mode! It's great for me, because I need to be stimulated by questions to study more. I don't get FA and read from page 1 to 650 by myself.
Every day I do 46 x 2 questions of USMLE rx. You?
My day is composed of 46 x 2 uworld q's + 46 rx q's.
For the lack of time, I am only doing medium, hard Rx questions right now. and I am 61% through and ave is 69%.
For Uworld, I am doing it for the second time (16% left) (ave first time 65%, second time 93%)
My question to conan is, are you doing easy questions too in Rx? and if so, do you think it is worth doing? (to put it another way, do you get any Rx questions that has 70-90% stat wrong after doing uworld 2x)
The reason why ask is that, I feel like second time uworld is not really worth it as my ave is 93%. I think my time might be better spent by doing Rx questions. and I am willing to do maybe 46 x 3 Rx q's/ day to finish what's left lol.
Let me know
I already did uworld 1 and half times, then I bought RX and since then I'm doing 46 x 2 RX questions every day. For now I'm not doing uworld anymore because i noticed that 2nd pass was not useful for me, because I don't even read the question fully any-more and I answer automatically.
I think that to read new RX questions every day is more useful for me, i get NEW info every day
It's unbelieveble, every day i learn NEW things (from RX questions). I thought to know yet all the medicine. I was wrong.
I thought I would understand you. I was wrong.
$99 for 24 months of access to >2000 questions seems like a deal to me.
What do you mean?
if you you are choosing between uworld and rx, then obviously uworld is better. But having done both kaplan and rx, i think Rx is better as second Qbank. it is also especially great for pharm.
I love Rx. There are some poorly worded questions (<5%), but overall, the qbank is legit.
Probably the biggest knock against Rx are the explanations. I'm more of a short-and-to-the-point kinda guy, so I don't mind the 2-3 sentence explanations, but if you really like those kinds of explanations, then you might find Rx annoying.
I don't understand how did he calculate the amount of drug in the body (50mg). Can someone explain it to me, please?
??? "50 mg of drug X is administered intravenously". If you put 50mg of something into patient, then the patient has 50mg of something in their body.
Oh yes, you are right, excuse me, I didn't see that, damn!
I agree with you. Rx definitely reminds you how much you do not know. I am finally done with all the hard/medium difficulty Rx questions. And I have only few days left hahahaha.
I think it's time for me to let it go~ ~~~LET IT GO~~~
And ~~~ FU.CK IT ALL~~FU.CK IT ALL ~~~ DONT GIVE A $HIT ANYMORE~~~
What is your percentage on first pass medium/hard questions?
USMLE rx doesn't work right now, does it happen only to me or it's the same for you??
I have not tried making/doing questions, reviewing questions seems to be working today (3:50 pm eastern time).
Yesterday, I did NBME 15 which gave me 251, Uworld Self Assessment 2 gave me 261.
my goal is 240. So, if I can get lucky enough, I think I might be able to get 240. (If they ask stuffs that I know) I still dont know a lot.
Your outcome is great! My percentage in 1st pass on USMLE rx questions is much lower! I do 46 x 2 RX questions every day
I am holding around a 65%.
My percentage so far (1424 hard/medium questions) is 58%
All uworld question are covered in First Aid.
All first aid is not covered in uworld.
USMLERx (2700 questions), pretty much covers everything in FA.
Therefore, RX + Uworld + FA would be the best.
Unless you read FA and think you can remember and answer questions on all the random facts you read.
I've read pages in FA multiple times, and got questions wrong on them multiple times. Probably better to go ahead and see how well you think you know your First aid with Rx.
Yeah, it is amazing how you think I never heard that before and then you go back and find it in FA. That's why I am amazed at you all on here that can score so high and remember all this stuff. Somewhat demoralizing.......
I've just finished USMLE RX hard/medium questions! My final percentage on these is 58%. And...now? I did all uworld and all USMLE RX... now?
Where could I find new questions? Kaplan questions?
Please give me an advice