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Weakest part of FA?

Discussion in 'Step I' started by Cards21aceking, Jun 4, 2008.

  1. Cards21aceking

    Cards21aceking 5+ Year Member

    Feb 27, 2007
    Have a couple of weeks left, and wondering what people's thoughts were on general weaknesses of FA? I'm going through Neuro right now and there seems to be some bits and pieces missing from that section.

    Any thoughts?
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  3. lipofuscin232

    lipofuscin232 2+ Year Member

    May 24, 2008
    i'd say neuro and immunology...for both I had to write in tons
  4. agranulocytosis

    agranulocytosis 10+ Year Member

    Sep 22, 2007
    Yeah I added a ton of stuff into the neuro section. I also added a bunch to the glomerular diseases, especially SLE presentations, on p430. I really don't like the micro section in FA at all either.
  5. -Goose-

    -Goose- 10+ Year Member

    Jul 7, 2005
    For me, its micro. Its a huge cluster*&%$
  6. BrisketAttack

    BrisketAttack 2+ Year Member

    Jun 1, 2008
    the whole renal path section is grossly inadequate. i'm forgoing FA for goljan on all things kidney.
  7. MSKalltheway

    MSKalltheway I got the magic stick 7+ Year Member

    Jan 16, 2007
    Glomerular pathology, Immune deficiencies, some parts of GI, and a lot of pulm im finding it to be scant on. Most of the stuff I had to write for neuro were things about anything ischemia (MI and stroke) and some of the degenerative diseases.
  8. tfom08

    tfom08 2+ Year Member

    May 2, 2008
    I really don't like FA. I know it's a necessary evil and I follow along in it to make sure I'm not missing any big details, but unless you only have a few weeks, say 3, to study, I don't see a reason to rely on it much except for maybe pharm. It has a few good sections but I am just unimpressed with the lack of organization and overall amateur feel of the text. Would it really be so bad to release a new edition every 2-3 years instead of every year and actually spend some time correcting errors and making sure the organization makes sense? And how about making an index that actually has some stuff in it?
  9. DwyaneWade

    DwyaneWade Reiging *** Cynic 10+ Year Member

    May 7, 2006
    Actually Neuro is alright once you supplement it a bit. Same with Immuno.

    Besides Cell Biology (which is nonexistent), renal path was pretty bad, as was cardio path (for me).
  10. peter90036

    peter90036 not out fishing 7+ Year Member

    Jul 13, 2005
    next to the pond
    its caught on, now its only drive is sales of patched up editions, not quality/improvement (which = hard work), (less editions = not "the latest and greatest" = not cool anymore = might let some other book slip between the cracks and take its spot...)... btw, i did get the latest FA, just because... "i dont want to miss anything that might be 'updated' "...its a psychological mechanism i guess
  11. Knicks

    Knicks 7+ Year Member

    Aug 28, 2007
    ^^ what could possibly be 'updated' in a book that actually has errors that were correct in previous editions. or, how much more 'updated' can it be?

    you're right, the 'newer' editions are just for psychological peace of mind.
  12. Galler


    Mar 4, 2008
    I would supplement neuro and molecular biology with HY Neuroanatomy and HY Cell and Molecular Biology. I found the pictures on HY Neuroanatomy really helpful for the real exams.
  13. -Goose-

    -Goose- 10+ Year Member

    Jul 7, 2005
    We are forgetting the biggest weakness of FA: the INDEX.
  14. osli

    osli Senior Member 5+ Year Member

    Oct 13, 2005
    I picked up HY Brain and Behavior thinking it would be a good alternative to HY Neuroanatomy and would also cover the behavioral sciences and psych part too.

    It isn't.

    Take my advice and stay away from this one. The neuroanatomy part is way to weak, virtually no pathology on spine, brainstem, or cortical lesions (exactly one graphic covering half a page), it covers ethics and behavioral stuff that is really superfluous for the exam (really, do we need to read about how to sit and face a patient during an interview!?!), and the coverage of pharm was wasted space since it took ten pages to really just say "use SSRI's for depression, lithium for mania, and antipsychotics for psychoses" with only sketchy detail on mechanisms and way to broad of generalizations on side effects.

    Oh, and it also directly contradicts Goljan in about 20 places, on everything from mechanisms to most commons. And I found three blatant errors on three consecutive pages, so I'm not very confident in the editing (hell, they even managed to mess up the prostitute's pupil, and that's a saying that everyone knows!).

    Sorry, I know this is OT for the thread, but I didn't feel like starting another one just to vent about this book. :)
  15. Cards21aceking

    Cards21aceking 5+ Year Member

    Feb 27, 2007
    No worries. That's what this place is for :). I ended up going with HY Neuro (Fix) and HY Behavior (Fadem) for those sections. Hopefully they'll pay off.

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