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Do they withstand rational scrutiny? However, med student forums still give me pangs of anxiety, with all of their distress and breathless dogma. If you can brave forums without getting palpitations, share it in the comments and I will update this article.
This is perhaps the most common advice I heard as a medical student. I ignored it. Why does everyone tell you to repeat UWorld? Therefore, doing it more than once will somehow boost your score even further.
If a little of something is good, then more must be better, right? This is one of the most common misconceptions I see among students preparing for Step 1. If something has helped in the past, then repeating it ad infinitum will increase your score indefinitely. A little bit of water is good for you. A Little is Good. In other words, every repeated UWorld question prevents you from studying a question from a different question bank.
Other questions can help you grow your knowledge in other ways that UWorld will not. UWorld is fantastic, but is by no means infallible. There are definite strengths and weaknesses to UWorld. To ignore other valuable resources is to set yourself up for potential disappointment. For example, it is excellent at making difficult two-step reasoning questions.
Verdict: Fiction. Although to get the most out of any question bank, make sure to use Anki to make sure you never make the same mistake again. Some you may have never even thought about. This is my real secret to scoring on Step 1. This might seem obvious. So why do so few people do it? Because they go in thinking the content of the test will be identical to UWorld. Instead, expect the unexpected. Use UWorld or other QBanks to simulate never-before-seen questions. I only did 2 Qbanks total.
Thus, to score high, drink from their never-ending fount of knowledge as early and as much as. Doing well on the USMLEs and Step 1 in particular involves having as much integrated, applied knowledge of the human body as possible. Furthermore, you must know how to apply it to clinical scenarios. Introducing a QBank into your studies early in your second year or even late in your first year is useful. This might even be a waste of UWorld questions; see above.
Rather I got really good at applying pathophysiologic principles to questions I had never seen before. By constantly applying knowledge to novel clinical scenarios, I vastly improved my Step 1 score.
I repeated incorrect questions twice once by accident, and once by curiosity. Since I was using Anki, I knew the answer without reading the question. I could also remember the flaw in my reasoning the first time.
Yes, I may have improved my knowledge slightly by repeating the question. UWorld comes as close as any. However, if I were to do only one question bank, I would still choose UWorld. High-scorers recognize that memorization itself is insufficient. They must learn how to apply that knowledge to interpret the test questions correctly. The latter group sees the QBank merely as a means to an end. In my experience, this group does much better. I completely agree. Verdict: Definite fact.
Again, like much of the dogma, the answer will depend on what you believe the test to be. If so, then doing UWorld right before your exam may or may not be as important. You will likely want to use UWorld as the final question bank before you take your test. QBanks are a learning tool, not a repository of facts.
Use them to learn critical information as well as how to apply it to novel situations. Verdict: Fact depending on what you believe. Concluding Thoughts While I am sure there is going to be disagreement, my goal with this blog post was to challenge the UWorld dogma. It is no doubt an extremely useful question bank. Ultimately, your preparations and how you use these resources will depend on your fundamental beliefs about the USMLEs. Rather I saw the exams as a series of carefully constructed questions that would test my ability to integrate and apply pathophysiologic principles.
You are free to disagree. I welcome your thoughts in the comments! That there are plenty of viable, rational alternatives! What do you think? Are you still planning to repeat UWorld twice? Other thoughts? Let us know in the comments! How useful was this post? Click on a star to rate it! Submit Rating We are sorry that this post was not useful for you! Let us improve this post!
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