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Posted by MIKKA from IP on April 09, 2016 at 02:13:23:


I would like to discuss the subject which - as far as I know- was not yet discussed here.

Most of the mails in USMLE.NET forum concern books which are intended to be a "key" to passing USMLE very high. I think it is not completely true. You definitely shouldn't forget about knowledge and experience from Your domestic medical education! Medicine is the same in 80-90% of content all over the world. Books that You are so strongly counting on won't help you without strong background! Secondly, I think that if You weren't very good students at Your schools (what doesn't exactly means good grades, I rather think about good skills in gathering, transforming, remembering and understanding of new ideas, techniques etc, and of course PRACTICAL SKILLS!). Naturally, as a review just before the exam, "high yield topics" books are excellent and I don't want to pretend that I didn't use them. On the other hand taking Step1& Step 2 tests, I was astonished at the fact how huge amount of questions I could answer using my own "domestic medical background" and in many cases review books could help little or nothing.
I would be grateful for feedback.

I wish YOU luck and stress-resistance during the Boards!

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