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Master the Boards USMLE Step 3 Paperback – Import, 3 Jul 2018
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Conrad Fischer, MD, is director of the residency program at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center in New York City and associate professor of physiology, pharmacology, and medicine at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in New York City. He teaches USMLE Steps 1, 2, and 3, Internal Medicine Board Review and Attending Recertification, and USMLE Step 1 Physiology.
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My study schedule: 3 months before exam for Day One and Day Two multiple choice questions
1. Master The Boards Step 3 - Read it once, referred to UpToDate.com for more detail and algorithms on the latest evidence.
2. Uworld - Went through questions twice; really paid off because topics and line of thinking were very very similar to the real thing.
3. Uworld Biostats - went through it once and did all biostat Uworld questions in following day to put into use what I learned and find weak points.
4. Uworld Assessment - did 2 weeks before (anecdotal evidence: Uworld was 20 points lower than my real score)
5. NBME Step 3 assessment - horrible question set; only used to find my weak points
I just did Uworld CCS at least once for each case. Twice for ones I thought I poorly managed.
PLEASE!!! PLEASE DO AS MANY 10-min cases as you can. Those 10-min (8 min primary + 2 min for final notes) cases are the most tricky and require you to know what to do ASAP. You really don't have time to write down anything on your test scratch board. The cases are usually on ailments that can be easily managed, but the timing element screws you badly if you hesitate on orders or how much time to go forward. Do as many as you can when practicing. This kind of hurt me because I didn't anticipate hesitating on orders/time mangement on the first two 10-min cases. My first 4 cases were the 10-min ones and it rattled me a bit but I recovered half way into the second case.
Don't forget to place NG tube orders for bowel issues. Good luck!
So, the only difference, I can see, between this 3rd edition and the 2nd edition is the addition of Basic Science information, which is displayed in purple boxes under the topics where it is relevant. From scanning through the rest of the chapters, it seems like ID has the most amount of new basic science information, with other chapters having their fair share of new tid-bits added as well.
Now, how helpful and useful the basic science information is, I won't know until the questions are started, but for the most part, the information looks as high yield as possible without going overboard reviewing ALL your step 1 stuff.
Another thing to keep in mind is that the "new" Step 3 exam is only adding about of 3-5% of basic sciences, so I don't think it can really make or break your score, and since for most of us, a passing score is enough, I think the 2nd edition of this book plus a qbank would suffice as well.
Other than that, all the other information seems unchanged.
I will update this periodically as I keep using it in conjunction with a Qbank and see how useful the updated information is.
Best of luck Studying!
Surprised there is no basic science added to the Emergency Medicine/Toxicology section. I started a qbank today and from the questions I got from EM/Tox, I figured there should be information on the MOA of some of the toxicities, like for example in Acetaminophen toxicity, glutathione is needed to inactivate the toxic metabolite NAPQI, or how n-acetyl-cysteine acts as a glutathione substrate to help inactivate NAPQI... and same can be said about any of the other toxicities listed in the section which I thought were pretty commonly seen and tested. Maybe their not as important for the exam??? Not sure but thought i'd point it out.
I am enjoying the style of writing of this textbook. "If-then"-type of statements are effectively utilized throughout the book. This makes it easy to memorize high-yield treatment and management steps. The text is concise and clear, yet mostly written in complete sentences, which is important for me. I don't like the high-yield books with lists, which require absolute memorization. As a result of this book's writing style, a story is formed, which is easier to remember.
My only complaint is that there could more details about each condition. However, given that this is focusing primarily on high-yield, it makes sense to keep it concise. It will be best to use one or two other sources as reference if you are less than confident about a particular topic. Aside from this book, I am also using UWorld QBank, OnlineMedEd lectures, and Merck Manual.
I must also mention that I was confused about a couple of sentences in the cardiology chapter, which I thought were mistakes. To obtain a list of errata, I contacted Dr. Fischer, who responded right away and was willing to clear up any confusion. It turns out after re-reading the paragraphs and gaining a better understanding of the section, I realized that I was wrong about it being a mistake and the book was right. Anyway, if in doubt, read it again. If you are unable to understand it after that, Dr. Fischer seems to be willing to help us out.