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    Histology Shelf

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    Hey guys

    I wanted to start studying for the histo shelf. I heard that people who took it last semester found it to be really hard and different than Dr. S's tests.

    I was hoping people could shed some light onto how to go about preparing for this shelf exam. what resources should we use?

    Anyone's advice would be appreciated, upperclassmen to current histo students if you've heard anything!

    Thanks!

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    Find a cell bio textbook and start reading it. Know about membrane receptors, oncogenes, etc. Know about 2ndary messengers..Rab/Ras, etc. My premed cell bio from AUA helped me to answer WAY more questions than Dr S ever did. Hopefully he's changed his teaching methods since he was only teaching for a specific shelf before.

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    Histo shelf is not a hard shelf at all. Just wait till you take the physio shelf!
    But anyways, what I did for Histo: throughout the semester i read the entire text (the diagrams are really helpful, and know pictures because you will see a good bit of them on the shelf), I also did questions, questions questions from BRS, USMLE world, and USMLE road map. No worries you will be fine. If you have been doing well all semester, keeping up with the reading, and do lots of questions you will have no problem passing the histo shelf. Best of luck to you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tperrin View Post
    Histo shelf is not a hard shelf at all. Just wait till you take the physio shelf!
    But anyways, what I did for Histo: throughout the semester i read the entire text (the diagrams are really helpful, and know pictures because you will see a good bit of them on the shelf), I also did questions, questions questions from BRS, USMLE world, and USMLE road map. No worries you will be fine. If you have been doing well all semester, keeping up with the reading, and do lots of questions you will have no problem passing the histo shelf. Best of luck to you!
    Tperrin- did you take the new histo shelf? The first time it was offered was last semester (fall 08). I know the "old" shelf had lots of diagrams right out of the book..but not the current one. Cell bio..i'm telling you..cell bio..forget histo..just study cell bio texts..

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    Hi cyberia. I took the histo shelf in january 2008. i assume that the shelf i took was not this new shelf that you guys are talking about then. sorry for the confusion.

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    study your histo guys, i had some crazy histo slides on the step that i had never seen before...
    M.D.

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    Hi Cyberia

    so if i started working from a copy of Lodish, the cell bio book, what should i study in it, its like 900 pgs. and what kind of detail should i know things in.

    should i know how they generally work or the nitty picky details?


    Thanks man!

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    Quote Originally Posted by AmericanDreamer View Post
    Hi Cyberia

    so if i started working from a copy of Lodish, the cell bio book, what should i study in it, its like 900 pgs. and what kind of detail should i know things in.

    should i know how they generally work or the nitty picky details?


    Thanks man!
    Look at the other thread that mrpark posted...we both said receptors, secondary messengers, etc..and yes..you do have to know the little details.

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