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    IluvMD is offline Member 510 points
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    Any advice on how to study for Med 2 Shelf?

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    Hello all,

    I'm currently in med 2, taking all 4 classes. The "big bad shelf" is upon us once again in 1 1/2 months. I heard that last semester, the physio and neuro shelves were brutal. Particularly physio, 1/2 of the stuff on the shelf wasn't even taught by the professors (how did this happen????). What am I suppose to do? Read Constanzo cover to cover to prepare. Dr. G in neuro doesn't even give out pp lectures or have any books to read. I'm just going off Matt's and Rahul's notes. Are they adequate for the neuro shelf? Should I just read BRSs, do USMLE Worlds qs, Exam masters for everything??? ANy advice would be greatly appreciated.!! Thanks

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    im currently a med 3, i took all 4 courses last semester as well. the physio shelf is always the hardest of the 4 exams so dont be discouraged. do the questions from costanza using concepts from first aid for physio and u should be fine. dr G knows his stuff as people who have already taken the step even say that w/e he taught was gold for step 1. make sure u go to every single lecture and take ur OWN notes, becuz as detailed as matts and rahuls notes are, they're not current so some information is different. i used their notes as a guideline incased i missed some things in class. hope this helps!

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    rahul or matt's notes for neuro. if you've been reading them throughout the semester you should be able to go through them in a day. i think they were ~80 pages total.

    BRS physio + uworld physio screenshots for physio. i hope you learned physio well because it's conceptual and rote memorization will destroy you.

    i probably stressed the hardest over biochem and started doing a polyphasic sleep cycle to get through all of lippincott in 3-4 days.

    but some encouraging words: besides step1, med2 was probably the hardest i've ever studied. if you can do well on your med2 shelves you'll have no problems in the future. i'm currently prepping for step2 CK and haven't needed to open a single textbook.
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    with only a couple days to study for 3 shelves, your best bet is to just make sure you have first aid down pat for all the subjects. I would suggest NOT going into any texts for a shelf review. If i remember correctly matt's notes are divided into the 3 tests. Focus on the last 2 parts as most of the shelf is concept (epicritic vs protopathic and cranial aneurysm stuff) and o ya, "remember the alamo, remember the uncus." "the only GTO you need to care about is the pontiac GTO" and especially don't forget that "cranial nerve 12 is the most important"
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    Before you do anything else, make sure you read, re-read, and then read again all of the subject material in First Aid. That's where you'll find the most high yield material. Then (and only then), check out BRS physio, High Yield Neuro, Lippincott's is usually the go-to book for Biochem but it's a little excessive for the shelf (in my opinion)--you might try BRS/HY for this too. I can't stress this enough though--study each subject in First Aid thoroughly...it'll cover the material that is tested most frequently...then those other books should fill in most of the gaps.

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    rahulb

    did you just recommend rahul's notes? that's hilarious

    (though for the record, I'm pretty sure I only passed because of them)

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