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    I just received an email regarding the NBME exams to be taken after each clinical core rotation. Is there a list of books that need to be read in order to pass these exams? Are these exams difficult? There is a PA student with me on this rotation and her school gave her a required reading list for these exams.

    Any feedback on these exams would be appreciated.

    Thanks!

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    read whatever books that you feel give you a solid foundation. each person may have a different study technique. some love certain books, while others may hate them. i seem to learn best from bulleted questions and answers. others may learn differently and stick with first aid or another high yield book.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kristingor View Post
    Is there a list of books that need to be read in order to pass these exams?
    Not officially. Ask some of your senior med students as they may be able to give you details for specific rotations. Most use either First Aid, Kaplan, or Blueprints. Some are good, others are overkill.


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    Are these exams difficult?
    No more difficult than your actual boards will be.

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    The "afterlife" for those of us in Basic Sciences. The truth will come out when we either go to heaven or "the other place". Good luck with the NBME shelf exams.

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    there is no real "reading list" for clinicals because there are 2 or 3 big referrence books for each specialty and each hospital has their own preferences. PAs have a very limited scope of what they need to learn so they probably get a chapter by chpater breakdown.

    what you need for the shelf exams is what you need for the boards. get or have ccess to a good referrence book like current internal medicine, harrisons, etc or access online. then you get a review book you like, blue prints, FA, keplan...whatever they all have the same info so stick with one you like. you study the review books like crazy looking up things you don't understand in more detailed books. the key though is that you need to learn the cases assigned to you in a lot of detail that way it sticks witrh you. trust me this makes studying for the boards not really studying but reviewing...the only things you will need to study will be the rare zebras. shlef exams aren't hard if you do the above
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    I guess they don't take any shelf exams on the island anymore?
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    i dont read books (because i dont know how to read).....so far it has worked pretty good on the last 2 shelves...lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by options View Post
    I guess they don't take any shelf exams on the island anymore?
    They are voluntarily taken during fifth semester. For $11,000 a semester tuition, I should be able to evaluate what I am paying for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DRDRWMD View Post
    They are voluntarily taken during fifth semester. For $11,000 a semester tuition, I should be able to evaluate what I am paying for.
    So what tests are given in 5th semester to keep everyone honest? (Besides the ICM tests )
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    i guess my class complianed enough about the shelf exams that the took them away-----lol....oh well
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