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Member Profile

Matthew Thorpe (2013)
Member Type: Student, Junior Member Campus: Urbana
Specialty: Radiology Program: Duke University Medical Center
Advice
I used First Aid, Goljan Rapid Review of Pathology and USMLE World Q bank. I read Goljan and First Aid during the M2 year, and did q-bank questions throughout the year. In the summer, I read First Aid two additional times and finished Q-bank, reading all explanations.

First Aid plus some focused pathology book like Goljan or BRS really has everything you need to get a very good score. I found that I could improve my Q-bank scores more by reading First Aid again than by reading a different source. (Usually when I missed a question and said, "I never learned that," I opened First Aid to annotate the answer and found it in First Aid highlighted in two different colors by me :)

Doing q-bank questions during the M2 year was extremely helpful. When summer came around, I already knew the test pretty well and could spend my summer months strengthening weak areas. Some upper classmen had told me not to do this, because it would detract from my M2 course performance. On the contrary, I found that I did better in M2 courses because I was doing so many practice questions during the year - it was a win-win, and I highly recommend it.