Preparing for Part 1 exam may be sometimes very confusing with tonns of material available.
Good planning and organization of study material and time helps a lot.
Always remember..!!! First attempt is the best...!!
Its always preferable to work hard to the maximum possible extent during the first attempt itself.
Here are some tips regarding how to read individual subjects and how to plan for quality preparation.
Hope it helps to secure to cross the magic number 90.
Let me remind you all that "There is no shortcut for success"
you definitely need to dedicate your sleep, enjoyment and rest during the preparation period which I think is worth in securing an acceptance letter from your favourite dental school.
"All the very best"
ANATOMY, EMBRYOLOGY AND HISTOLOGY tips
ANATOMY, EMBRYOLOGY AND HISTOLOGY
Helpful Materials TO STUDY IN ORDER :
1. B.D. Chaurasia Head & Neck Text book
2. Kaplan review notes ( For Histology )
3. USMLE First Aid
4. Dental decks
5. Question Papers
Released and other old Papers
HOW TO STUDY :
* Start with Chaurasia text book, followed by the order of books i mentioned.
* Prepare short notes of important points from every topic
* Prepare Tables For each topic ( For Eg. All facial muscles, origin, Insertion, Function, Nerve supply, Arterial and venous supply)
I think nearly 25-30 tables will be there for all topics.
I have prepared below one sample table. you can prepare similarly.
MUSCLE: ORIGIN : INSERTION : FUNCTION: NERVE SUPPLY: ARTERIAL SUPPLY: VENOUS DRAINAGE: ANY IMPORTANT POINTS
sternothyroid: sternum: thyroid cartilage: depress the hyoid bone and larynx during swallowing and speaking: ansa cervicalis (C1-3): The skin overlying these muscles is supplied by tributaries arising from the superior thyroid artery ,the inferior thyroid artery, and the internal mammary artery,: Inferior thyroid veins: Also called “STRAP MUSCLES”:
* Prepare flow charts ( For eg. For all cranial nerves Start with their origin and their course of travel till they reach the destination )
* Start reading Decks cards, Once thorough notes from text book, kaplan review and USMLE is finished.
* Start solving question papers.Always solve questions in a logical manner. Dont ever try to remember or get byheart the answers.
* Try to solve each question with elimination and explanation process.
* Having short notes for all topics does a great help for revision.
* Self written notes does wonders..Believe me...!!!
Revising the printed material becomes tedious and confusing.
* If you spare 10-12 hrs a day, you can finish all this process in 15-20 days which is pretty simple.
( I think its better if can sit for 13-14 hrs a day. Its always better to study very hard during first attempt).
* Do not forget to revise your hand written notes every sunday till u finish your exam.
I strongly feel that knowing basics and revising whatever we have learnt previously helps better rather learning new and irrelevant points every day.
NBDE PART 1 PREPARATION MATERIAL
1.] Dental Decks PART 1 2006 -07 ( new decks includes clinical vignette and illustrations sections : Microbiology- pathology : 322 flash cards, Biochemistry- physiology : 289 flashcards, Anatomy : 328 flashcards, Dental anatomy : 198 flashcards, clinical vignette : 26 flashcards, Illustrations: 146 flash cards, indexes, total 1309 flash cards)
2 ] 2004 Dental decks for part 1
3 ] 2001 Dental decks for part 1
4.] RELEASED QUESTION PAPERS PART 1-complete set -ASDA ( A-K)
It contain All the ASDA papers with answers from 1977 to 1998,
-National board part-1 exam specifications
- Raw score standard score conversion for Dec. 1998
5 ] Part 1-L Pilot Comprehensive Exam 2004 (released 2005)
& Exclusive 1-M Compiled, released items from approximately 1998-2005 ( 200 questions and answers- newly released 2006)
6 ] USC and ASDA Database software of Released papers from 1977 to 1998 : very interesting software as you can play the quiz of papers. You can check your score immediately, You don't have to refer the hard copy of released papers, as it is very fast and easy to learn the released papers on this software.
It is also provides the questions and answers of individual subjects like questions and answers of :Biochemistry,
Physiology, Histology, Anatomy, Microbiology
Pathology, Dental anatomy, Occlusion, Dental anatomy subsets: Anterior teeth,Posterior teeth,Primary teeth,Miscellaneous
7.] Kaplan PART 1 Review book ( 2005 edition ) and Kaplan Supplementary EXAMS -PART1 has all the text needed for part 1 in all part subjects - very explanatory - specifically for boards .. supp exams are NBDE model questions and answers with explanations
It contain the explanations of the answers of some model papers of ASDA also,
8] OTHER MATERIAL of 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 more than 4000Qs
9] Kaplan Question bank
10] University of Pacific Boards- Part-I Notes
11] RUDMEN BOOK
12] GARDS Book
13] DENTAL mCQ BOOK:MORE THAN 4000 MCQs ON PART 1
14] HUMAN BODY ATLAS of Grant
16] SURFACE ANATOMY-WHOLE BODY
Softwares : Very informative and interactive reference guides for Part-1 exam to clear doubts.
17] Interactive atlas of Human Anatomy- Netter- software
18] HUMAN ANATOMY - FULL BODY - WITH NEURO ANATOMY - software - WITH MORE THAN 500 IMAGES AND 300 ANIMATIONS
19] BIOCHEMISTRY Soft ware- detailed biochemistry
- specifically genes , proteins in medicine and hormones
20] A different Biochemistry software- very useful for bio chemistry subject
21] RADIOLOGY OF HEAD AND NECK AREA - software- case study in head and neck area
22] OTHER material :
NBDE Diseases & syndrome- short and sweet information
USMLE Step 1 Pathology, Microbiology, Pharmacology
Tooth Morphology Chart for NBDE 1
Medical Mnemonics BOOK WITH 200 PAGES
23] USMLE First Aid Step 1 book-2007 (latest edition: MUST READ excellent for new pattern covering clinical Q)
24] Miscellaneous COLLECTIONS.
25] USMLE STEP 1 Kaplan Notes, also contains 800 odd questions in Q-book.
1.Step1 Kaplan - Anatomy
2.Step1 Kaplan - Behavioral_Sciences
3.Step1 Kaplan - Biochemistry
4.Step1 Kaplan - Microbiology-Immunology
5.Step1 Kaplan - Pathology
6.Step1 Kaplan - Pharmacology
7.Step1 Kaplan - Physiology
8.Step1 Kaplan - Q-book
9.Step1 Kaplan - YOUR KAPLAN MEDICAL TIMELINE
10.Step1 Kaplan - Errata
26]. Dental Secrets, 2nd Edition by: Stephen T. Sonis (Editor)
27.] Guyton A.C., J. E. Hall Textbook of Medical Physiology
28]. Slootweg Dental Pathology - A Practical Introduction
29]. Cawson's Essentials of Oral Pathology and Oral Medicine (7th edition)
Authors: R. A. Cawson, Stephen R. Porter, E. W. Odell, 402 pages
30]. Essentials of Microbiology for Dental Students, 2nd Edition
Authors: Bagg, Jeremy; MacFarlane, T. Wallace; Poxton, Ian R.; Smith, Andrew J.; Bagg, Simon
31]. Human Anatomy & Physiology, 7/e -Authors: Elaine N. Marieb
32]. Schaum's Easy Outline of Human Anatomy and Physiology
For students looking for a quick overview of subject
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