Since every allopathic med student in this country must pass Step 1 in order to advance in their medical training, it stands to reason that the information tested on this exam must be somehow useful for being a doctor. Today I'd like to test that hypothesis by taking a few sample Step 1 questions I found online.
Believe it or not, I actually got a very respectable score on Step 1. I won't divulge my score, but it was good enough to warrant an email of congratulations from our dean, who also referred to it as a "respectable" score. So since I could do the questions back then, if the information were actually useful, it seems like I should be able to do the questions now... right?
OK, here we go, starting with biochem:
How many ATP are required to transform pyruvate into glucose?
OK, no idea about that one. But biochemistry wasn't my best subject. I was really good at anatomy. Let's try anatomy:
Which of the following is not a muscle identified in the rotator cuff?
A. Teres Major
B. Teres Minor
YES! I totally know this one. It's A. But then again, as a physiatrist, I damn well better know what makes up the rotator cuff.
All right, let's try physiology:
Which of the following is not an anterior pituitary gland secretion?
Physiology isn't really all that practical though. Let's try microbiology:
Which of the following is the most important structure related to microbial attachment to cells?
All right, one more:
What cell type secrets surfactant?
A. Plasma cell
B. Type I alveolar cell
C. Type II alveolar cell
D. Type III alveolar cell
All right, enough of this.
My name is Dr. Fizzy and I am NOT smarter than a med student.
(Questions obtained from Test Prep Review)