Like so many other things in the third year of medical school, there is no lack of resources for your tests, but the key is to find which ones are the best.
This article will cover what resources are the best for your psychiatry COMAT with the following tips:
- What book is best for the psychiatry COMAT
- What Q-Bank is best for the psychiatry COMAT
- How to do questions for the psychiatry COMAT
Tip #1: What book is best for the psychiatry COMAT
Case Files Psychiatry is hands down the best book for psychiatry COMAT prep.
The Case Files book does a few things very well, and a few things not so well.
I wanna go over the good things first.
Case Files Psychiatry presents patient cases in a very straightforward way that is easy to understand. Probably the best thing about the book series though is that it presents patient cases in a way that helps you develop your critical thinking skills.
The book will go through what questions to ask and will really help you develop a differential list for the presenting problem.
So, the book does a whole lot more then just teach you medical information, it helps you become a good doctor.
The bad thing about the book is that it can seem a little long and has some fluff content added into it. This is because the book is very much a chapter book style as opposed to a textbook, so the style is different.
This is only an issue because sometimes it can take some extra time to cruise through the book. With that being said, it doesn’t require a whole lot of focus to read this book because of the style. So, the way the book is formatted has its pros and cons, but overall it is a solid book for psychiatry COMAT prep.
Tip #2: Best Question Bank for the psychiatry COMAT
The things that are important to look for as far as a quality Q-Bank goes are that you want it to reflect the test and you want it to cover the content you are expected to know right?
Now, a lot of you would argue that UWorld is the go to, and part of me would agree with you on that.
UWorld does both of those things very well. My only reservation with UWorld for the clinical years is that they have a fairly limited Q-Bank when it comes to topics other than Internal Medicine and Surgery, and they don’t really seem to care about that fact.
When you compare them with say AMBOSS, who has an incredibly robust Q-Bank that also has content integration built into the questions.
For so long UWorld has been the standard, but AMBOSS deserves to be recognized for the quality product they have put out.
Tip #3: How to do questions for the psychiatry COMAT
This is a general rule for all of third year of med school, do questions every day.
The old expression of slow and steady wins the race is very true for clinical learning in med school. One of the most efficient ways to learn and prepare for all the exams that you have to take throughout med school is to do around 15-20 questions per day, every day.
There is one little secret though, do the tougher question bank earlier on for learning purposes and then use the osteopathic specific question bank the week before your exam.
The way that most students have had success using this model is to do 15-20 questions a day from AMBOSS for the first three weeks (of a four week rotation). Then the week before your exam, or in the fourth week start busting out COMQUEST questions like they are going out of style.
A sweet spot for the amount of questions to do the week before you exam is right around 50 questions per day in timed mode.
This will not only get you used to the style of questions that COMQUEST writes, since they are very similar to the COMAT questions.
It will help you to build your stamina and ability to focus for the real deal.
Hopefully this information can help you absolutely own your psychiatry COMAT.