Studying for the NBDE I: The beginning

I recently started studying for the NBDE Part 1 in hopes of sitting it some time in the early Spring of 2012. I will try to give a few updates as I go through the process, and some handy dandy tips once it's all over.
As you may know, the NBDE is comprised of the following sections:

  • Human Anatomy and Histology
  • Biochemistry and Physiology
  • Microbiolgy and Pathology
  • Dental Anatomy and Occlusion
I have decided to use the following materials as my guide as well as a few other resources from the stack of text books that have been helpful throughout the past year and a half. 

1. Dental Decks Part 1 2012-2013
2. First Aid for the NBDE Part 1
3. Kaplan NBDE Part 1 Lecture Notes

Plan of attack:
I will be using the materials above simultaneously as I study each section and I will be continuously testing myself on each section completed. 

  1. First thing: Take a practice test to see where I am at this point. This is simply to answer the question: If I were to take the exam today how would I score? 
  2. I will then cover Dental Anatomy and Occlusion because I think that's relatively easy and I should be able to cover it fairly quickly. 
  3. I will then attack Microbiology and Physiology because those are most fresh and hence should also go by fairly quickly. 
  4. Then I'll move on to Anatomy and Histology, then Biochemistry an Physiology where I'll spend the bulk of my time.
  5. These will be done while continuously taking section tests to see my mastery of each section. when I have completed reviewing and/ or studying each section then I will begin taking full tests until test day (which I have yet to set)
This is the plan for now, things may change so stay tuned!


Himesha said...

Thanks alot Dr.You have done a great job..

prettytoothdoc said...

Good luck!!!

Dr. Patrice Smith said...

Thank you!

Anonymous said...

Hi, what is the edition of the kaplan lecture notes you have there??


William said...

And what's the year of the book as well? I have a pdf version of the lecture notes but it doesn't say the year of the material so I was wondering if it's a good source to use for studying for the boards.


Unknown said...

First thank you for posting this information! It's nice to get an idea of what an organized plan to studying for the boards looks like. I'm at the end of my first year in dental school and figured I could glance over some things while traveling this summer. I am planning to buy the Dental decks and will have the First Aid for NBDE this week. Which study materials did you find most helpful? Did you end up using all three of them (Kaplan, dental decks, first aid)?

Thank you in advance!

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