During some years of teaching Biochemistry, students have often asked me about Biochemistry Question Banks that they could use for studying. Unfortunately, there are only very few books that include significant, relevant and updated biochemistry questions for medical students.
The main goal of this blog is to offer pre-medical students, medical students and Foreign Medical Graduates (FMG), a bank of questions that could be used:
a) As a checking tool for pre-medical students about the information that they need for being properly prepared for beginning the study of Biochemistry at the Medical Colleges.
b) As a tool for medical students for self-evaluation of their preparation in specific topics before Biochemistry and NBME assessment exams
c) As a study tool for medical students and FMG who are preparing for Step I of USMLE.
Since American students need to pass the United States Medical Licensing Exams (USMLE) in order to graduate and be licensed, and Foreign Medical Graduates (FMG) who wish to work in the United States also need to pass these exams to be able to do residencies and work in the USA, the questions that appear in this blog have been written in multiple choice format and include, when possible, clinical vignettes, following the recommendations described in the NBME Guide “Constructing Written Test Questions For the Basic and Clinical Sciences” (Case, S.M and Swanson, D.B.; National Board of Medical Examiners, Third Edition Revised) (This blog is not related to these authors)
Since I believe that the best way of using a Bank of Questions is for self evaluation, the answers and the explanation to the questions will not appear the same day. I strongly recommend that you study the specific topic using your textbooks and the professor notes and then come to this site and try to answer the questions by yourselves. The answers and the appropriate explanations will be posted in a different day of the same week.
I hope that this blog can be useful to you and that you may enjoy also the additional information related to Biochemistry that I couldn’t resist including in this blog.
Dr. H.D. Urquiza Hernandez, MD
Specialist in Clinical Biochemistry
PhD in Biological Sciences