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Question banks comparision by Luis Plazas

What Really are Question Banks?

When it comes to medical question banks, there are many options you can find on the net

However, you should be aware of some pros and cons before choosing one as it might influence your performance as a student of medicine. Here you have a review of a few question banks available for you all to make a smart decision. Good luck!

 

The first bank that I found while browsing the web was SmarTeach Medical Bank App

Which is described as a “fast, fun and easy way to access the online content of more than 1,000,000 medical questions.” Their questions have been gathered for a couple of decades and include both medical entrance exams and information ranging from anesthesiology to venereology.

 

smarteach website screenshot
Question bank – Smarteach website – source: www.smarteach.com.

 

This app can be downloaded via Google Play, which may result handy in this technological era. Yet, notice that their review isn’t the greatest: some users claim there are issues with creating and account and logging in. Their developers are working on it although this app was last updated in June 2015.

 

Smarteach app page in Google Play - source: play.google.com
Question bank – Smarteach app page in Google Play – source: play.google.com

The second bank I ran into while doing my research was Passmedicine

It has been an important online resource for studying doctors and medical students since 2009 with thousands of questions including data interpretation and pictures.

 

Passmedicine website
Question bank – Passmedicine website – source: www.passmedicine.com

 

This periodically updated bank also has a mobile version and its subscription seems quite affordable for medical student programs; however, for advanced higher training, it’s more costly.

 

Passmedicine medical student signup page
Question bank – Passmedicine medical student signup page – source www.passmedicine.com

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Another bank I found was BoardVitals

You can get access to expert content online at all times from your computer, tablet, or smartphone. Its web page is professional and the activities provided are full of detailed explanations and reference materials.

 

Boardvitals website
Question bank – Boardvitals website – source: www.boardvitals.com

 

Nevertheless, as per what I saw on their website, it lacks real interactions with its customers (apart from some positive comments put on their main page). Moreover, prices are not easily specified and I couldn’t find tutorials to get familiar with the site.

 

Boardvitals website
Boardvitals website – source: www.boardvitals.com

↑ Pricing? ↓

 

Boardvitals website - source: www.boardvitals.com
Question bank -Boardvitals website – source: www.boardvitals.com

Last but not least there is QUPI which more than a bank, is the largest user-generated medical question database

Not only it is user-friendly but you can also get updates via Facebook…

 

Question bank – QUPI – source: facebook.com / @qupipage

 

…and Twitter.

 

Question bank - QUPI - source: twitter.com / @Qupiquestions_1
Question bank – QUPI – source: twitter.com / @Qupiquestions_1

 

For you to easily get familiar with QUPI, there are tutorials that explain its ABC.

 

 

 

Additionally, you can leave your feedback at all times for them to improve their website (your opinion will be definitely taken into account).

 

Question bank - QUPI - feedback button
Question bank – QUPI – feedback button

 

Do take advantage of their status as a new company, get a 75% discount after sharing them through the two aforementioned social networks (and also Google+).

 

Question bank - QUPI - share point
Question bank – QUPI – share point

 

Don’t hesitate to visit them as they are beta testing and allowing beta testers to access to their database for free, and remember: succeeding as a medical student is in your hands.

All the best!

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