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Tomasz Forfa?

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PostPosted: Tue May 05, 2009 3:05 pm    Post subject: Tomasz Forfa? Reply with quote

hello all,

This may be the 100th time you've seen this question...but should i bother purchasing the gamsat prep book from tomasz forfa?

I'm thinking of getting des o'neill too but I dont think the essay componenet starts until much later on the year. I feel i should work on my essays as soon as i can. just wondering if tomasz forfa is a worthwhile investment...

anyone know any good essay writing courses or anything handy that can be put towards brushing up on my writing skills?


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PostPosted: Tue May 05, 2009 3:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's exactly what i was wondering. I have looked all everywhere in this forum and no one mentioned about his prep course. I found his prep seems convincing, but i haven't tried it. I read his free e-book yesterday and it seems quite convincing. His prep course doesn't cost a fortune compared to for example Des oneil's' hundred of bucks.. If anyone tried his prep course it would be helpful to share it here. xD
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 20, 2015 3:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

With regard to Dr. Forfa and his GAMSAT test preparation book:

I believe that Dr. Forfa does a disservice to students by suggesting that it's not really necessary to focus upon review of the subject matter but instead to emphasize "reasoning" and honing "problem-solving" capabilities. He appears to believe that the latter are sufficient to see students through the exam with flying colours.

The fact of the matter is that examinations of this type (MCAT, GAMSAT, etc.) simply ASSUME that students already have mastered the material and seek to determine whether they have the ability to apply this knowledge to new and unfamiliar situations. This is an important distinction that appears to mitigate the value of Dr. Forfa's recommended approach.

How does an MD produce a working diagnosis when confronted with a patient of unknown medical history who exhibits a set of symptoms? Doesn't it seem logical that the MD will first proceed by applying his knowledge of medicine to the specific set of symptoms exhibited by the patient? Follow-up reasoning ability is certainly important, but reasoning alone in the absence of knowledge and experience are unlikely to produce results of material benefit to the patient.

Knowledge of the material (read: "memorized facts") most likely is necessary but certainly is not sufficient. The same holds true for "reasoning ability" and clever test-taking strategies, which really are not much use by themselves in the absence of a thorough working knowledge of the subject. Neither skill alone will carry the day, and this truism is reflected in the spirit questions that appear in GAMSAT.

The foregoing, in a nutshell, summarize my reservations to Dr. Forfa's approach to medical education and testing.
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