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Currently, I'm a final year student. I've been thinking about taking USMLE since Year 1. However, with my university's very frequent scheduling of exam, I'm unable to progress in my preparation. On top of that I'm a self sponsored student with convertible loan (convertible on excellent results), so all I could focus solely at the moment is university syllabus and nothing else. Electives is totally out of the question due to my financial status. I couldn't even afford observership/externship even after graduation (finance is again an issue here)

I intend to start preparing immediately for Step 1 after my Final examination.I have acquired all the study materials. I have roughly 5-6 months of free time before mandatory local training begins. My questions is:

1. Given my scenario, with no USCE, should I even attempt USMLE?

2. What's the minimum scores in Step 1 & Step 2 CK that I must obtain to be seriously considered for IM residency? (With '0' USCE and 3 publications in local journal with 2 Research Assistantship)

3. Is Step 1 doable in 6 months full time study for an IMG with just average basic science knowledge? (Delaying my local training any further might harm my chances of securing any at all due to the sheer number of applicants in my country.)

4. Any opinion on which Pathology text to use? Seems the majority now is in favour of Pathoma.
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