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Old 11-14-2011
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Unhappy "old" IMG... it's been 4 years from my graduation.

Hello guys...

Preparing Step 1 (for next march/april) it's a rush of emotions for me. I feel so overwhelm when I read the score of may other people and I wonder: can I do the same? I mean, I also want a kick-ass score, I also want to do it that good. I feel sad because I feel like an "old IMG" (I graduated almost 4 years ago), I feel like if a big wall is standing in front of me telling me that I cannot do that well because my graduation was so long ago and that the only ones that can get that kind of score are the ones that are the students or the ones that just graduated from med school (I hate to think this way). I do not know what to do... I am pushing myself, pushing myself to the limits in order to prepare step 1 in the best way, though I'm not sure if I'm doing it OK. I am reading Kaplan (cd and videos), reading FA, and doing UW Qbank, Kaplan Qbook, and USMLERx Qbook... But then, when get into the questions to test myself... I feel like I just cannot get it ("old" IMG). Is it really true? Really? that we "old IMGs" have the predisposition to have an average low score?

I do not know what to think... Biochemistry seems just like an other language, I just don't get it, Anatomy is nice... I am doing pretty well with it, the same with embryology, neuroanatomy and genetics... but the wall is still there, this wall with a big scarlet letter telling me that I cannot do it that well... I feel so awful, i feel so frustrated when I answer wrong a question which I've previously read the explanation or answer...

What do you think guys? are there any other IMG feeling the same way? It would be so nice to read about more people that made the 230-250/99 in a position like me... It would be really nice to read that I am wrong and that, like the Berlin wall, this wall in front of me can be destroyed...


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I am not an IMG but still I want to write something concerning your post. You might have learnt this a long time ago, BUT remember u knew all this stuff once! So as it is with languages, learning something again is way easier than learning something completely new!
In my opinion being an IMG even has certain advantages cause you already have a good clinical approach, which a lot of times is asked even in the Step1!
I think it doesn't really matter if u graduated 4 years ago or just 1 month ago or even if you're a 4th year medical int. student. Biochemistry is always another language when u start revising it
So maybe u just need time to get into it and then u will even manage biochem very well! Dont be so hard on yourself, use the explanations on the wrong questions as a learning tool, add it to your FA and try to understand where ur week points are. You still have 4-5 months to go, if u would be able to answer all the questions now, something would be very weird
Being an IMG doesnt mean u will get low scores.. IMGs get high and low scores, so do med.student. I mean u passed med.school, why should u start to fail now? There is no reason!! I think you're preparing yourself very well. I just focused on one qbank but I guess doing as much questions as possible will be of great help. When u feel like u have a solid amount of knowledge try the self-assesments(Uworld has 2, and the NBME has a lot which are very good in order to prepare for the exam!) Forget the thing about being an IMG means to fail. Study hard, stay motivated and you will do just fine! Best of luck!!!!
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4 years is not the issue. its your belief system in yourself. you will be fine. do well on the steps, get some usce, and a publication or two. u will be fine. try to aims or match 2016
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