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Old 12-22-2015
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Hello Everyone,

This is my first time posting in this forum. I'm an IMG with YOG 2003. I got alot of help by reading other people's experience in this forum and others so I thought to add my own. I didn't pass first attempt at USMLE after about 9 months of study. I did FA, UW, Goljan, BRS, High Yield Series. I'm specialist in my country and had never done exam like this before. It was very hard working full time and studying; Also learning things I didn't know before
My biggest mistake was to attempt exam even though I knew I wasn't ready. I panicked in exam and wasted time doing questions which were probably experimental. When I found out I failed by 5 points I was very upset. But I decided to try again since I had almost made it.
I took about 4 to 6 weeks off and changed my study plan. I focused on FA and UW mainly. I noted all topics I was weak on and focused on those. I did NBME 12 (only one I did) and didn't pass it. I was surprised, decided to push exam back by 3 weeks and review weakest areas again.
Day of exam, I took breaks after each block. After 3 blocks took 15mins to eat a sandwich, drink pepsi and bathroom break. At last block I was feeling tired but told myself to keep going because it will soon be over.
Found out last week that I passed!!! It was a low score (202) but glad that it's done. I want to encourage other older IMG that it's possible. Also to encourage those who failed that they can still succeed. There's alot of focus on scores but scores is not all. I have friends who matched with low scores so it's not impossible. I now have more experience and will be pushing to do better on step 2.
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Thank you for sharing Sir!

That was encouraging , sincere and inspiring!

I am a IMG that is younger but, I might be able to relate to some of the struggles, making of decisions in the process. I just got my score it was 214, after almost two years of struggles.

Yeah it is the dream that keeps us up walking on this lonely road, shaking off and keep getting up each morning.

My best wishes!
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Thank you for sharing Sir!

That was encouraging , sincere and inspiring!

I am a IMG that is younger but, I might be able to relate to some of the struggles, making of decisions in the process. I just got my score it was 214, after almost two years of struggles.

Yeah it is the dream that keeps us up walking on this lonely road, shaking off and keep getting up each morning.

My best wishes!
Thank you yc1987afs. Happy New Year! Congrats on passing Step 1. All the best in your studies and in the future. By the way, I'm a female - lol.
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Thanks for sharing your experience! I'm also an old IMG ( yog 2002). Do you think there is a good chance for us to match a residency? I'm still begining to study for step 1. Good luck on your Journey.
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Thanks for sharing your experience! I'm also an old IMG ( yog 2002). Do you think there is a good chance for us to match a residency? I'm still begining to study for step 1. Good luck on your Journey.
Thanks. I think there's always a chance if others have done it. Good luck to you too!!!
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Thanks for Sharing and Congrats to your hard work.
I am also same situation as you. Failed first attempt, depressed and finally picked myself up to write the exam again. Now cleared Step 1 and 2 CK and preparing CS.
Although it would be hard for old IMG like myself, If there is a will, there will be a way. We will make it happen
All the best.
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Thanks for Sharing and Congrats to your hard work.
I am also same situation as you. Failed first attempt, depressed and finally picked myself up to write the exam again. Now cleared Step 1 and 2 CK and preparing CS.
Although it would be hard for old IMG like myself, If there is a will, there will be a way. We will make it happen
All the best.
Thank you sarsandoe. I agree that a way will be made. I'm studying for step 2 CK now. Could you give some advice on how best to prepare? All the best to you too.
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I just followed the advice found in this forum.
MTB 2 for Medicine; MTB 3 for the rest.
At first i did read kaplan lecture notes then zoom into MTB 2 and 3.
Practiced Uworld and kaplan Qbanks.
Oh! one thing, i watched Dr. conrad fischer and Paul Bolin videos too. They are really useful. You could find them in youtube.
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Thank you for sharing!! It is truly inspirational for someone to share their failure and how to turn it into a success! Congratulations and good luck on your future endeavors!

I am a recent/young IMG. I studied for 2 months after graduation for step 1 and missed the passing score by a few points as well. I was very disappointed/discouraged..took 1 month off to clear my mind/refresh and started studying again. I am also working full-time which makes it even more difficult to get a good study session in. I am about to retake step 1 in a few days. My main study sources again were UW/FA/NMBE, hopefully they work this time. =]

Once again, thanks for sharing..it feels nice knowing that I'm not the only going through this struggle.

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Thank you for sharing!! It is truly inspirational for someone to share their failure and how to turn it into a success! Congratulations and good luck on your future endeavors!

I am a recent/young IMG. I studied for 2 months after graduation for step 1 and missed the passing score by a few points as well. I was very disappointed/discouraged..took 1 month off to clear my mind/refresh and started studying again. I am also working full-time which makes it even more difficult to get a good study session in. I am about to retake step 1 in a few days. My main study sources again were UW/FA/NMBE, hopefully they work this time. =]

Once again, thanks for sharing..it feels nice knowing that I'm not the only going through this struggle.



Warmest regards,

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Thanks C. Good luck to you too!!!
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I live in USA and have green card. Next year I will get passport. I almost ready for step 1. BUT I AM OLD TOO. YOG 2008. What do you think about my chance?
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I live in USA and have green card. Next year I will get passport. I almost ready for step 1. BUT I AM OLD TOO. YOG 2008. What do you think about my chance?
Diana, did you read the other comments above. You have to decide to take a chance. You have to believe for yourself. Whatever you decide, I wish you the best.
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I am myself an old IMG, YOG 1996. I have been in the US for the last 18 years and have already adapted to my alternative career. Although it has been rewarding, it is never the same, I don't feel fulfilled. So this year I have decided to give it a shot and I am just starting to study for USMLE step I. I hope we all make it and believe that we all get matched in the end.
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Really inspiring. Believing in yourself is everything.
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Thanks for sharing your experience
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It's great to see more stories from older grads, thanks for sharing your experience.
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Stories like this inspire me, let's make it happen everyone! No excuses! Thank you for sharing your experience, it is really helpful and I'm so happy to be able to find so much support on an online forum.
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thank for sharing your story,old graduete here (2009) finished my residency program and i work as specialist in my country i always feel that its hard to work ans sudy but your story inspires me
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