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Hello there.. so im a 22 year old med student in the dominican republic, ill be finish and graduated by abril 2017 and my dream is not start residency that same year as soon as posible..I plan to make step 1 in May and step 2 CK before August so that I can apply for the match by Sept 15 2016..Is this possible?can i apply for the match with just step 1 and step 2 ck?if so how long would I have to take step 2 cs? any tips and recommendations?
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It depends on your background. If you feel that your knowledge is strong - start step 1 preparation right away and do it in 6 months (it's gonna be hard to do it simultaneously with medschool). Then go straight to the CK (it's doable in 4 months) and CS (could be done in 1 months). Make sure to schedule your CS at least 6 months in advance, otherwise it could be not easy. And despite everyone saying that applying on Sept. 15 is not necessary, I believe it is (but just with full application in hands). anyway, start with Step 1. Do UW twice, read First Aid and do NBME to assess where you are. Don't waste your time on Kaplan. Cheers.
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It depends on your background. If you feel that your knowledge is strong - start step 1 preparation right away and do it in 6 months (it's gonna be hard to do it simultaneously with medschool). Then go straight to the CK (it's doable in 4 months) and CS (could be done in 1 months). Make sure to schedule your CS at least 6 months in advance, otherwise it could be not easy. And despite everyone saying that applying on Sept. 15 is not necessary, I believe it is (but just with full application in hands). anyway, start with Step 1. Do UW twice, read First Aid and do NBME to assess where you are. Don't waste your time on Kaplan. Cheers.
Thank you very much. Im doing First aid at the moment, and my initial plan was to finish first aid then do Kaplan both lectures notes and videos and finish off with UW before the examen. so skip Kaplan all together? would I be okay without Kaplan?
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Well, that lagrely depends on your current knowledge. If you understand (I mean really understand!) what is written in FA, you don't need it at all. If don't, you can listen some topics you have difficulties with. But remember - your basics is UW and doing it as many time as possible is most benefitial. Forgot to mention - pathoma is the basics and also must-to-know. So my advice (remember it's just IMHO) is to do like this - FA one time+pathoma lectures --> UW with notes ----> FA +/- some kaplan (you will feel if you need Kaplan at this point) ----> NBME -----> UW second run ----> review FA with notes ----> NBME.
I think above mentioned strategy will take at least 6 months of everyday work.

One tip - be confident in basics, don't try to memorize everything. Add more info to your studying just after you mastered everything before. On real exam you will face two VERY similar answers in every question. So be sure you can distinguish VERY similar clinical presentations and simple staff. Wish you all the best!
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