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Old 08-19-2011
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Question Clinical Rotations before step 1?

Is it advisable to do rotations before step 1?
I am a Canadian, who finished basic science from a carib school. Currently, I am preparing for USMLE 1. Its not going that great so far, some days are better than other. I plan to study 10+ hours a day but I end up gettin 4-6 hours on average per day. I hate it, and I know I can do better.
But, recently, I got in touch with my schools clinical coordinator and he told me that he can set me up with rotations in Toronto before step 1. According to him, it will help me study for step 1 and also motivate me. I will be able to make more effective use and can save time.
But if I pursue rotations, I am taking time out from USMLE 1, when most ppl give 6-7 months of 10-12 hr studying.
So I am so confused about this. And as most of you guys have written step 1 already and some of you must be half way through rotations. what do you think about it. Can someone please shed some light here?
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I think u should start rotation , so you vl get to know lot of stuff without studying. And try to give some hours everyday. Don't stop studying for step 1 , but don't waste much time just to prepare step 1 , bcoz so many IMG takes more than 1 year for step 1 , so it will delay your rotations then everything....

It's just my opinion. But u should do wat suits best for you....
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hey docji, how is this working out for u?
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