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I'm about to begin my studying for step 1. I have just finished my 2nd year in medical school and have done all the basic sciences. I just don't know where to start. I have Goljan pathology and audio tapes, FA and kaplan books. I was planning on covering kaplan in 4weeks alongside FA, and then reading it again and then leaving the final 3 weeks to go over FA again and Qbanks. I have 9 weeks till my exam. Is this ok to do? Plus I keep reading about Qbanks to check progress and must do Qbanks but Im not sure which ones I need to do or how often?

I was planning on starting with Goljan pathology but do I need to read the whole rapid review pathology book, which is 600 pages alongside the audio? Please help I'm really confused and can't find the answers anywhere.

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You should take an NBME test and see where you stand...since ur an IMG i suggest u take more time than just 9 weeks u need about 4-6 months to prepare cuz that's what most ppl do....and to get a good score u have to do uworld qbank + kaplan lecture notes and videos + FA + Goljan audio (his book for patho is good too)...

Uworld is a must and if u have time u can do kaplan qbanks too...uworld shud be covered about twice in order to get the concepts from the explanations clear.

Hope this helps...all the best
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Thank you very much for your reply

I have just finished my medical school exams for the second year so have just finished covering basic sciences, do you still recommend 4-6 months? Also should I cover Goljan RR book or just listen to the audio and high yield material?

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Well i guess it all depends on how well u studied but even then u need to do kaplan to cover the basics first and watch the videos too they really help to give u an idea of how to study for this exam...u can listen to goljan audio for a week after ur done wid kaplan or along with it whatever works for u.

If u feel confident that u have covered the basic sciences well enuff in med school u still need to give an NBME to knw for sure. Then based on that result u will see how much more u need to cover and ur weak areas and plan the exam date accordingly.

The step 1 is all about mechanisms i believe so make sure ur concepts are clear.


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Thank you very much.

I will do the NBME and see how the score comes out. I have not scheduled my exam as of yet but was hoping to do it before I began my third year at uni. I guess I will cover Kaplan with FA and do questions alongside it. Then I will cover Goljan audio and RR. Should I be doing questions everyday as part of my learning? If need be then I guess I will push the exam back.

Thank you so much for your help. I really appreciate it.
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You are welcome i am glad to help....that sounds like a great plan. Yes u should do lots of questions. And if at first you get low scores don't worry just keep trying and reading explanations and soon u'll improve
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