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Hi everyone,

I will start my preparation for step 1 from first week of october and have decided to take the exam in the end of April 2015...

I am planning on studing with kaplan notes + videos Qbook and FirstAid... thats it... Will these books suffice as i want a good score coz i want surgical residency and i am an IMG student.....
And will 6 months of study be sufficient????

I am planning to go through the material in the first 3 months and revise them during the next 3 months... Is the plan ok or is it a bit or totally unrealistic???


Plz guys do reply... Really need ur help ....


And oh yeah one more thing how do i give mock tests those NBME or UW ones????


THNX GUYS...
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Hello, Dr. P.
I'm also an international student and aiming for a surgical residency.

Well, as far as the materials go, you are spot on. However, once you start studying with Kaplan notes, you might feel unsatisfied with certain topics or subjects. At that point, there are other books like High Yield series and there's Goljan's pathology that you can use. But all that just depends on your personal preference and your relative strengths and weaknesses. But Kaplan notes are, in my opinion, the main material you would be using.

Regarding NBME, you can visit the NBME self assessment website to buy various self assessment tests. NBME tests are designed to be an image of what type of questions you should expect on your exam. So, its important that you do them. It'll give you confidence for the exam day and act as an assessment tool.

Also, you need a Qbank. This exam is basically a lot of questions.
And you need to practice. That's more important than anything else. It will help you develop the kind of thinking that you need to go through a long clinical vignette derive all the important information from it and then apply that to answer the questions. It will help you recognise patterns and "buzzwords". So, you can see, learning all the subjects isn't going to be much useful, until you learn to apply that knowledge. So, buy a Qbank and practice. UWorld is the most highly regarded one out there and for good reason. Out of all Qbanks available, it is the one that matches the actual exam to a great extent.

Hope this helped. And all the best for the exam.
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Hello, Dr. P.
I'm also an international student and aiming for a surgical residency.

Well, as far as the materials go, you are spot on. However, once you start studying with Kaplan notes, you might feel unsatisfied with certain topics or subjects. At that point, there are other books like High Yield series and there's Goljan's pathology that you can use. But all that just depends on your personal preference and your relative strengths and weaknesses. But Kaplan notes are, in my opinion, the main material you would be using.

Regarding NBME, you can visit the NBME self assessment website to buy various self assessment tests. NBME tests are designed to be an image of what type of questions you should expect on your exam. So, its important that you do them. It'll give you confidence for the exam day and act as an assessment tool.

Also, you need a Qbank. This exam is basically a lot of questions.
And you need to practice. That's more important than anything else. It will help you develop the kind of thinking that you need to go through a long clinical vignette derive all the important information from it and then apply that to answer the questions. It will help you recognise patterns and "buzzwords". So, you can see, learning all the subjects isn't going to be much useful, until you learn to apply that knowledge. So, buy a Qbank and practice. UWorld is the most highly regarded one out there and for good reason. Out of all Qbanks available, it is the one that matches the actual exam to a great extent.

Hope this helped. And all the best for the exam.

Hi Shaarang 93,
Thanks alot for the advise it helped alot..
How long have u been preparing for the exam???? Have u given any steps yet??? If not when are u planning on giving them???
And what has ur studying plan been??


Thnx once again... And All the best for ur exams...... Do lemme know ur scores when u give ur exams...
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I haven't given any of the exams. I have scheduled Step 1 at the end of October.
I have been studying for almost a year. But that's because I started in 3rd year of medical college and now have entered my final year. It was really hectic and I had a lot of regular coursework to go through and then there were exams and so I was irregular in the initial few months.

My plan has been to complete a review of all subjects from Kaplan. That part is almost done now. But for pathology I used Goljan Rapid Review. I have also taken NBME Form 13 (one of the assessment exams from NBME). Now, I'll start with First Aid (I don't really like that book, but it's nice for revision, so I'll do it) and I'll do UWorld. And I'm going to take 2 more NBME assessments.

I will post my experience on the forum once I get my results.
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I haven't given any of the exams. I have scheduled Step 1 at the end of October.
I have been studying for almost a year. But that's because I started in 3rd year of medical college and now have entered my final year. It was really hectic and I had a lot of regular coursework to go through and then there were exams and so I was irregular in the initial few months.

My plan has been to complete a review of all subjects from Kaplan. That part is almost done now. But for pathology I used Goljan Rapid Review. I have also taken NBME Form 13 (one of the assessment exams from NBME). Now, I'll start with First Aid (I don't really like that book, but it's nice for revision, so I'll do it) and I'll do UWorld. And I'm going to take 2 more NBME assessments.

I will post my experience on the forum once I get my results.

First os all - ALL THE BEST .... I hpoe u do great in ur exam....

Its good that you started so early to prepare for ur exam... I completed my graduation in the year 2013 and completed my rotatory internship in march 2014... Till then i was thinking of going for my countries post graduation exam but then sudden change of heart or something happened and now i want to give USMLE...( I have always been the confused sorta person)...

So anywayz since i have no classes or anything i have more time but i dont have the capacity to sit for 12 hrs and study... and also i am a very average student (maybe coz i dont study much )...

Therefore i think since i will start studying in a week i will give my exams next year in September.... Even though i wanted to give it in April end but i dont think it will be possible now...

Till then plz do help me out... and do lemme know how u did in ur exam...

Thank you
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Btw i was wondering whats with NBME and UWSA....

How do we subscribe to take these tests and where????

And after that how to choose which NBME to give????

And how many should we give????

And how do they score and how near is are their prediction to the actua lUSMLE scores?????

I am so lost
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Hey, so i posted a long reply last night. But it didn't show up probably because it had links to NBME and UW websites. Should have known better.

Just search for " NBME CBSSA " on google and you'll find the website and there read all the explanations and FAQ's and you should be good to go. Do the same for "UsmleWorld".

Regarding which NBME to take, you should give the latest ones. Right now they are 13, 15, 16. Then, there are 7, 11, 12. Depends on how many you want to take. Probably, by next year you'll have some newer forms to choose from, so go for the latest ones.

From what I have gathered, they are very predictive of your performance. But I cannot verify that until I take the actual exam and then compare my own performances. So, I'll be in a better position to answer that a month later
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Hey, so i posted a long reply last night. But it didn't show up probably because it had links to NBME and UW websites. Should have known better.

Just search for " NBME CBSSA " on google and you'll find the website and there read all the explanations and FAQ's and you should be good to go. Do the same for "UsmleWorld".

Regarding which NBME to take, you should give the latest ones. Right now they are 13, 15, 16. Then, there are 7, 11, 12. Depends on how many you want to take. Probably, by next year you'll have some newer forms to choose from, so go for the latest ones.

From what I have gathered, they are very predictive of your performance. But I cannot verify that until I take the actual exam and then compare my own performances. So, I'll be in a better position to answer that a month later


THANKS ALOT SHAARANG.....


I got the site and since i will have to purchase the papers available in it i will do that next year when my exams are close...

Will ask you for help later also ..LOL...



Again thank u for all the help...
AND All the best....
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No problem! All the best!
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