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Help Second Year Medical Student; Where to Start?

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I'm an international medical student about to start my second year. I want to start studying for the STEP 1 now that I'm taking basic sciences (just complementing my school studies with review books and materials. I want to wait until I have taken all basic sciences to properly prep the exam).

I'm looking for some opinions about where to start (what subject to study first, do or do not take q's).

By this time I have taken:
- embryo, histology, most part of anatomy (head and neck, the trunk and internal organs. I will be taking upper and lower limbs and neuro for the next three months).
- micro (just bacteria and viruses. Will be taking parasites for the next three months).
- the first part of biochem (basic aspects and synthesis of proteins. Will be taking carb, lipid and nitrogen metabolism for the next three months).

For the next three months I will take the first part of physio and path. The trimester after that I will take the second part of physio and path, pharm and inmuno.

I have a good performance at my school and I think that if I organize I can manage to study two subjects in the next three months. I was considering taking anatomy and physio so I can go over the part of anatomy I already take and complement my current studies of anatomy and physio (a subject that I really like and have read some of it before taking it) in the next three months.

I have the Kaplan 2010 lecture notes and videos, Goljan RR and audio lectures, micro MRS, Lippincott's biochem and pharm, physio BRS and High Yield. I also have FA but I want to wait until I start properly preparing for the step (a friend of mine took the step a while ago and gave me his books ).

I take classes in trimesters basis (10 weeks of classes and 2 weeks of exams) which can be really fast for some subject that have a lot of material.

So what you think? Should I do that or do micro instead of physio (consider that physio is easier than micro for me)? Should I do q's? Should I wait until I finish taking basic sciences to start studying?

Help me out guys, please :sorry:
Thanks in advance
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Arrow Here's what I think

Start studying from today.

It's important to keep reading the same books, don't jump from one to another.

Whenever you take a course, say for example Micro, keep MRS and FA in your hand all the time during the micro course.

When you finish all the basic sciences courses, start doing questions and repeating FA (at least three times), then go take the test before you start your clinical courses.

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Help study w/FA too?

so you think it is more helpful to start with FA too? Because I was thinking to start just with the other review books and then do a second round with FA and others. And after I finish BS to take FA and q's

In my school's program there is no time break between basic courses and clinical courses. I will be doing all this by still attending to school for at least 6 hours a day plus studying for the courses I'm taking at that time
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Yes, I suggest you start reading FA from now. Try to add notes to it from your other review books, so that by the time the exam is near, you read only FA and don't get confused with piles of books.

I suggest your read The Taus Method it was specifically designed for your situation.
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Smile I have seen The Taus Method

I have seen the Taus Method and thought it was really good (specially the fact that he cut trough the binding of the FA and put it into a folder. I have done this with some other books in the past and has worked really well for me because I like adding notes and reminders for some details).

My original idea was to follow a very similar method (adapting it to my personal situation and preferences on study and subjects matter)

I got indecisive when a friend told me not to start w/FA unless I was about to take the exam in a six months period (he goes to my school and is preparing for the step while finishing the clinical courses) but it is great to get advice from someone who has already taken the exams. Thank you
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