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Hello everybody! I know that threads like this one have already been discussed here , but I am trying to get as much information as possible.
I am an IM[G] who just started his 4th year out of 6.
For more than a week I keep on browsing the internet in order to find some help , some information that can guide me through Step 1 preparation.
A lot of people suggested focusing on FA , rather than having too many resources because you might end up being confused. Maybe DIT videos too(so , FA2014 + DIT2014). Do you think I should give Kaplan notes a try?

As for the subjects tested in Step 1...I finished studying them all recently ,but from the books that my University suggested(not in English).
For Path we used Robbins sometimes and for Pharma we rarely used Lippincott.

Since I am still in Medical School , I will give Step 1 preparation only few hours(2-6)/day. I am planning on taking the exam in late September , next year.

Thank you!
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Basing on my experience I will give you a brief review of the resources you can use. Take in mind I haven't taken the exam yet.

Most people recommends Kaplan. It's a great resource, covers everything but takes a lot of time. If your base is strong you probably won't need it.

Kaplan can take you to a level in where FA is like a simple lecture book, but again, it takes a lot of time to get that and if you hate videos like me, there will be situations in which you want to burn everything .

DIT is cool, less heavy than Kaplan and a great option for a first FA pass.

Another resources are Pathoma and Goljan (the Rapid Review). They covered pathology and pathophysiology. The problem with Goljan is it too big but there are audios and transcripts too. They are olds but great to condense a little of everything.

So you can play this game in several ways like:
  1. FA Only
  2. FA + Pathoma
  3. FA + Goljan + Pathoma
  4. DIT + FA
  5. DIT + FA + Pathoma
  6. DIT + FA + Goljan + Pathoma
  7. Any other option with Kaplan (All the LNs or only your weak areas)
In your situation (4th year medical school) option number 5 is safety enough, but is my opinion. You can do also number 6 but it takes more time unless you read only the transcript and/or read the blue notes in Goljan's book.

You will need a Qbank, UWORLD is the best, begin it when you've finished your first pass of all the material. You can do also USMLERx in the beginning, I never touched it but people said is great for practice questions and memorize the FA.

If you want do a NBME now to see in what you are standing. I think is better to do it when you do a first pass of the material, but the vast majority of people recommend it, so it's our call.

Whatever you do stick to it. Don't look other plans because they will confuse you. If you want to do option number 1, go through it, if you decided option 7, finish it, but in the middle of the plan don't go to option 4, and later go to 2 etc.

Make a detail schedule for avoid the laziness. Plan to cover a chapter or pages and/or questions each day.
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I would like to thank you so much , once again , for all your suggestions. They helped me a lot!!

I think I will start using FA 2014 , DIT 2014 and Pathoma. I was thinking of pre-ordering FA 2015...but then again... I have to get DIT 2015 also (somewhere around April) because of the extra 50 pages, right?

When did you plan on taking the exam? Are you also an IMG/IM[G]?
You said something about "burning stuff". Did you try studying from Kaplan books +videos?
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I would like to thank you so much , once again , for all your suggestions. They helped me a lot!!

I think I will start using FA 2014 , DIT 2014 and Pathoma. I was thinking of pre-ordering FA 2015...but then again... I have to get DIT 2015 also (somewhere around April) because of the extra 50 pages, right?

When did you plan on taking the exam? Are you also an IMG/IM[G]?
You said something about "burning stuff". Did you try studying from Kaplan books +videos?
Sorry if in some sentences I didn't express clearly enough. When I said burn something, I meant to turn it on fire. Watching videos is not my style and yes I did 70-75% of Kaplan books + videos.

Use only the DIT 2014, is better to save the money for other things but definitely you will need to buy the FA 2015 and of course use pathoma . Try to understand every concept in that book. You are in your 4th year but if you don’t understand something you can revise quickly another book or in the internet.
Maybe later also you want to check Conrad Fisher Ethics book. IMGs frequently have problem with behavioral science. You can do it in 1 day. It’s up to you.



I’m also an IMG from 2013. I plan to take the exam in the last week of November .
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Sorry if in some sentences I didn't express clearly enough. When I said burn something, I meant to turn it on fire. Watching videos is not my style and yes I did 70-75% of Kaplan books + videos.

Use only the DIT 2014, is better to save the money for other things but definitely you will need to buy the FA 2015 and of course use pathoma . Try to understand every concept in that book. You are in your 4th year but if you donít understand something you can revise quickly another book or in the internet.
Maybe later also you want to check Conrad Fisher Ethics book. IMGs frequently have problem with behavioral science. You can do it in 1 day. Itís up to you.

Iím also an IMG from 2013. I plan to take the exam in the last week of November .
Haha. Don't worry, I got the "burning stuff" thing , but I was wondering if you're talking about Kaplan Notes , Videos or both.
I will definitely take a look in other books in case I don't understand something in the FA. I will also give Conrad Fisher Ethics a close look.
Thanks again!! Best of luck to you!
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