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I recently decided to try for the USMLEs after a number of years of working (a bit over 5 years) post graduation. As expected I am finding it very difficult to recollect some basics like anatomy , histology etc. I have been watching the Kaplan videos and have the First Aid as well. I noticed however the Kaplan videos seem to cater for fresh graduates or somebody with a very recent prior knowledge in basic sciences, and I am finding it rather hard to follow the lectures.

Of course there are many things that I can remember but not small details like DNA transcriptions or various things about cell structure. This is just to name a few of them. I am also wondering why isn't there an anatomy or histology section in the FA. Am I missing something? I am not sure how doctors after years of graduation can dive straight into these high yield teaching videos or FA , they must have an amazing memory!. I hope somebody can be kind enough to give some advice me about how to start especially for IMGS who have graduated >5 years. Thanks.
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Hi,

I recently decided to try for the USMLEs after a number of years of working (a bit over 5 years) post graduation. As expected I am finding it very difficult to recollect some basics like anatomy , histology etc. I have been watching the Kaplan videos and have the First Aid as well. I noticed however the Kaplan videos seem to cater for fresh graduates or somebody with a very recent prior knowledge in basic sciences, and I am finding it rather hard to follow the lectures.

Of course there are many things that I can remember but not small details like DNA transcriptions or various things about cell structure. This is just to name a few of them. I am also wondering why isn't there an anatomy or histology section in the FA. Am I missing something? I am not sure how doctors after years of graduation can dive straight into these high yield teaching videos or FA , they must have an amazing memory!. I hope somebody can be kind enough to give some advice me about how to start especially for IMGS who have graduated >5 years. Thanks.

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I am 10 years post grad and went through what you are going through. At the beginning of my journey I did Kaplan video and at the same time I was doing their Q bank, because just the vid. it is very long and very boring. Little by little things will get structured again in your memory. Don't be afraid of bad scores at the Qbank, focus on learning what it teaches you.
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I would say start with Qs. then go back to books for the topics you think you are not doing good. if still cannot understand, then get to kaplan videos.

Questions are important and it should bring you back on track and also get you interested!!
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