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yesterday i have got my result and iam finished ...failed step1 70/180 ..
can anyone tell me that is there any chance for me to get in residency ?? As a guy told me that residency programmes filter the repeaters out . i wanna to do in internal medicine . please wisely guide me, is there any possibility (what percent )or i move back to my country to get specialised there .... please please guide me
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Hi,

I haven't taken the step yet so I dont want to guide you wrong but from what I've read on the forums, everyone says that you should do good in your Step 2 and get some research/clinical experience with really good Letters of Recommendations. And you definitely have a chance if you've failed once.

have a look at the following threads -
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thanks Hope2Pass for ur links ... so what i have got that now i have decreased my chances to less than 50% , anyway i cant leave this profession and i dont want to leave my parents in usa ... so now i decided to take it on .... now please can anyone guide me how to get prepared for the step 1 again ... here is my old way to read or what i have done during my preparation .....
kaplan books ...... 2 reading
Golgen rapid review .... 1 reading
uworld .... 68 % .... with average score 73
FA ........ 1 reading
total time .... 5 month with 4 month in continuation

PLEASE PLEASE let me know where i was wrong and now what i have to do. what i think is i have devoted less time to step 1 and less of ouestions done ... now pleas guide me to master my concepts ....thanks in advance to everybody ...

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thanks Hope2Pass for ur links ... so what i have got that now i have decreased my chances to less than 50% , anyway i cant leave this profession and i dont want to leave my parents in usa ... so now i decided to take it on .... now please can anyone guide me how to get prepared for the step 1 again ... here is my old way to read or what i have done during my preparation .....
kaplan books ...... 2 reading
Golgen rapid review .... 1 reading
uworld .... 68 % .... with average score 73 %
FA ........ 1 reading
total time .... 5 month with 4 month in continuation

PLEASE PLEASE let me know where i was wrong and now what i have to do. what i think is i have devoted less time to step 1 and less of ouestions done ... now pleas guide me to master my concepts ....thanks in advance to everybody ...
You've used all the resources, you have a good Uworld %, sort of hard to believe you didn't pass this exam!
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You've used all the resources, you have a good Uworld %, sort of hard to believe you didn't pass this exam!
now brother what can i do ... either again go for uworld to complete it 100% or is there any other question bank to practice (good one ) please refer me ... i have one problem that i forget things frequently and i think this is the major reason iam facing the worst situation of my life this time .any suggestion to improve this . About the scores of uworld (based on which i have attempted my exam )that i have got ,i think is due to the way of doing it .i generally first read the chapter /subject and do the relevant question from uworld . i think this is my biggest mistake that i have not attempted the random question and secondly not completed the whole uworld because my eligibility period was at the end .please help me out to solve my prob. now how much time should i devote to get ready and please tell me something positive to do and dont say that i have done everything and nothing is left behind for me to do . iam so scared brother ... please help me out ...
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now brother what can i do ... either again go for uworld to complete it 100% or is there any other question bank to practice (good one ) please refer me ... i have one problem that i forget things frequently and i think this is the major reason iam facing the worst situation of my life this time .any suggestion to improve this . About the scores of uworld (based on which i have attempted my exam )that i have got ,i think is due to the way of doing it .i generally first read the chapter /subject and do the relevant question from uworld . i think this is my biggest mistake that i have not attempted the random question and secondly not completed the whole uworld because my eligibility period was at the end .please help me out to solve my prob. now how much time should i devote to get ready and please tell me something positive to do and dont say that i have done everything and nothing is left behind for me to do . iam so scared brother ... please help me out ...
Dont be scared, exam is tough as you know.

I do see minor flaws in your preperation:

1. Go Over UWorld Again, but this time after revising your weak subjects using Kaplan / FA.

2. Do Kaplan Qbank using RANDOM, TIMED blocks!

3. Figure out your weaknesses and reinforce!

I think you are on the right path.. things will work out! Have faith!

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now brother what can i do ... either again go for uworld to complete it 100% or is there any other question bank to practice (good one ) please refer me ... i have one problem that i forget things frequently and i think this is the major reason iam facing the worst situation of my life this time .any suggestion to improve this . About the scores of uworld (based on which i have attempted my exam )that i have got ,i think is due to the way of doing it .i generally first read the chapter /subject and do the relevant question from uworld . i think this is my biggest mistake that i have not attempted the random question and secondly not completed the whole uworld because my eligibility period was at the end .please help me out to solve my prob. now how much time should i devote to get ready and please tell me something positive to do and dont say that i have done everything and nothing is left behind for me to do . iam so scared brother ... please help me out ...
I think you should focus on FA a bit more. You only read it once. Your resources were pretty good. I think your method of studying is fine. It's ok to do questions subject-wise, but maybe you should do it with another qbank (i.e, Kaplan), use UW for the random almost end-study part being that it's more high yield. Also add more FA. If you want (although I don't think you need it) you can try to do kaplan videos and perhaps fast-flip the lecture notes, then just focus on FA.

Hang in there. IMHO, I think it's better to fail and have another chance at it, than to drag myself with a low score.

Relax. Take a break. And go at it once more. Don't loose hope. Just dive right back in. You're not the first nor the last in failing. This second time around should be a breeze through the material.
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did u give any nbme's at all?
Take a break, completely charge ur brain.. Go thru FA or take DIT.. Do nbme forms, as per its result, go thru ur weak areas.
U can keep doing questions from other q-banks like kaplan/consult..
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ur preparation was right but i think u need to do FA few times more with as many q's as u can....few thousands of them. thee is no reason why u shd not pass it. btw where do u live in the usa?
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thanks friends for your suggestions ,your words gave me cold wind in burning summer day but still iam scared as everyone is saying that my prep.was alright but what make me this flop show ,may be less no. of questions practiced .

mle2resident : no i have not attempted any nbme , i have attempted my exam just on the basis of my uworld scores as everyone is saying that its good enough.hey brother you said Go thru FA or take DIT what is DIT.... thanks for the suggestions


kdm0101 : brother thanks for the suggestion .the same question is kicking me that what happen to result ,anyhow situation is in front of me and i have to face it . iam living in baltimore .

my behavioural science is too weak what i have to do for that ,any extra book or kaplan is sufficient .please can anyone comment on the chances of residency for an img with 2nd attempt . thanks everybody PatelMd, tootsie ,mle2resident, kdm0101 ....
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thanks friends for your suggestions ,your words gave me cold wind in burning summer day but still iam scared as everyone is saying that my prep.was alright but what make me this flop show ,may be less no. of questions practiced .

mle2resident : no i have not attempted any nbme , i have attempted my exam just on the basis of my uworld scores as everyone is saying that its good enough.hey brother you said Go thru FA or take DIT what is DIT.... thanks for the suggestions


kdm0101 : brother thanks for the suggestion .the same question is kicking me that what happen to result ,anyhow situation is in front of me and i have to face it . iam living in baltimore .

my behavioural science is too weak what i have to do for that ,any extra book or kaplan is sufficient .please can anyone comment on the chances of residency for an img with 2nd attempt . thanks everybody PatelMd, tootsie ,mle2resident, kdm0101 ....
I have heard of people retaking the test, doing very well and landing a residency spot. Don't give up now, just give it your all this time around and score really well. Use this as a baseline for starting and put the past behind you. Take a break, come back fresh and make a new study schedule. One of the main things I see missing from your prep is NBME. You absolutely have to do those; they are the only real predictors and some of the questions even show up on the test.

It's not about the number of readings, it's about understanding and integrating. At this point, my suggestion would be to just do FA and questions, and use everything else as reference. The reason I say this is because you didn't fail by a really low score, meaning you already have some foundation. Use your score report to figure out if you have any serious weak areas, and if so use whatever resource you prefer to really hammer those (Goljan, Kaplan, etc). If things are just borderline, just use FA. I don't have my score as yet, but in my experience I built my foundation and took my first NBME and I got 191. From then on I just did FA and questions. I took multiple NBMEs to track my progress, an ten solid weeks later, my last NBME was 233 and my UWSA was 252 (fingers crossed that I did well on the real deal )

Suggested schedule (modify as you think best)
1. Subscribe to Kaplan Qbank, and do it subject wise. By that I mean read a chapter in FA, then do questions. Don't worry about doing a block at a time, do maybe 10 questions and review the answers completely and annotate FA.
2. If you are the flashcard type of guy, sign up to gunnertraining, you can get a free 1 month trial.
3. After you make your first pass through FA using the above strategy, take an NBME. Use that to figure out your weak areas and work on those. 4. Now do your second pass through FA. Continue Qbank, but now do it randomized and timed. When you are done with your second pass and finish Qbank, take another NBME. Again work on your weak areas.
5. Do a third pass of FA. Although you already did UW, I dont think there's harm in doing it again; hopefully this time you'll see things with a new set of eyes and really integrate. Or, you can do another question bank like Rx if you need to.

Post your progress on this site, and people can help and encourage you as you go along or if you need to develop a different study strategy. Good luck, and main thing: don't give up! Leave the past behind you
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DIT is doctors in training program, couple of my friends found it useful, and it can pep up ur prepn over the last few weeks b4 the exam date. I am gonna take it too.
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I have heard of people retaking the test, doing very well and landing a residency spot. Don't give up now, just give it your all this time around and score really well. Use this as a baseline for starting and put the past behind you. Take a break, come back fresh and make a new study schedule. One of the main things I see missing from your prep is NBME. You absolutely have to do those; they are the only real predictors and some of the questions even show up on the test.

It's not about the number of readings, it's about understanding and integrating. At this point, my suggestion would be to just do FA and questions, and use everything else as reference. The reason I say this is because you didn't fail by a really low score, meaning you already have some foundation. Use your score report to figure out if you have any serious weak areas, and if so use whatever resource you prefer to really hammer those (Goljan, Kaplan, etc). If things are just borderline, just use FA. I don't have my score as yet, but in my experience I built my foundation and took my first NBME and I got 191. From then on I just did FA and questions. I took multiple NBMEs to track my progress, an ten solid weeks later, my last NBME was 233 and my UWSA was 252 (fingers crossed that I did well on the real deal )

Suggested schedule (modify as you think best)
1. Subscribe to Kaplan Qbank, and do it subject wise. By that I mean read a chapter in FA, then do questions. Don't worry about doing a block at a time, do maybe 10 questions and review the answers completely and annotate FA.
2. If you are the flashcard type of guy, sign up to gunnertraining, you can get a free 1 month trial.
3. After you make your first pass through FA using the above strategy, take an NBME. Use that to figure out your weak areas and work on those. 4. Now do your second pass through FA. Continue Qbank, but now do it randomized and timed. When you are done with your second pass and finish Qbank, take another NBME. Again work on your weak areas.
5. Do a third pass of FA. Although you already did UW, I dont think there's harm in doing it again; hopefully this time you'll see things with a new set of eyes and really integrate. Or, you can do another question bank like Rx if you need to.

Post your progress on this site, and people can help and encourage you as you go along or if you need to develop a different study strategy. Good luck, and main thing: don't give up! Leave the past behind you
thanks Heights for the very very important and precious suggestions ,this time iam feeling little bit better as i have got a map to work out .from which nbme i start 1,2,3.......11,12 . best of luck for your result brother .... thanks everybody on this site to make my moral up .....
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i would suggest you to read FA onca again before u do anything man. it will give you confidence.one thing i notice abt FA is that everytime you open it, you find something new. good luck bro n crack this test
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