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Hey everyone... I am just new to this forum and I am really happy that I found this forum! I was just browsing and suddenly landed up here

I am basically a 4th year medical student in the UAE. And I have been wanting to prepare for Step 1 since my first day in med school but I never got to even start reading for it. I feel really guilty for wasting my 3 years

Now I really want to start preparing for it but the problem is I have gynae and paeds rotations along with this and I need to study for them daily as well...

I have read many threads on the forum but I still have soo many questions in my mind. I guess they are very stupid questions but if I dont ask I will never get the answer to them ...

1. How much time do I need to prepare? I basically dont know when I will give the exam I have no plan in mind atm...

2. I have all the Kaplan review books and DVDs and also all the BRS series books... My kaplan are the revised 2009 edition..do I need to buy new ones or are these okay?? I also have the First Aid and USMLE world as well... Are these books enough??

3.Some people have told me that during my internship I will have enough time to prepare for my Step 1 as after I graduate Basic Sciences will be easier for me.. But I am really worried if that would be possible..I mean I know I will have time to study but what if then I have other priorities??

4. I realllyyyy wanna score 99!! But I am scared!! Will I be able to?? I am reading on the forum people studying 8 hours-9 hours a day! In med school together with your studies and your exams 9 hours for Step 1 is totally not possible... I mean we dont even study 8 hours a day when we dont have exams in med school...
My college is from 7:30am to 4 pm! And then by the time I get rest and get down to study its almost 7pm... then till 2am I can study...but how can I manage paeds + gynae + step1 ???

5. Seriously are the Kaplan books enough with the DVDs??? I mean like in college for patho we studied every thing with the macroscopic and microscopic appearance in detail...but the patho book doesnt go in that much detail?? do i need to go back to my textbooks?
In anatomy...we did so much detail like eg in GIT the relations of the 2nd part of the duodenum...details of nerve and blood supply of each part of the colon...
In pharmacology...details about each drug...the mode of action...uses,S/E, C/I...

So is the info in kaplan books enough???

6. I have a month summer break now... and I want to prepare a bit and study paeds as well... so any schedule that I can follow??

7. And is it good If I study systems wise or should I do it subject wise?? Which method has shown to be more useful??

I am really waiting for a reply... people pleaseee help me!!!

Take Care and Good Luck everyone
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Can someone please reply
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You sounds panic. And there is no need to be in this stage as it is counter productive.

But I do not think that IMGs had 8h per day to study for the test either. Most of them are MDs plus whatever their current US job require them to do such as funding application for post doctoral research as well as family duty to put bread and butter ( could be rice and curry or pita...you know what I mean survive first and thrive second.) on the table...As a curent meds student you probably do not play the chauffer to shuttle kids to soccer field and assistant stage director for dance competition and review PAMSHUGFOSS in the evening on SKype.

However my question for you is that US meds students take the test after the basic science courses. This is way with 6 weeks-8 weeks preparation should be more than enough as these knowledge are freshly taught and learnt.

So.... you said that you are a 4 th year student. And you did not take the test yet? or Do you mean step 3?

Best wishes.
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i think it is ok ,, u r not alone i am exactly the same i just finished my 4th year and felt that i wasted the 3 years but there is something i heard that is somewhat an advantage that we know now clinical stuff that helps in step 1 question as i heard ,, just try to get started with anatomy .. i think it need hard working from us ,, best wishes for all of us
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thanks for ur replies...renew i know what you mean and that is why i wanna do it earlier...not when i have kids to chauffer around or food to cook...
yeah i am a 4th year and havent taken any of the steps yet...my university doesnt even care if we give the USMLE...its all our own wishes and our own efforts...

i really hope i can make it
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