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Unhappy 18 days to exam, and nothing my way! HELP!

I am an intern currently in my final year of med school from India.
I have been working and studying for step 1 for last 1 year.
My exam is on 22 december.

I have studied kaplan lecture notes plus videos
Goljan Pathology
UWorld Offline once (updated until september 2014)
I have taken two NBME 12, 11 - 2 months before exam, scored around 220, took them offline.

For the last one month I have not been able to study. I dont know even first aid at times. My embryology and anatomy is really weak. So is biochemistry. I am good at getting questions from pathology and physiology. I have a slight problem with physiology as well.

Please guide me guys, how to go about in last 18 days. My target score is 230+. Did I miss out something really major during my prep?
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I haven't taken the exam yet but to my knowledge you really need to know FA cold coz anything tested from there is fair game.

That being said, you can also just focus on your weak topics from FA and other resources you've been using or want to use (BRS Anatomy, Physio etc.)
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Take an online NBME ,preferably 15 or 16
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I agree with Helena. Take NBME 15/16 or both online just to get the hang of the latest exam pattern. Also biochemistry is a topic IMG's struggle with in general (me included ) . But, it's comparatively High yield when u compare it to anatomy or embryology.

So, work on biochemistry and physiology as well. I got a lot of physiology in my exam. Just go through the Kaplan videos of areas of biochem. and physio that u r weak in and try to build a concept. Biochemistry is plain memorization a lot of times, but in physiology -- concepts, concepts. You'll be able to solve any physio or pathophys. question they throw at you. Worrying won't help. Just stay calm and try to understand the concept, instead of trying to memorize the tables or graphs (that's what I did initially and got frustrated).

Practice a lot of questions. Don't beat yourself up if you don't remember all the "facts" or nitty gritty details or obscure and difficult things they sometimes ask in Uworld. In the end, there will always be questions that will make you go "WTF!" The key is to get past them. They can't let u solve all the questions, can they ?

But even if you are strong in 70% of the things, Average in 20% and know nothing about 10%, then it's clear that you should try to move that 20% into the strong category and clinch 90% of the things instead of contemplating the 10% that you don't. Because otherwise you'll jeopardize the 90% that you do know.

The thing about FA is that there is nothing new or different in there. So all that talk about "knowing" FA is bull. Yes you should read it. But that's because it's a great revision tool. It will integrate material across different subjects in a system wise manner. But if you are absolutely 100% confident about your concepts on, let's say - CVS - don't beat yourself up simply because you didn't read what First Aid had to say about it.
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Thanks alot!!
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You're welcome. Also, I would add that you read about urinary incontinence. Because 3-4 questions from incontinence is pretty standard nowadays. I got 4 questions from it. All that talk about anatomy being low yield and suddenly they start asking anatomy a lot Although, it still carries a much lower weight as compared to other subjects, the no. of questions has increased.
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You're welcome. Also, I would add that you read about urinary incontinence. Because 3-4 questions from incontinence is pretty standard nowadays. I got 4 questions from it. All that talk about anatomy being low yield and suddenly they start asking anatomy a lot Although, it still carries a much lower weight as compared to other subjects, the no. of questions has increased.

As far as anatomy goes. Is it mostly things out of FA tested in a obscure manner. I've heard the talk of Pelvic anatomy being test. Ive got 11 days till my exam and was wondering if it be worth it to glance over some basic pelvic anatomy?
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In pelvis you need to know about the perineum mainly and where would urine collect in case of rupture of urethra in its different parts caused by different types of injuries. Also, incontinence and course and relations of ureter.

In rest of anatomy, innervation of muscles of limbs, lymphatic drainage, knee and shoulder joints(rotator cuff), inguinal canal, inguinal hernias, Ct sections of thorax and abdomen, also they are fond of MRI's of knee joint. That's all I can remember right now.

In embryology, branchial arch derivatives and basic development of various organs and organ systems and the major anomalies.
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In pelvis you need to know about the perineum mainly and where would urine collect in case of rupture of urethra in its different parts caused by different types of injuries. Also, incontinence and course and relations of ureter.

In rest of anatomy, innervation of muscles of limbs, lymphatic drainage, knee and shoulder joints(rotator cuff), inguinal canal, inguinal hernias, Ct sections of thorax and abdomen, also they are fond of MRI's of knee joint. That's all I can remember right now.

In embryology, branchial arch derivatives and basic development of various organs and organ systems and the major anomalies.
Thank you. I appreciate the advice on the anatomy topics. Best of luck to you with your results tomorrow.
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In pelvis you need to know about the perineum mainly and where would urine collect in case of rupture of urethra in its different parts caused by different types of injuries. Also, incontinence and course and relations of ureter.

In rest of anatomy, innervation of muscles of limbs, lymphatic drainage, knee and shoulder joints(rotator cuff), inguinal canal, inguinal hernias, Ct sections of thorax and abdomen, also they are fond of MRI's of knee joint. That's all I can remember right now.

In embryology, branchial arch derivatives and basic development of various organs and organ systems and the major anomalies.
hey thank you for sharing it with us.
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