Sharing A Unique Experience from another forum.....
I found this forum just 3 days ago, while I was nervously counting days for my score report to come up!
IMG from India, 16 years removed from the med school and 12 years removed from the med-world, full-time job in US, family, baby.. Started prep before 3 months, 2 months while doing full-time job, last month took off completely (read about 10 hours/day).
What did I do with my prep time? U S M L E W O R L D.
Almost nothing else.*
Did it in the tutor mode from the beginning.
System-wise (not random).
Tried to remember everything-not just the correct answers.
Horrible initial %, improved steadily all the while.
During the first pass, filled up 10 index-card books (100 sheets each), [each question took on an average 5 minutes to jot down important points].
Continued to refer to the pocket index cards while doing anything else (I think that helped the most, above all).
Carried at least 3 index card books everywhere :-)
Second pass reading was for the Incorrect and Marked questions only.
***I suggest to EVERYONE, make your own index cards of important concepts, and refer to them frequently.
Formal Prep Summary:
UW(tutor mode) started at 40%, ended with 88%
NBME ~~ None
USMLE CD ~~ Didn't know about this.
Kaplan Qbank ~~ Bought subscription, didn't even log in :-(
First Aid ~~ Did Microbiology (about 400 pages of the book have not seen light of the day or night!)
UW Forms 1 & 2 (taken same day) ~~ about 250 & 260 (3 days prior)
Step 1 taken-4th April, 2010 (day in infamy!)
Received Score-28th April, 2010 (day forever!)
Step 1 Score= 229/99
Here are some questions for the veterans :-)
I really don't understand the connection between 3 digit and 2 digit scores. I saw some recent posters with scores like 226/97, 228/98 and my own 229/99, and somebody elses is 264/99. How is this even possible? All these scores are posted in last few days. Does 2 digit score change so fast in 220-230 range, almost digit by digit? What is the point of even looking at it then?
When two people get 99, how can one tell *real difference* between me (229/99) and the real smart one (264/99)? By using 3 digits? Is that how program directors look at the two scores? Is the 2 digit score not important and used only for setting a cut-off and 3 digit score more important as well as used for comparing between similar 2 digit scorers?
If you have only breezed through my post, take home these two points:
2. Your Own Index Cards!
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