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Hungary Hungarian Med Student Exam Experience 248/99

hello!

I lurked silently on this forum as I was getting ready for step 1. All your advice about which books and qbanks to use and also general study tips and anti anxiety tips were really helpful.

so now I'm adding my stuff into the pile

about me: I am at a Hungarian medical school, English language program, 5th year.

Study plan:
Materials:
Kaplan lectures, Kaplan Step 1 Lecture Notes
Goljan patho RR
FA 2010 (best with 2011 qbank - most page references!!)
Kaplan Step 1 Qbank (do first!!!!)
UWorld (MUST DO!!!)

Time: 12 weeks (plus 2 weeks before just pharma - i had my final for school so there was a nice overlap here!)

Started off with Kaplan lectures and notes, pretty much did one subject every 7-10 days (depending on how much i had to press rewind!!)
essential: behavioral science, biochemistry, and physiology (though conrad does scream a lot and takes a lot of patience because he is slow, trust me his antics really help you understand the concepts far better than just reading lecture notes) I loved Kim the micro and immuno lady, and overall i would have to say Kaplan does a GREAT job with making their lectures interesting and engaging. plus, when you lose attention, there is a pause button (not something they have in the live lectures!) If you have time, it is very much worthwhile to do the lectures plus the notes.
I did the first half of the kaplan qbank by subject to keep myself motivated to learn.

last 5 weeks: FA 2010, rereading the "oh ****" topics in the lecture notes. This is the rule: if you come across something that makes you think, "oh no, i hope i don't get that" its a weak spot and you have to do something about it! Finish kaplan qbank and move on to UWORLD
The last weeks: Read FA, do questions (at least 3 blocks a day but later getting up to 5-6) and going over answers, annotating them in FA or on other papers (FA runs out of room after a while)
Last week: Images, sounds, questions, weak spots from FA. Rapid review at the back is good if it doesnt stress you out.

test day: relax the day before and don't look at any books. eat food that won't cause gastrointestinal distress.

Results:
kaplan qbank finished with 65%, Uworld finished with 71%, took my test second week of september.
after almost 4 weeks of agonizing waiting 248/99!!!

so now its on to step 2, hoping for a date with prometric (and destiny) in either the first or second or early third week of february.

overall tips:
1. SLEEP. you wont retain anything without it.
2. FOOD. balanced varied diet, just like we learned in school. if you arent already doing it, now is the time to start feeding yourself right for optimum performance.
3. MOVEMENT. Let's not get dvt. and exercise refreshes the brain. and its fun!!!
4. COMMUNICATION. make sure your family and friends know what you are going through, then they will be more understanding and help you deal with stress.
5. humor. its the most mature defense mechanism there is

best of luck to everyone! make a plan that works for YOU and stick with it!
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Congratulations!! Thanks for your post.... Best of luck with the next one!
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Thank you!!!
Congrats!!!
Did take any self assessments?
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Congratulations on your score. Very, very good.

Thanks a ton for posting your experience and point of view. I was thinking of skipping Micro videos but if at least someone liked Dr. Kim, then I think it's worthwhile to watch.

Congrats again and best of luck on your following endeavors.
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self asessments: had two kaplan full length simulations, one i did halfway through and the other one three weeks out. first one estimated 224, the second one 236. but no NBMEs, i figured if i was doing all the studying possible i don't need to add stress (especially since both qbank correct percentages were well within safe passing range) i didnt want to do any too close to the test day because it would have added to the stress.

also some people said that NBME questions can repeat but get twisted around, i didn't want to remember them one way only to have the usmle folks change them a bit and then go for a wrong answer instead of having something totally new to think through.

also: one other tip: try to think of a real person when you encounter each disease - because as a doctor in the future you might not be the one treating that problem you are studying but if you can recall something you studied and recognize it, that annoying to remember syndrome/disease/symptom constellation could be the thing that drastically improves or saves a future patient's life!
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congratulations...great job and good luck in the future
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Many congratss
..plz tell me how do you do 3-4 blocks per day ? and then rais eit to 5-6 ?? I barely finish one in A DAY..and that is done by so much work just to annonate FA ...

How do you do it? Please help
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Time:12 weeks,wow you did a great job! thats an amazing score.ya tell us how to finish at least 3 blocks a day? like read and annotate in FA it takes time and not only that reading the whole wrong/right explanations...
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Many Many Congratulations on your score, Nyuszi!
I am a medical graduate from Nepal , plan to take step 1 on Jan 31 2012. I have finished a reading of Kaplan notes with the videos of all the required subjects except Pathology for which i studied Goljan and also listen to his audios. I think my weak subject is Biochemistry especially the cytogenetics and the molecular biology and the immunology part. For now i am revising the Kalplan note books and am having a hard time remember all the points, i think what we study in the notes, and most of the time the questions are asked in such a way that even if we had studied that part , it becomes difficult to answer that Question. The Kaplan videos are awesome and saw them all once, do you think that i should listen to them once more as i have only 3 months in hands before i take step 1. I plan to take U world in November for 2 months and NBME in last week to brush the revision and build in some confidence before i take the exams finally. Its stressful to through revisions also. Tell me the high yield topics from the subjects that you know. Have your say at the plan that i have made for the next 3 months
-Starting solving Q world along with lecture notes and First Aid
-Take NMBE 2 weeks prior to the test or may be a week prior
-Take step 1 on 31st Jan 2012
-wait for the results for 4 weeks in between i will read step 2 CK books
-if the results are good take Step 2 CK in June
Step 2 CS in July
Do reply to this thread as your advise/suggestion will surely motivated me as it has done after reading your post! Thank you for posting it. All the best to you for step 2 , i am sure you will come out with flying colors!
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hi!

thanks so much for all the congrats its great to be a part of this forum to get and give tips and advice. the step 2 advice here is also really great

hope007 - there's no real secret to doing lots of blocks a day, my only advice would be to spend time reviewing things you actually didn't know or only guessed on. dont take too much time reviewing items that you got right and you know exactly why.

fahadalam - your strategy looks great! i woulld go with how you feel about each topic - but knowing your neuro in FA can get you good points, pharma is a nice topic because if you know drugs, side effects and interactions it can overlap into other areas. dont neglect immunology but you don't have to have every last detail memorized. use the qbanks to see your areas of weakness and then beef them up!

hope this helps! keep up the studying but don't go totally crazy! it's an exam that thousands of people have passed before and will pass in the future, now it's our turn and we can use the opportunity we have to study and bring the best out from ourselves.
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thank you so much!
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after what year do you do step 1? I am also in Hungary and ppl always say after 3rd year. Also, where did you take it? in Hungary?
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after what year do you do step 1? I am also in Hungary and ppl always say after 3rd year. Also, where did you take it? in Hungary?
Hey!

I did step 1 between 4th and 5th year. 4th year is pretty chill so you have time to study then, plus if you can get exams done fast and maybe squeeze in surgery pract. over winter break you can have a full 12 weeks! I did step 2 in 5th year, studied for it 1st sem 5th year then went home for almost 6 weeks and did nonstop study. did exams really fast both years to get exam period free for usmle. I used spring break second semester 5th year for the cs, so im done with pre-graduation usmles. one thing though - summer of 4th year i went out like twice only no kidding and i had to really cut back on shenanigans 5th year, when everyeone else is living the party life and traveling. but its worth it in the end! good luck and feel free to ask any questions!
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