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I just started my prep, and I bought goljan based on people's reviews.......I HATE it! It's too voluminous!

I want to know, is it possible to use only the Kaplan series for all subjects and 2 qbanks for a 240+ ? Anyone heard of anyone who has done this? I am WAYYYYYY more comfortable with kaplan than FA.
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Idea! Personally...

... I found the Kaplan Lecture Notes and the accompanying videos pretty terrible. (The rest of Kaplan lecture notes for step 1, however, are definitely rock solid.) My seniors had advised me against studying Pathology from Kaplan from the beginning, but I gave it the benefit of the doubt- I stopped after 4 lectures. :P

And I too didn't use Goljan because it was too voluminous, and frankly put, I didn't have enough time (I wanted my exam done and over with in 6 1/2 months). Also, the FA was hard to memorize inside and out within itself- I couldn't handle the Goljan alongside it. By a senior's recommendation, I used Pathoma, and found it to be amazing.

In case you do consider Pathoma, it's imperative to use BOTH the book and the accompanying lecture videos (the videos are the most important part of the review)- he provides very easy to follow diagrams and flow charts during the lectures. Most importantly, his style teaches you HOW to approach pathology questions on the exam (i.e., I found myself answering questions I didn't know the answers to by using Pathology foundations he taught.)

Along with the FA 2015 Pathology sections, this worked for me- in my NBME's and my actual Step 1, Pathology was my best subject (my step 1 score was a 261). I know this seems like a big advertisement for Pathoma but I'm surprised as to why more people aren't using it! (Perhaps because it's much newer than Goljan, which is the time tested gold standard?) But again, this is just me- this may not work for everyone, and I'm sure there are non-believers out there.

And no, I don't have the software version of it, I bought a subscription from his website (which ran me about $100.) Though I do know that copies of the book and videos are floating around online.

As for your actual question , I used Kaplan Lecture Notes + Lecture videos, Pathoma, FA 2015, along with Kaplan's question bank online and USMLE World online (I used Kaplan's questions mainly to reinforce concepts and test myself, not so much for reading explanations, and I used U World's explanations as a reference.) I did the question banks once (I annotated my First Aid, and felt this was sufficient. Also, both question banks vary in their thinking process, and I felt it helped to get exposure to different types of questions rather than repeating one question bank.) Alongside this, I took two NBME's- I didn't take more, because I hit my target score with the second one.
(My biggest piece of advice in all of this? Only take the step 1 after hitting your target score with your NBME. It's a fantastic predictor, and it really gives you the confidence to take the exam. I've learned from all of this, a significant part of step 1 prep is psychological. )
And also, even though you're not comfortable with FA, GET comfortable with FA. Kaplan is fantastic with foundations, but FA is purely high yield (more than half of the U World answers can be found within the FA.)

This may or may not have helped, but thought of offering my two cents anyway. best of luck with your preparation! A 240+ is definitely attainable, just keep at it and have faith.

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Thanks J-Vas

Did you get the hard copy of Pathoma? I have been looking for the hard copy all over town and no bookshop seems to have it!
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From my understanding, the hard copy of Pathoma is only available off of Dr. Sattar's website (www.pathoma.com). There are copies for sale on Amazon or E-Bay, but they're a rip off (I've seen them go for $130 on these sites, whereas you can get a subscription for $100 which includes the book.) Then again, I checked months ago, so you may try your luck there!
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Thanks a ton! One last query, is it possible to revise Pathoma 3-4 times, because goljan seems impossible that way. I can easily revise my annotated kaplan 2011 notes, but don't know about pathoma. Also, does pathoma ship to india?
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No problem Pathoma does ship to India- it costs an extra $25 to ship the book. I would inquire with the Pathoma staff how long it will take.

The textbook is in bullet format as opposed to the textbook format of Kaplan- I think 3-4 revisions are certainly doable. So you see what I'm talking about, here is the sample given on the website. http://www.pathoma.com/pdfs/sample.pdf (And if you can, going through his lecture videos twice will be worthwhile too.)

If you check out his website, I think he has samples of the lecture notes and lecture videos- you can see if you like it. (I was hesitant to try Pathoma because it was so novel, but the website helped.)


Best of luck! And p.s., I swear I don't work for Pathoma, even though it reeeeeeally sounds like I do.
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