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First off, to those who messaged me in regards to DIT 2014 I do apologize for not responding as I was extremely focused on my studies and rotations after. You can easily find them on any torrent websites online if you wish.

I will start off with Step 1:
1st attempt: did not pass and subsequently went through a period of depression. Afterwards, I found motivation within myself to fulfill my life long dream of becoming a physician. First thing I did was analyze my weaknesses from the report of my exam. So i studied hard every day for about 10 hours a day putting in quality work not just quantity. I started from scratch so kaplan notes+videos, pathoma along with reading FA while going through kaplan. Then went on to uworld questions where I annotated only the important points. I kept in touch with colleagues who only inspired me with their motivational stories so I would recommend being around only optimistic people. Spoke to some students who had previously failed and matched in programs they applied to. Finding those students is tough because it is always difficult to admit you have failed step 1 but we are all human after all.

2nd attempt: scored 252. I was overjoyed as I expect only a 235-240 (according to my nbme forms)

Step 2: I started my rotations in US and read through my books whenever I had a break and never went out with any of my colleagues as I knew I needed to score well. Scored 235 on CK and passed my CS.

Not completed rotations yet but made a lot of contacts with fellow physicians and some residency directors who told me my chances of matching are good since I overcame failure and maintained a positive outlook on life. Of course some programs I will not have a great chance as I already failed usmle step 1 once but I am fine with that.

Hope this inspires people to never give up!

I will be available this week so please feel free to post on here.
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Congratulations dude, You nailed it,falling is one thing...not standing up ever again is different...your story is really inspiring...I wish you luck man in your journey ahead...**** them who will cut your name off the match list cuz you failed it once...respect them who respects 252...you will succeed in life it's all that matters and that 252 proves it dude...

All the best =)
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Dude, that's amazing progress.
How long did studying take for you the second time around?
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Dr.Jay, Congrats buddy. A very well done. I am also planning to start with Kaplan (notes+videos) and I have FA and pathoma. How would you recommend I start? Should I read the Kaplan notes along with videos then do same material from Fa and pathoma? or is it better to finish all the Kaplan notes first then go to fa and pathoma? I will also be going over 2 qbanks (kaplan or usmle rx and uworld). Thanks man...all the best to you!
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Thank you CleverFOX! love the feedback you gave & words of encouragement.

Also, thank you WinterIsComing & VickPower.

WinterIsComing: I took 3 months to prepare. Knew what my weaknesses were & drove myself mentally while isolating myself in a library.

VickPower: Try doing kaplan videos+notes while also referring to FA & note down the page you covered so if you want to refer back to kaplan at a later date, you can. You'll see what is important to cover for the step when referring to FA. Not everything in kaplan is important but you want to grasp the concepts not the details (try not to make the same mistake I made the 1st time). For pathology instead of kaplan, do Pathoma. It is a concise book and you'll notice how quickly you can cover the videos+book and also have the chance to do it multiple times if you wish. Use your qbanks wisely. Uworld is by far the best in my opinion. If you make notes for the questions in that, you will have a strong core. Usmle Rx is good to cover FA overall and the explanations section will show you the actual page covered in your FA edition in regards to the question they test (depending on which yr you have). Some people use kaplan and some don't. I tried it out before and did not like it. Up to you really. Please don't overwhelm yourself with resources. It will really play games with your mind & self confidence. good luck!

Nice to hear from everyone and good luck!
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Forgot to mention NBME forms. So you would want to write a form at the beginning of your prep to see where you stand. Then throughout your preparation take subsequent forms to analyze how you're progressing and use that to concentrate on your weaknesses but never forget to cover the strengths you have.

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Wow! Congratulations. I'm in the last few weeks of my Step 1 prep and I hope I can achieve such great results!
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Thank you ChrisHouse!

I'm sure you'll score well on your exam. Keep revising and going over your weak areas, be confident and i'm sure the exam will go well. Go with what works for you really.

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