Step 1 Experience 261 - USMLE Forums
USMLE Forums Logo
USMLE Forums         Your Reliable USMLE Online Community     Members     Posts
Home
USMLE Articles
USMLE News
USMLE Polls
USMLE Books
USMLE Apps
Go Back   USMLE Forums > USMLE Step 1 Forum

USMLE Step 1 Forum USMLE Step 1 Discussion Forum: Let's talk about anything related to USMLE Step 1 exam


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
  #1  
Old 05-14-2015
USMLE Forums Addict
 
Steps History: 1+CK+CS
Posts: 122
Threads: 17
Thanked 128 Times in 39 Posts
Reputation: 138
Fire Thread Step 1 Experience 261

So guys this will happily be my last thread in Step 1 forum. I enjoyed ths forum and it was very useful to me so I am writing abt my step 1 experience.

I am an IMG and had already cleared CK before step 1. My aim was to hit the 260 mark this time and thank god I did.

Sources: 1) the thing about First Aid IMO is that you have to start looking at it early in your studies. (This is actually mentioned in FA itself).Don't try to memorize everything in FA bec u can't, but the earlier u start looking at it the easier it will be for u to adapt to it .

2) I think it's vital for IMGs to start with Kaplan Lecture notes and videos. My personal opinion is that the videos are also very useful (inlcluding the neuroanatomy videos). I actually found them very useful and helped me a lot in my preparation. I'd watch the videos only once and write down the extras on the book. I watched the videos then read the same chapter/topic.

3) I did all the kaplan lecture notes except for Patho, for which I used Pathoma book and videos. I think this has become a must these days. Pathoma will make u master pathology concepts plus save a lot of time so u can concentrate on other subjects so I really don't think anyone will advise you to go for Goljan. I have to say Goljan looks like a very good text book but I believe that my step 1 experience would have been a nightmare if it was my main Patho book. ( still had it as a reference... went back for it a couple of times and added some nice info but not that much+ Pathoma actually summarizes many points from Goljan).. Stay away from BRS patho.. not worth it . Bought it and stopped looking at it after 7 days.

4) In physio: in addition to Kaplan I highly recommend BRS physio. I used it but not in all chapters.. I think it complements Kaplan ( which is a good book) + FA and UW and u r ready to go.

5) kaplan books: I read them cover to cover. Also Pathoma. BRS I didn't read it cover to cover but I think GIT is especially perfect in it and I used to look at it quickly after I have finished each topic from Kaplan.

6) I had some other books on the side that I used as references but I have to say I didn't use them that much and none of them is a must read imo
I liked BRS biology and histology. U can go back to it if some points from Kaplan notes need clarification.

So to conclude this section, my main sources were KLN, Pathoma and BRS physio+ FA ( goes without saying).

Method of studying: I used this method in my preparation for step 2 CK and was equally successful. So I can say it's tried and tested. Pros: tried and proven. U will use two Q banks and it is now proven by studies that USMLE scores increase proportionally with the number of Questions u practice. It is very common in people with high scores to have done 5000+ questions (I saw this in a trusted web site but cannot recall the name ). You will also be able to predict your performance in the exam.
Cons: time consuming and needs a lot of patience.

I gave 4 weeks max to each book ( book with videos) first.
After that I repeated studying each book. This second round will take less time from u and u will feel u r making progress. The difference is that once I finish a subject I answer the sample tests from KLN Qbook.

Third round: This time I will read each book quickly but then answer questions of that subject from Kaplan Qbank ( SO this is KLN QBank subject wise and timed).

Obviously each round of reading a book includes FA as well and each time u read a subject u will see that u r steering away from KLN books and actually concentrating on FA.

NB: I think itz imp. to take notes from any Q Bank. whether u want to annotate on FA or use a separate notebook for each subject it's up to you. I used the latter because I add a lot of things from the Q banks. Reviewing what I learned from the Q bank is the most imp part of my studying and I'd usually review a Q bank in 4 weeks.

After reviewing Kaplan QB, I started UW online Random and timed. If u use the first 3 steps u will be equipped to get higher scores in UW. I agree that UW is a learning tool but I think it's ability to predict your performance is underrated. It's all about statistics. If u use UW random and timed with a very strong background( by doing KLN QB) then I believe u can predict (or at least have an idea abt ur performance in the real deal bec in this way u will have 51 UW blocks. If for instance u get an average of 85% in UW ( random + timed + first time) I think u can safely say that this maybe ur average in the nbmes and the real deal.
I finished UW in 5 weeks and then took another 4 weeks to review the notes I have taken from UW. So that's 9 weeks in total in UW.

After reviewing UW ( with FA), it's now time for Self-Assessments:
1) UWSA: UWSA 1 262
UWSA 2 265
a quick word about UWSA:
• their predictive value seems to be underestimated. I was told by many people that with the extreme scores (at both ends high or low) they are useful in telling u where u stand

• Even if not predictive my recommendation is that u take them. They contain many questions about high yield topics that are nt mentioned in UW QB especially in Genetics ,Pharm and Histology.

• I also feel that their scoring is probably closer to the real deal. NBMEs seems more strict in their scoring. Example: I made some 30+ mistakes in UWSA 1 to get 262 while I got 13 mistakes to get 258 in NBMEs. If u ask me in the real deal I'd say my number of mistakes is more like UWSA and not NBME but that's just a personal opinion and can be wide off the mark.

2) Now I put myself in exam mode. So I will give myself 5 days before each NBME. In these 5 days, I have a list of things that I want to review before the real deal and it usually contains things that I forget alot and feel like my weaknesses. I will spend the 5 days before each NBME reviewing the same things so by the time u go for the real deal u wud've reviewed the most challenging concepts for u like 7 times or maybe even more. I think this is very important bec ths is the same list that u will review in the 5 days before ur exam day. This gives u a sense of control and confidence and that u know exactly what you'll do 5 days before ur exam. I heard a lot of people asking "what should I do 1 week before the exam?". Well start working on that list of yours and take control of the situation. If u do this list before every NBME and u get good scores then there is no reason u won't do the same on exam day .

NBME results ( all online)
NBME 7: 256
NBME 13: 251
NBME 12: 258
NBME 15: 254
NBME 16: 258
NBME 17: 262 ( closest to my result)

NB: taking more nbmes online (even if not the most predictive forms) will give u an idea about ur score range + it will give u an extra 200 questions/form and I think it's better than just taking one or two nbmes.

After I finished NBMEs I set my exam date to be 5 weeks from my last NBME ( and I was afraid that I have delayed the exam date more than I should ).

I divided these 5 weeks as follows:

3 weeks: reviewing the combo of FA +UW.

Obviously u have to accept that u may nt go through every detail in FA bt that's how it is. U will also find yourself forgetting some details while reviewing FA 2 weeks before the exam, u just have to accept that and live with it. It shouldn't hit ur confidence at all.

1 week: Endurance: doing UW randomized timed seven blocks/day for 7 days just to mimic exam day.

1 day travelling to exam center( my exam center is nt in the same country) and another day just letting fatigue out of my system. No studying

5 days : reviewing that List I told u about . Notice that when u do each nbme u can add more things to this list. This list probably contains 25% of FA and u have done it like 6 times before. It has literally become a piece of cake.
I don't like to take the day before the exam off but u have to sleep early.

EXAM DAY:
I was expecting the worst but was still worried in the exam because I felt I was guessing in too many questions for my liking. Even Patho questions that I felt I knew the topic well had difficult answer options... I'd say that I got much more WTF questions than I expected.

Physio was ok.

Gross Anat wasn't easy but was expected to be this way+ there were not that many questions anyway so I don't think u should spend a lot of time reading many anatomy books

Some questions about preventive medicine .
There was also a lot of questions about the best diet for certain type of patients which I found challenging and had to guess a lot.

These are the questions that bothered me the most and felt uncomfortable with.
Even some psych cases were not as straight forward.

I felt that the straightforward questions were less in number than I expected. Still I didn't panic, just had to live with it.

I hope you find this helpful and I wish you all the best of luck.
If you have any questions, I will be more than happy to reply.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
The above post was thanked by:
AKhan01 (06-02-2015), anitha (07-17-2015), aria_snk (11-12-2015), ashok1 (05-26-2015), ayeshak (05-18-2015), CleverFOX (05-14-2015), D-Ray (07-18-2016), darbi (07-17-2015), dr_marini (05-14-2015), dr.anumk (11-08-2015), dr.pain (09-28-2015), dr.sandhyarani (05-19-2015), DrShaw (05-16-2015), drzzkk (05-17-2015), erimauza (05-14-2015), gokulramani (05-14-2015), hassam (06-01-2015), Hopefuldoc (05-15-2015), Ijeoma (05-15-2015), IMGdoc26 (07-08-2015), inkjoy07 (05-15-2015), iwbdia (05-28-2015), jawbreaker13o (05-14-2015), kh006 (05-17-2015), KhalidwAlAli (07-18-2015), kjrj (08-31-2015), liddu (05-14-2015), limm (09-14-2015), Linc (11-20-2015), mk09 (05-15-2015), mom260 (05-14-2015), mouna gunda (07-18-2015), mrunal92 (05-14-2015), Msaid24 (05-16-2015), Ninga22 (09-18-2015), nour_shafei (11-23-2015), parvathy (07-18-2015), Paty (07-19-2015), pd10 (05-14-2015), Punjabimunda (06-28-2015), q172278932 (05-24-2015), Ronaldo7 (05-31-2015), roshan dinparast (07-17-2015), screamadelica (07-20-2015), shr95 (07-18-2015), sm3356 (05-31-2015), smita (05-17-2015), smolana (07-28-2015), step123 (05-15-2015), swwal (05-16-2015), Temi_w (07-18-2015), thensg300 (08-30-2015), timelbracht (05-17-2015), TUMBLECAKE (05-16-2015), welove (07-16-2015), winterfire (06-01-2015), yogiberry (05-19-2015), Yukiyuki (07-17-2015), Zainab (05-14-2015)



  #2  
Old 05-14-2015
USMLE Forums Scout
 
Steps History: Not yet
Posts: 29
Threads: 6
Thanked 3 Times in 3 Posts
Reputation: 13
Default

congratulations ! that's a very good score. can you please share the list of the things you studied last week
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #3  
Old 05-14-2015
USMLE Forums Addict
 
Steps History: 1+CK+CS
Posts: 122
Threads: 17
Thanked 128 Times in 39 Posts
Reputation: 138
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by dr_marini View Post
congratulations ! that's a very good score. can you please share the list of the things you studied last week
Thank you.
Of course. That's a good point. I think I have thrown it away but I will give it a shot. It's 5 days.

Day 1: - DNA and RNA (from UW+FA)
- collagen synthesis (from UW +FA)
- CHO, aa and Fat Metabolism (UW +FA)
- Lac Operon (UW)
- UW stats
- developmental milestones (mainly from Step 2 UW)
- Embryo: Branchial apparatus+Female Ligaments(FA)
- Gross Anat: UL and LL + thorax (UW only)
Day 2: Anatomy: H&N (UW) + neuroanatomy(UW) + Abdomen (UW)
Patho: CVS (UW)-Vascular (UW+FA)- Resp(UW)- all Renal ( FA+UW)-CNS( UW) Liver(especially Histopath of Hepatitis from UW)

Day 3: Only Pharma and mostly from UW: CVS (including antilipidemics)
renal- CNS-anti cancer- added anti psych later- anti platelets- ANS and General Pharma
Have to say UW is gold in Pharm

Day 4: Physio Only ( UW + FA): CVS (including cardiac function curves in UW and pressure volume loops) renal quick review - GIT FA is very imp
Resp ( UW imp+ kaplan notes+ FA)+ muscles and neuro from UW which is very little

Day 5 : anything u couldn't complete in the last 4 days + porphyrias from FA and UWSA+ vitamin defencies etc...
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
The above post was thanked by:
CleverFOX (05-14-2015), dr_marini (05-14-2015), gokulramani (05-14-2015), inkjoy07 (05-17-2015), screamadelica (07-20-2015)
  #4  
Old 05-14-2015
USMLE Forums Veteran
 
Steps History: Not yet
Posts: 252
Threads: 32
Thanked 40 Times in 27 Posts
Reputation: 50
Default

How did you prepare for Pharm ?

There are so many drugs how to memorize them, any tricks ?

How to do Biostats ? any tips on that ?


Quote:
Originally Posted by spinal View Post
Thank you.
Of course. That's a good point. I think I have thrown it away but I will give it a shot. It's 5 days.

Day 1: - DNA and RNA (from UW+FA)
- collagen synthesis (from UW +FA)
- CHO, aa and Fat Metabolism (UW +FA)
- Lac Operon (UW)
- UW stats
- developmental milestones (mainly from Step 2 UW)
- Embryo: Branchial apparatus+Female Ligaments(FA)
- Gross Anat: UL and LL + thorax (UW only)
Day 2: Anatomy: H&N (UW) + neuroanatomy(UW) + Abdomen (UW)
Patho: CVS (UW)-Vascular (UW+FA)- Resp(UW)- all Renal ( FA+UW)-CNS( UW) Liver(especially Histopath of Hepatitis from UW)

Day 3: Only Pharma and mostly from UW: CVS (including antilipidemics)
renal- CNS-anti cancer- added anti psych later- anti platelets- ANS and General Pharma
Have to say UW is gold in Pharm

Day 4: Physio Only ( UW + FA): CVS (including cardiac function curves in UW and pressure volume loops) renal quick review - GIT FA is very imp
Resp ( UW imp+ kaplan notes+ FA)+ muscles and neuro from UW which is very little

Day 5 : anything u couldn't complete in the last 4 days + porphyrias from FA and UWSA+ vitamin defencies etc...
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #5  
Old 05-14-2015
USMLE Forums Addict
 
Steps History: 1+CK+CS
Posts: 122
Threads: 17
Thanked 128 Times in 39 Posts
Reputation: 138
Default

Pharm: Just concentrate on the prototypes of each class...u don't need to know the names of all the drugs.

Kaplan book is good in that aspect. The drug names mentioned in Kaplan are enough.
It's better to know the name of all the anti-arrythmics though, and UW has a very nice mnemonic for them.
UW is very imp in Pharm.

Stats: the questions were really easy and straightforward for me.. Kaplan videos are very good ..

always remember that the point of Max SeNsitivity is the point of Max NPV and the point of Max SPecificity is the point of Max PPV

as sensitivity increases the FP will increase and as Specificity increases the FN will increase

SeNsitivity is 1- FN .... SPecificity is 1- FP

U need to know these very well before u enter the exam
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
The above post was thanked by:
Linc (11-20-2015)
  #6  
Old 05-14-2015
USMLE Forums Veteran
 
Steps History: Not yet
Posts: 252
Threads: 32
Thanked 40 Times in 27 Posts
Reputation: 50
Default

How to remember the prototypes ? what book to do ? or just UW is enough ?

for stats any book recomendation ?

Quote:
Originally Posted by spinal View Post
Pharm: Just concentrate on the prototypes of each class...u don't need to know the names of all the drugs.

Kaplan book is good in that aspect. The drug names mentioned in Kaplan are enough.
It's better to know the name of all the anti-arrythmics though, and UW has a very nice mnemonic for them.
UW is very imp in Pharm.

Stats: the questions were really easy and straightforward for me.. Kaplan videos are very good ..

always remember that the point of Max SeNsitivity is the point of Max NPV and the point of Max SPecificity is the point of Max PPV

as sensitivity increases the FP will increase and as Specificity increases the FN will increase

SeNsitivity is 1- FN .... SPecificity is 1- FP

U need to know these very well before u enter the exam
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #7  
Old 05-14-2015
USMLE Forums Newbie
 
Steps History: Step 1 Only
Posts: 5
Threads: 2
Thanked 2 Times in 1 Post
Reputation: 12
Default

Thanks .Your stamina is commendable .It shows in your preparation and attention to detail.

tell me did you study with any study partners or were you on your own ?
when did you graduate ?
I feel I have found the right resources for everything except ethics .Every block has one or 2 such questions and "do what jesus would do " is not a valid approach to most of them .
I am following the same resources as you as BRS .You said BRS GIT is good , any other topics from there?

Thanks
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #8  
Old 05-14-2015
USMLE Forums Scout
 
Steps History: Step 1 Only
Posts: 15
Threads: 0
Thanked 5 Times in 4 Posts
Reputation: 15
Default

Hey man, congrats! you've definetly secured a position in the most competitive residencies! I do have a question: how did you go about micro? that seems to be my weakest point so far. Did you by any chance use sketchymicro or CMMRS? Did you use Anki?
other than that, once again, congrats.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #9  
Old 05-14-2015
USMLE Forums Scout
 
Steps History: Not yet
Posts: 63
Threads: 13
Thanked 15 Times in 11 Posts
Reputation: 25
Default

Hi spinal, nice score. How many months did you study for the exam?
And regarding physiology- don't you think it's safe to use only BRS? Or kaplan physio is a must?
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #10  
Old 05-14-2015
USMLE Forums Veteran
 
Steps History: Not yet
Posts: 252
Threads: 32
Thanked 40 Times in 27 Posts
Reputation: 50
Default

What a name Skeleton, I never would have thought of it

Quote:
Originally Posted by skeleton View Post
Hi spinal, nice score. How many months did you study for the exam?
And regarding physiology- don't you think it's safe to use only BRS? Or kaplan physio is a must?
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #11  
Old 05-14-2015
CleverFOX's Avatar
USMLE Forums Veteran
 
Steps History: Step 1 Only
Posts: 238
Threads: 4
Thanked 162 Times in 114 Posts
Reputation: 174
Send a message via Skype™ to CleverFOX
Default

Congratulations brother

One question, Is DIT of any help?
__________________
Hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard...
Step 1 Experience -
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
- 259
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #12  
Old 05-15-2015
USMLE Forums Addict
 
Steps History: 1+CK+CS
Posts: 122
Threads: 17
Thanked 128 Times in 39 Posts
Reputation: 138
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by ezguy View Post
How to remember the prototypes ? what book to do ? or just UW is enough ?

for stats any book recomendation ?
Kaplan book has a list of drugs at the end of the chapter that is helpful.

UW is very important in pharmacology.. it takes you to the next level especially in cardio and cns.

It has become my main source in CVS, CNS and anti-lipidemics and antiviral

Antimicrobials are good in FA

Just stick to FA and UW and start with kaplan
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
The above post was thanked by:
Linc (11-20-2015)
  #13  
Old 05-15-2015
USMLE Forums Addict
 
Steps History: 1+CK+CS
Posts: 122
Threads: 17
Thanked 128 Times in 39 Posts
Reputation: 138
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by zeeviq View Post
Thanks .Your stamina is commendable .It shows in your preparation and attention to detail.

tell me did you study with any study partners or were you on your own ?
when did you graduate ?
I feel I have found the right resources for everything except ethics .Every block has one or 2 such questions and "do what jesus would do " is not a valid approach to most of them .
I am following the same resources as you as BRS .You said BRS GIT is good , any other topics from there?

Thanks
Thanks for ur kind words and I wish u the best of luck.
I didn't have any study partners .. I find it difficult because everyone has their own plan and pace.

Ethics can be a problem especially if ur test has a lot of questions abt it, but I will try to tell u from my own experience: U must know the exceptions to consent and confidentiality and emancipated minor. U must be able to decide decision-making capacity. U must know the sequence in End-of-life issues from the advanced-directives, proxy , substituted judegement and stuff like that. FA outlines these things but it's in more detail in Kaplan but I will strongly advise u to use Fischer's 200 cases in Ethics(in addition to kaplan and FA) because it will expose u to many clinical scenarios. I first saw this book after taking step 2 and if I could turn back the hands of time I wud've read it before step 2.. Saw 2 or 3 questions straight out of it. I don't think I saw a lot of questions out of it in step 1 but it will give u a good base and confidence.

RE BRS: Muscle physio, Renal in some parts , good in endo but too much
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
The above post was thanked by:
ASWANAA (05-19-2015), usmleadmirer (05-24-2015)
  #14  
Old 05-15-2015
USMLE Forums Addict
 
Steps History: 1+CK+CS
Posts: 122
Threads: 17
Thanked 128 Times in 39 Posts
Reputation: 138
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by gus247 View Post
Hey man, congrats! you've definetly secured a position in the most competitive residencies! I do have a question: how did you go about micro? that seems to be my weakest point so far. Did you by any chance use sketchymicro or CMMRS? Did you use Anki?
other than that, once again, congrats.
Thank you very much and best of luck to u . I started Micro with Kaplan with FA. Kaplan is more than enough and probably too much. U may get some low yield questions that u will find only in Kaplan. As my studying progresses I started to see that FA is becoming my main Micro resource. It's very good and high yield.. and usually the micro questions are not that difficult. I had CMMRS all the way and used it with every bacteria to see if there are extra info. It's a good book but I have to say most Micro rseources have the same things.. SO I would recommend FA+kaplan and obviously UW

Haven't used Anki or sketchy
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #15  
Old 05-15-2015
USMLE Forums Addict
 
Steps History: 1+CK+CS
Posts: 122
Threads: 17
Thanked 128 Times in 39 Posts
Reputation: 138
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by skeleton View Post
Hi spinal, nice score. How many months did you study for the exam?
And regarding physiology- don't you think it's safe to use only BRS? Or kaplan physio is a must?
Thank you. It took me a lot of time almost 2 years but wasn't studying hard during these whole 2 years.. I think 12-18 months for IMG who wants a good score is logical..Although I know ppl who got higher scores in less time.These are geniuses so it really differs from one person to another.

Kaplan is a must for me. With BRS , it's the ultimate preparation. I was surprised because I felt Kaplan's Physio book wasn't getting enough recognition in USMLE forums
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message



  #16  
Old 05-15-2015
USMLE Forums Addict
 
Steps History: 1+CK+CS
Posts: 122
Threads: 17
Thanked 128 Times in 39 Posts
Reputation: 138
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by CleverFOX View Post
Congratulations brother

One question, Is DIT of any help?
Thank you , Wish u all the best.
I didn't use DIT . I heard good things abt it. I was talking to some ppl after the exam who watched and telling them about the anatomy questions tht I wasn't comfortable with in the exam and they told me the guys in DIT touched on it so if that's true then I am impressed.

I think after u finish full preparation and do UW.. if u get good scores in NBMEs don't do DIT. If u have scores that u don't like then do DIT. That's the main reason I didn't do it or Goljan's Audio
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
The above post was thanked by:
CleverFOX (05-15-2015), swwal (05-16-2015)
  #17  
Old 05-15-2015
USMLE Forums Scout
 
Steps History: Not yet
Posts: 29
Threads: 4
Thanked 12 Times in 8 Posts
Reputation: 22
Default

congratulations on great score.Do u recommend reading HY series or Brs for anat or stick to kaplan,fa & what to focus as im weak in this subject.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #18  
Old 05-15-2015
USMLE Forums Addict
 
Steps History: 1+CK+CS
Posts: 122
Threads: 17
Thanked 128 Times in 39 Posts
Reputation: 138
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by step123 View Post
congratulations on great score.Do u recommend reading HY series or Brs for anat or stick to kaplan,fa & what to focus as im weak in this subject.
Well as you know Anatomy is a big subject, which Anat are you talking about?

I had HY neuroanatomy, but the guys in kaplan have the same content in their lecture notes.. I even thought maybe they bought the rights of HY NA because it was very similar info. for me it's kaplan notes + videos for neuroanatomy.

BRS Gross anat is too much for Step 1 IMO.

I would say stick with FA+Kaplan +UW
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #19  
Old 05-15-2015
USMLE Forums Scout
 
Steps History: Not yet
Posts: 15
Threads: 0
Thanked 6 Times in 6 Posts
Reputation: 16
Default Congrats

Hello Dr,
Congrats a lot for your great score! You really deserved this accomplishment! and a big thanks because of your effort here to answer other peoples questions! I really appreciate that!
I wanted to know your opinion about just watching Kaplan videos and not reading Kaplan notes, because as I feel, Kaplan just make your platform for next steps of preparation for step1 and you will forget most of them later, and reading all Kaplan notes will take a lot of time, while you really need to go through FA again over and over. so isn't that wiser to skip the notes and save time for going more on FA?! or you think there is a big difference and we should also read them as well?!
thanks and good luck in your next steps!
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #20  
Old 05-15-2015
USMLE Forums Scout
 
Steps History: Not yet
Posts: 63
Threads: 13
Thanked 15 Times in 11 Posts
Reputation: 25
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by ezguy View Post
What a name Skeleton, I never would have thought of it
I just hope I don't encourage Anorexia...
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #21  
Old 05-15-2015
USMLE Forums Veteran
 
Steps History: Not yet
Posts: 252
Threads: 32
Thanked 40 Times in 27 Posts
Reputation: 50
Default

LOL

It reminds me of HE MAN Villian.

Quote:
Originally Posted by skeleton View Post
I just hope I don't encourage Anorexia...
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #22  
Old 05-15-2015
USMLE Forums Scout
 
Steps History: ---
Posts: 29
Threads: 3
Thanked 12 Times in 10 Posts
Reputation: 22
Wink you deserve it!

Your score reflects your hardwork And superb test taking skills! Well done!
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #23  
Old 05-15-2015
USMLE Forums Addict
 
Steps History: 1+CK+CS
Posts: 122
Threads: 17
Thanked 128 Times in 39 Posts
Reputation: 138
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by sdorodgar View Post
Hello Dr,
Congrats a lot for your great score! You really deserved this accomplishment! and a big thanks because of your effort here to answer other peoples questions! I really appreciate that!
I wanted to know your opinion about just watching Kaplan videos and not reading Kaplan notes, because as I feel, Kaplan just make your platform for next steps of preparation for step1 and you will forget most of them later, and reading all Kaplan notes will take a lot of time, while you really need to go through FA again over and over. so isn't that wiser to skip the notes and save time for going more on FA?! or you think there is a big difference and we should also read them as well?!
thanks and good luck in your next steps!
Thank you very much. I wish u all the best in ur preparation. I think this is a very good question and will make a big debate and may need a separate thread. What is the significance of Kaplan notes?

IMO FA is a very difficult book to read especially at first. I feel if u don't have a good base u will find it difficult to read FA. So it depends on ur base.

Another thing that many people will agree on is that u can't just have first aid as ur main book. People usually read the subject from a different book as their main source besides First Aid even if it's just one time u have to read a subject from another book besides FA.

I would say u shud read each subject from a book and then after finishing all subjects u can see the importance of FA bec it integrates everything but if u try to force FA too much and use it alone from the start u might feel lost.

I am nt sure I honestly have to say that I find this question very difficult to answer
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #24  
Old 05-15-2015
USMLE Forums Addict
 
Steps History: 1+CK+CS
Posts: 122
Threads: 17
Thanked 128 Times in 39 Posts
Reputation: 138
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by inkjoy07 View Post
Your score reflects your hardwork And superb test taking skills! Well done!
Thanks a lot for your kind words
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #25  
Old 05-15-2015
USMLE Forums Scout
 
Steps History: Not yet
Posts: 15
Threads: 0
Thanked 6 Times in 6 Posts
Reputation: 16
Default

Thanks a lot! that's 100% true! and I'm exactly struggling with the consolidate materials of First Aid right now as it's my first time reading it! so I'll modify it, hopefully woks!
thanks again for your honest helps! good luck!

Quote:
Originally Posted by spinal View Post
Thank you very much. I wish u all the best in ur preparation. I think this is a very good question and will make a big debate and may need a separate thread. What is the significance of Kaplan notes?

IMO FA is a very difficult book to read especially at first. I feel if u don't have a good base u will find it difficult to read FA. So it depends on ur base.

Another thing that many people will agree on is that u can't just have first aid as ur main book. People usually read the subject from a different book as their main source besides First Aid even if it's just one time u have to read a subject from another book besides FA.

I would say u shud read each subject from a book and then after finishing all subjects u can see the importance of FA bec it integrates everything but if u try to force FA too much and use it alone from the start u might feel lost.

I am nt sure I honestly have to say that I find this question very difficult to answer
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message



  #26  
Old 05-16-2015
USMLE Forums Guru
 
Steps History: Not yet
Posts: 304
Threads: 76
Thanked 73 Times in 51 Posts
Reputation: 83
Default

Congratulations
R u resident ? How did manage studying with work ?
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #27  
Old 05-16-2015
USMLE Forums Guru
 
Steps History: Not yet
Posts: 304
Threads: 76
Thanked 73 Times in 51 Posts
Reputation: 83
Default

I feel difficulty with 1st chapters of kap physio ( excitable tissues + skeletal muscle ) Even with videos
CanCan i substituted with brs ?
Any advice?
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #28  
Old 05-16-2015
DrShaw's Avatar
USMLE Forums Newbie
 
Steps History: Not yet
Posts: 1
Threads: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Reputation: 10
Default hello

first, congrats for passing your exam.
second, i am planning to start studying and i found your post very help full, i am an IMG , and i already graduated med school, i feel i am already late but i will start preparation and go for it any ways.
my question is i have kaplan videos from 2010..is that okay or do i have to be more updated and if so where can i get them, and as for the lecture notes i have the 2010 as well; would you recommend i get the 2015?

thanks,
Shaw.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #29  
Old 05-16-2015
USMLE Forums Addict
 
Steps History: 1+CK+CS
Posts: 122
Threads: 17
Thanked 128 Times in 39 Posts
Reputation: 138
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by swwal View Post
Congratulations
R u resident ? How did manage studying with work ?
No I am not resident.. but I was working in the hospital .. but was light work TBH + I had to take some months off to concentrate on studying
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #30  
Old 05-16-2015
USMLE Forums Addict
 
Steps History: 1+CK+CS
Posts: 122
Threads: 17
Thanked 128 Times in 39 Posts
Reputation: 138
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by swwal View Post
I feel difficulty with 1st chapters of kap physio ( excitable tissues + skeletal muscle ) Even with videos
CanCan i substituted with brs ?
Any advice?
if u do kaplan q bank there are some good questions abt active and passive tension.

RE excitable tissue.. Kaplan is enough .. just know the basics.. u can give it a read from BRS and see if it works for u. Many things may need more than one read and SPACED from each other.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #31  
Old 05-16-2015
USMLE Forums Addict
 
Steps History: 1+CK+CS
Posts: 122
Threads: 17
Thanked 128 Times in 39 Posts
Reputation: 138
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by DrShaw View Post
first, congrats for passing your exam.
second, i am planning to start studying and i found your post very help full, i am an IMG , and i already graduated med school, i feel i am already late but i will start preparation and go for it any ways.
my question is i have kaplan videos from 2010..is that okay or do i have to be more updated and if so where can i get them, and as for the lecture notes i have the 2010 as well; would you recommend i get the 2015?

thanks,
Shaw.
Thank you very much.
The videos are not updated every year (or at least the updated ones don't come out every year) so u will have to with what is available but for the books it's always better to go for the most recent ones.

Last edited by spinal; 05-17-2015 at 02:02 AM.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #32  
Old 05-17-2015
USMLE Forums Newbie
 
Steps History: Not yet
Posts: 1
Threads: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Reputation: 10
Default <>

Congrats for the great score!
what was the toughest thing you encountered ?
did you feel that you should have used more resources for a particular subject ?
do you think that the questions about preventive medicine and patient diet can be deduced or were they based on information that you don't know about?
where you surprised by the scope of the questions or where they all as expected ?

Thanks for sharing your experience and good luck in your future endeavors!

Last edited by kh006; 05-17-2015 at 02:47 AM.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #33  
Old 05-17-2015
USMLE Forums Addict
 
Steps History: 1+CK+CS
Posts: 122
Threads: 17
Thanked 128 Times in 39 Posts
Reputation: 138
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by kh006 View Post
Congrats for the great score!
what was the toughest thing you encountered ?
did you feel that you should have used more resources for a particular subject ?
do you think that the questions about preventive medicine and patient diet can be deduced or were they based on information that you don't know about?
where you surprised by the scope of the questions or where they all as expected ?

Thanks for sharing your experience and good luck in your future endeavors!
Thanks a lot. Wish u the best of luck in ur preparation as well.
I generally felt that patho questions were tougher than ppl suggested they wud be..
I feel quite satisfied with the resources that I used .. U never wanna use too many resources..

RE: preventive medicine, there was a link that I posted in another thread were I read some of the basics of quality improvement and control.. Unfortunately none of it was on the exam, and I think with some common sense u can answer it and even if u don't u shudn't worry abt it , maybe only 2 question in the entire exam.

RE diet: I think u shud know the special diet for DM and also Hyper lipidemia patients. There was a lot of emphasis in on Fatty acids and hyperlipidemia in one block. It's also good to know the different type of FA, saturated and non-sarurated , cis and trans forms , which ones are healthy and which ones are nt. It's mentioned in Kaplan

The questions themselves probably were not that bad . The problem was always in the options as there were many two good options in too many questions and it was a coin flip but there were still some straight forward questions,, so it's a mixed bag really..
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #34  
Old 05-18-2015
USMLE Forums Scout
 
Posts: 16
Threads: 3
Thanked 3 Times in 3 Posts
Reputation: 13
Default

Congrats on the great score.

May I ask you where did you study radiology from? I am doing anatomy questions and I am not trying to branch out of the scans and slides given in the Qbanks.

More questions if you have the time to answer:

What about the factoids in FA that you didn't encounter questions on during your preparations, did you memorize them as they are or did you try to read more about them from other sources?

Have your heard of DIT? do you recommend it?

Last edited by coliseum; 05-18-2015 at 06:50 AM.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #35  
Old 05-18-2015
USMLE Forums Scout
 
Steps History: Not yet
Posts: 11
Threads: 4
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Reputation: 11
Default

Hi! Congratulations on your score, it is very impressive. I have a question about the nutrition questions on your exam. I don't really understand what kind of questions these are, can you please explain a bit further? What would be a good resource to study for this?
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message



  #36  
Old 05-18-2015
USMLE Forums Addict
 
Steps History: 1+CK+CS
Posts: 122
Threads: 17
Thanked 128 Times in 39 Posts
Reputation: 138
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by coliseum View Post
Congrats on the great score.

May I ask you where did you study radiology from? I am doing anatomy questions and I am not trying to branch out of the scans and slides given in the Qbanks.

More questions if you have the time to answer:

What about the factoids in FA that you didn't encounter questions on during your preparations, did you memorize them as they are or did you try to read more about them from other sources?

Have your heard of DIT? do you recommend it?
Thank you.Wish u the best of luck.I didn't study Radio from a particular source. I had to do with the CT scans in Kaplan Lecture notes Gross Anatomy and the CTs from UW. Had a CT scan on the exam which was totally WTF.

Most of the facts in FA will be encountered in UW and UWSA. What kind of factoids do u mean?
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #37  
Old 05-18-2015
USMLE Forums Addict
 
Steps History: 1+CK+CS
Posts: 122
Threads: 17
Thanked 128 Times in 39 Posts
Reputation: 138
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by ayeshak View Post
Hi! Congratulations on your score, it is very impressive. I have a question about the nutrition questions on your exam. I don't really understand what kind of questions these are, can you please explain a bit further? What would be a good resource to study for this?
Thank u very much.I wish u the best of luck in ur preparation.

When I was preparing for the exam I always thought about nutrition as that part about vitamins but I think they have a broad description including some GIT questions so I am nt really sure what do they mean by that exactly.

In the exam, u don't really know that u r answering a nutrition question but there were some questions abt diets for different types of patients and also some questions abt Fatty acids (Saturated/Unsaturated/cis / trans ...)
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #38  
Old 05-18-2015
USMLE Forums Veteran
 
Steps History: Not yet
Posts: 252
Threads: 32
Thanked 40 Times in 27 Posts
Reputation: 50
Default

How many biostats questions you got ?

What is high yield in biostats ? any questions on Confidence Interval ?

What is the best way to study biostats ?



Quote:
Originally Posted by spinal View Post
Thank u very much.I wish u the best of luck in ur preparation.

When I was preparing for the exam I always thought about nutrition as that part about vitamins but I think they have a broad description including some GIT questions so I am nt really sure what do they mean by that exactly.

In the exam, u don't really know that u r answering a nutrition question but there were some questions abt diets for different types of patients and also some questions abt Fatty acids (Saturated/Unsaturated/cis / trans ...)
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #39  
Old 05-19-2015
USMLE Forums Addict
 
Steps History: 1+CK+CS
Posts: 122
Threads: 17
Thanked 128 Times in 39 Posts
Reputation: 138
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by ezguy View Post
How many biostats questions you got ?

What is high yield in biostats ? any questions on Confidence Interval ?

What is the best way to study biostats ?
I can't really say how many questions of biostats I got but I didn't feel like they were too many. I expected more. Kaplan lecture notes are strong in biostats IMO and I have to say I always deal with stats as HY. ALL OF IT
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #40  
Old 05-23-2015
USMLE Forums Guru
 
Steps History: Not yet
Posts: 304
Threads: 76
Thanked 73 Times in 51 Posts
Reputation: 83
Default

Preparing for cts /mri , patho slides ??
What did u do for em?
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #41  
Old 05-23-2015
USMLE Forums Scout
 
Steps History: Step 1 Only
Posts: 99
Threads: 2
Thanked 238 Times in 39 Posts
Reputation: 248
Default

I think Kaplan and DIT are overrated. They cost too much. Way better resources available that are also cheap, just have to look for them. If you need help figuring out schedule or study resources, message me.
P.S. I also got a similar step 1 score so my method works well to, just not as expensive.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
The above post was thanked by:
Sf2008 (05-24-2015)
  #42  
Old 05-25-2015
USMLE Forums Addict
 
Steps History: 1+CK+CS
Posts: 122
Threads: 17
Thanked 128 Times in 39 Posts
Reputation: 138
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by swwal View Post
Preparing for cts /mri , patho slides ??
What did u do for em?

Patho: FA + UW and Pathoma are more than enough. Had some new slides in the exam that contained alot of skin rashes and stuff like that that was new to me but u could answer these from the question stem. Pathoma in particular is very good bec he explains the slides in his lectures.

CTs/MRI: Kaplan Book+ UW(the main one here) and that's it. U can't really spend a lot of time on it. UW gives u the basics that u MUST know. In the exam I remember one CT that was completely WTF
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #43  
Old 05-26-2015
USMLE Forums Addict
 
Steps History: Not yet
Posts: 187
Threads: 18
Thanked 45 Times in 41 Posts
Reputation: 55
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by spinal View Post
Thank you.
Of course. That's a good point. I think I have thrown it away but I will give it a shot. It's 5 days.

Day 1: - DNA and RNA (from UW+FA)
- collagen synthesis (from UW +FA)
- CHO, aa and Fat Metabolism (UW +FA)
- Lac Operon (UW)
- UW stats
- developmental milestones (mainly from Step 2 UW)
- Embryo: Branchial apparatus+Female Ligaments(FA)
- Gross Anat: UL and LL + thorax (UW only)
Day 2: Anatomy: H&N (UW) + neuroanatomy(UW) + Abdomen (UW)
Patho: CVS (UW)-Vascular (UW+FA)- Resp(UW)- all Renal ( FA+UW)-CNS( UW) Liver(especially Histopath of Hepatitis from UW)

Day 3: Only Pharma and mostly from UW: CVS (including antilipidemics)
renal- CNS-anti cancer- added anti psych later- anti platelets- ANS and General Pharma
Have to say UW is gold in Pharm

Day 4: Physio Only ( UW + FA): CVS (including cardiac function curves in UW and pressure volume loops) renal quick review - GIT FA is very imp
Resp ( UW imp+ kaplan notes+ FA)+ muscles and neuro from UW which is very little

Day 5 : anything u couldn't complete in the last 4 days + porphyrias from FA and UWSA+ vitamin defencies etc...

your list is so similar to mine. Thanks for posting a really detailed experience.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #44  
Old 05-28-2015
USMLE Forums Addict
 
Steps History: 1+CK+CS
Posts: 122
Threads: 17
Thanked 128 Times in 39 Posts
Reputation: 138
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by blueboy3056 View Post
I think Kaplan and DIT are overrated. They cost too much. Way better resources available that are also cheap, just have to look for them. If you need help figuring out schedule or study resources, message me.
P.S. I also got a similar step 1 score so my method works well to, just not as expensive.

Please feel free to share your experience/advice/resources at this thread or forum. I am sure everyone will appreciate it.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
The above post was thanked by:
drstee (06-15-2015), inkjoy07 (05-28-2015), mk09 (05-28-2015)
  #45  
Old 05-29-2015
USMLE Forums Addict
 
Steps History: Not yet
Posts: 159
Threads: 14
Thanked 22 Times in 21 Posts
Reputation: 32
Default just asking

what do you think is the most important thing to do for this exam, study wise? As in what behavior/ discipline and material would you say was most beneficial?
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message



  #46  
Old 05-29-2015
USMLE Forums Addict
 
Steps History: 1+CK+CS
Posts: 122
Threads: 17
Thanked 128 Times in 39 Posts
Reputation: 138
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by ucheeee View Post
what do you think is the most important thing to do for this exam, study wise? As in what behavior/ discipline and material would you say was most beneficial?
Best material is probably UW. It's important to try to master the minor subjects like Bio, Genetics, and DNA (obviousy Patho,Physio and Pharma are the big ones).These minor subjects will always make the difference for u in the exam .
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #47  
Old 05-29-2015
USMLE Forums Addict
 
Steps History: Not yet
Posts: 159
Threads: 14
Thanked 22 Times in 21 Posts
Reputation: 32
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by spinal View Post
Best material is probably UW. It's important to try to master the minor subjects like Bio, Genetics, and DNA (obviousy Patho,Physio and Pharma are the big ones).These minor subjects will always make the difference for u in the exam .
is first aid gpod enough for those minor aubjects. lets say for bio?
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #48  
Old 05-29-2015
USMLE Forums Addict
 
Steps History: 1+CK+CS
Posts: 122
Threads: 17
Thanked 128 Times in 39 Posts
Reputation: 138
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by ucheeee View Post
is first aid gpod enough for those minor aubjects. lets say for bio?
I'd say it is ( in combination with UW)
Maybe Kaplan notes for Genetics is worth a read.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #49  
Old 05-31-2015
USMLE Forums Scout
 
Steps History: Not yet
Posts: 54
Threads: 30
Thanked 5 Times in 5 Posts
Reputation: 15
Default help

First of all, a job very well done my good wishes to you!
i am doing doing my basic sciences, its my last semester, i will be starting Kaplan classes (in class lectures) next semester because my school has a tie up with them in new york. Just wondering, what books should i use for Pharm? and i have also started reading first aid, will knowing first aid inside out + UW get me a decent score? and how heavy were embryo, histology, ethics, biochem, and genetics tested?

Thanks
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #50  
Old 05-31-2015
USMLE Forums Addict
 
Steps History: 1+CK+CS
Posts: 122
Threads: 17
Thanked 128 Times in 39 Posts
Reputation: 138
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Ronaldo7 View Post
First of all, a job very well done my good wishes to you!
i am doing doing my basic sciences, its my last semester, i will be starting Kaplan classes (in class lectures) next semester because my school has a tie up with them in new york. Just wondering, what books should i use for Pharm? and i have also started reading first aid, will knowing first aid inside out + UW get me a decent score? and how heavy were embryo, histology, ethics, biochem, and genetics tested?

Thanks
Thank u.
Kaplan Pharm +FA +UW is more than enough.When u approach exam day it will b FA +UW.
FA is imp 4 u to know what is HY. U will never n able to memorize it all but u can understand most of the concepts in it. FA and UW will definitely give u a very good score if u keep analyzing ur mistakes.

Histo is almost negligible.
Genetics and BIo are more.
Embryo is imp because it is limited and usually nt that difficult so u need to know it by heart. Probably the only subject that I will tell u to know it from FA and memorize it.
Best of luck
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
The above post was thanked by:
Ronaldo7 (05-31-2015)
  #51  
Old 07-16-2015
USMLE Forums Newbie
 
Steps History: Not yet
Posts: 6
Threads: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Reputation: 11
Default New questions

What kind of questions did you get ?
anything new in terms of Xray /Ct scan or heart sounds/audio or photographs.?
Did the ask more questions from a particular topic more ?
And are the questions very similar to uworld ?
Every year the pattern changes quite a bit, so apart from the 44 questions is there anything ?
And anything else that you did not expect and I should focus on more
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #52  
Old 07-16-2015
USMLE Forums Addict
 
Steps History: Not yet
Posts: 159
Threads: 14
Thanked 22 Times in 21 Posts
Reputation: 32
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by spinal View Post
Quote:
Originally Posted by ucheeee View Post
is first aid gpod enough for those minor aubjects. lets say for bio?
I'd say it is ( in combination with UW)
Maybe Kaplan notes for Genetics is worth a read.
Thanks alot and congrats on your awesome score.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #53  
Old 07-16-2015
USMLE Forums Addict
 
Steps History: Not yet
Posts: 129
Threads: 11
Thanked 19 Times in 17 Posts
Reputation: 29
Default

Hey Spinal, Congratulations on such an awesome score!
Since you did Kaplan Qbank online, could you please tell me if it made a significant difference in your score?
Did you take the two simulation tests and the diagnostic test they offer? Were they important?
I am already doing kaplan qbank offline as my second qbank other than uworld. If you say the simulation tests/diagnostic tests have been very helpful then probably I'll do it online too for one month. Otherwise if just doing a second qbank offline enough?
Thanks
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #54  
Old 07-17-2015
USMLE Forums Addict
 
Steps History: 1+CK+CS
Posts: 122
Threads: 17
Thanked 128 Times in 39 Posts
Reputation: 138
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by san.usmle View Post
Hey Spinal, Congratulations on such an awesome score!
Since you did Kaplan Qbank online, could you please tell me if it made a significant difference in your score?
Did you take the two simulation tests and the diagnostic test they offer? Were they important?
I am already doing kaplan qbank offline as my second qbank other than uworld. If you say the simulation tests/diagnostic tests have been very helpful then probably I'll do it online too for one month. Otherwise if just doing a second qbank offline enough?
Thanks
HI San,

I did KQB offline not online.I don't think u need to do it online .UW with NBMEs online is good enough
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #55  
Old 07-17-2015
USMLE Forums Addict
 
Steps History: 1+CK+CS
Posts: 122
Threads: 17
Thanked 128 Times in 39 Posts
Reputation: 138
Default KQB

Quote:
Originally Posted by san.usmle View Post
Hey Spinal, Congratulations on such an awesome score!
Since you did Kaplan Qbank online, could you please tell me if it made a significant difference in your score?
Did you take the two simulation tests and the diagnostic test they offer? Were they important?
I am already doing kaplan qbank offline as my second qbank other than uworld. If you say the simulation tests/diagnostic tests have been very helpful then probably I'll do it online too for one month. Otherwise if just doing a second qbank offline enough?
Thanks
HI San,

I did KQB offline not online.I don't think u need to do it online .UW with NBMEs online is good enough
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #56  
Old 07-17-2015
USMLE Forums Addict
 
Steps History: 1+CK+CS
Posts: 122
Threads: 17
Thanked 128 Times in 39 Posts
Reputation: 138
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Anshumi Desai View Post
What kind of questions did you get ?
anything new in terms of Xray /Ct scan or heart sounds/audio or photographs.?
Did the ask more questions from a particular topic more ?
And are the questions very similar to uworld ?
Every year the pattern changes quite a bit, so apart from the 44 questions is there anything ?
And anything else that you did not expect and I should focus on more
Most of my questions were path/pathophys.They were UW level or one or two levels tougher.The options were very similar imo and many times it was a coin flip for me.I got one CT scan and was new to me.

Can't really get into the details of the questions coz it's prohibited
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #57  
Old 07-17-2015
USMLE Forums Addict
 
Steps History: 1+CK+CS
Posts: 107
Threads: 18
Thanked 71 Times in 26 Posts
Reputation: 81
Default

Congratulations on your score!
You are so lucky. I ended up with a 259 and missed 260 mark by just one point.
Good luck!
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #58  
Old 07-17-2015
USMLE Forums Addict
 
Steps History: Not yet
Posts: 129
Threads: 11
Thanked 19 Times in 17 Posts
Reputation: 29
Default

Oh ok. Thanks for your reply spinal.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #59  
Old 07-18-2015
USMLE Forums Addict
 
Steps History: 1+CK+CS
Posts: 122
Threads: 17
Thanked 128 Times in 39 Posts
Reputation: 138
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by PeterPan View Post
Congratulations on your score!
You are so lucky. I ended up with a 259 and missed 260 mark by just one point.
Good luck!
Haha, i know.After my CK score I just wanted to see that "6" in my score report so bad but still It's fantastic score.Congrats man.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #60  
Old 07-18-2015
USMLE Forums Newbie
 
Steps History: Step 1 Only
Posts: 3
Threads: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Reputation: 11
Default

This is to share my Step1 experience, may be helpful to some student. Usually our college gives 8 weeks to prepare for Step 1. The exam I schedule was in May. Although I was studying before, I started to take the exam seriously in March. I started with FA, Pathoma, Pharma, and mostly did UWorld qbank. My NBME scores were:

NBME 11 - 130 - 7 weeks ago (major freak out)
NBME 12 - 170 - 6 weeks ago - Fail
NBME 13 - 175 - 5 weeks ago - Fail
UWSA 1 - 211 - 4 weeks ago - Pass
NBME 15 - 196 - 3 weeks ago - Pass
NBME 16 - 190 - 2 weeks ago - Fail
NBME 17 - 192 - 1 week ago - Pass

UWorld qbank average 52%

Every week although I worked hard and reviewed UWorld for the 2nd time, the score was not going up. I was upset because it was just staying around 190. I extended the exam a few times, but towards the end my mind was totally shutdown. All my friends passed the exam but I was not in any position to appear for exam (since do not want to fail). I was thinking to quit medical school and go for PA, since I thought that I will never pass. I then decided to postpone the exam and went for a week long vacation.

After doing some research, I found the reason why my score was not going up. The main reason was because my fundamentals were not clear. I also had some anxiety issue. Finally I concentrated on FA. I took DIT and USMLE-RX qbank. I started doing a chapter at a time from DIT then recall using USMLE-RX qbank. After having completed within 3 weeks, I then repeated the UWorld qbank again. I was averaging 78%. I re-schedule exam in June. I took all NBME so do not want to repeat it, since it will not predict well. A week before the exam, I took UWSA2 and got 230 (so was happy). I got 85% in free 150 questions. Few days before exam, I did a full test (8 hours long) three times and was getting around 75% averages. I finally felt satisfied with my average scores and was ready for exam.

During the exam I felt horrible. Questions were too long and I felt like I marked about 16 to 20 questions on each block. I had no time left to revisit marked questions. By the 4th block, it was so bad I was almost about to cry. Some how I finished all blocks feeling like I failed the exam. Every hour after the exam I constantly went back to my books checking if I had marked the right answer for every question I remembered. I had made a few silly mistakes and it made me feel like giving up hope. I was in total shock for the next few days, but then again nothing much can be done; what’s done is done. After a long waiting of 3 weeks, the results were up and I was happy that I got 212.

Started NBME 11 – 130 (4 months ago)
Last UWSA2 – 230 (1 week ago)
UWorld 75% average (2nd time)
Final step 1 - 212
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
The above post was thanked by:
Paty (07-19-2015)
  #61  
Old 07-18-2015
USMLE Forums Scout
 
Steps History: Not yet
Posts: 68
Threads: 10
Thanked 7 Times in 6 Posts
Reputation: 17
Default

can you please view ur inbox ?
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #62  
Old 07-19-2015
USMLE Forums Scout
 
Steps History: ---
Posts: 21
Threads: 4
Thanked 6 Times in 6 Posts
Reputation: 16
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by spinal View Post
So guys this will happily be my last thread in Step 1 forum. I enjoyed ths forum and it was very useful to me so I am writing abt my step 1 experience.

I am an IMG and had already cleared CK before step 1. My aim was to hit the 260 mark this time and thank god I did.

Sources: 1) the thing about First Aid IMO is that you have to start looking at it early in your studies. (This is actually mentioned in FA itself).Don't try to memorize everything in FA bec u can't, but the earlier u start looking at it the easier it will be for u to adapt to it .

2) I think it's vital for IMGs to start with Kaplan Lecture notes and videos. My personal opinion is that the videos are also very useful (inlcluding the neuroanatomy videos). I actually found them very useful and helped me a lot in my preparation. I'd watch the videos only once and write down the extras on the book. I watched the videos then read the same chapter/topic.

3) I did all the kaplan lecture notes except for Patho, for which I used Pathoma book and videos. I think this has become a must these days. Pathoma will make u master pathology concepts plus save a lot of time so u can concentrate on other subjects so I really don't think anyone will advise you to go for Goljan. I have to say Goljan looks like a very good text book but I believe that my step 1 experience would have been a nightmare if it was my main Patho book. ( still had it as a reference... went back for it a couple of times and added some nice info but not that much+ Pathoma actually summarizes many points from Goljan).. Stay away from BRS patho.. not worth it . Bought it and stopped looking at it after 7 days.

4) In physio: in addition to Kaplan I highly recommend BRS physio. I used it but not in all chapters.. I think it complements Kaplan ( which is a good book) + FA and UW and u r ready to go.

5) kaplan books: I read them cover to cover. Also Pathoma. BRS I didn't read it cover to cover but I think GIT is especially perfect in it and I used to look at it quickly after I have finished each topic from Kaplan.

6) I had some other books on the side that I used as references but I have to say I didn't use them that much and none of them is a must read imo
I liked BRS biology and histology. U can go back to it if some points from Kaplan notes need clarification.

So to conclude this section, my main sources were KLN, Pathoma and BRS physio+ FA ( goes without saying).

Method of studying: I used this method in my preparation for step 2 CK and was equally successful. So I can say it's tried and tested. Pros: tried and proven. U will use two Q banks and it is now proven by studies that USMLE scores increase proportionally with the number of Questions u practice. It is very common in people with high scores to have done 5000+ questions (I saw this in a trusted web site but cannot recall the name ). You will also be able to predict your performance in the exam.
Cons: time consuming and needs a lot of patience.

I gave 4 weeks max to each book ( book with videos) first.
After that I repeated studying each book. This second round will take less time from u and u will feel u r making progress. The difference is that once I finish a subject I answer the sample tests from KLN Qbook.

Third round: This time I will read each book quickly but then answer questions of that subject from Kaplan Qbank ( SO this is KLN QBank subject wise and timed).

Obviously each round of reading a book includes FA as well and each time u read a subject u will see that u r steering away from KLN books and actually concentrating on FA.

NB: I think itz imp. to take notes from any Q Bank. whether u want to annotate on FA or use a separate notebook for each subject it's up to you. I used the latter because I add a lot of things from the Q banks. Reviewing what I learned from the Q bank is the most imp part of my studying and I'd usually review a Q bank in 4 weeks.

After reviewing Kaplan QB, I started UW online Random and timed. If u use the first 3 steps u will be equipped to get higher scores in UW. I agree that UW is a learning tool but I think it's ability to predict your performance is underrated. It's all about statistics. If u use UW random and timed with a very strong background( by doing KLN QB) then I believe u can predict (or at least have an idea abt ur performance in the real deal bec in this way u will have 51 UW blocks. If for instance u get an average of 85% in UW ( random + timed + first time) I think u can safely say that this maybe ur average in the nbmes and the real deal.
I finished UW in 5 weeks and then took another 4 weeks to review the notes I have taken from UW. So that's 9 weeks in total in UW.

After reviewing UW ( with FA), it's now time for Self-Assessments:
1) UWSA: UWSA 1 262
UWSA 2 265
a quick word about UWSA:
• their predictive value seems to be underestimated. I was told by many people that with the extreme scores (at both ends high or low) they are useful in telling u where u stand

• Even if not predictive my recommendation is that u take them. They contain many questions about high yield topics that are nt mentioned in UW QB especially in Genetics ,Pharm and Histology.

• I also feel that their scoring is probably closer to the real deal. NBMEs seems more strict in their scoring. Example: I made some 30+ mistakes in UWSA 1 to get 262 while I got 13 mistakes to get 258 in NBMEs. If u ask me in the real deal I'd say my number of mistakes is more like UWSA and not NBME but that's just a personal opinion and can be wide off the mark.

2) Now I put myself in exam mode. So I will give myself 5 days before each NBME. In these 5 days, I have a list of things that I want to review before the real deal and it usually contains things that I forget alot and feel like my weaknesses. I will spend the 5 days before each NBME reviewing the same things so by the time u go for the real deal u wud've reviewed the most challenging concepts for u like 7 times or maybe even more. I think this is very important bec ths is the same list that u will review in the 5 days before ur exam day. This gives u a sense of control and confidence and that u know exactly what you'll do 5 days before ur exam. I heard a lot of people asking "what should I do 1 week before the exam?". Well start working on that list of yours and take control of the situation. If u do this list before every NBME and u get good scores then there is no reason u won't do the same on exam day .

NBME results ( all online)
NBME 7: 256
NBME 13: 251
NBME 12: 258
NBME 15: 254
NBME 16: 258
NBME 17: 262 ( closest to my result)

NB: taking more nbmes online (even if not the most predictive forms) will give u an idea about ur score range + it will give u an extra 200 questions/form and I think it's better than just taking one or two nbmes.

After I finished NBMEs I set my exam date to be 5 weeks from my last NBME ( and I was afraid that I have delayed the exam date more than I should ).

I divided these 5 weeks as follows:

3 weeks: reviewing the combo of FA +UW.

Obviously u have to accept that u may nt go through every detail in FA bt that's how it is. U will also find yourself forgetting some details while reviewing FA 2 weeks before the exam, u just have to accept that and live with it. It shouldn't hit ur confidence at all.

1 week: Endurance: doing UW randomized timed seven blocks/day for 7 days just to mimic exam day.

1 day travelling to exam center( my exam center is nt in the same country) and another day just letting fatigue out of my system. No studying

5 days : reviewing that List I told u about . Notice that when u do each nbme u can add more things to this list. This list probably contains 25% of FA and u have done it like 6 times before. It has literally become a piece of cake.
I don't like to take the day before the exam off but u have to sleep early.

EXAM DAY:
I was expecting the worst but was still worried in the exam because I felt I was guessing in too many questions for my liking. Even Patho questions that I felt I knew the topic well had difficult answer options... I'd say that I got much more WTF questions than I expected.

Physio was ok.

Gross Anat wasn't easy but was expected to be this way+ there were not that many questions anyway so I don't think u should spend a lot of time reading many anatomy books

Some questions about preventive medicine .
There was also a lot of questions about the best diet for certain type of patients which I found challenging and had to guess a lot.

These are the questions that bothered me the most and felt uncomfortable with.
Even some psych cases were not as straight forward.

I felt that the straightforward questions were less in number than I expected. Still I didn't panic, just had to live with it.

I hope you find this helpful and I wish you all the best of luck.
If you have any questions, I will be more than happy to reply.
Congratulations... That's a great score. How many questions did you miss in NBME 16 & 17 (considering these were the closest in terms of score with the real deal)? Was the real exam difficult than the latest NBMEs? I'm still to take NBME 16/17. I'm planning to take at least one of them within a couple of weeks. Which is better in your opinion? Thanks.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #63  
Old 08-30-2015
USMLE Forums Addict
 
Steps History: 1+CK+CS
Posts: 122
Threads: 17
Thanked 128 Times in 39 Posts
Reputation: 138
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by rooney_hattrick View Post
Congratulations... That's a great score. How many questions did you miss in NBME 16 & 17 (considering these were the closest in terms of score with the real deal)? Was the real exam difficult than the latest NBMEs? I'm still to take NBME 16/17. I'm planning to take at least one of them within a couple of weeks. Which is better in your opinion? Thanks.

11 mistakes in form 17 and and 17 wrong ones in form 16 ...I think 17 was closest to the exam but I definitely found the real deal more challenging. IMO u shud do both..Good luck
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #64  
Old 11-07-2015
USMLE Forums Newbie
 
Steps History: ---
Posts: 5
Threads: 2
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Reputation: 11
Show Teeth

any topics that weren't in FA/Uworld. Just had a few friends take it who said that theres heart murmur audio without much to go on with the question stem so it was basically listening to the audio and finding out the answer through there-- which I don't know how to do? how did you solve heart sound pathology? I know that the loudest area is where the pathology is but how do you know if its stenosis or regurg.

like my friend had a question on rx of strabismus, cocaine induced headaches with papillioedma whats the best next mgmt, diet of HT, DM, hyperlipidemia (which i still don't know what that means), etc.

Is there any topics that you remember that we should cover? I just made a new thread for people to put down topics they got on the test/ resources to solve for it, etc.

so if you remember anything spinal, please let us know. thank you
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message



Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the USMLE Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:
Medical School
Choose "---" if you don't want to tell. AMG for US & Canadian medical schools. IMG for all other medical schools.
USMLE Steps History
What steps finished! Example: 1+CK+CS+3 = Passed Step 1, Step 2 CK, Step 2 CS, and Step 3.

Choose "---" if you don't want to tell.

Favorite USMLE Books
What USMLE books you really think are useful. Leave blank if you don't want to tell.
Location
Where you live. Leave blank if you don't want to tell.

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
My USMLE Step 1 Experience: 261/99 neuromat USMLE Step 1 Forum 29 09-12-2016 04:23 PM
261 in Step 1 (first attempt), my experience Asclepio USMLE Step 1 Forum 33 09-03-2016 04:06 PM
Step 1 Experience - 261 Savvy SaSa USMLE Step 1 Forum 14 11-04-2014 02:53 AM
sibghat048 Step 2 CK experience, 261 sibghat048 USMLE Step 2 CK Forum 2 08-18-2013 03:10 AM
RammyJ5 Step 2 CK Experience (261) rammyj5 USMLE Step 2 CK Forum 7 05-09-2012 12:53 PM

RSS Feed
Find Us on Facebook
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2017 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.

USMLE® & other trade marks belong to their respective owners, read full disclaimer
USMLE Forums created under Creative Commons 3.0 License. (2009-2014)