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Default In DESPERATE need of help. Massive BURNOUT.

This post is aimed at all of you kind souls out there who are willing to invest a couple of minutes to help a fellow IMG suffering from a colossal burnout. What's in it for you: if you have bad karma, you get to reverse it; if you already have good karma, you get to improve it even more

So here it goes:
started watching kaplan videos in august 2014, they took 3 months, i did them along with BRS physio, and even though i found kaplan and BRS very helpful at the time, i remember absolutely nothing from them now.
Then in november i did pathoma, kaplan anatomy + HY neuro.
Then in December i started online UW for the 1st time. I did one block per day, subject wise, and took extensive notes into FA, averaged 62%.

The stupidest mistake i did was booking the exam in Jan 2015 (jan was the last month in my exended eligibility), so i was under extreme stress while doing UW, at first it was good stress but then it just started affecting my concentration. Anyway just 2 weeks before my exam, i still had 40% left of UW, and i hadn't yet made a whole read of FA.

So i decided to take nbme 15 one week before my exam (again another mistake, should've done it earlier) and got 220. I want 250+ so I decided to not show up to the exam and reapply again.

Then after taking that decision, i took a month off coz i was really on the verge of a nervous breakdown and i reapplied for june-july-aug.
For 3 whole months (feb, march and april), i literally couldn't study a word and felt i was helplessly burnt out, I have been trying to regain my momentum ever since but i find it very difficult. Now I can barely do half a block per day as i have huge problems with concentration (burnout). And what's upsetting me even more is that i feel that those past couple of months of inactivity made me forget everything i already studied.

I am aiming to take the exam in August and i really don't know if it's doable. I still have 25% left of UW and I also want to do kaplan qbank and read FA. As mentioned earlier, I only did 1 nbme: nbme 15 back in Jan (got 220) and i feel that if i take another one now i will get even less than 220.

Please help. Any advice about burnout, suggestions about study plans or just words of motivation will be highly appreciated.

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only thing that can help u is urself ... getting 220 in nbme 15 is good and better with the incomplete preparation u have done ... if u didn't study for 3 mnths ...that doesn't mean u dont know the subject ...all u need is an extra round of revision ...thats it ... complete the remaining parts ...revise what all have u studied from beginning of ur prep .... tag line is u can if r willing to do ...
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Think of it as a rest period... Rest is over now you need to kick start your engine... Good point but how to put it into action... If I were you then I would had revised first....now the question is how to revise... You can use DIT 2014 to kick start your prep then do two blocks of uworld each day untill you finish the bustard and mark fa with all the notes... Once that's done take an nbme and go for the test...

Get up look in the mirror say those magic words "I can" and start

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I think that you are not or were not suffering from burnout but anxiety, from personal experience I know that something to calm your nerves is most important, maybe some type of massage, reiki, Homeopathy, chamomile tea, if possible go to a good acupuncturist. the thing is that you set yourself a very high goal, the desire for a certain number made you so stressed out you could not function optimally, now you do have some time and some knowledge base, I like the new usmlerx 2015 videos as they are a surprisingly comprehensive explanation of the first aid book, unlike the actually terribly inadequate 2013 usmlerx lecture videos version, the 2014 and 2015 versions are amazing. I have also heard great things about Anki system based Yousmle. check them out. Go for understanding the material, the rest should follow.
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Hello mitochon! I think I understand your current situation pretty well. First of all, let me affirm that what you are going through is completely natural.

I am an IMG from India. Around a year back or more, I was in a similar spot with my step 1 prep. Just after my graduation, I was naive enough to book a test date early in my study phase - when I was in no way ready for the test. I had to extend my eligibility period since I got to know what it takes to get a good score. In my extended eligibility period too, my nbme scores were about 220s and so I didn't take my test during this period as well. After this setback, I took a break and got done with CS first in the interim. After this, I had a feeling that I had forgotten almost everything and hence decided to start again with a clean slate. Went over the kaplan notes and videos. Completed kaplan and uworld qbanks. The journey was very tough, but eventually I overcame the obstacles and achieved a good enough score. More than 245. I defeated the beast. I will be applying this september for next year's match, after getting done with CK in august.

What I wanted to tell you is that the most important time to believe in yourself is the time when no one else would. There are many naysayers around. Don't listen to them and just focus on doing well with your stuff. Persistence, my friend, will be the key to success. Push your daily limits. You will have to put a sincere effort towards smashing the mental barrier. Just stick with it and you will see yourself succeed.
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only thing that can help u is urself ... getting 220 in nbme 15 is good and better with the incomplete preparation u have done ... if u didn't study for 3 mnths ...that doesn't mean u dont know the subject ...all u need is an extra round of revision ...thats it ... complete the remaining parts ...revise what all have u studied from beginning of ur prep .... tag line is u can if r willing to do ...
thank you very much, sriharsha. you are right. i'll try to revise quickly and hopefully remember more than i thought i would. All the best
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Think of it as a rest period... Rest is over now you need to kick start your engine... Good point but how to put it into action... If I were you then I would had revised first....now the question is how to revise... You can use DIT 2014 to kick start your prep then do two blocks of uworld each day untill you finish the bustard and mark fa with all the notes... Once that's done take an nbme and go for the test...

Get up look in the mirror say those magic words "I can" and start

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i thought of using DIT, sometimes having someone read FA to you can be easier than reading yourself. but do you think it can be done in 2 weeks? and should i do it alone or like divide the day, half DIT and half UW?
Thank you, clever fox, i wish you all the best.
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I think that you are not or were not suffering from burnout but anxiety, from personal experience I know that something to calm your nerves is most important, maybe some type of massage, reiki, Homeopathy, chamomile tea, if possible go to a good acupuncturist. the thing is that you set yourself a very high goal, the desire for a certain number made you so stressed out you could not function optimally, now you do have some time and some knowledge base, I like the new usmlerx 2015 videos as they are a surprisingly comprehensive explanation of the first aid book, unlike the actually terribly inadequate 2013 usmlerx lecture videos version, the 2014 and 2015 versions are amazing. I have also heard great things about Anki system based Yousmle. check them out. Go for understanding the material, the rest should follow.
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i will try to implement those relaxation techniques, dant. Thank you very much for your suggestions. All the best.
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Hello mitochon! I think I understand your current situation pretty well. First of all, let me affirm that what you are going through is completely natural.

I am an IMG from India. Around a year back or more, I was in a similar spot with my step 1 prep. Just after my graduation, I was naive enough to book a test date early in my study phase - when I was in no way ready for the test. I had to extend my eligibility period since I got to know what it takes to get a good score. In my extended eligibility period too, my nbme scores were about 220s and so I didn't take my test during this period as well. After this setback, I took a break and got done with CS first in the interim. After this, I had a feeling that I had forgotten almost everything and hence decided to start again with a clean slate. Went over the kaplan notes and videos. Completed kaplan and uworld qbanks. The journey was very tough, but eventually I overcame the obstacles and achieved a good enough score. More than 245. I defeated the beast. I will be applying this september for next year's match, after getting done with CK in august.

What I wanted to tell you is that the most important time to believe in yourself is the time when no one else would. There are many naysayers around. Don't listen to them and just focus on doing well with your stuff. Persistence, my friend, will be the key to success. Push your daily limits. You will have to put a sincere effort towards smashing the mental barrier. Just stick with it and you will see yourself succeed.
abc100, your words are very genuine and soothing, hence much appreciated. I believe you got to the core of it all; mental barriers. People don't appreciate how important this is until you face such tough situations. And it is very true, step 1 is more of a mind game than anything else. If there are certain techniques or routines that helped you get back in focus and regain your momentum, it would be great if you could share them with us, for all ppl going through the same struggle to profit.
I thank you for your time and beautiful words. All the best
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i thought of using DIT, sometimes having someone read FA to you can be easier than reading yourself. but do you think it can be done in 2 weeks? and should i do it alone or like divide the day, half DIT and half UW?
Thank you, clever fox, i wish you all the best.
The DIT 2014 has a schedule with it which says if you can give 5.5hrs a day then you can complete it in 15days!

Look you have covered everything once right so one block per day with explanation and DIT the same day for 15days or 20days say will be great you will be back at your full form and also doing questions will help you...

I read somewhere that taking a day each week off is a must...I am an IMG too and I burn out preping for my semester exams...so your burning out was quite normal...I know I myself have set 240+ as a target and would not settle for less but I think love for the subject/passion for medicine will drive us further than the thoughts of congratulations on getting 240/250!

Love it once again and start you will get your marks this time focus on your studies more than your performance once you are finished go for the NBME see where you stand I am sure you will reach your desired goal!

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