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Hi...i'm an img,just getting started.....just gathering my resources.Cld someone tell me how to get started...?
Should i plan my study plan subject wise or system wise or combine both?I need to know the most effective way to study?Any help wld be really appreciated.Thank you
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1. Define your goal. If you just want to pass, there is probably no need to prepare for 6 months. On the other hand, if you want to ace the exam, a week is a little bit too short.
2. How much time do you have for preparation? a month? 2? a year?
3. Take an NBME to see where you're at. Kaplan has also a free diagnostic exam, that, although pretty easy, serves the purpose.
4. Purchase a question bank - I've used Kaplan and UW. I've heard good things about Rx too.
5. First aid is a must.
6. If you are weak in patho, use pathoma (or use goljan, but it is really thick...)
7. If you want someone to read/explain the material to you, use DIT. Their videos use FA material, so it is a good choice and it is doable in like 3 weeks.
8. I would say go subjectwise. After you get the results of your NBME, focus on your weakest areas. Don't just read a bunch of books, STUDY. Use qbank to consolidate the stuff you learn.
9. Take more NBMEs during your study to track your progress.
10. Pass Step 1 with your desired score.

Bottom line. It is not important which material you choose. KLN, FA, goljan, HY, BRS series are all great. The important thing is, that you learn the material. Choose study technique that fits you. Maybe it's doing tons of questions, maybe it's cramming. Maybe it's watching videos over and over and over again.
I can tell you one thing not to do:
pick up tons of material - thousands and thousands of pages (or watching every usmle prep course video). You will never read it/watch it anyway. You will end up frustrated and won't learn anything anyway.
Less is more my friend.
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1. Define your goal. If you just want to pass, there is probably no need to prepare for 6 months. On the other hand, if you want to ace the exam, a week is a little bit too short.
2. How much time do you have for preparation? a month? 2? a year?
3. Take an NBME to see where you're at. Kaplan has also a free diagnostic exam, that, although pretty easy, serves the purpose.
4. Purchase a question bank - I've used Kaplan and UW. I've heard good things about Rx too.
5. First aid is a must.
6. If you are weak in patho, use pathoma (or use goljan, but it is really thick...)
7. If you want someone to read/explain the material to you, use DIT. Their videos use FA material, so it is a good choice and it is doable in like 3 weeks.
8. I would say go subjectwise. After you get the results of your NBME, focus on your weakest areas. Don't just read a bunch of books, STUDY. Use qbank to consolidate the stuff you learn.
9. Take more NBMEs during your study to track your progress.
10. Pass Step 1 with your desired score.

Bottom line. It is not important which material you choose. KLN, FA, goljan, HY, BRS series are all great. The important thing is, that you learn the material. Choose study technique that fits you. Maybe it's doing tons of questions, maybe it's cramming. Maybe it's watching videos over and over and over again.
I can tell you one thing not to do:
pick up tons of material - thousands and thousands of pages (or watching every usmle prep course video). You will never read it/watch it anyway. You will end up frustrated and won't learn anything anyway.
Less is more my friend.
Thank you so much.Can u suggest one more thing...?I've purchased kaplan lecture notes,FA & will be getting the kaplan q-bank soon too.Is it better if i,say,study the path,pharm etc pertaining to an organ system or study the subjects separately & cover the oragn systems seperately?Just a suggestion.I have ard 6 months to prepare.Thank you
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You're welcome. :-)
I am sorry, in my post I said subject wise. I meant system wise approach. There are some exceptions though - when doing micro, I would cover the whole subject. Also, I think of general path and general pharm as separate subjects, because you cannot fit that under any organ system.
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You're welcome. :-)
I am sorry, in my post I said subject wise. I meant system wise approach. There are some exceptions though - when doing micro, I would cover the whole subject. Also, I think of general path and general pharm as separate subjects, because you cannot fit that under any organ system.
Alright.Thank you so much for replying!
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