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Hello guys as many of you requested, I am writing down my experience.

I am an IMG from India, I am just an above average student, who has slacked off at medical school. So my basic knowledge was almost nil.

My prep started two years ago, I studied all Kaplan Lns and goljan once and after that I had some personal issues and heightened anxiety so I took like 10 months off, After this My real preparation started from November Last year I reviewed kaplan LNs did not watch videos as I have watched them earlier, However I watched the one's for pharma as they were high yield.Then I did FA for the first time, Then after that I was doing UWorld and FA combined, literally till 10 days before my exam. In the last 10 days I just read FA once again .

The materials I used and found useful were

Anat-Kaplan (not useful for gross however didnt have the patience to read another text book)
Physio-BRS (This book is awesome, I did not touch kaplan physio)
Biochem-Kaplan
Path-Goljan(Read it once, I felt I wasted my time, I heard pathoma was better as it is managabel, I retained almost nothing from this book)
pharma-Kaplan , It is the holy grail
Micro- Only FA , Dont read Kaplan, Read kaplan only immuno
Behavioral sciences- Kaplan

First Aid for USMLE

USMLE world

The Book I found most useful and High yield was FA , I read it back to back like 5 times, It has helped me a lot.I used to refer to kaplan LNs and BRS physio while reading it.

Unfortunately I did Uworld only once that too only 52% with an aggregate of 76%.I did random timed blocks.I did not have the time to complete it but I suggest you to do it once completely. I felt that if I had done it completely my score would have gone up by at least 4 points.I used Uworld as a review rather than a learning tool.

I did not have a study schedule , as I am very anxious person, I just studied when I felt like it. However if you study with a schedule, you can give your exam much quicker.

I gave a UWSA 1.5 months before and got 254

I gave NBME 13 10 days before and got 254.

However I would suggest you to definitely do newer NBMEs like 15.17 and 16 as questions get repeated in the exam.

My exam day experience was horrible , My anxiety did not let me sleep even for a minute.

The first two blocks were total chaos... I literally did not understand from where they gave those questions I was perfect in FA and KAPLAN LNs, Gross anatomy and pathophysiology were literally killers. Pharma , biochem, Micro were easy peasy, I was very good at Biostats so I had no probs but the questions were twisted so much that they seem totally new. . .but they were doable.Immuno was kind of okay and path was kind of okay. I iliterally felt like incinerating that kaplan LN for gross anatomy cause it was completely useless in the exam.

The other blocks i.e 3,4 were okayish and block 5,6,7 were easier but not cakewalk.I was nauseated, sleepless yet alert and kind of off balance during the exam that made me lose a few questions.

Time management during the exam is very critical , please make sure than you can manage it well.

The funny thing is in my score I got highest performance for gross anat, May be I was lucky :P.

If you have any further questions you can post here, I will try to answer.

Don't worry guys if a person like me can do it , you can do it.

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congratulations Dr ,awesome score.Im also frm India, was actually waiting for ur post.Any advice on how to tackle these anat & pathophysio questions & how did u prepare for CT,MRI.
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Congratulations Dr.. & thanks for sharing your experience.
Do you think Goljan was of any help? I know you mentioned you didn't retain anything from it, but let's say if you did retain some of it, were the concepts from goljan tested in the exam?
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Hello guys as many of you requested, I am writing down my experience.

I am an IMG from India, I am just an above average student, who has slacked off at medical school. So my basic knowledge was almost nil.

My prep started two years ago, I studied all Kaplan Lns and goljan once and after that I had some personal issues and heightened anxiety so I took like 10 months off, After this My real preparation started from November Last year I reviewed kaplan LNs did not watch videos as I have watched them earlier, However I watched the one's for pharma as they were high yield.Then I did FA for the first time, Then after that I was doing UWorld and FA combined, literally till 10 days before my exam. In the last 10 days I just read FA once again .

The materials I used and found useful were

Anat-Kaplan (not useful for gross however didnt have the patience to read another text book)
Physio-BRS (This book is awesome, I did not touch kaplan physio)
Biochem-Kaplan
Path-Goljan(Read it once, I felt I wasted my time, I heard pathoma was better as it is managabel, I retained almost nothing from this book)
pharma-Kaplan , It is the holy grail
Micro- Only FA , Dont read Kaplan, Read kaplan only immuno
Behavioral sciences- Kaplan

First Aid for USMLE

USMLE world

The Book I found most useful and High yield was FA , I read it back to back like 5 times, It has helped me a lot.I used to refer to kaplan LNs and BRS physio while reading it.

Unfortunately I did Uworld only once that too only 52% with an aggregate of 76%.I did random timed blocks.I did not have the time to complete it but I suggest you to do it once completely. I felt that if I had done it completely my score would have gone up by at least 4 points.I used Uworld as a review rather than a learning tool.

I did not have a study schedule , as I am very anxious person, I just studied when I felt like it. However if you study with a schedule, you can give your exam much quicker.

I gave a UWSA 1.5 months before and got 254

I gave NBME 13 10 days before and got 254.

However I would suggest you to definitely do newer NBMEs like 15.17 and 16 as questions get repeated in the exam.

My exam day experience was horrible , My anxiety did not let me sleep even for a minute.

The first two blocks were total chaos... I literally did not understand from where they gave those questions I was perfect in FA and KAPLAN LNs, Gross anatomy and pathophysiology were literally killers. Pharma , biochem, Micro were easy peasy, I was very good at Biostats so I had no probs but the questions were twisted so much that they seem totally new. . .but they were doable.Immuno was kind of okay and path was kind of okay. I iliterally felt like incinerating that kaplan LN for gross anatomy cause it was completely useless in the exam.

The other blocks i.e 3,4 were okayish and block 5,6,7 were easier but not cakewalk.I was nauseated, sleepless yet alert and kind of off balance during the exam that made me lose a few questions.

Time management during the exam is very critical , please make sure than you can manage it well.

The funny thing is in my score I got highest performance for gross anat, May be I was lucky :P.

If you have any further questions you can post here, I will try to answer.

Don't worry guys if a person like me can do it , you can do it.

can you guide more about anatomy gross. ct mri xrays
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congrats man! u did it!
which subjects was FA sufficient for?
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congratulations Dr ,awesome score.Im also frm India, was actually waiting for ur post.Any advice on how to tackle these anat & pathophysio questions & how did u prepare for CT,MRI.
The patho physiology questions can be dealt easily.... By applying concepts from BRS physio , provided that you know the basic pathology behind the disease... You however need to emphasise a bit on reading ECGs and murmurs.. About anat I have no idea really.... As for CTs n MRIs you can manage if you know gross structures well, no need to look at anything other than kap and FA CT and MRIs
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Congratulations Dr.. & thanks for sharing your experience.
Do you think Goljan was of any help? I know you mentioned you didn't retain anything from it, but let's say if you did retain some of it, were the concepts from goljan tested in the exam?
I advice you to do Goljan only if you aim for 260+ or maybe if you want to strengthen your idea on disease processes, I just think the site score increase/ effort ratio is too less. It's better to use your time on FA and refer to Goljan in topics you feel uncertain. FA and BRS have a better score to effort ratio
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Biochem is giving me a hard time
can you explain this question please
Can someone explain why E is the answer. Wouldnt increasing the proton concentration in the matrix just decrease the gradient across the membrane and decrease the flow of electrons through the F0 channel, thus decreasing ATP synthesis?


QUESTION: Which of the following would be expected to increase the amount of ATP produced through operation of the electron transport chain and oxidative phosphorylation?

A. Application of respiratory uncouplers, such as thermogenin
B. Decreasing NADH levels
C. Decreasing the pH in the space between the inner and outer mitochondrial membranes
D. Increasing the permeability of the inner mitochondrial membrane to protons
E. Increasing the proton concentration in the mitochondrial matrix


The correct answer is E. The proton gradient drives and supplies the energy needed to phosphorylate ADP to ATP in the F1 compartment. The greater the gradient potential (more protons on the outside), the more energy is in the gradient and the more ATP can be synthesized.
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