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Hey everyone.

I am an FMG, and graduated in 2011. I had been planning to study for the Steps throughout med school, and had been putting it off until the beginning of this month.

I have completely forgotten all my basic sciences- especially Biochemistry and Pharmacology.

I decided to go a different rout than that which is commonly recommended. I was wondering if someone could comment on my current strategy, and tell me if I'm going about it the wrong way:

I plan on viewing the Pass Program videos for 1 month, followed by First Aid for 2 weeks. 1 month would be spent reviewing the Pass Program videos, while taking notes in First Aid.

After that, I'll study from Kaplan (2 weeks a subject), taking notes in my FA.

Owing to the fact that NOBODY I know has gone about it this way, I am a little nervous. However, I found reading Kaplan first to be a Sisyphean task- I was forgetting just as fast as I was reading.

Am I making a strategy error? Should I go back to the usual way of studying? Any help would be appreciated.
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I'm sorry I'm probably not the best person to answer your question. I'm not familiar about the Pass program. I'm just curious... Don't you have kaplan videos? If you're going to watch videos anyway, why not start with them?
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I did start with them. I sailed through the physio videos- the lecturers were absolutely brilliant.

I lost momentum with the other videos- other than the lectures on genetics in the Biochemistry section, none of the rest helped build any concepts. I found it profoundly boring. I was also forgetting facts that had just been discussed.

I stumbled across the Pass Program- the lectures go through everything in a systems based approach. They go over common mistakes that are made. They extrapolate information to show how to solve questions that you may have no idea about.

I figured that building some concepts before going through the information-intensive Kaplan series might make it easier to digest.
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I'm not a video-person so my comment might be biased. (I only watch Kaplan videos on an "as-needed" basis like when I'm not doing well on a subject in usmleworld. )

After watching the Kaplan videos, I believe you can already manage the books. They can be boring (they are not exactly suspense novels) but they are not that hard. While reading the Kaplan books, your memory will be triggered and you will be able to connect the dots. If a topic is particularly hard to grasp, open a textbook or another more comprehensive review book (i.e. Lippincott Pharmacology or Katzung Review book) and read on that topic. I believe that's a more efficient use of time.

Forgetting after the first reading or in this case, viewing of the material, is normal. That's why "active studying" has always been recommended (i.e. revising/writing notes from uworld/making flash cards/answering questions). It helps in retention and recall. Even if with KLN + KLN videos + Pass program, if you don't sit down and do active studying, you run the risk of forgetting everything even after so many views/reads.

That's just my opinion. However, if after trying to read Kaplan, you feel like you still want to watch the Pass program, go ahead. As long as you don't have time contraints, it won't hurt. We all have our own ways of effectively studying. =)

I hope this helps. Good luck! =)
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I am not sure about the Pass program either. Since I don't really watch videos. I finally started watching Kaplan videos for the chapters that I am having difficulties with when reading the kaplan LN or had difficulties with when I was in med school. The videos do help you understand some areas better.
I study a chapter and if I don't understand something in taht chapter then I go to the video to understand that concept and review (the parts that I already understood from the rest of that chapter). It seems to be working for me.
I think it all depends on the time you have. I also have difficulties remembering alot of stuff on my first read of Kaplan LN but I am just hoping as I finish the first run and do FA (over and over) I will be able to recall most of them.
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Im doing the same thing i did pass program then kaplan and it really helpss!!! After kaplan im on forst aid now and after finishing it twice i will start uworld and go thru that twice random timed mode!
So im in same ship as u are!
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I'm sceptical bout the Pass program videos as the guy seems to oversimplify n over-generalize concepts. Still good overall, I guess.
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I'm sceptical bout the Pass program videos as the guy seems to oversimplify n over-generalize concepts. Still good overall, I guess.
I was extremely skeptical at first as well, but the principles they go over can extrapolate to the more detailed concepts as well. I guess people who only do the Pass Program are better equipped educated guesses than those who go through the other things. The value in preparing by the other methods is that you don't have to rely on educated guesses, albeit by a more strenuous and labor intensive method

What my strategy is that going over things reduced to their absurd simplicity will make it easier to integrate the more complex knowledge, and make it easier to remember.
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