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Hi for all
I took the exam in the new form of 44 question in each block at 6 Aug 2015.
Lots of students will tell you that the exam was easy and piece of cake .... yes it is, but after tons of effort and long time for preparation everything becomes a piece of cake!!! But the good news is it is not as scary and intimidating as you think it is. Just prepare well and the 8 hours exam will be a time to enjoy.
I do not wanna put a time schedule for you, because every one has different circumstances and mood. But I will be interested more in the content of the exam, especially some critical points of it.

1- Anatomy.... do not waste time worrying about anatomy...I read kaplan once, and even that was too much information for me...i knew that i will do well on all the other disciplines so wasting some points on anatomy was ok for me.
What's in first aid is enough to get some questions right. and the ones that you will get wrong, probably you would get them wrong anyway, even if you had wikipedia with you.
The new strategy of the question writer is make step1 more like step 2...so
PLEASE!!!! READ STEP 2 ORTHOPEDIC SURGERY PART from kaplan FOR THE STEP 1....It will really help...do not read any other textbook. Anatomy should take 1 2 weeks of your time that's it.
Neuroscience ....way too complicated in kaplan....DO NOT GO THROUGH IT...what's in FA is enough...do no waste time learning complicated pathways like the cerebellum... most probably you will get a question on hemianopsias ..that's it

2- Embryology, physiology, microbiology, pharmacology, biochemistry, those are very straightforward..no tricks at all...do kaplan lecture notes plus FA ...and you will have no trouble in the exam. some physiology questions will be little bit weird, but still with good reasoning you can get those questions right.
those disciplines are the ones that you should make sure to get the maximum amount of questions right. They are not tricky at all. The material and the science behind those is well known, and no major updates in those fields. so you should feel comfortable. do not worry about new drugs and novel treatments. it is an ocean of updates that you can't follow. stick to the usual, old stuff. It's more likely that you will get a question on thiazide and loop diuretics than a one on a recently discovered cancer drug with a complicated mechanism. Lots of drugs in FA are fancy and relatively new. Even those have very little chance to appear on the exam, but since it's in FA, then you can't risk it, so learn those and do not worry about other stuff.
I know there are respected step 1 lecturers out there doing integrated cases on very complicated topics and intimidating students. DO NOT GET LOST IN THOSE STUFF...step 1 materials are an ocean nowadays. you can't follow everything. stick to the old plan KAPLAN+FA+ UW.... you will be on the safe side.

3- Behavioral science, epidemiology, ethics..... despite the fact that most students always complain about those disciplines, including me, but after I got my score report I was surprised that I mastered those questions and got an asterisk on those topics in the score report. !!!!!
All i did was .....kaplan+FA+UW.... as usual ...the other books I have read are 2 very short books
Khan's clinical cases
kaplan 100 cases
PLEASE!!!! make sure to read those last two... I got a question on the exam that exactly matched one of the cases in these books!!!! to my surprise
behavioral and ethics could be mastered after all...

4- pathology is time to relax....all students give pathology most of the time of the preparation...you will end up surprised by the simplicity and easiness of pathology questions on the exam...I got asterisks on most of pathology system...it's ridiculously easy...
the eternal question on pathology is goljan or pathoma???
well I did both... ended up with first aid alone
my advice...DO NOT TOUCH GOLJAN
it's way too complicated, with tons of unnecessary detailed information.
Pathoma book and lectures are more than enough when combined with UW + FA
all questions were straightforward..and could be answered by FA alone...
the only questions I got about chromosomes and genes were M3 15:17...and Philadelphia 9:22 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! that easy
pathology is your time to enjoy.
DO NOT WORRY ABOUT MICROSCOPIC IMAGES. VERY FEW ON THE EXAM. if you got one, probably you will know the answer still without checking the picture.

5- immunology .. is a problem because it is a field that is being always supplied with new information and discoveries. it is still developing and lots of room for the question writer to come up with new, unheard of questions.
I got an asterisk in the score report on this discipline too...
MAKE SURE to read BECKER immunology book + kaplan + FA + UW as usual
DO NOT READ HIGH YIELD IMMUNOLOGY ...IT'S WAY TOO DETAILED AND COMPLICATED....you will have a heart attack.

Q Banks

3 banks are out there. UW, Kplan and Rx

all students agree on the importance of UW. can't stress it enough.
DO NOT BE OBSESSIVE ABOUT UW. it's not that the question writer uses UW as a guide.
read the explanation for the right answer. the educational objective at the bottom and if you really have time read the explanation for the wrong choices, but usually those are distractors and silly choices with complicated explanations that are so low yield. do not waste time on that.

Kaplan q bank is optional...if you have time go through it. it stresses physiology and basic science a lot and that will help on the exam if you want 250, 260

Rx is very stupid and ill made bank. DO NOT WASTE TIME ON IT.
if you suffer from OCD then just anatomy,behavioral stuff . Pathology part is sooooo insulting for a usmle student. Most of questions mention key and buzz words, something the question writer will avoid

hope the post was helpful and I am here for further questions.
wish the best of luck for all.

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Congratulations. Did you do any NBME? How did they predict for you?
I did not do NBME..
but I have close friends who did....
NBME was 250....real exam 240
and I have read about the correlation between the real exam and NBME... it's
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congratulations !!! this is a dream score ! and many thanks for not making us panicky . btw, khan's clinical cases r on which subject ? on medical ethics ? And it will be very helpful if u kindly tell how do u suggest or how did u prepare for the last two months ? because i always feel i need to revise a lot nd still forget ...donot understand where to give stress - q bank or fa wd few texts content or divide time on both equally ?
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congratulations !!! this is a dream score ! and many thanks for not making us panicky . btw, khan's clinical cases r on which subject ? on medical ethics ? And it will be very helpful if u kindly tell how do u suggest or how did u prepare for the last two months ? because i always feel i need to revise a lot nd still forget ...donot understand where to give stress - q bank or fa wd few texts content or divide time on both equally ?
khan's clinical cases are on ethics..very good ones
the stuff that you forget are memorization parts of the exam..you will be surprised if I told you you will not be needing that a lot on the exam day.
they don't go to picky details with the questions.
the questions I got wrong are the ones I never heard of and found hard time finding the answer of most of them even browsing the internet.
never got any questions where i wondered ...wish i remembered this tiny detail .
last months just relax doing q banks
if u have done uw 3 4 times it's enough...either take the exam or go to kaplan q bank...heard some people doing uw 7 8 times...no meaning at all...it;s not that the question writer uses UW ...
more diverse your banks are, higher you will score
and people who do UW+kaplan q bank usually score higher than UW alone
because it's all about test taking skills + information
more questions you do, you will end up building an intuition on the subconscious level somehow to FEEL the right answer even if you are not sure ...maybe it will not make sense to you...but believe me it works like that...this is an exam...maybe brilliant physicians will end up failing o step 1!!!
it does not say much about how good physician you are..it reflects your preparation for this particular exam..
if you did FA+UW few times and kaplan q bank couple of times ..then you are ready ...go for it ..do not put off the exam date..just take it

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Hi Pasha, Congrats on such an awesome score!
One question I have, how did you get a hold of becker immunology book? I've been looking for it myself for sometime. Is it available offline? Just like all the kaplan books out there. If yes can you please send me a link.
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thank u so much . i understand perfectly what u r trying to say by mentioning "intuition " part ..i think u r absolutely true about building concept in subconscious level...ur advises i guess very helpful.thanks a lot.
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Hi for all
I took the exam in the new form of 44 question in each block at 6 Aug 2015.
Lots of students will tell you that the exam was easy and piece of cake .... yes it is, but after tons of effort and long time for preparation everything becomes a piece of cake!!! But the good news is it is not as scary and intimidating as you think it is. Just prepare well and the 8 hours exam will be a time to enjoy.
I do not wanna put a time schedule for you, because every one has different circumstances and mood. But I will be interested more in the content of the exam, especially some critical points of it.

1- Anatomy.... do not waste time worrying about anatomy...I read kaplan once, and even that was too much information for me...i knew that i will do well on all the other disciplines so wasting some points on anatomy was ok for me.
What's in first aid is enough to get some questions right. and the ones that you will get wrong, probably you would get then wrong anyway, even if you had wikipedia with you.
The new strategy of the question writer is make step1 more like step 2...so
PLEASE!!!! READ STEP 2 ORTHOPEDIC SURGERY PART from kaplan FOR THE STEP 1....It will really help...do not read any other textbook. Anatomy should take 1 2 weeks of your time that's it.
Neuroscience ....way too complicated in kaplan....DO NOT GO THROUGH IT...what's in FA is enough...do no waste time learning complicated pathways like the cerebellum... most probably you will get a question on hemianopsias ..that's it

2- Embryology, physiology, microbiology, pharmacology, biochemistry, those are very straightforward..no tricks at all...do kaplan lecture notes plus FA ...and you will have no trouble in the exam. some physiology questions will be little bit weird, but still with good reasoning you can get those questions right.
those disciplines are the ones that you should make sure to get the maximum amount of questions right. They are not tricky at all. The material and the science behind those is well known, and no major updates in those fields. so you should feel comfortable. do not worry about new drugs and novel treatments. it is an ocean of updates that you can't follow. stick to the usual, old stuff. It's more likely that you will get a question on thiazide and loop diuretics than a one on a recently discovered cancer drug with a complicated mechanism. Lots of drugs in FA are fancy and relatively new. Even those have very little chance to appear on the exam, but since it's in FA, then you can't risk it, so learn those and do not worry about other stuff.
I know there are respected step 1 lecturers out there doing integrated cases on very complicated topics and intimidating students. DO NOT GET LOST IN THOSE STUFF...step 1 materials are an ocean nowadays. you can't follow everything. stick to the old plan KAPLAN+FA+ UW.... you will be on the safe side.

3- Behavioral science, epidemiology, ethics..... despite the fact that most students always complain about those disciplines, including me, but after I got my score report I was surprised that I mastered those questions and got an asterisk on those topics in the score report. !!!!!
All i did was .....kaplan+FA+UW.... as usual ...the other books I have read are 2 very short books
Khan's clinical cases
kaplan 100 cases
PLEASE!!!! make sure to read those last two... I got a question on the exam that exactly matched one of the cases in these books!!!! to my surprise
behavioral and ethics could be mastered after all...

4- pathology is time to relax....all students give pathology most of the time of the preparation...you will end up surprised by the simplicity and easiness of pathology questions on the exam...I got asterisks on most of pathology system...it's ridiculously easy...
the eternal question on pathology is goljan or pathoma???
well I did both... ended up with first aid alone
my advice...DO NOT TOUCH GOLJAN
it's way too complicated, with tons of unnecessary detailed information.
Pathoma book and lectures are more than enough when combined with UW + FA
all questions were straightforward..and could be answered by FA alone...
the only questions I got about chromosomes and genes were M3 15:17...and Philadelphia 9:22 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! that easy
pathology is you time to enjoy.
DO NOT WORRY ABOUT MICROSCOPIC IMAGES. VERY FEW ON THE EXAM. if you got one, probably you will know the answer still without checking the picture.

5- immunology .. is a problem because it is a field that is being always supplied with new information and discoveries. it is still developing and lots of room for the question writer to come up with new, unheard of questions.
I got an asterisk in the score report on this discipline too...
MAKE SURE to read BECKER immunology book + kaplan + FA + UW as usual
DO NOT READ HIGH YIELD IMMUNOLOGY ...IT'S WAY TOO DETAILED AND COMPLICATED....you will have a heart attack.

Q Banks

3 banks are out there. UW, Kplan and Rx

all students agree on the importance of UW. can't stress it enough.
DO NOT BE OBSESSIVE ABOUT UW. it's not that the question writer uses UW as a guide.
read the explanation for the right answer. the educational objective at the bottom and if you really have time read the explanation for the wrong choices, but usually those are distractors and silly choices with complicated explanations that are so low yield. do not waste time on that.

Kaplan q bank is optional...if you have time go through it. it stresses physiology and basic science a lot and that will help on the exam if you want 250, 260

Rx is very stupid and ill made bank. DO NOT WASTE TIME ON IT.
if you suffer from OCD then just anatomy,behavioral stuff . Pathology part is sooooo insulting for a usmle student. Most of questions mention key and buzz words, something the question writer will avoid

hope the post was helpful and I am here for further questions.
wish the best of luck for all.

Congrats on such a great score. Where did you study biostats and epidemiology from? Was alot of it tested?
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Congrats on such a great score. Where did you study biostats and epidemiology from? Was alot of it tested?
kaplan + fa+ uw kaplan and rx banks
that's it
not heavily tested
ethics is what matters most
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kaplan + fa+ uw kaplan and rx banks
that's it
not heavily tested
ethics is what matters most
congrats

awesome job

thats a great score

well done

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Hi for all
I took the exam in the new form of 44 question in each block at 6 Aug 2015.
Lots of students will tell you that the exam was easy and piece of cake .... yes it is, but after tons of effort and long time for preparation everything becomes a piece of cake!!! But the good news is it is not as scary and intimidating as you think it is. Just prepare well and the 8 hours exam will be a time to enjoy.
I do not wanna put a time schedule for you, because every one has different circumstances and mood. But I will be interested more in the content of the exam, especially some critical points of it.

1- Anatomy.... do not waste time worrying about anatomy...I read kaplan once, and even that was too much information for me...i knew that i will do well on all the other disciplines so wasting some points on anatomy was ok for me.
What's in first aid is enough to get some questions right. and the ones that you will get wrong, probably you would get then wrong anyway, even if you had wikipedia with you.
The new strategy of the question writer is make step1 more like step 2...so
PLEASE!!!! READ STEP 2 ORTHOPEDIC SURGERY PART from kaplan FOR THE STEP 1....It will really help...do not read any other textbook. Anatomy should take 1 2 weeks of your time that's it.
Neuroscience ....way too complicated in kaplan....DO NOT GO THROUGH IT...what's in FA is enough...do no waste time learning complicated pathways like the cerebellum... most probably you will get a question on hemianopsias ..that's it

2- Embryology, physiology, microbiology, pharmacology, biochemistry, those are very straightforward..no tricks at all...do kaplan lecture notes plus FA ...and you will have no trouble in the exam. some physiology questions will be little bit weird, but still with good reasoning you can get those questions right.
those disciplines are the ones that you should make sure to get the maximum amount of questions right. They are not tricky at all. The material and the science behind those is well known, and no major updates in those fields. so you should feel comfortable. do not worry about new drugs and novel treatments. it is an ocean of updates that you can't follow. stick to the usual, old stuff. It's more likely that you will get a question on thiazide and loop diuretics than a one on a recently discovered cancer drug with a complicated mechanism. Lots of drugs in FA are fancy and relatively new. Even those have very little chance to appear on the exam, but since it's in FA, then you can't risk it, so learn those and do not worry about other stuff.
I know there are respected step 1 lecturers out there doing integrated cases on very complicated topics and intimidating students. DO NOT GET LOST IN THOSE STUFF...step 1 materials are an ocean nowadays. you can't follow everything. stick to the old plan KAPLAN+FA+ UW.... you will be on the safe side.

3- Behavioral science, epidemiology, ethics..... despite the fact that most students always complain about those disciplines, including me, but after I got my score report I was surprised that I mastered those questions and got an asterisk on those topics in the score report. !!!!!
All i did was .....kaplan+FA+UW.... as usual ...the other books I have read are 2 very short books
Khan's clinical cases
kaplan 100 cases
PLEASE!!!! make sure to read those last two... I got a question on the exam that exactly matched one of the cases in these books!!!! to my surprise
behavioral and ethics could be mastered after all...

4- pathology is time to relax....all students give pathology most of the time of the preparation...you will end up surprised by the simplicity and easiness of pathology questions on the exam...I got asterisks on most of pathology system...it's ridiculously easy...
the eternal question on pathology is goljan or pathoma???
well I did both... ended up with first aid alone
my advice...DO NOT TOUCH GOLJAN
it's way too complicated, with tons of unnecessary detailed information.
Pathoma book and lectures are more than enough when combined with UW + FA
all questions were straightforward..and could be answered by FA alone...
the only questions I got about chromosomes and genes were M3 15:17...and Philadelphia 9:22 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! that easy
pathology is you time to enjoy.
DO NOT WORRY ABOUT MICROSCOPIC IMAGES. VERY FEW ON THE EXAM. if you got one, probably you will know the answer still without checking the picture.

5- immunology .. is a problem because it is a field that is being always supplied with new information and discoveries. it is still developing and lots of room for the question writer to come up with new, unheard of questions.
I got an asterisk in the score report on this discipline too...
MAKE SURE to read BECKER immunology book + kaplan + FA + UW as usual
DO NOT READ HIGH YIELD IMMUNOLOGY ...IT'S WAY TOO DETAILED AND COMPLICATED....you will have a heart attack.

Q Banks

3 banks are out there. UW, Kplan and Rx

all students agree on the importance of UW. can't stress it enough.
DO NOT BE OBSESSIVE ABOUT UW. it's not that the question writer uses UW as a guide.
read the explanation for the right answer. the educational objective at the bottom and if you really have time read the explanation for the wrong choices, but usually those are distractors and silly choices with complicated explanations that are so low yield. do not waste time on that.

Kaplan q bank is optional...if you have time go through it. it stresses physiology and basic science a lot and that will help on the exam if you want 250, 260

Rx is very stupid and ill made bank. DO NOT WASTE TIME ON IT.
if you suffer from OCD then just anatomy,behavioral stuff . Pathology part is sooooo insulting for a usmle student. Most of questions mention key and buzz words, something the question writer will avoid

hope the post was helpful and I am here for further questions.
wish the best of luck for all.

congrats

where the questions lengthy than uworld kaplan qbanks?

did u face difficulty managing time during exam?

what was different in the questions of real deal n uworld?
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where the questions lengthy than uworld kaplan qbanks?

did u face difficulty managing time during exam?

what was different in the questions of real deal n uworld?
the questions were as long or even shorter...some questions were just 2 lines.
time is no problem....just if you know the answer or not..pick an answer and move...
out of 1 hour break i used just 40 minutes
you can do 2 blocks or even 3 before feeling tired
you can take a break without going out ..just staying in your chair and relaxing...so you would not lose time for check in and out
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Hi Pasha, Congrats. I'm preparing for Step 1. I am done with Kaplans, DIT Videos, FA and did one round of UW for the past 6 months, but my NBME score (Offline- 15) is very low (barely at the passing score). So now I have about 1-2 months, I wonder what is your suggestions for the time remaining? I'm definitely planning to do the UW one more round, so do you think that would improve my score (hoping for ~220-230) and is that time gonna be enough and how long more do U think I better continue studying (roughly)? Cause I've really panicked and lost my confidence after all these preparations! ( Thanks a lot in advance
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Congratulations! Stellar score
Could you tell me when to start working UW..as in right from the start or after the first read?
Also, how many weeks/months of prep would be sufficient for Kaplan+FA+UW+KQBank+Rx?

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Congratulations! Stellar score
Could you tell me when to start working UW..as in right from the start or after the first read?
Also, how many weeks/months of prep would be sufficient for Kaplan+FA+UW+KQBank+Rx?

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start UW after you read everything at least once...coz the questions are integrated. i.e. biochemistry questions need some understanding of physiology too....so do not make the mistake of doing UW section after finishing the related discipline...wait till you are done with everything then do UW.

if you wanna do all those banks and FA several times then you are talking about a time frame of 10 months ...
you need 6 months to go over everything once...
and then all those banks 3 4 times... that's not less than additional 4 months

but please ..my advice is do not waste time on Rx.... just anatomy and behavioral if you insist
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Congrats on the great score.

3 questions:

Question 1:
When you say Kaplan+FA+UW, do you mean Kaplan qbank or Kaplan lecture notes?

Question 2:
Please tell me what should I do with Kaplan Qbank anatomy questions. There are lots of them and they are not easy at all.

How did you study them? did you memorize each and every one of them?

Which is better, RX anatomy Or Kaplan Qbank anatomy?

Question 3
CT scans and radiology questions. How do I get prepared for those? I am scared of them
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goljan or pathoma ... i first hear goljan is the key to pathology .... now i am hearing pathoma and its videos are also good ... pathoma look very much concise like half the no of pages of goljan ... i fear that might questions may came beyond tht ... plz clear my this doubt i will be very thankul to u
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Hi for all
I took the exam in the new form of 44 question in each block at 6 Aug 2015.
Lots of students will tell you that the exam was easy and piece of cake .... yes it is, but after tons of effort and long time for preparation everything becomes a piece of cake!!! But the good news is it is not as scary and intimidating as you think it is. Just prepare well and the 8 hours exam will be a time to enjoy.
I do not wanna put a time schedule for you, because every one has different circumstances and mood. But I will be interested more in the content of the exam, especially some critical points of it.

1- Anatomy.... do not waste time worrying about anatomy...I read kaplan once, and even that was too much information for me...i knew that i will do well on all the other disciplines so wasting some points on anatomy was ok for me.
What's in first aid is enough to get some questions right. and the ones that you will get wrong, probably you would get them wrong anyway, even if you had wikipedia with you.
The new strategy of the question writer is make step1 more like step 2...so
PLEASE!!!! READ STEP 2 ORTHOPEDIC SURGERY PART from kaplan FOR THE STEP 1....It will really help...do not read any other textbook. Anatomy should take 1 2 weeks of your time that's it.
Neuroscience ....way too complicated in kaplan....DO NOT GO THROUGH IT...what's in FA is enough...do no waste time learning complicated pathways like the cerebellum... most probably you will get a question on hemianopsias ..that's it

2- Embryology, physiology, microbiology, pharmacology, biochemistry, those are very straightforward..no tricks at all...do kaplan lecture notes plus FA ...and you will have no trouble in the exam. some physiology questions will be little bit weird, but still with good reasoning you can get those questions right.
those disciplines are the ones that you should make sure to get the maximum amount of questions right. They are not tricky at all. The material and the science behind those is well known, and no major updates in those fields. so you should feel comfortable. do not worry about new drugs and novel treatments. it is an ocean of updates that you can't follow. stick to the usual, old stuff. It's more likely that you will get a question on thiazide and loop diuretics than a one on a recently discovered cancer drug with a complicated mechanism. Lots of drugs in FA are fancy and relatively new. Even those have very little chance to appear on the exam, but since it's in FA, then you can't risk it, so learn those and do not worry about other stuff.
I know there are respected step 1 lecturers out there doing integrated cases on very complicated topics and intimidating students. DO NOT GET LOST IN THOSE STUFF...step 1 materials are an ocean nowadays. you can't follow everything. stick to the old plan KAPLAN+FA+ UW.... you will be on the safe side.

3- Behavioral science, epidemiology, ethics..... despite the fact that most students always complain about those disciplines, including me, but after I got my score report I was surprised that I mastered those questions and got an asterisk on those topics in the score report. !!!!!
All i did was .....kaplan+FA+UW.... as usual ...the other books I have read are 2 very short books
Khan's clinical cases
kaplan 100 cases
PLEASE!!!! make sure to read those last two... I got a question on the exam that exactly matched one of the cases in these books!!!! to my surprise
behavioral and ethics could be mastered after all...

4- pathology is time to relax....all students give pathology most of the time of the preparation...you will end up surprised by the simplicity and easiness of pathology questions on the exam...I got asterisks on most of pathology system...it's ridiculously easy...
the eternal question on pathology is goljan or pathoma???
well I did both... ended up with first aid alone
my advice...DO NOT TOUCH GOLJAN
it's way too complicated, with tons of unnecessary detailed information.
Pathoma book and lectures are more than enough when combined with UW + FA
all questions were straightforward..and could be answered by FA alone...
the only questions I got about chromosomes and genes were M3 15:17...and Philadelphia 9:22 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! that easy
pathology is your time to enjoy.
DO NOT WORRY ABOUT MICROSCOPIC IMAGES. VERY FEW ON THE EXAM. if you got one, probably you will know the answer still without checking the picture.

5- immunology .. is a problem because it is a field that is being always supplied with new information and discoveries. it is still developing and lots of room for the question writer to come up with new, unheard of questions.
I got an asterisk in the score report on this discipline too...
MAKE SURE to read BECKER immunology book + kaplan + FA + UW as usual
DO NOT READ HIGH YIELD IMMUNOLOGY ...IT'S WAY TOO DETAILED AND COMPLICATED....you will have a heart attack.

Q Banks

3 banks are out there. UW, Kplan and Rx

all students agree on the importance of UW. can't stress it enough.
DO NOT BE OBSESSIVE ABOUT UW. it's not that the question writer uses UW as a guide.
read the explanation for the right answer. the educational objective at the bottom and if you really have time read the explanation for the wrong choices, but usually those are distractors and silly choices with complicated explanations that are so low yield. do not waste time on that.

Kaplan q bank is optional...if you have time go through it. it stresses physiology and basic science a lot and that will help on the exam if you want 250, 260

Rx is very stupid and ill made bank. DO NOT WASTE TIME ON IT.
if you suffer from OCD then just anatomy,behavioral stuff . Pathology part is sooooo insulting for a usmle student. Most of questions mention key and buzz words, something the question writer will avoid

hope the post was helpful and I am here for further questions.
wish the best of luck for all.
What kind of student are you? are you a graduate? i know you recommend both ethics books but do you think one is enough? what is the difference btw the two? iam using kaplan vids for behavioral sci along side with FA right now and brs.
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Hi for all
I took the exam in the new form of 44 question in each block at 6 Aug 2015.
Lots of students will tell you that the exam was easy and piece of cake .... yes it is, but after tons of effort and long time for preparation everything becomes a piece of cake!!! But the good news is it is not as scary and intimidating as you think it is. Just prepare well and the 8 hours exam will be a time to enjoy.
I do not wanna put a time schedule for you, because every one has different circumstances and mood. But I will be interested more in the content of the exam, especially some critical points of it.

1- Anatomy.... do not waste time worrying about anatomy...I read kaplan once, and even that was too much information for me...i knew that i will do well on all the other disciplines so wasting some points on anatomy was ok for me.
What's in first aid is enough to get some questions right. and the ones that you will get wrong, probably you would get them wrong anyway, even if you had wikipedia with you.
The new strategy of the question writer is make step1 more like step 2...so
PLEASE!!!! READ STEP 2 ORTHOPEDIC SURGERY PART from kaplan FOR THE STEP 1....It will really help...do not read any other textbook. Anatomy should take 1 2 weeks of your time that's it.
Neuroscience ....way too complicated in kaplan....DO NOT GO THROUGH IT...what's in FA is enough...do no waste time learning complicated pathways like the cerebellum... most probably you will get a question on hemianopsias ..that's it

2- Embryology, physiology, microbiology, pharmacology, biochemistry, those are very straightforward..no tricks at all...do kaplan lecture notes plus FA ...and you will have no trouble in the exam. some physiology questions will be little bit weird, but still with good reasoning you can get those questions right.
those disciplines are the ones that you should make sure to get the maximum amount of questions right. They are not tricky at all. The material and the science behind those is well known, and no major updates in those fields. so you should feel comfortable. do not worry about new drugs and novel treatments. it is an ocean of updates that you can't follow. stick to the usual, old stuff. It's more likely that you will get a question on thiazide and loop diuretics than a one on a recently discovered cancer drug with a complicated mechanism. Lots of drugs in FA are fancy and relatively new. Even those have very little chance to appear on the exam, but since it's in FA, then you can't risk it, so learn those and do not worry about other stuff.
I know there are respected step 1 lecturers out there doing integrated cases on very complicated topics and intimidating students. DO NOT GET LOST IN THOSE STUFF...step 1 materials are an ocean nowadays. you can't follow everything. stick to the old plan KAPLAN+FA+ UW.... you will be on the safe side.

3- Behavioral science, epidemiology, ethics..... despite the fact that most students always complain about those disciplines, including me, but after I got my score report I was surprised that I mastered those questions and got an asterisk on those topics in the score report. !!!!!
All i did was .....kaplan+FA+UW.... as usual ...the other books I have read are 2 very short books
Khan's clinical cases
kaplan 100 cases
PLEASE!!!! make sure to read those last two... I got a question on the exam that exactly matched one of the cases in these books!!!! to my surprise
behavioral and ethics could be mastered after all...

4- pathology is time to relax....all students give pathology most of the time of the preparation...you will end up surprised by the simplicity and easiness of pathology questions on the exam...I got asterisks on most of pathology system...it's ridiculously easy...
the eternal question on pathology is goljan or pathoma???
well I did both... ended up with first aid alone
my advice...DO NOT TOUCH GOLJAN
it's way too complicated, with tons of unnecessary detailed information.
Pathoma book and lectures are more than enough when combined with UW + FA
all questions were straightforward..and could be answered by FA alone...
the only questions I got about chromosomes and genes were M3 15:17...and Philadelphia 9:22 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! that easy
pathology is your time to enjoy.
DO NOT WORRY ABOUT MICROSCOPIC IMAGES. VERY FEW ON THE EXAM. if you got one, probably you will know the answer still without checking the picture.

5- immunology .. is a problem because it is a field that is being always supplied with new information and discoveries. it is still developing and lots of room for the question writer to come up with new, unheard of questions.
I got an asterisk in the score report on this discipline too...
MAKE SURE to read BECKER immunology book + kaplan + FA + UW as usual
DO NOT READ HIGH YIELD IMMUNOLOGY ...IT'S WAY TOO DETAILED AND COMPLICATED....you will have a heart attack.

Q Banks

3 banks are out there. UW, Kplan and Rx

all students agree on the importance of UW. can't stress it enough.
DO NOT BE OBSESSIVE ABOUT UW. it's not that the question writer uses UW as a guide.
read the explanation for the right answer. the educational objective at the bottom and if you really have time read the explanation for the wrong choices, but usually those are distractors and silly choices with complicated explanations that are so low yield. do not waste time on that.

Kaplan q bank is optional...if you have time go through it. it stresses physiology and basic science a lot and that will help on the exam if you want 250, 260

Rx is very stupid and ill made bank. DO NOT WASTE TIME ON IT.
if you suffer from OCD then just anatomy,behavioral stuff . Pathology part is sooooo insulting for a usmle student. Most of questions mention key and buzz words, something the question writer will avoid

hope the post was helpful and I am here for further questions.
wish the best of luck for all.
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Congrats on the great score.

3 questions:

Question 1:
When you say Kaplan+FA+UW, do you mean Kaplan qbank or Kaplan lecture notes?

Question 2:
Please tell me what should I do with Kaplan Qbank anatomy questions. There are lots of them and they are not easy at all.

How did you study them? did you memorize each and every one of them?

Which is better, RX anatomy Or Kaplan Qbank anatomy?

Question 3
CT scans and radiology questions. How do I get prepared for those? I am scared of them

sorry for being late
1- i mean kaplan notes of course ...kaplan q bank is for people aiming to 250 260 ...exclusively ....if you just want a 240 230....forget about kaplan q bank

2- again....if you wanna score high then do kaplan q bank...the way it goes is simple...memorize the question and read the explanation...hope it will show up on your exam if you were lucky...but really very little chance...Rx anatomy is just 17 questions as far as i remember....over all..anatomy is something you will never be prepared for....do it quickly...if you find that something taking too much time ..skip it..coz really no chance that the exact same question will show up.... anatomy is just memorization...no logic...if you waste time on physiology or pathology i would say it is worthwhile...coz you will build up that intuition and correct reasoning ..anatomy does not work that way....so memorize some stuff as far as its not waste of time..

3- forget about CT scans and radiology... you will waste tons of time if you wanna prepare for them well....it's like anatomy...so do not bother yourself for 3 4 questions that you will have on the exam..probably you will know the answer by guessing or with the help of the question stem...

hope it was helpful
bottom line ..do not worry about the stuff you are worrying about now
it's really irrelevant ...anatomy radiology.... no way to feel sure about those...focus on pathology instead...something more useful score-wise and for your career in general
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1- i mean kaplan notes of course ...kaplan q bank is for people aiming to 250 260 ...exclusively ....if you just want a 240 230....forget about kaplan q bank

2- again....if you wanna score high then do kaplan q bank...the way it goes is simple...memorize the question and read the explanation...hope it will show up on your exam if you were lucky...but really very little chance...Rx anatomy is just 17 questions as far as i remember....over all..anatomy is something you will never be prepared for....do it quickly...if you find that something taking too much time ..skip it..coz really no chance that the exact same question will show up.... anatomy is just memorization...no logic...if you waste time on physiology or pathology i would say it is worthwhile...coz you will build up that intuition and correct reasoning ..anatomy does not work that way....so memorize some stuff as far as its not waste of time..

3- forget about CT scans and radiology... you will waste tons of time if you wanna prepare for them well....it's like anatomy...so do not bother yourself for 3 4 questions that you will have on the exam..probably you will know the answer by guessing or with the help of the question stem...

hope it was helpful
bottom line ..do not worry about the stuff you are worrying about now
it's really irrelevant ...anatomy radiology.... no way to feel sure about those...focus on pathology instead...something more useful score-wise and for your career in general
wow thank you for the detailed answer. As for RX anatomy, there are a lot more questions than you mentioned. Around 120 if we include Neuroanatomy and 80 without them. I just wanted to clarify, sorry If I come off as an a**

If you have the time, just two more questions please.

Parasitology, what's up with it ? Like Anatomy, it's kicking my butt.

If I run out of time and had to choose between anatomy Rx or anatomy KaplanQbank, which one is more high-yield in your opinion?

I am aiming for 250+ but I get cramps each time I think about anatomy

As for pathology, I love the subject like most students do and I am doing well with pathology questions. I mark few ones along the way but they are mostly doable.

Thanks a lot for your time.
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goljan or pathoma ... i first hear goljan is the key to pathology .... now i am hearing pathoma and its videos are also good ... pathoma look very much concise like half the no of pages of goljan ... i fear that might questions may came beyond tht ... plz clear my this doubt i will be very thankul to u
neither pathoma nor goljan ALONE are enough for the purposes of the exam ..
goljan is the key to pathology ..ok...... but isn't pathoma the key too??
sure it is ...it all comes down to managing time.... pathoma could be done in 1 month...goljan no way...and it has tons of unnecessary information and details that will never show up on the exam... like specific genes and not well known pathophysiologies that are rather vague and very low yield for the purposes of the exam....coz they are not well established to the degree of showing up on USMLE exam.... so do pathoma and back it up with UW + FA you will be good to go
i did goljan at first..then went directly to UW questions ..there were tons of questions in UW i could not answer based on goljan ALONE...
so nothing alone is sufficient.... multiple sources is the best way to go

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wow thank you for the detailed answer. As for RX anatomy, there are a lot more questions than you mentioned. Around 120 if we include Neuroanatomy and 80 without them. I just wanted to clarify, sorry If I come off as an a**

If you have the time, just two more questions please.

Parasitology, what's up with it ? Like Anatomy, it's kicking my butt.

If I run out of time and had to choose between anatomy Rx or anatomy KaplanQbank, which one is more high-yield in your opinion?

I am aiming for 250+ but I get cramps each time I think about anatomy

As for pathology, I love the subject like most students do and I am doing well with pathology questions. I mark few ones along the way but they are mostly doable.

Thanks a lot for your time.
if your goal is 250 ...then BOTH
sorry ...and even if you did both....still nothing is guaranteed ...welcome to anatomy world
parasitology.....i think if you had a question it will be enrerobium vormicularis... the pinworm ...ascaris ...trichinella spiralis(muscle pain and edema around the eye)...necator americans (iron def. anemia)...those kind of easy stuff...if you have problems then do not go to the rare african ones like loa loa and similar stuff .. overall ...all microbiology parasites viruses from FA...no kaplan notes please ....save your brain ..save your time
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that is a fantastic score.. congratulations
yes....bt since I am -and I think you are too- an IMG.... its not a big deal...it's not that John hopkins or massachusets hospitals will be interested ..huhu
not in a million year
but it's a booster for the CV if you have the disadvantage of being an IMG

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What kind of student are you? are you a graduate? i know you recommend both ethics books but do you think one is enough? what is the difference btw the two? iam using kaplan vids for behavioral sci along side with FA right now and brs.
I am a graduate IMG
graduated in 2014 ...have one year residency experience in cardiology
please do both when it comes to ethics
khan's cases are tougher ...kaplan's cases easy
each book will take 3 4 hours of your time no more
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if your goal is 250 ...then BOTH
sorry ...and even if you did both....still nothing is guaranteed ...welcome to anatomy world
parasitology.....i think if you had a question it will be enrerobium vormicularis... the pinworm ...ascaris ...trichinella spiralis(muscle pain and edema around the eye)...necator americans (iron def. anemia)...those kind of easy stuff...if you have problems then do not go to the rare african ones like loa loa and similar stuff .. overall ...all microbiology parasites viruses from FA...no kaplan notes please ....save your brain ..save your time
Thanks a lot. I will have to up my game. My exam is in December. I'll make sure to bookmark this thread for motivation.
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What kind of student are you? are you a graduate? i know you recommend both ethics books but do you think one is enough? what is the difference btw the two? iam using kaplan vids for behavioral sci along side with FA right now and brs.
I am a graduate IMG
graduated in 2014 ...have one year residency experience in cardiology
please do both when it comes to ethics
khan's cases are tougher ...kaplan's cases easy
each book will take 3 4 hours of your time no more
that's it
Thank you and congrats on the score. I will be ordering them both today.
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i personally did not think kaplan qbank was useful... it is good and makes u feel good if you went through the kaplan notes and videos but for me uworld is best teaching tool by far
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i personally did not think kaplan qbank was useful... it is good and makes u feel good if you went through the kaplan notes and videos but for me uworld is best teaching tool by far
UW is a given
no one goes to exam without doing UW
if you wanna score high then you should do something else too
that else is Kaplan q bank
it's not you will have questions from the bank on the exam
but doing more questions builds a sense of familiarity with the exam content...you get asked what about you know from different perspective
it's not about info...it's about building test taking strategies and skills ..to reach a level where by intuition you FEEL the right answer rather than KNOW the right answer
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i fully agree with pacha.. but when time is limited best to focus on u world

if u have plenty of time and are really preparing then the more qs u do from the more sources u do the more chance of higher score. practicing and doings qs is the most important part.
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I have khan's cases and kaplan 100 cases
plus UW 2014 step 1
kaplan q bank 2010 step 1

if any one is interested in those I can share download links from my personal drive FOR FREE

but if it happens that you are rich
still it's better to BUY those stuff

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Hi pasha firstly congrats for ur score and thanks a lot for sharing your experience with us. Could u please share khans clinical cases and kaplan 100 cases ..here is my email id : stackflow1@gmail.com
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Hi Pasha, congrats for your score and thanks for sharing, i appreciate if you can send me aswell. Aylin64@live.com
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Cong's on your achievement and thanks for sharing. Please send ne the notes too. keysmmari@gmail.com
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hey USMLE people out there

I have khan's cases and kaplan 100 cases
plus UW 2014 step 1
kaplan q bank 2010 step 1

if any one is interested in those I can share download links from my personal drive FOR FREE

but if it happens that you are rich
still it's better to BUY those stuff

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Congrats on the great score. I am a IMG and gonna to take my step1 on Dec. 2015. I found your advices are well worth reading. If you can, I would also like to get a copy of khan's case book, Kaplan 100 cases and Kaplan qbank questions. My email : li.rongzhi2011@gmail.com. Thank you.
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Congrats on the great score. I am a IMG and gonna to take my step1 on Dec. 2015. I found your advices are well worth reading. If you can, I would also like to get a copy of khan's case book, Kaplan 100 cases and Kaplan qbank questions. My email : li.rongzhi2011@gmail.com. Thank you.
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hey USMLE people out there

I have khan's cases and kaplan 100 cases
plus UW 2014 step 1
kaplan q bank 2010 step 1

if any one is interested in those I can share download links from my personal drive FOR FREE

but if it happens that you are rich
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Hi Pasha. Congrats! Could you please share with me Khans cases, Kaplan's 100 cases, UW, Kaplan's q bank? My email: nimback@gmail.com. Thank you.
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Hi Pasha. Congrats! Could you please share with me Khans cases, Kaplan's 100 cases, UW, Kaplan's q bank? My email: nimback@gmail.com. Thank you.


some one deleted all the materials from the drive.....i will re-upload soon and share all the banks and books again

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Hi Pasha. Congrats! Could you please share with me Khans cases, Kaplan's 100 cases, UW, Kaplan's q bank? My email: nimback@gmail.com. Thank you.
some one deleted all the materials from the drive.....i will re-upload it soon and share all the banks and books again
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hi pasha ...congrats plz send me the links to the following id teju.mallela@gmail.com




QUOTE=Pasha89;864194]hey USMLE people out there

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kaplan q bank 2010 step 1

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[QUOTE=tmdoc;867778]hi pasha ...congrats plz send me the links to the following id teju.mallela@gmail.com




all the links are at the end of the post ...
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hi,

this is a very positive and motivational post, you really made me feel better, thank you!!

* can you please give your opinion regarding the studying of the qbanks?
i'm about to start uworld and i wonder what is the best and most efficient way to study them (i plan on uw & kaplan)

- most posts i have read seem to suggest taking extensive notes after you read the explanations, what do you think?
- i'm pretty sure that if i will take notes of them, i will not be able to do more then 1 block a day, which means i won't have time to go over uw more than twice. ( i assume once i will finish the notes it will be much faster)

what do you think?

thank you again for you post... )
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hi,

this is a very positive and motivational post, you really made me feel better, thank you!!

* can you please give your opinion regarding the studying of the qbanks?
i'm about to start uworld and i wonder what is the best and most efficient way to study them (i plan on uw & kaplan)

- most posts i have read seem to suggest taking extensive notes after you read the explanations, what do you think?
- i'm pretty sure that if i will take notes of them, i will not be able to do more then 1 block a day, which means i won't have time to go over uw more than twice. ( i assume once i will finish the notes it will be much faster)

what do you think?

thank you again for you post... )

as i said
finish all kaplan lecture notes then go to uw...my way was highlighting the offline version..the pictures..using paint ...
read explanation of right answer and educational objective ...only
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I have khan's cases and kaplan 100 cases
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kaplan q bank 2010 step 1

if any one is interested in those I can share download links from my personal drive FOR FREE

but if it happens that you are rich
still it's better to BUY those stuff

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I want the 100 cases and UW 2014. links given in the post are not working.
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Hey , great score! Congratulations!

You have mentioned above, you recommend to read BECKERS immunology, can you please give us the whole Name of the book and the author's name?
I tried to find it, but Google gives some bunch of book, I dont know which of then did you exactly mean. Thank you!!!
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Hey , great score! Congratulations!

You have mentioned above, you recommend to read BECKERS immunology, can you please give us the whole Name of the book and the author's name?
I tried to find it, but Google gives some bunch of book, I dont know which of then did you exactly mean. Thank you!!!
buddy u have bunch of links at d end of d post
d book is there
ready for download from my drive
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I want the 100 cases and UW 2014. links given in the post are not working.
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https://drive.google.com/folderview?...2s&usp=sharing
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....ufff......sorry, overlooked.....thanks a lot!!!
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thanks so much!! someone sent to me via PM also but it accidentally deleted ... just want to thank them.
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Do you think you can give us your monthly study schedule?
Pretty try to help us organize time duting the days. That would be super helpful
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hey USMLE people out there

I have khan's cases and kaplan 100 cases
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kaplan q bank 2010 step 1

if any one is interested in those I can share download links from my personal drive FOR FREE

but if it happens that you are rich
still it's better to BUY those stuff

best of luck to all
Congratulations on your score. I am also an IMG thinking of taking the step 1 soon. You are an inspiration. This is my email free2yarn2000@yahoo.com as the link isn't working for me as well. Thank you in advance.
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Hi Pasha, thanks a lot for sharing your experience with us. I will follow your guidance. I'm interested in khan's clinical cases and kaplan 100 cases, could you please email me at maxillae_423@outlook.com
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Hi Pasha. Congrats! Could you please share with me Khans cases, Kaplan's 100 cases, UW, Kaplan's q bank and beckers immunology my email......virgo{dot}khamoshi{at the rate}gmail{dot}com

wud be really thankfulll
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can you please give me khans cases and kaplans 100 cases for ethics. please its urgent , exam is soon. Thanks
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Congratulations on your score!!! It's awesome Thank you for sharing your experience. I am interested in the link with the books and qbanks if you can share. my email: erimauza@gmail.com

Thank you again.
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Hey, will you please give me khans cases and kaplans 100 cases for ethics. please vuuulg@gmail.com Thanks
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thanks alot for sharing your experience!! i would like to ask how did you spend your last 2 months of prep?
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write your email fer 100 cases of ethics by kaplan
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Congrats and thank you

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Congratulations
It is an amazing score ,Could you Plz send me Kaplan 100 cases and khan's plz.Exam in december.My email address abidabushra51@yahoo.com

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I need khan's 100 cases aswell. Km18usmle@gmail.com
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Please send to me as well khans cases

Thanks so much
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Hey can u please send me Becker immunology? m
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Congratulations on ur success.. thats a great score.. im trying to follow the same schedule.. im an IMG in my 5th year preparing alongside my med school.. 2 days a week i can spend 8+ hours studying for step 1 while the rest just 4 hours.. i am doing Kaplan with video lectures and its really time consuming..firstly how much time should i spend on it and secondly how many times should i review Kaplan before diving into FA ? i intend to give my exam 6 months from now, roughly
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hi , first of all,congrats for getting such an awesome score !! u became an inspiration for many of us. your suggestions r valuable.i have a weird q ..may b u find it stupid but if u kindly tell me how u divided your times amongst subjs nd organ systems daily while revising daily fa ,it will b very helpful.i ask about 2 months,1 month before exam . Becoz i have to do uw too daily it is not possible to read all subj daily .daily how many subjects u covered ? and spent how many hrs daily on fa ?becoz if i donot touch one subj for few days i forget points...also apart from fa , did u revise kaplan few selected topics before exam ?
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thanks alot fer sharing! please tell what n bmes u took and what was ur score, TIA!
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I have khan's cases and kaplan 100 cases
plus UW 2014 step 1
kaplan q bank 2010 step 1

if any one is interested in those I can share download links from my personal drive FOR FREE

but if it happens that you are rich
still it's better to BUY those stuff

best of luck to all
i need Khan's cases please... thanks
shova_jim@yahoo.com
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Hi for all
I took the exam in the new form of 44 question in each block at 6 Aug 2015.
Lots of students will tell you that the exam was easy and piece of cake .... yes it is, but after tons of effort and long time for preparation everything becomes a piece of cake!!! But the good news is it is not as scary and intimidating as you think it is. Just prepare well and the 8 hours exam will be a time to enjoy.
I do not wanna put a time schedule for you, because every one has different circumstances and mood. But I will be interested more in the content of the exam, especially some critical points of it.

1- Anatomy.... do not waste time worrying about anatomy...I read kaplan once, and even that was too much information for me...i knew that i will do well on all the other disciplines so wasting some points on anatomy was ok for me.
What's in first aid is enough to get some questions right. and the ones that you will get wrong, probably you would get them wrong anyway, even if you had wikipedia with you.
The new strategy of the question writer is make step1 more like step 2...so
PLEASE!!!! READ STEP 2 ORTHOPEDIC SURGERY PART from kaplan FOR THE STEP 1....It will really help...do not read any other textbook. Anatomy should take 1 2 weeks of your time that's it.
Neuroscience ....way too complicated in kaplan....DO NOT GO THROUGH IT...what's in FA is enough...do no waste time learning complicated pathways like the cerebellum... most probably you will get a question on hemianopsias ..that's it

2- Embryology, physiology, microbiology, pharmacology, biochemistry, those are very straightforward..no tricks at all...do kaplan lecture notes plus FA ...and you will have no trouble in the exam. some physiology questions will be little bit weird, but still with good reasoning you can get those questions right.
those disciplines are the ones that you should make sure to get the maximum amount of questions right. They are not tricky at all. The material and the science behind those is well known, and no major updates in those fields. so you should feel comfortable. do not worry about new drugs and novel treatments. it is an ocean of updates that you can't follow. stick to the usual, old stuff. It's more likely that you will get a question on thiazide and loop diuretics than a one on a recently discovered cancer drug with a complicated mechanism. Lots of drugs in FA are fancy and relatively new. Even those have very little chance to appear on the exam, but since it's in FA, then you can't risk it, so learn those and do not worry about other stuff.
I know there are respected step 1 lecturers out there doing integrated cases on very complicated topics and intimidating students. DO NOT GET LOST IN THOSE STUFF...step 1 materials are an ocean nowadays. you can't follow everything. stick to the old plan KAPLAN+FA+ UW.... you will be on the safe side.

3- Behavioral science, epidemiology, ethics..... despite the fact that most students always complain about those disciplines, including me, but after I got my score report I was surprised that I mastered those questions and got an asterisk on those topics in the score report. !!!!!
All i did was .....kaplan+FA+UW.... as usual ...the other books I have read are 2 very short books
Khan's clinical cases
kaplan 100 cases
PLEASE!!!! make sure to read those last two... I got a question on the exam that exactly matched one of the cases in these books!!!! to my surprise
behavioral and ethics could be mastered after all...

4- pathology is time to relax....all students give pathology most of the time of the preparation...you will end up surprised by the simplicity and easiness of pathology questions on the exam...I got asterisks on most of pathology system...it's ridiculously easy...
the eternal question on pathology is goljan or pathoma???
well I did both... ended up with first aid alone
my advice...DO NOT TOUCH GOLJAN
it's way too complicated, with tons of unnecessary detailed information.
Pathoma book and lectures are more than enough when combined with UW + FA
all questions were straightforward..and could be answered by FA alone...
the only questions I got about chromosomes and genes were M3 15:17...and Philadelphia 9:22 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! that easy
pathology is your time to enjoy.
DO NOT WORRY ABOUT MICROSCOPIC IMAGES. VERY FEW ON THE EXAM. if you got one, probably you will know the answer still without checking the picture.

5- immunology .. is a problem because it is a field that is being always supplied with new information and discoveries. it is still developing and lots of room for the question writer to come up with new, unheard of questions.
I got an asterisk in the score report on this discipline too...
MAKE SURE to read BECKER immunology book + kaplan + FA + UW as usual
DO NOT READ HIGH YIELD IMMUNOLOGY ...IT'S WAY TOO DETAILED AND COMPLICATED....you will have a heart attack.

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3 banks are out there. UW, Kplan and Rx

all students agree on the importance of UW. can't stress it enough.
DO NOT BE OBSESSIVE ABOUT UW. it's not that the question writer uses UW as a guide.
read the explanation for the right answer. the educational objective at the bottom and if you really have time read the explanation for the wrong choices, but usually those are distractors and silly choices with complicated explanations that are so low yield. do not waste time on that.

Kaplan q bank is optional...if you have time go through it. it stresses physiology and basic science a lot and that will help on the exam if you want 250, 260

Rx is very stupid and ill made bank. DO NOT WASTE TIME ON IT.
if you suffer from OCD then just anatomy,behavioral stuff . Pathology part is sooooo insulting for a usmle student. Most of questions mention key and buzz words, something the question writer will avoid

hope the post was helpful and I am here for further questions.
wish the best of luck for all.



hello congratulations

for how long time did you study?

thank for you experience
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Very helpful all your comments and tips, I found all your advices like a check out list for my preparation on this test so I have been following those really carefully, please send me those good links you offered for download to oliveradu@hotmail.com ,thank you so much.
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