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Default IMG starting out, some questions

Hello everyone, just have a few questions:

1) what sources are good for an IMG who's a few years past his graduation (ie no advantage of remembering basic sciences stuff from med school) to hit 260+, assuming he can understand/memorize them well? Currently I've figured I should go with:

FA
Kaplan for all subjects, except:
patho --> pathoma or goljan? cant decide. the difference in detail between the two is so huge it scares me to make the wrong choice!
kaplan qbank, usmlerx, uworld: do I need all 3?
IMGs tend to be weak in behav sciences, are there any books that can help me in this regard?
Is doing step 2 CK, for stuff like disease presentations or antibiotic choices, an advantage?

2) When ppl say Kaplan/FA are enough for pharma, does that mean I needn't go outside them at all? eg I just read the anti protozoal section of pharma in kaplan and FA and a lot of drugs just have their names listed with no mechanism of action etc. Does that mean thats all thats required? Or do I need to find out the modes of action etc and annotate?

3) Do I need to watch any video lectures, assuming I'm good at learning/understanding from books alone?

4) what sort of time frame am I looking at assuming 8 hours a day with a couple of days off every other week?

5) how long, roughly speaking, do each of the qbanks take: uworld/usmlerx/kaplan. I'm thinking I'll sort of skim through usmlerx and kaplan, reading the answers to only questions i get wrong or am uncomfortable with, and give uworld more time. Is this a good idea?

6) Assuming I decide to go the goljan route, how long might my first reading take?

Thanks!
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7) I've noticed a lot of books give %ages for stuff like incidence/prevalence/sensitivity/specificity etc etc - do I need to memorize these, or are these there just to give an idea of whats more common / more accurate etc?
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Hi turbidlucency
I'm an img too planning to give my exam next yr. The resources u mentioned are good enough. Also I would recommend both goljan and pathoma. Taking the goljan route, if ur not in touch with the subject it will take approx 20-30 days. Yes reading uworld is very importance, skimming through Kaplan and Rx should be good. I think Kaplan videos help u to study Kaplan ln better(personal opinion).
I have the same doubt as u regarding quest number 2. So someone who's given the exam will be better to answer that.
I've a question of my own. I've an old edition of goljan so planning to buy a new one. The one available here is a pink cover total of 730 pages costing $13 whereas the one I saw online is a blue cover approx 800 pages costing $37.51. I'm confused as to which one to go for.can someone please answer me too.

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