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So I have 2 years of clinicals left before I graduate. I recently started studying for Step 1. I'm devoting all my effort and energy into taking the exam within 10 months...therefore, I'm having to skip classes and not attending wards regularly and not really taking wards seriously because my plan is once I have Step 1 out of the way, I can devote all my time to wards and improving my clinical skills during final year...Is this a good idea? Will one year be enough time to learn SOAP notes, charting, and decent clinical skills so I don't look like an idiot when I start residency? Thanks.
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So I have 2 years of clinicals left before I graduate. I recently started studying for Step 1. I'm devoting all my effort and energy into taking the exam within 10 months...therefore, I'm having to skip classes and not attending wards regularly and not really taking wards seriously because my plan is once I have Step 1 out of the way, I can devote all my time to wards and improving my clinical skills during final year...Is this a good idea? Will one year be enough time to learn SOAP notes, charting, and decent clinical skills so I don't look like an idiot when I start residency? Thanks.
omg im in the same situation.....except im trying to do wards, med school and step 1 at the same time, and not doing well on either area.....any advice on time management wud be appreciated.... thanks
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omg im in the same situation.....except im trying to do wards, med school and step 1 at the same time, and not doing well on either area.....any advice on time management wud be appreciated.... thanks
Must admit in one way it feels good not being the only one! Graduating in 2013 here, doing wards and school and working, just started the step 1 reading... which I must admit is not that many hours a day. I have seven 14 hour shifts at work pr month and time management is my issue as well.

Have you decided approximatly when you are taking the step 1? When do you graduate? And may I ask where your going to school?

My thinking so far is try to get the Step 1 done while still in school, then the Step 2 (both CS and CK) more or less staith after graduation as it is much the same though some Tx options are different in Norway especially abx due to less diversity of dz and less resistance. Anyhow, how have you planned the steps? When to take them?
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hey same here for me..has still 2 years(including 1 year of internship) left to be done..but studied the whole of 3rd year(skipped all clinics and yet i passed) and in the final leg of my prep now(missing clinics of 4t year as well for 3 months)..its fine for me(i have a broken leg to nurse anyhow)..but still in USA the residency and clinical practise vary a lot from other countries..so no question of becoming fool there..everyone will be starting from the scratch there too..thats why i think they are giving so much value to USCE s..as far as clinics skill is concerned well i think i have a lifetime to see that.just get the theory part out now
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Ah feels good to not be the only one haha
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Same here. Wards make hard work even harder. I hope it doesn't have any consequences on our step 1 score.
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Must admit in one way it feels good not being the only one! Graduating in 2013 here, doing wards and school and working, just started the step 1 reading... which I must admit is not that many hours a day. I have seven 14 hour shifts at work pr month and time management is my issue as well.

Have you decided approximatly when you are taking the step 1? When do you graduate? And may I ask where your going to school?

My thinking so far is try to get the Step 1 done while still in school, then the Step 2 (both CS and CK) more or less staith after graduation as it is much the same though some Tx options are different in Norway especially abx due to less diversity of dz and less resistance. Anyhow, how have you planned the steps? When to take them?
from reading all the posts of IMGs in this forum, i feel that it is best to give step 1 at the end of fourth year (in a 5 year mbbs program) and give step 2 CS and CK in fifth year. God willing, i plan to do the same. But judging by the (very) little time i can devote to my step 1 prep, i dont know what's gonna happen!!
how r we supposed to balance med school, wards and step 1?? its so hard
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Wow, what a relief!! glad to see were all on the same boat!

Am studying abroad, ill be graduating 2013. i really wanna take the exam before i graduate. Its really nice to see am not alone.

Here's to helping each other out & stickin it thru
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hey same here for me..has still 2 years(including 1 year of internship) left to be done..but studied the whole of 3rd year(skipped all clinics and yet i passed) and in the final leg of my prep now(missing clinics of 4t year as well for 3 months)..its fine for me(i have a broken leg to nurse anyhow)..but still in USA the residency and clinical practise vary a lot from other countries..so no question of becoming fool there..everyone will be starting from the scratch there too..thats why i think they are giving so much value to USCE s..as far as clinics skill is concerned well i think i have a lifetime to see that.just get the theory part out now
This is my hope as well, that life and work ahead will give me the clinical skills, do doubt bout it without the basic and clinical knowledge it is so much harder actually learn the clinics as well. I just wish I was a better reader/student, as I must admit I tend to be more of a practical person .
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