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Default For IMGs; When is better to take the Step 1?

I was wondering if it's better to take the step 1 exam while you are a med student that just have finished basics or when you are a recent IMG?

At what time you'll get the best score and the best opportunities?
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Well it would depend on whom do you call IMG...
if the "IMG" is indian, who is studying medicine in India but in eglish language or a European student or graduate who studied medicine in his own language.

In case of an Indian student I think its awesome to start getting ready for step 1 since your first day of school and take the test after you are done with basic science.

In case of European student, there are many different factors and the first one that comes into play - is how well can you comprehend medical english.
Than, your medschool was probably oriented on oral examinations and not test. So for European student or graduate(my case) 1-2 years after graduation are about right to take step 1
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Well it would depend on whom do you call IMG...
if the "IMG" is indian, who is studying medicine in India but in eglish language or a European student or graduate who studied medicine in his own language.

In case of an Indian student I think its awesome to start getting ready for step 1 since your first day of school and take the test after you are done with basic science.

In case of European student, there are many different factors and the first one that comes into play - is how well can you comprehend medical english.
Than, your medschool was probably oriented on oral examinations and not test. So for European student or graduate(my case) 1-2 years after graduation are about right to take step 1
I'm a third year med student, from latin america, just finishing basics and I will have 5 months of "vacations" (before clinics) so I don't know if just use that time to improve my english or use that time preparing the exam. Fortunately my school is always doing us multiple choice tests. Can I ask you for your opinion, what would you do?

Good Luck to you and thanks for replying!
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I'm a third year med student, from latin america, just finishing basics and I will have 5 months of "vacations" (before clinics) so I don't know if just use that time to improve my english or use that time preparing the exam. Fortunately my school is always doing us multiple choice tests. Can I ask you for your opinion, what would you do?

Good Luck to you and thanks for replying!
start reading some set of books with a schedule, I mean maybe the whole collection of Kaplan notes and see how it goes.
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This depends mostly on your school's curriculum and the approach they gave to subjects. If it's anything like my school, then basic sciences were purely theoretical with little to no clinical insight.

Remember, the USMLE is mostly clinical. It's nothing the Kaplan courses or any of the other USMLE Step 1 courses available can't mend. I, for instance, are relearning 2 years of medical school.
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The best time to take it is right after the basic sciences, in my opinion.

For IMG's there are things to consider:
- Time free after the basic sciences to focus on step 1
- Adjustment to usmle-type of questions
- As DocSikorski said, applying English in medicine

In where I'm from, English is the medium of teaching, our educational system was patterned after the US (this is bec. we were a US colony 60 yrs ago), and we use US medical books. The problem now lies in the time factor. We only have 2 months of vacation in-between the basic and clinical sciences where we can take the usmle. I believe it's not enough, but I've heard few people who were able to pull it off and score high.
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I'm a third year med student, from latin america, just finishing basics and I will have 5 months of "vacations" (before clinics) so I don't know if just use that time to improve my english or use that time preparing the exam. Fortunately my school is always doing us multiple choice tests. Can I ask you for your opinion, what would you do?

Good Luck to you and thanks for replying!
5 months! That's more than enough when you just finished the basic sciences.

Go straight to Kaplan qbank. Do it timed, subject-wise. You need to get used to usmle-type of questions and you need to know which topics they emphasize (i.e. cystic fibrosis, etc). If you find a subject exceptionally hard, go back and read kaplan books / watch videos. After that, go to uworld (random, timed) for the real feel of the exam.
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is necesary to finish the medical school or can i take the step 1 during my medical education >?
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is necesary to finish the medical school or can i take the step 1 during my medical education >?
I am a student too , my exam is in April ...
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