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Hey Everyone!

So I am a huge follower of this forum and have been since MD1 and just wanted to share my experience so it helps you all as well, since it helped me a lot.

I attend a low tier Caribbean school and my grades were above average in medical school. During my MD5 prep, I was taking the Becker live online along with my courses and found it extremely helpful. Ergo, the resources i used were:

Becker
FA
Pathoma
(Goljan) - only for the major diseases like CF, MS etc.

Total prep time: 4 months

The main thing I can let you know is that even though you think you failed (which I did), it will always reflect how you did on your most recent NBMEs.

Form 11: 149
Form 12: 420
Form 13: 520
Form 15: 520
Form 16: 660
Form 17: 680.

For those of you wondering how I went from a 149 --> 420, the first NBME i took was coming right out of medical school so as you guys can see, i was not prepared very well. Then when i started dedicated studying from the resources above, my scores skyrocketed.

Thanks everyone for all the help on this exam!

I also received a lot of PMs requesting my notes so I have uploaded them onto a drive because I was unable to send to so many people. I will be selling it, so if interested, please PM.

Cheers

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great score and huge improvement in scores from initial to real exam,
one question-why did you think you failed but actually did very well-was it because the answer choices were vague, or the answer choices that you cut down to and chose the final answer from were very similar or different in only one fact/concept.
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great score and huge improvement in scores from initial to real exam,
one question-why did you think you failed but actually did very well-was it because the answer choices were vague, or the answer choices that you cut down to and chose the final answer from were very similar or different in only one fact/concept.
Thanks for your reply in advance
To be honest, it was because it was so much more different than my NBMEs and I felt like i could not use the same test taking strategies as I had normally done so i was left with like two at the end. Mostly it was because I couldnt for the life of me remember any questions and had no idea which ones i could potentially get wrong (so always assumed the worst). I guess on a more personal level, I always feel like i did well but end up doing worse so that was another factor.

Thanks for your kind words! Hope this helped and let me knw if you have any more questions
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Congratulation for your great score!
Can you let us know which QBank did you use and what was the final average?
Also, how are the real step questions compare to practice questions like uworld and NBME? Is there a lot of random low yield facts/diseases on the real thing?
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Congratulation for your great score!
Can you let us know which QBank did you use and what was the final average?
Also, how are the real step questions compare to practice questions like uworld and NBME? Is there a lot of random low yield facts/diseases on the real thing?
THank you
I only used Uworld and Becker.

To be honest, the length of questions were similar but the difficulty was obviously more. There were only high yield facts/diseases but much more integration between subjects.
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May I ask what was your Uworld avrage?
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Ranged from 75-90
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Thank you for your replies and I wish you all the best for the rest,
a suggestion-look up Karthik Iyer on youtube for tips for usmle step 2 ck. this might help give some idea for the ck.
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Thank you for your replies and I wish you all the best for the rest,
a suggestion-look up Karthik Iyer on youtube for tips for usmle step 2 ck. this might help give some idea for the ck.
Thanks a ton! will do that
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Congrats!

was the actual exam similar to any NBMEs? or were you thrown off by a lot of randomly tested topics?
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Congrats!

was the actual exam similar to any NBMEs? or were you thrown off by a lot of randomly tested topics?
There were no 'randomly tested topics', I would say it was all high yield but the depth of information needed about each topic was about 2x as difficult as nbmes. Sometimes it was really hard to distinguish between two choices but you just have to take an educated guess.
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Great score..
How many times have you read pathoma and FA?Also, were you able to memorize entire FA?
I am very bad at memorizing
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Hey Everyone!

So I am a huge follower of this forum and have been since MD1 and just wanted to share my experience so it helps you all as well, since it helped me a lot.

I attend a low tier Caribbean school and my grades were above average in medical school. During my MD5 prep, I was taking the Becker live online along with my courses and found it extremely helpful. Ergo, the resources i used were:

Becker
FA
Pathoma
(Goljan) - only for the major diseases like CF, MS etc.

Total prep time: 4 months

The main thing I can let you know is that even though you think you failed (which I did), it will always reflect how you did on your most recent NBMEs.

Form 11: 149
Form 12: 420
Form 13: 520
Form 15: 520
Form 16: 660
Form 17: 680.

For those of you wondering how I went from a 149 --> 420, the first NBME i took was coming right out of medical school so as you guys can see, i was not prepared very well. Then when i started dedicated studying from the resources above, my scores skyrocketed.

Thanks everyone for all the help on this exam!

Cheers
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Congrats on your killer score. May I ask how many mistakes were you able to count after your exam? How many per block? And how many overall?

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How many times have you read pathoma and FA?Also, were you able to memorize entire FA?
I am very bad at memorizing
Thanks a lot. Well i didnt read all of pathoma like a novel so its hard to say - sme with FA. I made separate notes using both of them dividing them into organ systems and reviewed that

At this point, memorizing isnt gonna help. What i found were most questions were conceptual so memorizing first aid could only get you maybe 40-50 questions max (even that i doubted), and teh rest you really had to know your material.
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Congrats on your killer score. May I ask how many mistakes were you able to count after your exam? How many per block? And how many overall?
Took mine recently and I can't help but remember the stupidest mistakes ever.
Thanks so much! unfortunately (or fortunately i guess), i was only able to remember maybe 3 questions from my exam after so i had NOOOO idea which added to my stress before I got my score. I reiterate that your latest NBME is the best predictor (about +/- 10)
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Hey Everyone!

So I am a huge follower of this forum and have been since MD1 and just wanted to share my experience so it helps you all as well, since it helped me a lot.

I attend a low tier Caribbean school and my grades were above average in medical school. During my MD5 prep, I was taking the Becker live online along with my courses and found it extremely helpful. Ergo, the resources i used were:

Becker
FA
Pathoma
(Goljan) - only for the major diseases like CF, MS etc.

Total prep time: 4 months

The main thing I can let you know is that even though you think you failed (which I did), it will always reflect how you did on your most recent NBMEs.

Form 11: 149
Form 12: 420
Form 13: 520
Form 15: 520
Form 16: 660
Form 17: 680.

For those of you wondering how I went from a 149 --> 420, the first NBME i took was coming right out of medical school so as you guys can see, i was not prepared very well. Then when i started dedicated studying from the resources above, my scores skyrocketed.

Thanks everyone for all the help on this exam!

Cheers
Hey!!congrats on ur awesome scores!!=)
Could u please throw some light on how u studied anatomy(gross,neuro, embryo and histo)
Also an overview of ur study schedule?
Thanku! ^.^
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Hey!!congrats on ur awesome scores!!=)
Could u please throw some light on how u studied anatomy(gross,neuro, embryo and histo)
Also an overview of ur study schedule?
Thanku! ^.^
Love your screen name, it definitely helped me a lot in my prep.

I have a background in neuroscience so neuroanatomy I just used Becker review books which I found were more than enough but I also hear high yield is very popular. gross anatomy I also used becker and first aid and googled images for all the abnormalities (ie. CTs MRIs and Xrays) for whichever required them, this helped a lot. you can also take a look at Grays anatomy but my exam wasnt anatomy heavy so FA was enough for me (it wont be the same for you so try to use whichever review books youre comfortable with).

Embryo i also used Becker and first aid.

I did not study histo separately because it boded in well with pathophys so I was able to review it from there. I did not discover the need to study for it separately because I remembered stuff from MD1 pretty well. If you do need any materials, BRS histo is more that sufficient.

As for my study schedule, i would spend each day of the week for a different subject. Since i divided my schedule into organ systems, I used monday to study anatomy and embryo, tues and wed for physio + micro, thurs for path, fri for pharm and the weekend to do questions. Subjects like biochem required its own time after I completed all organ systems (you can also do these at the beginning). I studied it like it was organized in FA which was really helpful for integration.

Sorry if all this seems confusing, let me know if you have any additional questions to help make it clearer
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Hey Everyone!

So I am a huge follower of this forum and have been since MD1 and just wanted to share my experience so it helps you all as well, since it helped me a lot.

I attend a low tier Caribbean school and my grades were above average in medical school. During my MD5 prep, I was taking the Becker live online along with my courses and found it extremely helpful. Ergo, the resources i used were:

Becker
FA
Pathoma
(Goljan) - only for the major diseases like CF, MS etc.

Total prep time: 4 months

The main thing I can let you know is that even though you think you failed (which I did), it will always reflect how you did on your most recent NBMEs.

Form 11: 149
Form 12: 420
Form 13: 520
Form 15: 520
Form 16: 660
Form 17: 680.

For those of you wondering how I went from a 149 --> 420, the first NBME i took was coming right out of medical school so as you guys can see, i was not prepared very well. Then when i started dedicated studying from the resources above, my scores skyrocketed.

Thanks everyone for all the help on this exam!

Cheers
First of all Congratulation with a great score!

Did u started by systems review ( Cardiology - anatomy, pathology and so on) or by subjects ( anatomy, pathology etc) and did a system review at the end. How much time u dedicated for each section?
Thanks heaps
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First of all Congratulation with a great score!

Did u started by systems review ( Cardiology - anatomy, pathology and so on) or by subjects ( anatomy, pathology etc) and did a system review at the end. How much time u dedicated for each section?
Thanks heaps
I started with systems review itself caz it was easier and more organized and usually one system would take around a week - week and a half
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congrats on ur score !
dd u study kaplan?
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dd u study kaplan?
thanks! I did not do any kaplan.
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How many times did you finish Uworld? Would you recommend buying the Becker qbank instead of Uworld?
Actually I really cant afford uworld that's why I am asking if it would be a good idea to just buy Uworld self assessments + some NBMEs while using Becker as my main qbank?
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And also, congrats on such a great score
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How many times did you finish Uworld? Would you recommend buying the Becker qbank instead of Uworld?
Actually I really cant afford uworld that's why I am asking if it would be a good idea to just buy Uworld self assessments + some NBMEs while using Becker as my main qbank?
I finished both qbanks at least twice and incorrect god knows how many. And NO NO NO, becker should only be SUPPLEMENTED with uworld but uworld still has info that is super important not covered in becker.
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Thanks for the reply!will get back if I do.
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Hi
Congrats on this great score and thanks for posting your experience. I am about to start my step 1 prep and i have exactly 4 months to do it. Some people are telling me that 4 months are not enough. I read that u also took 4 months to prepare. Could you please tell me the exact breakup of your time during these four months? like what you did in 1st month and so on. It would be really helpful for me.
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Congrats on this great score and thanks for posting your experience. I am about to start my step 1 prep and i have exactly 4 months to do it. Some people are telling me that 4 months are not enough. I read that u also took 4 months to prepare. Could you please tell me the exact breakup of your time during these four months? like what you did in 1st month and so on. It would be really helpful for me.
Thanks a lot!
Hey there asterius, as i mentioned, I used to spend about a week or so doing each organ system so in about 1.5 months I finished all organ systems (see my original post for the proper breakdown). The last two months were spent 8 hours doing 8 blocks (each block would take me around 40 mins to finish and the rest of the time just reviewing). In between these, during the last two moths I used to do nbmes/uwsa every 1- 1.5 weeks or so. The last month was done by mimicing test day as much as possible (in terms of waking up, breaks etc), reviewing my question banks and doing it one more time and also going over my notes from the first two months. I did my last nbme 10 days before my exam so I could at least redeem myself if in fact i did not get a score I liked.
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Hey Everyone!

So I am a huge follower of this forum and have been since MD1 and just wanted to share my experience so it helps you all as well, since it helped me a lot.

I attend a low tier Caribbean school and my grades were above average in medical school. During my MD5 prep, I was taking the Becker live online along with my courses and found it extremely helpful. Ergo, the resources i used were:

Becker
FA
Pathoma
(Goljan) - only for the major diseases like CF, MS etc.

Total prep time: 4 months

The main thing I can let you know is that even though you think you failed (which I did), it will always reflect how you did on your most recent NBMEs.

Form 11: 149
Form 12: 420
Form 13: 520
Form 15: 520
Form 16: 660
Form 17: 680.

For those of you wondering how I went from a 149 --> 420, the first NBME i took was coming right out of medical school so as you guys can see, i was not prepared very well. Then when i started dedicated studying from the resources above, my scores skyrocketed.

Thanks everyone for all the help on this exam!

Cheers
Hey thanks a lot for such a quick reply! Are you talking about this post? Could you please post a link here if its not this one? Although your answer definitely gives me an idea about your approach to exam. Thanks again!
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Hi,
Thanks a lot for sharing your experience.And congragulation ?.
I wonder are first aid and uw enough for biostatistcs and physiology..

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Hi,
Congragulation and thanks a lot for sharing your experience.
I wonder are first aid and uw enough for biostatistcs and physiology.

Thank you !
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Congragulation and thanks a lot for sharing your experience.
I wonder are first aid and uw enough for biostatistcs and physiology.

Thank you !
For biostats, becker/kaplan and first aid are enough + a bunch fo questions.

Physio is probably the biggest (pathophys) section of the exam so first aid is nowhere enough. I used first aid, becker and costanzo. Use whatever it takes for you to get the deepest understand because it makes up almost 80% of your exam.
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Love your screen name, it definitely helped me a lot in my prep.

I have a background in neuroscience so neuroanatomy I just used Becker review books which I found were more than enough but I also hear high yield is very popular. gross anatomy I also used becker and first aid and googled images for all the abnormalities (ie. CTs MRIs and Xrays) for whichever required them, this helped a lot. you can also take a look at Grays anatomy but my exam wasnt anatomy heavy so FA was enough for me (it wont be the same for you so try to use whichever review books youre comfortable with).

Embryo i also used Becker and first aid.

I did not study histo separately because it boded in well with pathophys so I was able to review it from there. I did not discover the need to study for it separately because I remembered stuff from MD1 pretty well. If you do need any materials, BRS histo is more that sufficient.

As for my study schedule, i would spend each day of the week for a different subject. Since i divided my schedule into organ systems, I used monday to study anatomy and embryo, tues and wed for physio + micro, thurs for path, fri for pharm and the weekend to do questions. Subjects like biochem required its own time after I completed all organ systems (you can also do these at the beginning). I studied it like it was organized in FA which was really helpful for integration.

Sorry if all this seems confusing, let me know if you have any additional questions to help make it clearer
Hey asterius, this is the post I was talking about. let me know if you need more clarity.
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Thank you for answer..and good luck for step 2!
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A lot of people have been asking for my notes and I was not able to reach it to all of them. I uploaded them onto a site (all pdfs) so if anyone is interested, I will be selling it, PM me.
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Hey Everyone!

So I am a huge follower of this forum and have been since MD1 and just wanted to share my experience so it helps you all as well, since it helped me a lot.

I attend a low tier Caribbean school and my grades were above average in medical school. During my MD5 prep, I was taking the Becker live online along with my courses and found it extremely helpful. Ergo, the resources i used were:

Becker
FA
Pathoma
(Goljan) - only for the major diseases like CF, MS etc.

Total prep time: 4 months

The main thing I can let you know is that even though you think you failed (which I did), it will always reflect how you did on your most recent NBMEs.

Form 11: 149
Form 12: 420
Form 13: 520
Form 15: 520
Form 16: 660
Form 17: 680.

For those of you wondering how I went from a 149 --> 420, the first NBME i took was coming right out of medical school so as you guys can see, i was not prepared very well. Then when i started dedicated studying from the resources above, my scores skyrocketed.

Thanks everyone for all the help on this exam!

Cheers
Im taking beckers also. Did you do the live course!? What do you think of it? Not much reviews online
And congratulations on your score!!
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I acutally took the live online course with school so it was mentally draining. I hear the live course is equally exhausting. My biggest suggestion would be to work through at least 1 block (44 questions) of Becker every night after class. After the course, you can begin to use Uworld (or even during the course if you have time), so you will make the most out of it and your prep time will be really straight forward and can take the step almost immediately.
Thats awesome! Will keep it in mind. Might take step 2 ck first. When are you graduating? And going for neuro? Same here
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Thats awesome! Will keep it in mind. Might take step 2 ck first. When are you graduating? And going for neuro? Same here
2018 and thanks and you want to take step 2ck before step 1?
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2018 and thanks and you want to take step 2ck before step 1?
Yes, im doing rotations at the moment in Denver. Will see if nbmes aint scoring where i want. But taking step 1 a 2-3 months after grad. Took the material slow over the last few years lol
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congrats on your score
what was your schedule like? how many weeks/months did you take to prepare?
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Congratulations dude, You nailed it,falling is one thing...not standing up ever again is different...your story is really inspiring...I wish you luck man in your journey ahead...**** them who will cut your name off the match list cuz you failed it once...respect them who respects 261...you will succeed in life it's all that matters and that 261 proves it dude...

All the best =)
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Congratulations dude, You nailed it,falling is one thing...not standing up ever again is different...your story is really inspiring...I wish you luck man in your journey ahead...**** them who will cut your name off the match list cuz you failed it once...respect them who respects 261...you will succeed in life it's all that matters and that 261 proves it dude...

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THank you for your kind words! Not sure I understood the first line but i didnt fail

and DrAlchemist, i actually posted everything in the original post so take a look at that. if it doesnt make sense lemme know and I can explain further
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Dear neurogirl

you mentioned that u could email your notes. I m in a middle of my prep and need some help. i would appreciate if you email me your step1 notes. leylaxd@yahoo.com
very much appreciated.
cheers
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congrat
and good luck
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congrats on ur score.... can u email me ur notes seadmoo@gmail.com
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guys.. did anyone get the note ?
for those whose got the note , may you please give us some feedback
how helpfull are they ?

waiting for a replay
good luck all
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Congratulations on a great score
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Hey Everyone!

So I am a huge follower of this forum and have been since MD1 and just wanted to share my experience so it helps you all as well, since it helped me a lot.

I attend a low tier Caribbean school and my grades were above average in medical school. During my MD5 prep, I was taking the Becker live online along with my courses and found it extremely helpful. Ergo, the resources i used were:

Becker
FA
Pathoma
(Goljan) - only for the major diseases like CF, MS etc.

Total prep time: 4 months

The main thing I can let you know is that even though you think you failed (which I did), it will always reflect how you did on your most recent NBMEs.

Form 11: 149
Form 12: 420
Form 13: 520
Form 15: 520
Form 16: 660
Form 17: 680.

For those of you wondering how I went from a 149 --> 420, the first NBME i took was coming right out of medical school so as you guys can see, i was not prepared very well. Then when i started dedicated studying from the resources above, my scores skyrocketed.

Thanks everyone for all the help on this exam!

I also received a lot of PMs requesting my notes so I have uploaded them onto a drive because I was unable to send to so many people. I will be selling it, so if interested, please PM.

Cheers

well done. Hope i would achieve something like this in this coming months.
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well done. Hope i would achieve something like this in this coming months.

Thanks!! Im sure you will, trust me, you do not have to have a high IQ or even a solid background to rock this exam.

Just prepare smartly and think broadly.
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Thanks, this post gives some good information.
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what were the top resources that you used
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hi i am using becker ecoach i want to know for pathology do i still need pathoma?
thanks a lot and congrats for n amazing score! really inspiring
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hi i am using becker ecoach i want to know for pathology do i still need pathoma?
thanks a lot and congrats for n amazing score! really inspiring
yes definitely still use pathoma and like i said, I highly suggest goljan for the major diseases as well
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Thanks a lot!
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Congrats on your score!
I wanted to ask, what strategy did you follow to see such an increase from 149 to 420, and then 420 to 520? Also, what was the timeframe between those two scores
Thanks a lot
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