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I am an old IMG 2009, currently in US doing MPH, planning to start with USMLE Step 1.
Any guidance/motivation/study plan/time frames/materials to focus...anything is welcome and appreciated.

This post may be helpful for all the old grads gathering the courage to take on this mammoth task.

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Hello friends,
I am an old IMG 2009, currently in US doing MPH, planning to start with USMLE Step 1.
Any guidance/motivation/study plan/time frames/materials to focus...anything is welcome and appreciated.

This post may be helpful for all the old grads gathering the courage to take on this mammoth task.

Thank you in advance
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Step 1 might take anywhere from 4-7 months to prepare depending on how much time you are able to spend. Given that you are doing MPH and would be busy, I would say 6 months is a safe bet to start with at least. Focus on the time tested materials for IMGs, i.e. Kaplan to build a knowledge base (you can skip it if you feel confident but given that you are an old grad, it could be very useful to touch up on some areas), UW and FA 2016 (to consolidate). See how you are performing on the nbme's and pace yourself according to that till to reach a score you are comfortable with when you can take the exam. Good luck!
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Step 1 might take anywhere from 4-7 months to prepare depending on how much time you are able to spend. Given that you are doing MPH and would be busy, I would say 6 months is a safe bet to start with at least. Focus on the time tested materials for IMGs, i.e. Kaplan to build a knowledge base (you can skip it if you feel confident but given that you are an old grad, it could be very useful to touch up on some areas), UW and FA 2016 (to consolidate). See how you are performing on the nbme's and pace yourself according to that till to reach a score you are comfortable with when you can take the exam. Good luck!
Thank you dsrp for the valuable suggestions.
I am currently left with only a few credit hours of MPH, so relatively free.

I am surely going to give it atleast 6 months, and have started with Kaplan.
But as different people have different approached in terms of which subject/system to study first and how to incorporate UW early or later in their study plan, and what level of information needs to be annotated in FA 2016.
Is it better to just go with the conventional approach of Kaplan book by book or needs to try something different.

I mean sorry but i have so many naive qs i am currently juggling with, but i think everyone at the beginning goes through this anxiety decision making process Happy -2

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Thank you dsrp for the valuable suggestions.
I am currently left with only a few credit hours of MPH, so relatively free.

I am surely going to give it atleast 6 months, and have started with Kaplan.
But as different people have different approached in terms of which subject/system to study first and how to incorporate UW early or later in their study plan, and what level of information needs to be annotated in FA 2016.
Is it better to just go with the conventional approach of Kaplan book by book or needs to try something different.

I mean sorry but i have so many naive qs i am currently juggling with, but i think everyone at the beginning goes through this anxiety decision making process Happy -2

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That's great you are almost done with MPH. Kaplan step 1 subjects have a particular order in which they are usually read (though not everyone sticks to it, I think its better if you do because of the manner in which information is laid out. For example, doing kaplan pharm before micro may not be such a good idea as you will be missing a chunk of related high yield material as a foundation for antimicrobial therapy). You can find the specific order of subjects in older posts from this forum.
Its better to start UW early, as you would be familiar and comfortable with the question format from early on. Everybody has a different approach as to how to go about it I guess but I would read a subject for kaplan and do UW for that subject (just the questions without reading the explanations). Then once I am done with all the subjects in kaplan, I reset UW and started doing it again but this with explanations. Sadly, I did not have time to read entire UW (which I regret). Reading UW with explanations is also the time you would ideally write down stuff in FA 2016 (not everything needs to annotated as that is not really practical, just stuff you are not comfortable with, though once you are into UW you would realize there are a lot of such topics!). Final aspect of my prep was to read FA 2016 in the last 20 days (again something I screwed up, as FA takes anywhere from 1 to 1.5 months to be really thorough). Try to go through kaplan relatively quickly (but at a pace you are comfortable with and not merely doing it just for the sake of it) and focus on UW and FA to consolidate the information.
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Thanks dsrp for the reply.
I agree with you that its better to have a definitive approach as to which order to follow in terms of subject wise. But i have read a few blogs and people are actually doing it system wise now rather than subject based. But i will stick to convential approach in this regard and planning to do Kaplan LN first with videos.

Right now i have started off with Kaplan Physio + Its DVDs (probably 2010) + Dr Najeec lec videos for topics i dont understand comfortably + UW (Untimed tutor mode) and explanations for each qs whether right or wrong
I read and also heard from many people that its better to start UW with explanations from the very start in order to hold on to your conceptual knowledge. I am doing UW qs for each system i finish in Kaplan LN.

I hope i am on the right track though its been just 1 week so far.
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Thanks dsrp for the reply.
I agree with you that its better to have a definitive approach as to which order to follow in terms of subject wise. But i have read a few blogs and people are actually doing it system wise now rather than subject based. But i will stick to convential approach in this regard and planning to do Kaplan LN first with videos.

Right now i have started off with Kaplan Physio + Its DVDs (probably 2010) + Dr Najeec lec videos for topics i dont understand comfortably + UW (Untimed tutor mode) and explanations for each qs whether right or wrong
I read and also heard from many people that its better to start UW with explanations from the very start in order to hold on to your conceptual knowledge. I am doing UW qs for each system i finish in Kaplan LN.

I hope i am on the right track though its been just 1 week so far.
Yep sounds just about right.
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Hey I m new in USA and 2009 img and I m planning to give step 1 in 6 months but I need advise that am I too old graduate to give exam ? Plz help me out I m worried
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Hey I m new in USA and 2009 img and I m planning to give step 1 in 6 months but I need advise that am I too old graduate to give exam ? Plz help me out I m worried
There is an IMG graduated in 1986 and matched this year. Impossible is possible. Just try to find a study partner and make a clear plan and stick to it. Good luck!
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Hey I m new in USA and 2009 img and I m planning to give step 1 in 6 months but I need advise that am I too old graduate to give exam ? Plz help me out I m worried
Thats the very same reason i created this post.
I am also 2009 IMG in US, and planning to give step 1 within 6-9 months.
I have started with physio with Kaplan notes with Kaplan videos and Dr Najeeb videos only for the topics that are difficult, as he explains very well, but his videos are very lenghty and you can't watch all of them.

Will keep on updating on this post as will progress in the study.

Your feedback is always appreciated like which topics/resources are you considering.
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There is an IMG graduated in 1986 and matched this year. Impossible is possible. Just try to find a study partner and make a clear plan and stick to it. Good luck!
Thats true....
Impossible is nothing
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Thanks dr Faisal for reply we r on same boat I think I have started with biochemistry bcz it sounds difficult to me so I started with Kaplan lecture notes and videos .. Plz update me with your progress too .. I will keep u update and good luck
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I graduated in 2007. Finish my internship in the year 2008. Came to USA with F1 Visa and did a MS in health care admin, by the time I realize graduation year is important more than score , its already 2012 end..MS took 2 years. Then went to Kaplan bt few months later got to know they will shut the Kaplan for less students..Got to protect my Visa Status..so had to search for COMMUNITY college as I can't afford another MS from USA as its time consuming as well as money consming..finally got the college it was already 2014..a whole mess and start reading Step1 Kaplan books n doing classes in community college..Finally started U world and first aid after reading kaplan books but couldn't give enough time on Step 1 reading as Home works, exams, assignments etc are always makes me busy. Finally took an nbme 17 in Feb and scored below 217 and thought I should cancel the test and postponed to 31st March. I was going to school doing the home works and all. I have to take it on 31st march as that is the last eligibility period otherwise I have to pay 865 dollars again as I already paid twice..so took nbme 18 yesterday night..score drops below 200. I am totally devastated, shocked n frustated...so just cancel the test few mintues ago and I know my family will be go mad over me but I just can't go with this score. I was trying to get 230..Did FA twice and U World twice though not continously as i can't read step1 everyday for my school. Now I am planning as in Summer I am not taking any courses so I will utilize this time properly to make this happen. I will have off from (May7 to Aug25th) Its very annoying when you left everything just for this exam and got disappointment.

But I am determine that I am gonna make it happen whatever bad things come into my way!


never lose hope even when there is nothing come to your ways! Thats what I have learnt from few years!


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Hope you can find the way to do it.
I was wondering what are you doing at community college now ? I was looking into MS but they are too expensive.


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I graduated in 2007. Finish my internship in the year 2008. Came to USA with F1 Visa and did a MS in health care admin, by the time I realize graduation year is important more than score , its already 2012 end..MS took 2 years. Then went to Kaplan bt few months later got to know they will shut the Kaplan for less students..Got to protect my Visa Status..so had to search for COMMUNITY college as I can't afford another MS from USA as its time consuming as well as money consming..finally got the college it was already 2014..a whole mess and start reading Step1 Kaplan books n doing classes in community college..Finally started U world and first aid after reading kaplan books but couldn't give enough time on Step 1 reading as Home works, exams, assignments etc are always makes me busy. Finally took an nbme 17 in Feb and scored below 217 and thought I should cancel the test and postponed to 31st March. I was going to school doing the home works and all. I have to take it on 31st march as that is the last eligibility period otherwise I have to pay 865 dollars again as I already paid twice..so took nbme 18 yesterday night..score drops below 200. I am totally devastated, shocked n frustated...so just cancel the test few mintues ago and I know my family will be go mad over me but I just can't go with this score. I was trying to get 230..Did FA twice and U World twice though not continously as i can't read step1 everyday for my school. Now I am planning as in Summer I am not taking any courses so I will utilize this time properly to make this happen. I will have off from (May7 to Aug25th) Its very annoying when you left everything just for this exam and got disappointment.

But I am determine that I am gonna make it happen whatever bad things come into my way!


never lose hope even when there is nothing come to your ways! Thats what I have learnt from few years!


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hello everyone !
im also an old img , graduated on 31st december 2010!
another red flag in my case is i took step 1 last year and failed.
im re-taking exam in 3-4 months .

my sources would be kaplan , FA and UW !
im starting with biochem kaplan .


Dr Faisal you have done a good job by starting this thread for old imgs !!
this is really gonna help all of us .
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Dr tanzina don't worry everything will be fine with u nothing is impossible .. U will be fine and u r doing great job ..
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Yes Dr Faisal has done great job and guys keep update here with your progress that would be appreciated .. Thanks
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Hello,

Thanks to you and Dr. Faisal.. now I know I'm not alone. I myself is a very old IMG...2006 YOG. I'm in the US but I dedicated myself providing and raising my child as a single parent for the past several years, and now older and going to college, I am determined to get back in track. I work full time 3x 12's/wk and sometimes pick up HH patients every now and then. I am only in the early stages of my journey and I don't know where and how to start. I initially ordered FA but I'm already lost and confused... don't know if it's my older brain or the material is not appropriate for me at this point in the process, but I will follow dsrp's advice - thanks to you dsrp, I really appreciate your input!

And for all the other older IMG's out there, let's support each other and share our own personal journey so that we can inspire and help one another achieve our goals!
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There is an IMG graduated in 1986 and matched this year. Impossible is possible. Just try to find a study partner and make a clear plan and stick to it. Good luck!
That is so inspiring to know that there is hope for me too.. (YOG 1996) and for all of us very old IMG's. Thank you for posting!
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Indeed this will be of great help for all old imgs who need motivation and confidence to start up with this journey and excel with full determination n energy.
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Thank you everyone...I feel like the reason why i created the post is being well paid off so far.

@tanzina84....All i can say don't give up at this point....you have come this far...give it your best

Feedback from last 2 week or so

1. I started with Physio Kaplan lec and videos+Dr Najeeb lecs for difficult topics only+UW+FA (Annotation only).
2. Reason i started with physio, was because its been a while i studied medicine, so needed to get back in rhythm, physio was easy for me in med school so felt like starting it will be a good idea.
3. Kaplan is very helpful, as you need to get back to the lost concepts.
4. Dr Najeeb is very lengthy but very helpful when you are stuck (So just limiting it for difficult topics).
5. UW-Its still early to say about it, but it gives me confidence when i answers the qs right, and its explanations bring your scattered concepts at one point. (EVERYONE FROM OTHER POSTS AND MY PEERS ALL RECOMMEND IT TO START IT AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE)
6. FA...I don't know why i am doing it, its such a pain. i don't understand it, can't memorize it at this point, i don't think it can be a sole book for an old IMG (Personal opinion), but i am still annotating it from UW and Kaplan, because it will be useful later, at this point, its so condensed for me to absorb.

Rest i am glad we all are on the same page and going through same experience, and i wish we all get through this hard time, because i know i feel like quitting each single day...BUT I WILL NOT

Waiting for ya'll feedback on your journey so far...
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Thanks to you and Dr. Faisal.. now I know I'm not alone. I myself is a very old IMG...2006 YOG. I'm in the US but I dedicated myself providing and raising my child as a single parent for the past several years, and now older and going to college, I am determined to get back in track. I work full time 3x 12's/wk and sometimes pick up HH patients every now and then. I am only in the early stages of my journey and I don't know where and how to start. I initially ordered FA but I'm already lost and confused... don't know if it's my older brain or the material is not appropriate for me at this point in the process, but I will follow dsrp's advice - thanks to you dsrp, I really appreciate your input!

And for all the other older IMG's out there, let's support each other and share our own personal journey so that we can inspire and help one another achieve our goals!
Oops correction to my post.. my YOG is 1996 not 2006.
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Thank you everyone...I feel like the reason why i created the post is being well paid off so far.

@tanzina84....All i can say don't give up at this point....you have come this far...give it your best

Feedback from last 2 week or so

1. I started with Physio Kaplan lec and videos+Dr Najeeb lecs for difficult topics only+UW+FA (Annotation only).
2. Reason i started with physio, was because its been a while i studied medicine, so needed to get back in rhythm, physio was easy for me in med school so felt like starting it will be a good idea.
3. Kaplan is very helpful, as you need to get back to the lost concepts.
4. Dr Najeeb is very lengthy but very helpful when you are stuck (So just limiting it for difficult topics).
5. UW-Its still early to say about it, but it gives me confidence when i answers the qs right, and its explanations bring your scattered concepts at one point. (EVERYONE FROM OTHER POSTS AND MY PEERS ALL RECOMMEND IT TO START IT AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE)
6. FA...I don't know why i am doing it, its such a pain. i don't understand it, can't memorize it at this point, i don't think it can be a sole book for an old IMG (Personal opinion), but i am still annotating it from UW and Kaplan, because it will be useful later, at this point, its so condensed for me to absorb.

Rest i am glad we all are on the same page and going through same experience, and i wish we all get through this hard time, because i know i feel like quitting each single day...BUT I WILL NOT

Waiting for ya'll feedback on your journey so far...
I agree with you regarding FA that it is too condensed and hard to understand for an old IMG like me, but anyway, I just ordered Kaplan's LN and videos but where do I get/buy Dr Najeeb lectures?

Thank you and I appreciate it Dr Faisal!
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I agree with you regarding FA that it is too condensed and hard to understand for an old IMG like me, but anyway, I just ordered Kaplan's LN and videos but where do I get/buy Dr Najeeb lectures?

Thank you and I appreciate it Dr Faisal!
Dr Najeeb videos can be bought from his website http://www.drnajeeblectures.com/

Currently he is selling it around $59 for lifetime, keep an eye on the website and you can get it for $39-49 as he keeps on throwing daily offers on his website.
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i was searching into the the forum for old img experience and then i found these posts..thank you dr.faisal for creating this post..i have graduated in 2010 and started preparing for usmle.i was wondering m i too old for this exam because yog seems very much important for matching..and this whole process also cost a fortune..i am very confused..i have just finished reading pathoma..now thinking of starting cvs..

ii still dont know whether i will be able to do it or not..
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Hello friends,
I am an old IMG 2009, currently in US doing MPH, planning to start with USMLE Step 1.
Any guidance/motivation/study plan/time frames/materials to focus...anything is welcome and appreciated.

This post may be helpful for all the old grads gathering the courage to take on this mammoth task.

Thank you in advance
Hello Dr.Faisal
I graduated this n will be giving my step by year end. My plan is to finish my steps and join mph next year so will be applying for the same this year. Could you please tell me what are international student-friendly programs and universities? Also are there any mph programs for one year? Could please throw some light on this as no one I know is taking this path.
Thank you

PS sorry it's out of the topic.
I would recommend this:
Materials-
Anatomy- Kaplan ln+videos, fa, atlas
Neuroanatomy- Kaplan ln+videos,fa,high yield, Dr najeeb, Google for images
Embryo and histo- Kaplan ln+videos
Physio- Kaplan ln+videos,fa, brs physio
Biochem- Kaplan is gold!
Pathology-goljan audio n book, pathoma is equally good
Micro- sketchy micro, cmmrs, fa
Pharmac- Kaplan ln+videos
Behavioral sciences- Kaplan ln+videos, khans ethics and Conrad Fischer s 100 cases
Biostats- Kaplan ln+videos(uworld gives it all)

Qbanks I would recommend-
Uworld-3x
Kaplan qbank
Usmle rx-to reinforce fa

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i was searching into the the forum for old img experience and then i found these posts..thank you dr.faisal for creating this post..i have graduated in 2010 and started preparing for usmle.i was wondering m i too old for this exam because yog seems very much important for matching..and this whole process also cost a fortune..i am very confused..i have just finished reading pathoma..now thinking of starting cvs..

ii still dont know whether i will be able to do it or not..
Believe me you are definitely not older than many on this post
So i don't think there is anything to be afraid off, the odds are always there, whether YOG, clinical experience, US clinical experience, and you name it. We are not here to predict the future, we can only strive to design it as we like, thats all i am believing right now
Otherwise once a single negative thought comes in my mind, and it pulls me down into this whirlpool of negativity that i wish i never had started step 1. But as they say hang in there and it will hopefully be brighter
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[QUOTE=Bpositive;1100193]Hello Dr.Faisal
I graduated this n will be giving my step by year end. My plan is to finish my steps and join mph next year so will be applying for the same this year. Could you please tell me what are international student-friendly programs and universities? Also are there any mph programs for one year? Could please throw some light on this as no one I know is taking this path.
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Well i am also planning to appear for step 1 later this year, so glad to know that i am not alone here
Regarding MPH, i guess the best ranking which i followed while selecting the universities was from usnews ranking, their website is
http://www.usnews.com/education/best...-public-health

The only 1 year MPH program i am aware of is of John Hopkins, which is certainly very competitive, but you never know there might be many other as well, but MPH is always flexible its upto individual how many credit hours he can take in a single semester, and if someone goes after it all out, one can finish almost every MPH program in 15 months.

I liked your material recommendations
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Well i am also planning to appear for step 1 later this year, so glad to know that i am not alone here
Regarding MPH, i guess the best ranking which i followed while selecting the universities was from usnews ranking, their website is
http://www.usnews.com/education/best...-public-health

The only 1 year MPH program i am aware of is of John Hopkins, which is certainly very competitive, but you never know there might be many other as well, but MPH is always flexible its upto individual how many credit hours he can take in a single semester, and if someone goes after it all out, one can finish almost every MPH program in 15 months.

I liked your material recommendations
Thank you for the link and quick reply
I have few more questions to annoy you with
1) are all these uni international student friendly
2) Are research and publications extremely important to get in?
3) Do they select basing only on gre scores and GPA?
I ask these as I desperately want to get into mph.

I'm glad you liked them and I could be of some help.
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Thank you for the link and quick reply
I have few more questions to annoy you with
1) are all these uni international student friendly
2) Are research and publications extremely important to get in?
3) Do they select basing only on gre scores and GPA?
I ask these as I desperately want to get into mph.

I'm glad you liked them and I could be of some help.
To answer your questions.
1. I think mostly the universities in US are international friendly, but still the exceptions are there, you can actually see the number of international students in each university, in USnews ranking link i sent earlier.
2. I didn't have any publications before i got admitted.
3. GPAs and GRE are very important for many universities.

I hope it was useful
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My best advice to you is use Uworld Qbank as a learning tool.
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Thanku so much for the answers! Gave an insight!
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Hello Dr Faisal!

I wish I could help, but I'm not sure I'm the most knowledgable. My advice is simple, and I read this in many parts: stick to 2 or 3 books or tools. If you start with the Kaplan Lectures, then just use First Aid as a review an UW as a qbank. Too many things can be overwhelming and counterproductive. And plan in advance! That way you really make the most of your study time.

Could I ask you why do you want to take the steps? Are they necessary to work in USA? (I mean, beyond the MPH) Are you planning to start a residency?

I'm also and "old" graduate and I really want to start a MPH but I'm currently studying for the STEP 1. I really wanted to know is if my work options after finishing a MPH without taking the steps would be much limited than if I'm board certified. I'm guessing so, but I don't feel like doing a residency for 4 more years at this point.

Anyway, I hope my suggestion helps, and if you have the time to answer at least one of my questions I would really appreciate it.

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Hello Dr Faisal!

I wish I could help, but I'm not sure I'm the most knowledgable. My advice is simple, and I read this in many parts: stick to 2 or 3 books or tools. If you start with the Kaplan Lectures, then just use First Aid as a review an UW as a qbank. Too many things can be overwhelming and counterproductive. And plan in advance! That way you really make the most of your study time.

Could I ask you why do you want to take the steps? Are they necessary to work in USA? (I mean, beyond the MPH) Are you planning to start a residency?

I'm also and "old" graduate and I really want to start a MPH but I'm currently studying for the STEP 1. I really wanted to know is if my work options after finishing a MPH without taking the steps would be much limited than if I'm board certified. I'm guessing so, but I don't feel like doing a residency for 4 more years at this point.

Anyway, I hope my suggestion helps, and if you have the time to answer at least one of my questions I would really appreciate it.

Best!
Thank you for your valuable suggestions

Regarding the MPH, its not that you are required to clear steps to have a job in US, you can find a job in public health after finishing your MPH, but if you are completed your residency, plus an MPH, your job market will be more diverse, and you won't have to sell yourself low, as without residency, your medical degree will be redundant in many jobs, and you won't be earning any closer, if you are MD (or board certified) plus MPH. In a long run, even if someone wants to pursue a non clinical route still steps (residency) is very important in this country.
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Thanks so much for your answer! You're right, I think I knew the answer but I wanted a magical solution.. The most difficult way will be the always the most rewarding, hopefully. Good luck!
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Hello . I am new to this forum and I am a fresh graduate. Want to apply for step1 in December 2016. Plz guide me on want to start with. Kaplan or first aid or video lectures
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I also wanted to know that is there an option of repeating these step In order to improve your score. What is the minimum score you require .
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Hello . I am new to this forum and I am a fresh graduate. Want to apply for step1 in December 2016. Plz guide me on want to start with. Kaplan or first aid or video lectures
I think recent graudates most likely prefer to follow this path
1. FA
2. Pathoma or Goljan
3. UWorld

But going to Kaplan or detailed literature study depends upon how much can you recall the concepts of basic sciences.
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I also wanted to know that is there an option of repeating these step In order to improve your score. What is the minimum score you require .
I think the minimum percentile for reappearing for usmle steps is less than 75 percentile.
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Do UW and FA
KLN for reference and to improve understanding and for some completeness on some topics.
Then repeat UW and FA

Now do NBME . That's the score you will get in the exam .

Not happy with NBME score ? do UW and FA again

Now you'll get 240 . If not , ask someone like a tutor to examine your circumstances how you study etc . He will solve your issues. Then go write.

This is the uncomplicated approach. Now go complicate it by adding things that amount to repetition.

Good luck .
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I think the minimum percentile for reappearing for usmle steps is less than 75 percentile.
I wanted to ask that which question bank should I start in the beginning
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uw means u world Thats a question bank .
Its the one the exam looks at . So nothing is more important.
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Great post keep it up
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Do UW and FA
KLN for reference and to improve understanding and for some completeness on some topics.
Then repeat UW and FA

Now do NBME . That's the score you will get in the exam .

Not happy with NBME score ? do UW and FA again

Now you'll get 240 . If not , ask someone like a tutor to examine your circumstances how you study etc . He will solve your issues. Then go write.

This is the uncomplicated approach. Now go complicate it by adding things that amount to repetition.

Good luck .
Thanks for the precise plan for action

Unfortunately, when i started studying, i couldn't get any sense from FA at all, and thats why i created this post to seek out help, as i wasn't getting a word into my rotten head from FA

Anyways then i started with KLN lec notes with videos, but i think i won't go all out with KLN, and will mix and match with time tested best books/review materials for that specific subject/system, and as you said that has already complicated my approach, but it had to, there was no way i could see myself surviving on FA and UW alone.
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I wanted to ask that which question bank should I start in the beginning
As Mentioned by Soni, UWorld is the best question bank out there without doubt.
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dr.faisal what sources are you using for micro??and how you are memorizing??
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dr.faisal what sources are you using for micro??and how you are memorizing??
I haven't started Micro yet, but so far i have decided that i will study Clinical Micro MRS.

If someone has better experience with any other book, they can let all of us know.
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Try Microbiology made ridiculously simple for memorization
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Uncle Faizal

Read my first post again and again. You have not understood it.

Then lay your plans .

Use KLN to help you understand FA then dump KLN and stay with FA .

Read my first post again and again and on different days . It will slowly come to you. Each statement has implications . What are these ?

You haven't understood it.

And I'm never wrong.

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Uncle Faisal

I have given you the da vernci code in my posts .

Use it and get there .

If the Pope came down here to help you - he too will give you the same code.

You got the code!!!

Its all about the code.

The exams - the first 2 blocks are tough. Expect max 15/40 - more likely less . Get your head around this aspect. Its going to happen to you.

The remaining 5 blocks will be easy and it will reflect your NBME score fairly accurately. Usually , you'll get 28-32/40 if your NBME score is 240/250.

How do you get a score of 240 in NBME . Read the code again and again . The answer is in the code.

When you get it you'll smile to yourself.And say- that soni fella knew, huh.

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Thank you Swami Baba for your valuable advice...
I am sure we all will benefit from it
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Step 1 might take anywhere from 4-7 months to prepare depending on how much time you are able to spend. Given that you are doing MPH and would be busy, I would say 6 months is a safe bet to start with at least. Focus on the time tested materials for IMGs, i.e. Kaplan to build a knowledge base (you can skip it if you feel confident but given that you are an old grad, it could be very useful to touch up on some areas), UW and FA 2016 (to consolidate). See how you are performing on the nbme's and pace yourself according to that till to reach a score you are comfortable with when you can take the exam. Good luck!
Hi, sir myself a yog 2012, have worked for past 5 years is USCE a must , or work experience here and LOR here(TAMILNADU,INDIA) enough to get a residency there? some ppl say its quite difficult without doing obseervership there, is true?
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Old IMG, any one giving step1 in March?
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