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@DocSikorski- Hey, just wondering if you ever finished Kaplan Qbank (like your goal was) and what your overal expression of Kaplan. Also what's your opinion on DIT, there seems to an equal amount of people who love it and those who hate it.
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@Hope2pass: It has been a long time since you went through FA + UW notes. Don't worry about the nbme... You can easily jump points. In 2-3 weeks, you'll find yourself in the 220's.

If you feel that you've laid down the groundwork already, maybe all you need is to reinforce the material. This is where DIT comes in since they have pre- and post-lecture quizzes. However, I'd recommend you modify it a bit. DocSikorski is right, there will be subjects/topics that you may need to go back to kaplan. Make DIT your syllabus or study outline for the next month. Then, when it's scheduled to do a lecture on a topic you need to work on, dwell on that topic. Go back to KLN if you need to. Do topic-specific questions too. Don't be too strict with finishing DIT in 2 or 3 weeks. Give yourself time to dwell. In fact, go over DIT's schedule before you start it and put marks on the subjects you intend to hit hard and make the necessary adjustments in your calendar.
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@Hope2pass: It has been a long time since you went through FA + UW notes. Don't worry about the nbme... You can easily jump points. In 2-3 weeks, you'll find yourself in the 220's.

If you feel that you've laid down the groundwork already, maybe all you need is to reinforce the material. This is where DIT comes in since they have pre- and post-lecture quizzes. However, I'd recommend you modify it a bit. DocSikorski is right, there will be subjects/topics that you may need to go back to kaplan. Make DIT your syllabus or study outline for the next month. Then, when it's scheduled to do a lecture on a topic you need to work on, dwell on that topic. Go back to KLN if you need to. Do topic-specific questions too. Don't be too strict with finishing DIT in 2 or 3 weeks. Give yourself time to dwell. In fact, go over DIT's schedule before you start it and put marks on the subjects you intend to hit hard and make the necessary adjustments in your calendar.
Thanks dwiqed! Your advice is great. I will follow it. I am going through DIT schedule right now and working on it Thank you!
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@DocSikorski- Hey, just wondering if you ever finished Kaplan Qbank (like your goal was) and what your overal expression of Kaplan. Also what's your opinion on DIT, there seems to an equal amount of people who love it and those who hate it.
No, its good I think, but mostly for an AMG type of person...
I am currently 35% done with Kbank. I was planning to finish it by the end of next week and still pursuing that goal. Have 100qs left in micro-immuno-embryo. Going to kill these tonight.
Averaging in micro like 65%... dont like it at all =((
Though most of the Kbank questions in micro leave me with 2 option answers, I hate it when that happens... =(
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Anybody know a good source for practicing Immunodeficiency problems- they seem to be my weakness in Immuno (along with Graft-Host)?
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40% of Kbank is done (subjectwise, 66% so far...)

1:55 am, Sunday night.
Starting a week of Goljan Audio and RR.

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Ok guys, I finished the NBME. Didn't exactly go as I planned for it!

I wasn't hoping for much, just wanted to pass and get above 190 but I fell short of that goal too! I got 330 (nbme) /182 (usmle). Went over the offline one just to see which ones I got wrong and it corresponded to around 128/200 = 64%. Also if you do the math, 128*1.4 = 179 so the formula works kind of. But the answer keys for the NBME's are quite messed up as dwiqed suggested.

Anyway, I was quite disappointed because I know I have the medical knowledge and its all up in my brain but somehow I tend to over think and over analyze a lot on each question. Made a couple stupid mistakes for example on the up n down arrow questions I did this: "metabolic ACIDosis so pH increases" and forgot about it...that was such a silly mistake! Oh well, what's done is done. I was sad before that I scored so low but can't do anything about it I don't know what I did wrong but I do have a lot of weaknesses to work on!

Starting DIT tomorrow. Going to try and finish it by the 21st. Doing Kaplan Qbank along with it and might start Usmle Consult just to practice more questions. I also noticed that I haven't practiced a lot of questions.

Any advice for this sad individual would be appreciated lol just kidding, I'll stop being sad and be awesome instead

Also: I think I will wait till the end of my eligibility period to write my exam! So last week of June
@hope2pass: hey bro, dont worry its just an NBME, just cheer up....i dont know if you would take this advice, but am just letting you know buddy...

I know there would be alot of guys saying espcially 1 ding-dong on this forum saying that i am a uw freak/fan/undercover agent whatever.... but honestly i dont i dont give a s*** to that...

My advice is that please start doing uw a new subscription do it subject-wise, and that would definitly solve ur deficiency in any subject that you have.

On my experiance kaplan qbank is junk! PERIOD.
i have done it before, they just make u feel "OH REALLY?? HMM OK GOOD TO KNOW" they test u on the wierdest thing possible but some are HY Questions too, i agree.

but uw 95% are HY Q broo...

so concentrate on uworld, try taking time in reading each and every explanantions, i know people say they do 2 blocks of UW in a day, but i am an average student, i do 1 block of uw a day, but i do take alot of notes and literally write it down in my notebook.

i feel i am gaining a good amt of knowledge and HY facts which i had to mug up last time.

just read all those 99-ers they all have mentioned uw 2 times, and some have mentioned kaplan Qbank too but if u scroll down u will find they also did uw.

well just wanted to let you know about this, i dont know how far you would take it. but just hinting you about it.

decision is YOURS! PERIOD

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No, its good I think, but mostly for an AMG type of person...
I am currently 35% done with Kbank. I was planning to finish it by the end of next week and still pursuing that goal. Have 100qs left in micro-immuno-embryo. Going to kill these tonight.
Averaging in micro like 65%... dont like it at all =((
Though most of the Kbank questions in micro leave me with 2 option answers, I hate it when that happens... =(
Hey man... so you've done with USMLERx and then started with KLN QBank??? I thought you weren't going to do KNL Qbank??? (or is it the Qbook?)
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Hey man... so you've done with USMLERx and then started with KLN QBank??? I thought you weren't going to do KNL Qbank??? (or is it the Qbook?)
Saved rx for later... It's Kaplan qbank I do now... I just call it K-bank for short.
Rx and UC were not really teaching much, it's better for a later part of studies
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more than 1300 questions left.
Can I handle that in a week?
Wow, quite a challenge!!
200+ per day will be my goal for now
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Look to other forum members' experience.

-Avash for example experienced a JUMP in his scores due to extensively going through UW for a week.
-I remember d_wiqed saying that going through tons of questions (also UW notes as i recall) surprised him with a JUMP in his NBME as well. Taking him almost 2 weeks only.
-dr_nick got a 30-point increase in 4 weeks due to going through DIT.

Everyone improves gradually, but these JUMPs are almost always due to either DIT or going through UW questions and notes again.

Hope it all goes well.
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Just did a block of Patho+Physio+Pharm in Kaplan and got 52% - Dafuq!!!!!
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@aj23 & @Renaissance: Thanks guys. I am starting DIT today. Since I haven't done FA in a long time either, I think my plan of attack is to go over that first along with DIT and focus on my weak areas. I am hoping to do about 20-30 questions everyday and hopefully I can progressively increase the number of questions I do with DIT because it takes a long time to do DIT. I'll try to finish it within 20 days and take an NBME. Then I'll have a month till my exam.

For that one month, my schedule will depend on the post DIT NBME. I have started Qbank so I'll try to finish it asap and then last month of prep, I'll just focus on UW and new questions/2nd pass of Qbank (I'll try to do as many questions in a day as possible for one whole month lol).


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Just did a block of Patho+Physio+Pharm in Kaplan and got 52% - Dafuq!!!!!
lol .. you'll improve!

I did a random block of everything before my NBME and I got 60% on it! That was a confidence booster but little did I know !!! Don't worry about it, the more random blocks you start doing, the better you'll get at it man.
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lol .. you'll improve!

I did a random block of everything before my NBME and I got 60% on it! That was a confidence booster but little did I know !!! Don't worry about it, the more random blocks you start doing, the better you'll get at it man.
its not very random its 3P... Every question that I missed was answered by 20-30 percent of ppl, so how come I did lower than average this time!
I slowly start disliking Kbank.
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-Booked my date. 7 weeks till my exam.
-Working on a week by week schedule.
-Going to get it done this time. F U Step1
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@Hope2Pass- Did you start DIT yet?
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@Hope2Pass- Did you start DIT yet?
Starting with Day 1 soon. Just going through and making a schedule and looking at what topics I need to spend more time on. How are you doing with DIT ?
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Starting with Day 1 soon. Just going through and making a schedule and looking at what topics I need to spend more time on. How are you doing with DIT ?
Have the last video for Day 3 to do, hope to finish in an two hours. The plan for the rest of the day is to redo the workbook pages, head over to UW subject review and try to finish those biostats questions before my subscription ends. Then head over to Kaplan and do questions for - Immunology and Behavioral.
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The other 3p Block - 58!
I almost kicked the monitor!!
I hate it! I do not believe I do so piss poor bad! Its way too detailed and not very relevant, like in some questions I had the correct answer about a drug depended on a child's age, like if the child is younger than 14, you give em this drug... but I apparently chose the one that was for elder teenagers! WTF!

These 3P questions are not very fair, that must be what they did to make Kbank "harder" than UW - flooded the question pool with some ridiculous info...
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The other 3p Block - 58!
I almost kicked the monitor!!
I hate it! I do not believe I do so piss poor bad! Its way too detailed and not very relevant, like in some questions I had the correct answer about a drug depended on a child's age, like if the child is younger than 14, you give em this drug... but I apparently chose the one that was for elder teenagers! WTF!

These 3P questions are not very fair, that must be what they did to make Kbank "harder" than UW - flooded the question pool with some ridiculous info...
lol, thats what bro i tried to explain.

its just wierd their Q pools are.
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lol, thats what bro i tried to explain.

its just wierd their Q pools are.
anyway I am almost at the 50% of their bank, Ill finish it this week, trying to stay positive and than do UW in a 3rd time and will get back to Rx as the critical, helping tool to memorize FA
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Getting through DIT. Kinda slow at the beginning but picking up the pace now. Also doing questions from the Qbank as I go along so its taking longer. Getting used to DIT and workbook etc But next few weeks is nothing but DIT & Qbank so it should be good.
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The other 3p Block - 58!
I almost kicked the monitor!!
I hate it! I do not believe I do so piss poor bad! Its way too detailed and not very relevant, like in some questions I had the correct answer about a drug depended on a child's age, like if the child is younger than 14, you give em this drug... but I apparently chose the one that was for elder teenagers! WTF!

These 3P questions are not very fair, that must be what they did to make Kbank "harder" than UW - flooded the question pool with some ridiculous info...
LOL! I understand the frustration. That's why I haven't gone back to Kaplan qbank for a couple of weeks now. I was only averaging 60% in random, timed blocks for 500 mcqs when I did my first nbme (228). I might go back to it only in HY mode bec. I really hate those weird mcqs. I feel they're wasting my time.
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LOL! I understand the frustration. That's why I haven't gone back to Kaplan qbank for a couple of weeks now. I was only averaging 60% in random, timed blocks for 500 mcqs when I did my first nbme (228). I might go back to it only in HY mode bec. I really hate those weird mcqs. I feel they're wasting my time.
Yes, I kinda think that this is what I should do too - switch to HY mode only. Cuz I am not sure if I really care about these weird random facts not related to my exam... Let's see how I do in a 3P HY...
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just did a block of 3P in HY mode - scored 88%

here you go baby...
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just did a block of 3P in HY mode - scored 88%

here you go baby...
Hahaha... That's waaayyy better!
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This is my plan for DIT:

Day 1
Day 2
Day 3

BREAK 1 day- review the previous three days.

Day 4
...and so on.

In all I'll be taking 4 days off between the 15 days as catch up/ review/ days where I can focus on the weak areas. This will take me 19 days to complete DIT. It's very doable. I am also doing 46 questions (1 block) everyday for the 19 days. After that I will take another NBME.

Is anyone else doing DIT during this time frame ?
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Hi, bud!

I'm going to do DIT after 3 days. I'll take an nbme on May 10 then DIT after.

I have arranged my sked. I also have added 4-6 days to DIT. 1 free day after anatomy, biostat/ethics, genetics/biochem, and neuro lectures to do extra mcqs on these subjs. That's 4 days. Plus, extra 2 days for an nbme mid-DIT (May 21). Then, post-DIT nbme (June 1).

Do you think we can do 1 DIT day (3 lectures + workbook + 1 block of mcqs)? It seems like a very tight schedule for me... I forgot to add catch-up days in my sched, however, I don't want to extend my DIT course anymore. I guess I'll turn to "operant conditioning" again. For every 5 successful DIT days, I'll go on a date! LOL!!
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I guess I'll turn to "operant conditioning" again. For every 5 successful DIT days, I'll go on a date! LOL!!
lol! That's a good reward to keep up the behavior lol

Your plan sounds good. I decided to take a day off after every 3 days of DIT just so I can revise everything in those 3 days and use that 1 day off as a catch up day if I am behind in questions or videos.

I think its very doable to do a block of 46 questions and a full DIT day. The way I'm doing it is as this: start with 15 questions, suspend the block, do the 1st lecture, do 15 more questions, suspend the block, do the 2nd lecture, finish the last 16 questions in that block, and then finish the 3rd lecture.

Each lecture is about 1.5 hours. So lets say it takes 2 hours to do the videos then 1 hour to do questions+review the 15 questions. Thats 3 hours...3x3 = 9 hours and you should be done with the DIT lectures + 46 questions. Also, that's just a hypothetical number. Even if you add in break time of 2 hours thats 11 hours per day .. at this moment I should be studying 12 hours per day anyways so I think its very doable

I am planning on finishing DIT by the 26th. What do you think?
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Hi, bud!

I'm going to do DIT after 3 days. I'll take an nbme on May 10 then DIT after.

I have arranged my sked. I also have added 4-6 days to DIT. 1 free day after anatomy, biostat/ethics, genetics/biochem, and neuro lectures to do extra mcqs on these subjs. That's 4 days. Plus, extra 2 days for an nbme mid-DIT (May 21). Then, post-DIT nbme (June 1).

Do you think we can do 1 DIT day (3 lectures + workbook + 1 block of mcqs)? It seems like a very tight schedule for me... I forgot to add catch-up days in my sched, however, I don't want to extend my DIT course anymore. I guess I'll turn to "operant conditioning" again. For every 5 successful DIT days, I'll go on a date! LOL!!
@d_wiqed: since u mentioned u doing an NBME on 10th, i just wanted to know if you dont mind, what you doing now??

u reviewing all ur uw notes?? or still doing FA?
i mean how u preparing for this coming nbme???

i have 48% of uw Qbank left for me to finish....

if you guys dont mind, can u please tell me, if i should do an nbme before DIT? coz am kinda nervous about the nbme score, if i dont score well then that would pull me down...

should i read my uw notes and fa before doing an nbme (i.e. PRE-DIT)?????

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@aj23: When are you planning on taking your step?

Honestly, I was afraid that if I don't do good on my NBME it will bring me down and would really shatter my confidence. It did for one day but then I moved past it. The way I thought about it is that I am closer than ever to passing and still have 7 weeks left so I can improve by a lot! So don't be scared or afraid to take the NBME. Its not the real thing and its just a reality check lol It will just show you where you stand and what you need to improve on.

I took the NBME without DIT or FA and only did 28% of Qbank before taking it. It was after my first read and review of some hy topics since I had taken a 4 month break after getting my results last time. Its your call if you have the time to go over FA then sure go ahead. For me, I took the NBME without anything else so now when I go over DIT/FA/Qbank more, I can see how much I improve by in the next NBME and what helps me.

Just take the NBME and don't worry how you score!
Have a low expectation and you'll be a happy puppet after you get the score

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lol! That's a good reward to keep up the behavior lol

Your plan sounds good. I decided to take a day off after every 3 days of DIT just so I can revise everything in those 3 days and use that 1 day off as a catch up day if I am behind in questions or videos.

I think its very doable to do a block of 46 questions and a full DIT day. The way I'm doing it is as this: start with 15 questions, suspend the block, do the 1st lecture, do 15 more questions, suspend the block, do the 2nd lecture, finish the last 16 questions in that block, and then finish the 3rd lecture.

Each lecture is about 1.5 hours. So lets say it takes 2 hours to do the videos then 1 hour to do questions+review the 15 questions. Thats 3 hours...3x3 = 9 hours and you should be done with the DIT lectures + 46 questions. Also, that's just a hypothetical number. Even if you add in break time of 2 hours thats 11 hours per day .. at this moment I should be studying 12 hours per day anyways so I think its very doable

I am planning on finishing DIT by the 26th. What do you think?
Just for fun... Yep, 2 hrs per lecture x 3 = 6 hrs

But there's also the workbook questions per lecture, remember?? 45 mins x 3 = 2.5 hrs

That's around 9 hrs on DIT alone. Full-time, pressured study! Just thinking about it gets me all lazy!

Then, there's 1 block of random mcqs. 1 hr per block when answering the mcqs plus 1-2 hrs reviewing the block.

9 hrs DIT + 3 hrs random mcqs = 12 hrs full-time --> After 3 weeks I'll be "d_crazy". LOL!

Are you sure you want to break-up the 1 block of random mcqs? We will have enough interruptions with the workbook alone. But anyways, those mcqs in-between might also be considered a "break" from DIT lectures. It still might work. Keep me posted if it's effective.

Yep, your plan sounds good! The earlier we finish, the better. We can still work on our weak areas for a few days and focus on FA + UW before the exam.
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Just for fun... Yep, 2 hrs per lecture x 3 = 6 hrs

But there's also the workbook questions per lecture, remember?? 45 mins x 3 = 2.5 hrs

That's around 9 hrs on DIT alone. Full-time, pressured study! Just thinking about it gets me all lazy!

Then, there's 1 block of random mcqs. 1 hr per block when answering the mcqs plus 1-2 hrs reviewing the block.

9 hrs DIT + 3 hrs random mcqs = 12 hrs full-time --> After 3 weeks I'll be "d_crazy". LOL!

Are you sure you want to break-up the 1 block of random mcqs? We will have enough interruptions with the workbook alone. But anyways, those mcqs in-between might also be considered a "break" from DIT lectures. It still might work. Keep me posted if it's effective.

Yep, your plan sounds good! The earlier we finish, the better. We can still work on our weak areas for a few days and focus on FA + UW before the exam.
Yeah sounds good. I'll try out my plan for this week (plan to get through 6 days of DIT and Thursday is the day off). I will let you know how it goes!
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@d_wiqed: since u mentioned u doing an NBME on 10th, i just wanted to know if you dont mind, what you doing now??

u reviewing all ur uw notes?? or still doing FA?
i mean how u preparing for this coming nbme???

i have 48% of uw Qbank left for me to finish....

if you guys dont mind, can u please tell me, if i should do an nbme before DIT? coz am kinda nervous about the nbme score, if i dont score well then that would pull me down...

should i read my uw notes and fa before doing an nbme (i.e. PRE-DIT)?????

please advice friends.. thanks
@hopetopass: thank you so much buddy.

i have my exam booked on the 27th of june.
but it really depends on the nbme score that would decide if i should the exam or not, as i have a chance of extending my exam too. so am not that worried about the exam lol....

most likely i will try doing an nbme next week and then start with DIT.

thanks alot for ur kind words, that really make me be motivated and have the guts to face the nbme
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@d_wiqed: since u mentioned u doing an NBME on 10th, i just wanted to know if you dont mind, what you doing now??

u reviewing all ur uw notes?? or still doing FA?
i mean how u preparing for this coming nbme???

i have 48% of uw Qbank left for me to finish....

if you guys dont mind, can u please tell me, if i should do an nbme before DIT? coz am kinda nervous about the nbme score, if i dont score well then that would pull me down...

should i read my uw notes and fa before doing an nbme (i.e. PRE-DIT)?????

please advice friends.. thanks
Between my last nbme and on May 10, I'm supposed to read the last 50% of my UW notes that I didn't finish reading before and do mcqs -- 1 subject per day of behavioral, biostat, biochem, genetics, neuro and some mcqs on patho qbook.

But I got a bit fatigued/burned-out/lazy, I went out for 2 days and watched too much tv. I am only able to work on behavioral, biostat, and the remaining 50% UW notes. That's why I've decided to do DIT a few days earlier than I planned. I think I need structure in my study plan. Or else I'll get lazier and less productive.

Yep, it will be safer if you read FA + UW notes before you do an nbme. Or at least read up on your weak subjects first.

Do the old nbmes (Forms 1-4). If you score 75%, you'll be ready for an online one. Make that your gauge. Once you do all 4 old nbmes, you'll be confident to take on an online one.
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@hopetopass: thank you so much buddy.

i have my exam booked on the 27th of june.
but it really depends on the nbme score that would decide if i should the exam or not, as i have a chance of extending my exam too. so am not that worried about the exam lol....

most likely i will try doing an nbme next week and then start with DIT.

thanks alot for ur kind words, that really make me be motivated and have the guts to face the nbme
One more advice: Just because you have the option of extending your exam, don't rely on it! Give it your best now and its ok to be worried about the exam! lol Probably better to be worried a lil bit because it will make you want to do things on time!

And good luck on your NBME and DIT! Hope everything goes well!
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when is your exam???
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Hi hows your studying coming along???

when is your exam???
I've scheduled my exam for the last week of June.
Studying's coming along fine.

I will start a DIT progress thread and post my progress there.
Time to leave this thread behind lol
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Default End of June Exam; DIT Progress/Schedule

Exam is booked for last week of June.
Started DIT on May 7th.
Plan on finishing it by May 26th.
Doing a block of question everyday till 26th = 20 blocks (920 Questions)
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Stats:

Pre-DIT NBME 5: 330/182
Kaplan Qbank: 28% done, averaged 55%
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Here's the schedule:

Week 1 = May 7th to May 13th
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Week 2 = May 14th to May 21st
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Week 3 = May 22nd to May 27th
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Any advice/suggestions/ideas are welcome. If you are doing DIT, please add to the thread and lets get it done! Good luck
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Update:

- 2 blocks down. 18 to go (18 days left)
- Almost done 2 days of DIT.
- Starting Day 3 today.
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this month's plan should increase your points by atleast 20
looks like a solid plan.
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You always have tootsie! Thanks for your ongoing support!
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Good idea for the thread! Good luck with DIT.

-Right now I'm on Day 5. Its really stressful but I'm loving it. To be honest I'm getting so much more out of DIT than I am doing questions or an NBME. It has pointed out so many of my flaws, especially in areas I thought I was strong in. I think its the short-answer questions which basically is one of those- you either know it or you don't. There can be no guess work with short answer.
-Qbank: I have stuck with subject-wise however after Day 7 I plan to combine Day 1-7 topics and do them combined so that I remember those topics. I'm waiting to do random for UW which I will start after DIT.
-NBME 11: Will be the long weekend (Canada). Hopefully it will be better results:sorry:
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Good idea for the thread! Good luck with DIT.

-Right now I'm on Day 5. Its really stressful but I'm loving it. To be honest I'm getting so much more out of DIT than I am doing questions or an NBME. It has pointed out so many of my flaws, especially in areas I thought I was strong in. I think its the short-answer questions which basically is one of those- you either know it or you don't. There can be no guess work with short answer.
-Qbank: I have stuck with subject-wise however after Day 7 I plan to combine Day 1-7 topics and do them combined so that I remember those topics. I'm waiting to do random for UW which I will start after DIT.
-NBME 11: Will be the long weekend (Canada). Hopefully it will be better results:sorry:
Nice plan! I'm guessing you're taking it on the Victoria Day long weekend then ? Good luck with the NBME! I'll be taking it a week after you
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Wow.. so many of you are from Canada ey?

A friend is gonna make a party on Canada Day...Looking forward to that.
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I'm also doing the same plan you are Hope2Pass. My exam is June 16th, and I'm in the second week of DIT. I'm having a hard time getting around to a block of questions a day though. I can do it, but it's really late in the night by then. Any suggestions? How long does it take you to finish up with DIT for the day? Thanks!
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I'm also doing the same plan you are Hope2Pass. My exam is June 16th, and I'm in the second week of DIT. I'm having a hard time getting around to a block of questions a day though. I can do it, but it's really late in the night by then. Any suggestions? How long does it take you to finish up with DIT for the day? Thanks!
do questions first, first thing in the morning
then start DIT
get out of the habit of doing questions late in the day and get used to doing them first thing in the morning, because thats how its going to be on test day.
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I've scheduled my exam for the last week of June.
Studying's coming along fine.

I will start a DIT progress thread and post my progress there.
Time to leave this thread behind lol
Damn! Another thread?
Can't we just have this? :P

Waw! Everyone seems to be working hard!
While I have the worst luck and distractions possible now!
I just read everything since yesterday now I am motivated to start studyn again
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Damn! Another thread?
Can't we just have this? :P

Waw! Everyone seems to be working hard!
While I have the worst luck and distractions possible now!
I just read everything since yesterday now I am motivated to start studyn again


lol too late .. already started this one : http://www.usmle-forums.com/usmle-st...-schedule.html

That's my schedule for DIT. Good to see you back and good luck studying!
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You might have to ask the admin to move the posts from that thread I started into this one! I don't mind keeping this one alive!
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How are you doing your qbank? Subjectwise/all or HY only?

I am done with 60% of it by now... need to read the explanation of 138 question though =(
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I am done with 60% of it by now... need to read the explanation of 138 question though =(
Pre-DIT I did all subjectwise. Finished 28% of it and averaged 55%.

I have done 3 blocks of random blocks (hy,my,ly, everything lol) and averaged 60% in it. Not sure how that works out considering I averaged 55% in subjectwise. I'm done 32% of the Qbank now and averaging 56% right now .. only went up by 1% so far.

With DIT I am going to continue doing Random-Timed Blocks.
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Pre-DIT I did all subjectwise. Finished 28% of it and averaged 55%.

I have done 3 blocks of random blocks (hy,my,ly, everything lol) and averaged 60% in it. Not sure how that works out considering I averaged 55% in subjectwise. I'm done 32% of the Qbank now and averaging 56% right now .. only went up by 1% so far.

With DIT I am going to continue doing Random-Timed Blocks.
As they claim in DIT - your scores should go up by 10-15%...
I am complitely dissapointed with Kbank, but gonna finish and get most of it anyway... you just have to filter confusing and worthless stuff out...

I did one block of "hard" questions - got 43% (other students score was 42% in the same block) and then did a block of "easy" questions got 92% (other students scored 75% in the same one)
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As they claim in DIT - your scores should go up by 10-15%...
I am complitely dissapointed with Kbank, but gonna finish and get most of it anyway... you just have to filter confusing and worthless stuff out...

I did one block of "hard" questions - got 43% (other students score was 42% in the same block) and then did a block of "easy" questions got 92% (other students scored 75% in the same one)
lol yeah, I saw your posts about the Kaplan Qbank. I agree with you..I am just gonna finish it along with DIT and try to get it done by the end of this month. I am going to start doing just HY questions with DIT now. I have about 950 HY questions left.
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I think you will have to ask them since you are the owner of the threads

Now which one are we following? :s
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Hope everyone's studies are going well.

Update for me:
-Finished Day 5 of DIT- Its becoming a bit overwhelming.
-Worked on Embryology Questions on Kaplan Qbank and FA QandA book.

Starting to get more nervous as my second NBME approaches as well as the fact that I'm starting to run out of qbank questions. .

Also: I'm not sure how good DIT really is for Microbiology. I plan to redo do those pages several times over the next few days. But really not sure I'm actually learning any Microbiology.
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The admins actually moved all the posts form the other thread into this (as per my request) so we can actually keep discussing things here.

I had a long day and did a lot. Tomorrow is the catch up/review day but I'll still do a block of questions. Hope everyone had a productive day as well.

Just before I head off to bed, I thought I'd post something I came across -

I was looking back at my thread that I posted in October after I got my results from my first attempt. "Failed Step 1 ...". I know a lot of you would remember that thread (or not) but I just realized that THAT was about 8 months ago! I just read some posts from everyone including docsikorsi, tootsie, drhma, sukar, latingeorge, dr.mexito and many others on that thread and everyone was very supportive and almost all of you are still here in these threads supporting me through out!

We've all come a long way in our prep since then and our closer to our goals now more than ever! I truly appreciate everyone's support since all of you have actually helped me with my prep and given me amazing suggestions/ ideas every time I got stuck anywhere. So Thank you

That's all

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PS: Did you try clicking "Failed Step 1 ..." ??Wouldn't work, I just wanted to change the color and underline it to see how many times you'd click it It's not a hyperlink

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Still tired...
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I am thinking - end of may, mid june.

What do u use for micro?
I am using KAPLAN notes and may be just go through the FA later.
I think its sufficient. but you don't need to spend time on watching the video, as she just reads the notes! better read by yourself
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Congrats!! Aaaahhh... The best part of prep. Finishing UW.

It's like having an elephant out of the way...
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I have less than 40% of Kbank left, so unsatisfied with it...

Is someone doing RR now?
It takes me so much time, but the concepts it has are just incredibly essential, thanks to Poppy...
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Did you do it before? RR?
Nope.
I listened to G a couple of times and read his notes for falcon (i assume) like a shortened version of RR (400 pages anyway)
Initially I planned on finishing it in a week, but I havent gone further than 100 pages yet.
I listen to G again while running or working.

Are you reading it now or have u before?
I hear that this is an overkill for a test, but I wanna feel like I am killing each question on my test, over and over...
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I have less than 40% of Kbank left, so unsatisfied with it...

Is someone doing RR now?
It takes me so much time, but the concepts it has are just incredibly essential, thanks to Poppy...
I tried doing RR (2nd read) with FA last, last wk but I ran out of time and had to take an nbme so I stopped after a few chapters. I find RR to be time-consuming but I hear it's worth it.

Try doing FA + Goljan Rapid Review. That's what my friend did and she increased her score by 25 pts (as I've mentioned in another thread). This is why I will not ditch Goljan RR like I previously planned. Instead, I might try to squeeze it in if I still can somewhere along the way. I think 1 system per day of FA + UW notes + Goljan is doable.
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I tried doing RR (2nd read) with FA last, last wk but I ran out of time and had to take an nbme so I stopped after a few chapters. I find RR to be time-consuming but I hear it's worth it.

Try doing FA + Goljan Rapid Review. That's what my friend did and she increased her score by 25 pts (as I've mentioned in another thread). This is why I will not ditch Goljan RR like I previously planned. Instead, I might try to squeeze it in if I still can somewhere along the way. I think 1 system per day of FA + UW notes + Goljan is doable.
It is doable.
Yes, I remember that I also have had an increase after listening to Goljan.

I feel like his lectures are like old Star Wars trilogy - every time you watch it - you find something new
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oh yeah I did! this is like my 3rd reading yes it is time consuming, but the confidence u get is amazing! My exam is in 16 days, so m trying to read the topics where i suck!
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oh yeah I did! this is like my 3rd reading yes it is time consuming, but the confidence u get is amazing! My exam is in 16 days, so m trying to read the topics where i suck!
True.
I used to miss 99% of "arrows" questions, but G just makes sense to these ridiculous details.
I wish his jokes were also included in the book, I'd read it faster
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I have less than 40% of Kbank left, so unsatisfied with it...

Is someone doing RR now?
It takes me so much time, but the concepts it has are just incredibly essential, thanks to Poppy...
I'm staring next week...
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It is doable.
Yes, I remember that I also have had an increase after listening to Goljan.

I feel like his lectures are like old Star Wars trilogy - every time you watch it - you find something new
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Oh, you're listening to his lectures again in addition to RR? That's what I wish I have time to do. But it would take me 1 solid week and I don't think I can spare that much time for patho alone...

@vna.rao22: Good luck on your exam!!

I find that Goljan RR is actually an expanded (and heavy) version of FA. Everything is integrated there! I was trying to work on my hema-onco and I couldn't find hema physio (coagulation pathways, etc.) and other basic stuff anywhere but Goljan RR really has a good explanation on it. I also like it the way biochem is integrated in his books. LOL! I remember Taus has a 2-week study plan for the last wks of exam that builds in Goljan. I might check on that again...
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Didn't you just do Pathoma, bud? That's a concise and crammable version of Goljan. Our exam is near... You might just want to focus on your weak areas first. Goljan RR or audios are very time-consuming. I can barely fit them in my sked...
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If you have time, read RR. If u dont, and havent read it even once, just listen to the audios, like with full concentration, cos evry single statement has so many points in it!
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Didn't you just do Pathoma, bud? That's a concise and crammable version of Goljan. Our exam is near... You might just want to focus on your weak areas first. Goljan RR or audios are very time-consuming. I can barely fit them in my sked...
Yeah I did Pathoma and I was thinking of redoing it again after DIT. I think I can redo Pathoma again in 3-4 days max. I want to redo DIT & Pathoma a 2nd time after this 3 week plan that I have made for DIT. I guess I'll decide after my next NBME.


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If you have time, read RR. If u dont, and havent read it even once, just listen to the audios, like with full concentration, cos evry single statement has so many points in it!
I've heard the first 7 lectures of his audios twice .. but haven't gone over the rest yet. The first seven lectures basically cover the basic pathology. I guess I might listen to audio's if I have time. If not then I might just stick to pathoma.
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I find that Goljan RR is actually an expanded (and heavy) version of FA. Everything is integrated there! I was trying to work on my hema-onco and I couldn't find hema physio (coagulation pathways, etc.) and other basic stuff anywhere but Goljan RR really has a good explanation on it. I also like it the way biochem is integrated in his books. LOL! I remember Taus has a 2-week study plan for the last wks of exam that builds in Goljan. I might check on that again...
So freakin true!!!

It should have been called II - Intense Integration, not RR.

I came up with an idea, that his manner of explaining the material is like a "methamorphosis" you know, for example he starts explaining kidney, changes in the kidney due to ischemia, than he goes about ischemia, the cause of ischemia, what ischemia types are there, where? in what organ consistency of organ... Its cool

Its like a coherent flight of ideas of a schizophrenic but it's all actually makes sense.
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So freakin true!!!

It should have been called II - Intense Integration, not RR.

I came up with an idea, that his manner of explaining the material is like a "methamorphosis" you know, for example he starts explaining kidney, changes in the kidney due to ischemia, than he goes about ischemia, the cause of ischemia, what ischemia types are there, where? in what organ consistency of organ... Its cool

Its like a coherent flight of ideas of a schizophrenic but it's all actually makes sense.
Yep!! It's amazing how he connects the dots across all disciplines! There's always that "I never thought of those things that way before" moments.

Now, I'm starting to miss listening to Goljan audios. Maybe I can find time... Like maybe... Less forum time and more Goljan?? LOL!!!
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I did it 2ice...
first time it took me about 6 months, second time - 2 months, and I am planning to buy it again and do it in 2-3 weeks.

Explanations are huge, even for wrong options - it might take some time actually. So its up to you.

But, seriously, i think its the best qbank...
It's not only just about "keeping it copyright protected" when they monitor your keyboard activity (which is pretty much a breaching of your privacy, but you agree to it when you purchase their service) it is a real tool that gets you ready not for question-solving/concept-thinking, it gets you ready for USMLE Step 1.

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So freakin true!!!

It should have been called II - Intense Integration, not RR.

I came up with an idea, that his manner of explaining the material is like a "methamorphosis" you know, for example he starts explaining kidney, changes in the kidney due to ischemia, than he goes about ischemia, the cause of ischemia, what ischemia types are there, where? in what organ consistency of organ... Its cool

Its like a coherent flight of ideas of a schizophrenic but it's all actually makes sense.
What do you think about the question that come with whit the book??? the online part...
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Which is?

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Not that much to think about...
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If you have a patient who has a living will but also assigns a durable power of attorney and then goes into a coma and can't make any decisions. Who holds the power to make the decisions in that scenario? Would you go by the patients living will or the power of attorney ? Or is that decided based on when the patient assigned both of these things .. ex. if the pt developed a living will 2 years ago but last month assigned a durable power of attorney .. would you go by that then?

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If you have a patient who has a living will but also assigns a durable power of attorney and then goes into a coma and can't make any decisions. Who holds the power to make the decisions in that scenario? Would you go by the patients living will or the power of attorney ? Or is that decided based on when the patient assigned both of these things .. ex. if the pt developed a living will 2 years ago but last month assigned a durable power of attorney .. would you go by that then?

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If the patient is incapable of making decisions - proxy is the representative of his wishes.
Durable power of attorney is always supreme
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So the durable power of attorney is more supreme than the living will even if the the patient signed the living will at a different date and the proxy & living will are contradictory?
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So the durable power of attorney is more supreme than the living will even if the the patient signed the living will at a different date and the proxy & living will are contradictory?
i think so, because living wills are rarely specific enough to go by.
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nope, i was wrong.

a patients advance directive, spoken or written, trumps all.

the only way we would listen to the proxy in this situation is if the living will was not specific and did not specify which action to take in this very situation.
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when's ur exam date????
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If you have a patient who has a living will but also assigns a durable power of attorney and then goes into a coma and can't make any decisions. Who holds the power to make the decisions in that scenario? Would you go by the patients living will or the power of attorney ? Or is that decided based on when the patient assigned both of these things .. ex. if the pt developed a living will 2 years ago but last month assigned a durable power of attorney .. would you go by that then?

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First of all this is too much for step 1 anyway

But if you mention the timeline that he changed his mind and his last decision was assigned by the attorney and its durable ("durable" means that it keeps power after the person looses consciousness) it is more powerful than whatever he said before.

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nope, i was wrong.

a patients advance directive, spoken or written, trumps all.

the only way we would listen to the proxy in this situation is if the living will was not specific and did not specify which action to take in this very situation.
It would have been the case if the patient, for example, told you on several separate occasions that he didn't want to be put on a ventilator if he would be unlikely to recover and this actually happened and he is now on a ventilator and unable to make a decision. Let's say his wife get's an attorney or something - in this case patient's will is more powerful.

Living will can be a document in a range from being a toilet paper to an extremiely precise document outlinig specific patient desires (no tpa or no blood drawn or no ventilator) Living will is more important than what decision-makers would think for the patient, but if it's not specific, e.g. sayin "no heroic care please" than it is a flexible situation.
Power of attorney can win.

I doubt this stuff will be tested. Too complicated and too hard to make a fair question from it.
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- Finished Days 1 to 3.
- Finished 4 blocks but still have to review a block. (Day 3 was super long!)
- Spending some extra time on Days 2 & 3 to review Micro!
- Starting Day 4 today & reviewing the left over block


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How's everyone else doing with their goals/study progress ?

About to finishing UW notes... today I stopped reading earlier that usual (I didn't do the usual 12 hours just did 10 ) I was too tired.

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Took NBME 5, pretty much got what I wanted after 1st read of taus and satisfied with my progress (except for not finished RR and 40% of Kbank left)

How is NBME 5 correlates to real thing?
about right, though its old ye?

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How is NBME 5 correlates to real thing?
about right, though its old ye?

I deserve a good weekend.

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lol good job man, what'd you get in nbme 5 ? I was reading some threads about NBME 5 and most say its the easiest but yeah its quite old now. Good to see your progress is satisfactory! Hopefully I can say the same after my next NBME :sorry:

I might go out tonight ONLY IF I can finish my DAY 4 for today (2 hours left ) and get some questions in. Have a good weekend Sikorski!
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just looked at the seats yesterday - there were still some available in May, now everything is booked up to the mid June!
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just looked at the seats yesterday - there were still some available in May, now everything is booked up to the mid June!
Ye the dates are mostly booked up for the next few months.. Atleast in toronto it is...
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@DocSikorski: Are you scheduling in June too? Yay! Looks like you'll be joining us june steptakers in flooding the step 2 forum by August! (We won't be sober in July...)

*Side-note: I took Tramadol 50 mg/tab yesterday... I was reading Beh. science psychopharmacology chapter, had a mild headache, and got really curious about this euphoria thing by opioids. LOL! Anyway, I slept for 20 hrs! Darn drug! I slept through my scheduled day 1 of DIT... However, I found out months ago that Tramadol 37.5 mg/tab is great for hang-overs. No headaches, no fatigue, and no oversleeping the next day! LOL!! It also has this "side-effect" that makes you all happy inside. Just wanted to share...

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