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Old 04-08-2016
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Default IMG Step 1 Experience

Hey everybody. IMG from Mexico here, did my Step 1 last year on October but wanted to share my experience (a little late, ha!) as topics like these in this forum helped me a lot and I want to return the favor.

For the record, I did Step 2 CK first. A month after it, I started with S1 prep. I prepared for about 6 months, 3 hours daily, Mon thru Fri while working half-time. I started with Kaplan Lecture Notes for Anatomy, Pharm, Micro, Immuno and Behavioral, then BRS for Physio, Goljan for Path. Then, reviewed everything with FA. 2 months before my date, I started UWorld, finished one run with 72%, didn't do any NBME or UWSA because of money issues.

Presented my exam in New Jersey, my exam day experience was great. The exam was much easier than I had expected both from the usual horror stories that surround Step 1 and my own insecurities. Anatomy was straightforward, Pharm and Physio were FULL of tables and figures, Path/Micro/Immuno full of pictures and behavioral was mostly some easy statistics.

My result was 255. After some time, my biggest pieces of advise would be:

- Don't waste any day of studying, I mean it, you'll kill for those 24 hours on the day before the exam.
- BUT, don't study if you're under the weather, sick or just very tired. That study time will be wasted.
- Please don't listen to the horror stories. I noticed they tend to come from people who have multiple attempts or who got very low scores. Make your own impressions!
- The last 50 or so pages in FA, called Rapid Review, have around 70% of what will be asked. Do not neglect them. I left them for the last week and it was a lifesaver.

If you have any other questions please feel free to ask. I have a lot to thank from forums like these so I want to give back.
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Congrats,

just wondering approx. how many question were from neuroanatomy, epidemiology, and physiology? how much depth should be given to these topics and what sources to use?
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Thanks!

I don't recall more than 1 or 2 neuroanatomy questions, and I remember them being image based like those in UWorld. Epidemiology is present on every block, and I think most topics are present, especially OR, RR, prevalence, incidence and the types of clinical studies.

Physiology is very abundant in the exam, and mostly came with graphs and figures where you had to identify what's happening on a certain spot of the graph/figure. Most of the physio I got was not about remembering specific details but about understanding the basic principles
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As for the depth, I'd say not much for neuroanatomy, kind of deep for epidemiology and really, really deep for physiology. On physiology you can't go better than BRS, it is definitely the best source. Epidemiology and Neuroanatomy, I think FA covers them pretty well
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Love the positivity. All the best to you doc!
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congrats and thank u so much for sharing
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