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Hello forum members,

Iím a long time reader but first time poster. I went to medical school in 2009 and used the forum as my guide throughout all of my medical school years, including the clinical years, and I gained so much valuable information that I really wanted to give back to the community and provide those coming up behind me with a breakdown of everything I learned from the forum and what worked and what didnít work throughout my journey.

First, I should mention that I went to a Caribbean school and so I needed a lot of help. I will list the advice I was seeking as I moved through each stage of my schooling below, what the forum taught me, and what was yielded from these results.

Basic sciences:

1. I started to struggle right away, especially with anatomy. There were numerous forum members that recommended the ĎMichigan Anatomy Questionsí, which are accessible for free to anyone who needs them. These are excellent questions and an invaluable resource to my Anatomy mastery, in my opinion. I ended up using them as a supplement to my Anatomy class/labs and ultimately they helped me out tremendously.

2. My next big struggle came in 3rd semester Microbiology. I found it difficult to put all of the random facts into an easy-to-understand format. There were two excellent pieces of information that I gathered from the forum, and they included the following: 1st Ė Create a comprehensive (and I mean thoroughly comprehensive) set of algorithms outlining the gram positive and gram negative bacteria, and memorize it like the back of your hand, and 2nd Ė Get the microbiology made ridiculously simple book for Microbiology. As a result of following the first piece of advice (algorithms), I found that I was instantly able to answer around 80% of the bacteria questions on my exams in school and on the Step 1, and was able to derive the other 20% simply based on my comprehension. As a result of getting the Microbiology made ridiculously simple book I gained an overall better understanding of microbiology and all of the conceptual information that you really should know in order to become a better student and Doctor. I never really realized how conceptual microbiology could be, but this book made this more obvious and quite easy to master.

3. Fourth semester was another struggle with Pharmacology. I didnít find pharm to be hard, but I found it to be difficult to organize everything into information that I could realistically study and master. I did a ton of forum research to figure out what people did that seemed to make pharm as easy as possible, and ultimately I decided to use the following piece of advice: Go through all of the class slides and write out your own notes, then based on those initial notes, condense them into shorter versions of those notes, and continue to do this until you arrive at 1-2 pages for each major topic. This condenses everything and makes studying for a very volume heavy subject more simplified and also ensures that since you are breaking down this large volume of information yourself, that you are truly learning it and not taking any shortcuts.

At this point in our curriculum came 5th semester, which meant it was time to start studying for the Step 1 exam. As part of our curriculum we were required to sit through a full semester of Kaplanís comprehensive Step 1 lecture series. I found Kaplan to be highly detailed and essentially a full review of everything Iíd learned, so I would sit in on days when some of my weaker topics were discussed, and gained some value in that, overall I wouldnít have chosen to do this on my own, but as I said it was effective in helping me review some of the subjects that I didnít ACE while in medical school.

Once I was done with my basic sciences, I decided to dedicate a full 3 months to my preparation. I was given some good advice by those ahead of me that this is the main test you need to do well on, so I took 3 full months and visited the forum again to come up with a solid plan and a sequence of steps I would take along the way to ensure that I was meeting my goals. Now, I should mention that the strategy I ultimately decided on using was a combination of advice from several people, as I didnít want to rely on one personís experience, but rather combine a few from various people who seemed to be successful with each of their own individual strategies. Below is the exact strategy that I used to prepare for my exam based on a 12-week plan:

Week 1 and 2: I did a thorough review of all of my class notes (mainly focusing on the notes I had made for each individual exam Ė NOTE: For each of my exams in medical school I had made shorthand set of notes for each of my exams). I had about 50-60 pages of material to go through, and when I came across anything that I needed more details on, I referred back to my class notes.

Week 3 and 4: I took the DIT online Step 1 program. A few people had mentioned using this program so I gave it a shot. I found it to be a very basic and scarce review of the high yield material that didnít really teach me anything since it was straight out of the first aid. I truly believe that this would have been better used, if at all, at the very end of my preparation when all I needed was a Ďonce overí of all the material.

At this point I took an NBME exam to assess my strengths and weaknesses. I was floating around the 275 mark on my NBME (not converted).

Week 5-7: I did the USMLE Success Academyís Step 1 live program. At the time I took their program it was 3-weeks in length, I believe now its been changed to a 4-week program however. I found this program to be a great mix of teaching and reinforcing important information and concepts. This was an interesting program because they didn't just lecture, but they mixed in a ton of quiz questions, practice exam questions, and we played Jeopardy everyday to reinforce high-yield information. The part of this program that I found to be most helpful was that there was a practice exam every single day, which allowed me to further isolate my strengths and weaknesses so that afterwards I would know where to dedicate most of my energy. I sat down 1-on-1 with the course instructor frequently for tutoring, and also received test-taking strategy and preparation strategy lessons from Dr. Paul. I think that this was the best program to help take me from where I was after medical school to where I needed to be at this point in my preparation.

I took another NBME at this point to further isolate my strengths and weaknesses and I was excited to see that I was now scoring above the 500 mark (not converted).

Week 8-10: I had planned to do USMLE World at this point (this was also confirmed by Dr. Paul while at the USMLE Success Academy). I used the feedback from my NBME exam to determine where I should focus my attention first. Based on having 2 glaring weaknesses in cardio and histology, I focused 100% on these areas first. Once those were done, I moved my attention to the borderline areas, then to my strengths. As I went through the questions, I took notes on anything that I felt I could use, and referred back to either my USMLE Success Academy notes or my class notes from school if I needed to refresh or relearn anything in particular. I did 4-5 blocks per day for weeks 8-10 and was easily able to complete everything.

At this point, I took another NBME and was pretty much where I wanted to be (above a 235). For the following 2 weeks remaining until my exam I focused intensely on my previous weaknesses to ensure that they stayed strong, and dedicated an hour or two per day to my known strengths. Five days before the exam I took an NBME, then four days before I did another to reaffirm my current standing.

Week 12: Took the exam. My score reflected very closely my NBME scores from 5 days out of my exam.

Thatís everything. This approach worked very well for me, and I have recommended this to anybody who has asked me to guide them along their own path. I hope the information provided here can help you along your path as other forum members have helped me on mine. Best of luck to you all!!
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Default hey do u have any link to download these dit solid series pharmacology videos .. please help i need them asap

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Hello forum members,

Iím a long time reader but first time poster. I went to medical school in 2009 and used the forum as my guide throughout all of my medical school years, including the clinical years, and I gained so much valuable information that I really wanted to give back to the community and provide those coming up behind me with a breakdown of everything I learned from the forum and what worked and what didnít work throughout my journey.

First, I should mention that I went to a Caribbean school and so I needed a lot of help. I will list the advice I was seeking as I moved through each stage of my schooling below, what the forum taught me, and what was yielded from these results.

Basic sciences:
ese are excellent questions and an invaluable resource to my Anatomy mastery, in my opinion. I ended up using them as a supplement to my Anatomy class/labs and ultimately they helped me out tremendously.

2. My next big struggle came in 3rd semester Microbiology. I found it difficult to put all of the random facts into an easy-to-understand format. There were two excellent pieces of information that I gathered from the forum, and they included the following: 1st Ė Create a comprehensive (and I mean thoroughly comprehensive) set of algorithms outlining the gram positive and gram negative bacteria, and memorize it like the back of your hand, and 2nd Ė Get the microbiology made ridiculously simple book for Microbiology. As a result of following the first piece of advice (algorithms), I found that I was instantly able to answer around 80% of the bacteria questions on my exams in school and on the Step 1, and was able to derive the other 20% simply based on my comprehension. As a result of getting the Microbiology made ridiculously simple book I gained an overall better understanding of microbiology and all of the conceptual information that you really should know in order to become a better student and Doctor. I never really realized how conceptual microbiology could be, but this book made this more obvious and quite easy to master.

3. Fourth semester was another struggle with Pharmacology. I didnít find pharm to be hard, but I found it to be difficult to organize everything into information that I could realistically study and master. I did a ton of forum research to figure out what people did that seemed to make pharm as easy as possible, and ultimately I decided to use the following piece of advice: Go through all of the class slides and write out your own notes, then based on those initial notes, condense them into shorter versions of those notes, and continue to do this until you arrive at 1-2 pages for each major topic. This condenses everything and makes studying for a very volume heavy subject more simplified and also ensures that since you are breaking down this large volume of information yourself, that you are truly learning it and not taking any shortcuts.

At this point in our curriculum came 5th semester, which meant it was time to start studying for the Step 1 exam. As part of our curriculum we were required to sit through a full semester of Kaplanís comprehensive Step 1 lecture series. I found Kaplan to be highly detailed and essentially a full review of everything Iíd learned, so I would sit in on days when some of my weaker topics were discussed, and gained some value in that, overall I wouldnít have chosen to do this on my own, but as I said it was effective in helping me review some of the subjects that I didnít ACE while in medical school.

Once I was done with my basic sciences, I decided to dedicate a full 3 months to my preparation. I was given some good advice by those ahead of me that this is the main test you need to do well on, so I took 3 full months and visited the forum again to come up with a solid plan and a sequence of steps I would take along the way to ensure that I was meeting my goals. Now, I should mention that the strategy I ultimately decided on using was a combination of advice from several people, as I didnít want to rely on one personís experience, but rather combine a few from various people who seemed to be successful with each of their own individual strategies. Below is the exact strategy that I used to prepare for my exam based on a 12-week plan:

Week 1 and 2: I did a thorough review of all of my class notes (mainly focusing on the notes I had made for each individual exam Ė NOTE: For each of my exams in medical school I had made shorthand set of notes for each of my exams). I had about 50-60 pages of material to go through, and when I came across anything that I needed more details on, I referred back to my class notes.

Week 3 and 4: I took the DIT online Step 1 program. A few people had mentioned using this program so I gave it a shot. I found it to be a very basic and scarce review of the high yield material that didnít really teach me anything since it was straight out of the first aid. I truly believe that this would have been better used, if at all, at the very end of my preparation when all I needed was a Ďonce overí of all the material.

At this point I took an NBME exam to assess my strengths and weaknesses. I was floating around the 275 mark on my NBME (not converted).

Week 5-7: I did the USMLE Success Academyís Step 1 live program. At the time I took their program it was 3-weeks in length, I believe now its been changed to a 4-week program however. I found this program to be a great mix of teaching and reinforcing important information and concepts. This was an interesting program because they didn't just lecture, but they mixed in a ton of quiz questions, practice exam questions, and we played Jeopardy everyday to reinforce high-yield information. The part of this program that I found to be most helpful was that there was a practice exam every single day, which allowed me to further isolate my strengths and weaknesses so that afterwards I would know where to dedicate most of my energy. I sat down 1-on-1 with the course instructor frequently for tutoring, and also received test-taking strategy and preparation strategy lessons from Dr. Paul. I think that this was the best program to help take me from where I was after medical school to where I needed to be at this point in my preparation.

I took another NBME at this point to further isolate my strengths and weaknesses and I was excited to see that I was now scoring above the 500 mark (not converted).

Week 8-10: I had planned to do USMLE World at this point (this was also confirmed by Dr. Paul while at the USMLE Success Academy). I used the feedback from my NBME exam to determine where I should focus my attention first. Based on having 2 glaring weaknesses in cardio and histology, I focused 100% on these areas first. Once those were done, I moved my attention to the borderline areas, then to my strengths. As I went through the questions, I took notes on anything that I felt I could use, and referred back to either my USMLE Success Academy notes or my class notes from school if I needed to refresh or relearn anything in particular. I did 4-5 blocks per day for weeks 8-10 and was easily able to complete everything.

At this point, I took another NBME and was pretty much where I wanted to be (above a 235). For the following 2 weeks remaining until my exam I focused intensely on my previous weaknesses to ensure that they stayed strong, and dedicated an hour or two per day to my known strengths. Five days before the exam I took an NBME, then four days before I did another to reaffirm my current standing.

Week 12: Took the exam. My score reflected very closely my NBME scores from 5 days out of my exam.

Thatís everything. This approach worked very well for me, and I have recommended this to anybody who has asked me to guide them along their own path. I hope the information provided here can help you along your path as other forum members have helped me on mine. Best of luck to you all!!
hey do u have any link to download these dit solid series pharmacology videos .. please help i need them asap
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which specific nbme did you do. i have done both 13 and 15 and didn't score very highly.
I am wondering how to proceed
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