For all old graduates IMG moms preparing for Step1
I have decided to write my story to give hope to anyone who is struggling.
I graduated 8 years ago in a french speaking country in west africa. I did pediatrics residency and came in the US in 2013 to join my husband. When I arrived in the US I couldn't speak a word of english and I did not know anything about USMLE. I started to learn english and gather informations about medical licensing in the US. After around 6 months of english class, I decided to start preparation for step1 in June 2013. Three months later I found out I was pregnant. It was a good news,but I couldn't continue my preparation cause I had very difficult pregnancy. I had to stop everything.
After my daughter turned 18 months I decided to start over in December 2015.I went to a review course. I started UW and FA after I finished the class.I took nbme 13( 7 weeks before the test) and got 205. I was dissapointed but I put myself together and worked on my weak areas. I took nbme 16 ( 3 weeks out) and scored 226. I booked the test and took it on july 20th. I got 221 today. I know is not a great score but for me it is a great achievement coming from where I started.
I want to encourage all old IMG moms who are in this process. Don't give up even if it looks impossible you can do it.Trust yourself