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Im 4th year mbbs student. Thinking to give part 1 in beginning of 2018 but ppl are saying do it in housjob give first ck and cs. Plz advice me i cant make a decision but passionate to start. What is the best way? I want to be done with these steps asap what is the way plz advice?
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Im 4th year mbbs student. Thinking to give part 1 in beginning of 2018 but ppl are saying do it in housjob give first ck and cs. Plz advice me i cant make a decision but passionate to start. What is the best way? I want to be done with these steps asap what is the way plz advice?
First, where are you doing your mbbs?

Second, people have matched, doing it all in many different ways like sequence of steps, house job or no, post grad training at home or not. So, its up to you.

Now, looking back when I was still a student, I think I should have started my Step 1 prep 3rd/4th year or MBBS and then, given the exam a month or 2 before 4th year, or at the start of final year. This meant I could give Step 2 CK soon before or after final year exam and CS, a month or 2 after. What this meant was the I could have applied for the a match the same year I graduated, saving 1 year that I am spending now. ( This is just my opinion, and if you are still early in your 4th year, you still might be able to do it this way. Or if you are near the end of your 4th year, you could start preparing for CK soon as you start your final year and give the exam a month 2 after your final year. This way you would do good in final year and be done with at least one step and could more time to step 1 afterwards.)

You can give CK first and score high, as many people have done. But, in general, Step 1 first makes it easier. Currently I'm going Step 1, CS then CK. But I guess CK or CS before or after doesn't really matter much as long as you have had your core rotation. But the vast majority of people I talk to, highly recommend step 1 before CK.

For house job(HJ), I think it highly depends on your personal circumstances. Most seniors I talked to (those who have matched) don't recommend HJ, but a few did. But the thing is, if there is a long time between your match season and graduation, HJ is the best explanation that you weren't away from medicine + a little few things learn there, you'll never have to second guess if they come up on exam(unless you can afford to live and do rotations in the US for all that time). You don't have to pick the busiest department of the busiest hospitals, but you can take the lower volume departments/hospitals.
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Im doing mbbs from pakistan . Im in the middle of 4th year. But i have started my prep for step1 and with daily subjects iam giving first read of ck subjects. And my planning is as i mention that in the january of 2018 i will b giving step 1thn after 5 months ck then with in 2 months cs. What do you say that this plan is gonna work or not..??
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The thing that is difficult is giving 6 hrs per day for a single subject. Plz help me in how to manage..??
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Im 4th year mbbs student. Thinking to give part 1 in beginning of 2018 but ppl are saying do it in housjob give first ck and cs. Plz advice me i cant make a decision but passionate to start. What is the best way? I want to be done with these steps asap what is the way plz advice?
First, where are you doing your mbbs?

Second, people have matched, doing it all in many different ways like sequence of steps, house job or no, post grad training at home or not. So, its up to you.

Now, looking back when I was still a student, I think I should have started my Step 1 prep 3rd/4th year or MBBS and then, given the exam a month or 2 before 4th year, or at the start of final year. This meant I could give Step 2 CK soon before or after final year exam and CS, a month or 2 after. What this meant was the I could have applied for the a match the same year I graduated, saving 1 year that I am spending now. ( This is just my opinion, and if you are still early in your 4th year, you still might be able to do it this way. Or if you are near the end of your 4th year, you could start preparing for CK soon as you start your final year and give the exam a month 2 after your final year. This way you would do good in final year and be done with at least one step and could more time to step 1 afterwards.)

You can give CK first and score high, as many people have done. But, in general, Step 1 first makes it easier. Currently I'm going Step 1, CS then CK. But I guess CK or CS before or after doesn't really matter much as long as you have had your core rotation. But the vast majority of people I talk to, highly recommend step 1 before CK.

For house job(HJ), I think it highly depends on your personal circumstances. Most seniors I talked to (those who have matched) don't recommend HJ, but a few did. But the thing is, if there is a long time between your match season and graduation, HJ is the best explanation that you weren't away from medicine + a little few things learn there, you'll never have to second guess if they come up on exam(unless you can afford to live and do rotations in the US for all that time). You don't have to pick the busiest department of the busiest hospitals, but you can take the lower volume departments/hospitals.




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You are in the middle of 4th year, so that means you would give your 4th year exam by end of this year and your final year exam by end of 2017 (do check if it is possible that the examination could extend into January 2018. Because if it does, it would mess up your plan).

So, you say you have started prep for step 1 and CK? Why not focus only on the Step 1 right now? Since you do plan to give it first. You would be studying the CK stuff during your final year anyways.

One more thing to note is that by that plan, you mean to give CS in august 2018. Please do note that the result reporting schedule for CS in august is usually around mid October. And although I'm not sure but I've read here and there that chances of getting interviewed for IMGs without ECFMG certification are rather slim. So, I see 2 ways of going about it. Either try without ECFMG certification. Or, schedule CK after CS. (because it takes less time to get Step 1 or CK result).

To simplify, decide Step 1 or CK first? Try giving Kaplan free assessment exam for Step 1 and see if you are comfortable. Generally, 6 weeks of uninterrupted prep time is required before the exam by most people. In your situation, I probably might have gone with step 2 CK just before final year exam and then in 1 month CS (January/Feb) and then Step 1 in late July/early August.

But if I still had to do step 1 first, I would first select a date that would provide me with atleast 6 weeks after final year exam for dedicated step 1 prep. And make sure to cover the whole step 1 course with whatever resources I choose (including First Aid), atleast once before those 6 weeks and cover 1 Qbank (probably Kaplan because I think it had a cheaper 1 year price). And the last 6 weeks would be the standard FA+ Uworld/NBME. So, If you say give even 2 hours every day for a year(although you have like 1.5 year)that makes it more than 700 hours of studying.
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You are in the middle of 4th year, so that means you would give your 4th year exam by end of this year and your final year exam by end of 2017 (do check if it is possible that the examination could extend into January 2018. Because if it does, it would mess up your plan).

So, you say you have started prep for step 1 and CK? Why not focus only on the Step 1 right now? Since you do plan to give it first. You would be studying the CK stuff during your final year anyways.

One more thing to note is that by that plan, you mean to give CS in august 2018. Please do note that the result reporting schedule for CS in august is usually around mid October. And although I'm not sure but I've read here and there that chances of getting interviewed for IMGs without ECFMG certification are rather slim. So, I see 2 ways of going about it. Either try without ECFMG certification. Or, schedule CK after CS. (because it takes less time to get Step 1 or CK result).

To simplify, decide Step 1 or CK first? Try giving Kaplan free assessment exam for Step 1 and see if you are comfortable. Generally, 6 weeks of uninterrupted prep time is required before the exam by most people. In your situation, I probably might have gone with step 2 CK just before final year exam and then in 1 month CS (January/Feb) and then Step 1 in late July/early August.

But if I still had to do step 1 first, I would first select a date that would provide me with atleast 6 weeks after final year exam for dedicated step 1 prep. And make sure to cover the whole step 1 course with whatever resources I choose (including First Aid), atleast once before those 6 weeks and cover 1 Qbank (probably Kaplan because I think it had a cheaper 1 year price). And the last 6 weeks would be the standard FA+ Uworld/NBME. So, If you say give even 2 hours every day for a year(although you have like 1.5 year)that makes it more than 700 hours of studying.

Will my plan work ..?? I actually want to give step 1 first all others steps are easy. And everyone recommend me to give step 1 bcz that is lengthy. Should i stick with step 1...?? Or go for ck..?? And i would lik to mention i only give read to ck subject lik my peads is going on so i only study the lecture from peads ck book. Im only giving 1st read like...?? Should i continue this method or not..??
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