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Help Final Year Medical Student: Help Starting USMLE?

I am a final year student, need sum guidance..
kindly tell me how should I proceed for USMLE, I didn't give step 1 exam yet..
Should I go for step 2 without step 1 immediately after my final yr examz...???
or 1st I have to prepare for step 1..?? and how to adjust timing..??
and iz there any role of electives in USA medicine school during my final yr..?? should I apply for that..??

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Smile Welcome to USMLE Forums!

There are different approaches for taking the USMLE.

Some prefer starting with Step 1 and some prefer starting with Step 2 CK.

Have a look at this poll
http://www.usmle-forums.com/general-...ake-first.html

As far as time adjustment and study plans please look at our
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There you can see good study plans and time needed for Step 1

As for the electives, yes you can do electives in USA before your graduation
Have a look at our dedicated Clerkships Forum
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Default hi there

just to add.

a friend of mine already in the US said letter of recommendations are given out fairly easily to elective students compared to observerships or externships students. so i strongly recommend u do ur electives before u graduate.

some places for electives require u to have taken ur step 1 n some don't. but if they do , then take ur step 1 first. it might take u 10 months to a yr to prepare. but its worthwhile postponing ur graduation a little just so u can do ur electives. because once u have done ur electives n ur step 1, u can take ur step 2 next yr n follow in the MATCH for 2012!! plus u will have higher chances of getting matched as u will have great LORs. LORs are very very important as far as i've been told. u need at least 4.
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lor ????? can you explain.
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lors...??? i didnt get it
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LOR stands for LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION
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Link Check the LoR tag

To read more about LoRs
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http://www.usmle-forums.com/tags/Let...endations.html
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pls read the link about LORs. Very very important if u want to get into a good residency program, ur choice of program n in the cream spots.
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pls read the link about LORs. Very very important if u want to get into a good residency program, ur choice of program n in the cream spots.
hey thanks for the concern
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Default electives...

kindly tell me sum medicine school in USA where i can get electives easily...
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kindly tell me sum medicine school in USA where i can get electives easily...
Perhaps u can look into the electives forum page. there are heaps of discussion on this there. so many choices. all depends on u.

I contacted NIH n they take students too. NIH is a great place to start n get LORs.
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