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Old 07-19-2010
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Russia Need Help: "Is that enough?"

Hello, Friends!

I am the last year medical student from Russia, and I have decided to prepare for USMLE step 1. The problem is that I need pretty high score (my aim starts with ~236)... For my preparation I've chosen those books:
1. High-Yield Gross anatomy + Neuroanatomy
2. BRS Cell biology and histology
3. Lippincott's Illustrated Review Biochemistry
4. Lippincott's Illustrated Review Pharmacology
5. Physiology by L. Constanzo
6. Rapid Review Pathology (by E. Goljan)
7. High-Yeld Behavioral sciences
8. Clinical Microbiology made ridiculously simple

And also First Aid, Kaplan Qbook, and Qbank for couple of months before exam...

What do you think about such book list?
The main question is "is that enough" for my goal?
Do I need any special books on Immunology, Genetics, Embryology, or Molecular biology?
Maybe some of my books are not necessary?
What would you recommend?

Appreciate any help!

P.S. I'm going to sit an exam next august-september, so I have mean 12 months for my study, and about 3-4 hours a day (I still have to visit classes ).
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Immunology, Molecular, and Genetics are pretty much covered well in the Lippincott's Biochemistry and Goljan Rapid Review and you don't need to cover them with extra books.

However, Embryology seems to be missing from your plan and I suggest you pick a book from our Embryology Poll.

Otherwise, your choices are top of the line and seems to be good.

One thing I noticed in your plan is that you are not doing another Qbank. I suggest that you add another Qbank in addition to Kaplan Qbank. See our Qbanks Poll.

Speaking of qbanks, I think that doing more and more questions is the trick to the high score (not doing more and more books).

Also, I advise you to start First Aid early on. Like by reading the relevant sections whenever you finish any of the other books. This will be very helpful during the last few weeks of your preparation as you won't need then to return to all those piles of books you can then just return to First Aid for review.
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Default What's your study scedule?

I think your list looks great and I'll be using a lot of those same books. I also have quite a while before the test (probably will take it May 2011), and I'm hoping to put in about 2 hours per day from now until the test (I have a really packed class schedule). I don't have a solid idea of exactly what type of study strategy would work with this schedule, so I'd appreciate if you could please share how you're planning to study! I'd also appreciate any tips from the experts
Thanks a lot.
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Heights, I can't share with you my schedule yet, coz I don't know it myself :-) It all depends on my medical school classes schedule, which is not ready by now...

But loosely, I'm going to spend about 4-5 hours a day (mean), from 3 to 8 p.m, just after getting home from classes and taking lunch and short break... One day a week (Saturday or Sunday) - no studying. Serious reading will be started at the last days of August. Loose subject schedule is here:
1. Anatomy and Histology (1,5 months, September - October)
2. Physiology (1,5 months, October-November)
3. Biochemistry (1,5 months, December - two weeks of January)
4. PATHOLOGY (2-2,5 months, January - March)
5. Pharmacology (1 month, April)
6. Microbiology and Behavioral, each about three weeks till the middle of June.
7. June - August: QBANKS, QBANKS, QBANKS... As much as possible... and rapid review (NO serious books, just personal notes and First Aid).
Eligibility period: August-September-October 2011, Exam date maybe last days of August - first days of September if nothing special happens... That's it.

But it's very approximate. I foresee, some subjects may drain more time, but some may drive faster and easier, so who knows... And I'm going to have 2 or 3 qbank sessions during the year, each for about a week...

P.S. If you want to share experience or ask something else, you can email me: antonosjn@mail.ru... It is always good to have a ''brother in arms'' :-)

P.P.S. I'd appreciate to hear any advises on my schedule from expert ones!
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Thanks for sharing your plan Antonosjn. I start classes next week, so I'll have a better idea of what my schedule is like then. I have to take my Step 1 in May, so my plan so far is to get through FA at least once before the new year. I will also try to get though a question bank at least twice before the new year. We get 6 weeks off (no classes) to study just before the test so at that time I'll do at least 8 hours per day. I will send you an email when I draft up a more detailed study plan. Please feel free to email me too at heightsofgreatones@gmail.com.
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