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Help 35-yr-old IMG starting USMLE Prep

Hi Everybody
I need your help, if you don't mind!
I am 35 years old and want to practice in USA.

1. First of all do you think it is too late for me to get USMLE? What are your honest opinions?

2. I do not know the right strategy for the test. Everybody shows different ways. Someone says kaplan, the other FA, etc! Forums are so much confusing. What are the right sources?

3. How should be the study schedule set on?

4. Is a 6-month-period enough?

PLEASE TELL ME ABOUT IT. SHOW ME A WAY AND HELP ME BEFORE SAILING ON.

Thanks to everyone..
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well doc

u should start with kalpan lecture notes
followed by videos they would help with your concepts and basics
then take a question bank uworld probably start doin questions and cramp FA with it

dats a general overview

3-4 months of extensive study is enough
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Idea! HI I am an old IMG as well

HI there.I guess you must have thought long and hard before deciding to give the exam a go.Well all I can say is you know know until you try.So stop second guessing yourself and give it your best shot.I am an old img as well and have just started preparing for step2 ck.Regardless of the outcome I don't wanna look back and think what if I had at least tried?So I am am gonna do it!And you can too.Believe it!
As for books....kaplan notes+FA..is very essential from what i gathered from excessive reading of forums!
you might prefer mtb though...really upto personal choice.
Then question bank like usmleworld
then nbme towards the exams.
As for time needed.Everyone would like loads of time to prepare but fact is you can never be fully prepared for any exam.So just fix the date and stick to it.And study intensively whether u gave yourself 4 months or 6 months.Personally I think 6 months should be perfect.And do as many questions as you can!
Do not let age and years since graduation put you down.Those are just numbers.If this is your dream then nothing should stop you!


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Your study plan should include but not be limited to...
1) Kaplan notes
2) Kaplan videos with notes
5) Goljian pathology for major organ systems
3) Kaplan or uworld qbank (subject wise will help you learn more)
4) DIT if you have it... takes you through with first aid (a bit boring and painful to be honest)
5) First Aid all over again a couple of times on your own
6) NBME or uworld assessment
7) Working on weak areas and doing another assessment

That should do the trick.
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well doc

u should start with kalpan lecture notes
followed by videos they would help with your concepts and basics
then take a question bank uworld probably start doin questions and cramp FA with it

dats a general overview

3-4 months of extensive study is enough
thank you very much..plz keep contact
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Your study plan should include but not be limited to...
1) Kaplan notes
2) Kaplan videos with notes
5) Goljian pathology for major organ systems
3) Kaplan or uworld qbank (subject wise will help you learn more)
4) DIT if you have it... takes you through with first aid (a bit boring and painful to be honest)
5) First Aid all over again a couple of times on your own
6) NBME or uworld assessment
7) Working on weak areas and doing another assessment

That should do the trick.
thank you very much..plz keep contact
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