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I am a Third year Indian medical student who's just decided to sit usmle.I have few questions,cos i see a lot of experienced people in here i am hopeful i would get good help and guidance.

Firstly I hope m not too late?I have to start from point zero,Should I sit step1 next year i.e my final year?you all know how stressful final year is,but I really dont wanna make it more late in sitting step 1,i want to sit atleast one step before i graduate.Please Guide,Any help would be appreciated

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I am a Third year Indian medical student who's just decided to sit usmle.I have few questions,cos i see a lot of experienced people in here i am hopeful i would get good help and guidance.

Firstly I hope m not too late?I have to start from point zero,Should I sit step1 next year i.e my final year?you all know how stressful final year is,but I really dont wanna make it more late in sitting step 1,i want to sit atleast one step before i graduate.Please Guide,Any help would be appreciated

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I'm not indian so i dont kno how ur system runs... but what i can say is usmle is a "one shot" exam.. it's gud u wanna give one step b4 graduating but u need to put in a lot of hours and stuff in2 the prep so if you are starting from point zero..then u should give very it a gud thought bcoz u need at least 6months... to be fully prepared for it.
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I'm not indian so i dont kno how ur system runs... but what i can say is usmle is a "one shot" exam.. it's gud u wanna give one step b4 graduating but u need to put in a lot of hours and stuff in2 the prep so if you are starting from point zero..then u should give very it a gud thought bcoz u need at least 6months... to be fully prepared for it.
True!I have atleast 10 months according to my rough plan out of which 2 months are for my uni exams,Its like a panic situation for me cos I dont know how to and where to start from,we are currently doing clinical subjects and kind of off touch with the basics so its hard,Thanks for the suggestion.
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True!I have atleast 10 months according to my rough plan out of which 2 months are for my uni exams,Its like a panic situation for me cos I dont know how to and where to start from,we are currently doing clinical subjects and kind of off touch with the basics so its hard,Thanks for the suggestion.
"kind of off touch with the basics so it's hard" ???
Are you serious?you just finished basic medicine when and it's off touch and hard?I don't think you are ready for this exam now
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"kind of off touch with the basics so it's hard" ???
Are you serious?you just finished basic medicine when and it's off touch and hard?I don't think you are ready for this exam now
I really think m blank as far as anatomy,biochem,physio goes.fresh with path,pharm,micro.but i really need atleast 3 months to revise it all and I have no time.got uni exams in two months and internal exams in a month at med school and the next year will be crazy,so I hope i manage to revise it and sit exams before I become an intern.The trend in our med school is only few people sit usmle and that too after they graduate coz they take some time off and study,but most people say its good if you sit step 1 now.So i decided to go off the trend and sit the step 1 soon.
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I really think m blank as far as anatomy,biochem,physio goes.fresh with path,pharm,micro.but i really need atleast 3 months to revise it all and I have no time.got uni exams in two months and internal exams in a month at med school and the next year will be crazy,so I hope i manage to revise it and sit exams before I become an intern.The trend in our med school is only few people sit usmle and that too after they graduate coz they take some time off and study,but most people say its good if you sit step 1 now.So i decided to go off the trend and sit the step 1 soon.
Ya i understand your situation. I am among those of your university mates who is doing prep after getting graduated and personally that was my biggest mistake. Step1 is best to give when you have stuff fresh in mind (Ya i know you can't remember lot) but i bet if you studied seriously for your university exams then it would be much more easy for you to review those stuff then graduate like us.
You have sufficient amount of time with you. Just be done with your 3rd year exams and slowly start studying about step 1. If next year you don't have time to appear for step 1 but studying these topics will definitely help you do understand clinical subject more efficiently (so will be beneficial for your 4th year too) and After 4th year when you will appear for step 1. You will need less time to prepare then anyone else.
Ya all this include some kick a** studying but after a year you will definitely feel its importance.
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Ya i understand your situation. I am among those of your university mates who is doing prep after getting graduated and personally that was my biggest mistake. Step1 is best to give when you have stuff fresh in mind (Ya i know you can't remember lot) but i bet if you studied seriously for your university exams then it would be much more easy for you to review those stuff then graduate like us.
You have sufficient amount of time with you. Just be done with your 3rd year exams and slowly start studying about step 1. If next year you don't have time to appear for step 1 but studying these topics will definitely help you do understand clinical subject more efficiently (so will be beneficial for your 4th year too) and After 4th year when you will appear for step 1. You will need less time to prepare then anyone else.
Ya all this include some kick a** studying but after a year you will definitely feel its importance.
Its difficult to manage it but not impossible,I have started with FA along with kaplan.Later will do najeebs ,I have a plan hoping it would work.
& thanks so much sir,its always good to learn from others experiences.
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Its difficult to manage it but not impossible,I have started with FA along with kaplan.Later will do najeebs ,I have a plan hoping it would work.
& thanks so much sir,its always good to learn from others experiences.
Hahaa...SIR ;-) don't use such a big word. We all are in same track. Just few steps ahead or behind.
Best of luck for your prep.
Regarding FA: we things are meant to cram like micro. But some subjects are too precise with just high yield stuff so make sure u understand those not just cram.
Dr. Najeeb videos: very good for understanding some basic concept.
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Ya its never late to start the prep. I will take step1 just after being done with final years. I am doing KLN, ( except Patho), goljan for patho. I think its better to do First Aid after first reading KLN cover to cover once. I have to cope with my syllabus, uni exams as well, rough days , but not bad at all . I am enjoying every bit of it. All the best friend
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Hahaa...SIR ;-) don't use such a big word. We all are in same track. Just few steps ahead or behind.
Best of luck for your prep.
Regarding FA: we things are meant to cram like micro. But some subjects are too precise with just high yield stuff so make sure u understand those not just cram.
Dr. Najeeb videos: very good for understanding some basic concept.
Important point is stay focused to high yield stuff and practice lot of questions.

We are on the same track,but a senior is always a senior come what may and helps just like you did!
Thanks again.
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Ya its never late to start the prep. I will take step1 just after being done with final years. I am doing KLN, ( except Patho), goljan for patho. I think its better to do First Aid after first reading KLN cover to cover once. I have to cope with my syllabus, uni exams as well, rough days , but not bad at all . I am enjoying every bit of it. All the best friend
Hey that's good,means we have same kind of plan.
Glad you are enjoying,m stressed cos I have just started.
Lots of luck with the preparation :-)
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