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I am an IMG going to be in my final year and I will be participating in electives upcoming March 2013, I am going to be in the states for at least 6 consecutive months doing electives. I started studying for Step1 5 weeks ago, but now I think I am running out of time if I want to take Step1 prior to my electives. I probably will be very busy during the electives and won't have much time to study. I have about 4.5 months left for my studies, but today I am reading that people prepared for 7 months or even longer.

What would you do? Study as hard as you can for the next months and take it before the electives so I can totally focus on my work at the hospitals or try to keep on studying during the electives and take it in between 2 rotations a few months later.

I feel that my knowledge background is average, I have heard of everything in Kaplan Notes and FA, so nothing is really new, but of course I have to do everything again to really memorize.

Right now I am watching Kaplan Pharm with FA and the Lectures on the table and put annotations in my first aid. I ripped first aid apart so I can put it into a binder and put sheets in between the pages (that's what I would recommend everybody). FA really contains a lot, but in my opinion it is good to watch the Videos so you can write important things down, because FA lacks a couple of things (e.g. glyocogen storage disorders etc.)

I'd be glad to hear what you think

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well you can cover every subjects you can before you begin electives. during electives you have to find about 4 hours a day. do the rest and use FA. if you anotate everything you read in FA, than you can use it as one source for further studing. along this you'll do usmle world.

i think 4,5 months are not enough for IMGs.
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well you can cover every subjects you can before you begin electives. during electives you have to find about 4 hours a day. do the rest and use FA. if you anotate everything you read in FA, than you can use it as one source for further studing. along this you'll do usmle world.

i think 4,5 months are not enough for IMGs.

Thanks that's a good idea. Right now I have always this voice in my head, that I have to hurry, but I only want to take Step1 if I feel prepared well enough to master it.

Anyway it depends on you background knowledge, I do know a couple of people who only had 5-6 weeks to prepare and all they did was FA and Uworld and they passed well. A lot of them are good at multiple choice questions. I know people in my school who passed exams without studying at all, all they relied on is their ability of narrowing it down to 2 answers in multiple choice, but of course this tactic won't work in Step1.
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