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I have started this thread for step1 takers who are planning to give the test before or by the end of March.So,let us share our knowledge and guide each other to pass with high scores
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I also plan to give my exam sometime during this period iA. Haven't decided on a date yet. How much are you done with?? And what are your studying techniques?
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Was earlier planning on Oct thru Dec'12. But due to lack of prep and my laziness I booked JFM. My permit, though is yet to arrive.

I have read everything once. Revising now.
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I'm also waiting for my permit to arrive. Trying to follow the TAUS method and am almost done with the first run through it. I'm currently stuck on neuroanatomy. What is the high yield stuff in this subject?
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nice to meet you guysI am done with the videos and now going through the Kaplan series.did you subscribe a Q bank already?I am partially following TAUS method.What are you guys following for path? and since how long you have been studying for step1?
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i just applied, i will be taking the exam hopefully by feb. I was doing KLN along with Uworld. Just finished Uworld with 54% couple days ago. not sure what to think about that. Going to start reading FA next week.

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Nope, I'll get UW when I have a better grasp on the subjects. Using Goljan for pathology.

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How many times have you done KLN?
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Second Read of KLN. The first read was passive, along with the videos. The second time, i did more in-depth reviewing of KLN along side with Uworld.

I was kind hoping i would score higher.

Im thinking of starting Pass Program to work on my weakness, and after that take an NBME early December.

How are you guys studying? anyone doing pathoma?
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i guess i will take it in jAN.... DOING FIRST AID NOW
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I'm also waiting for my permit to arrive. Trying to follow the TAUS method and am almost done with the first run through it. I'm currently stuck on neuroanatomy. What is the high yield stuff in this subject?
In Neuroanatomy...pretty much every thing given in Kaplan is important.have you read Goljan yet?
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Is anyone doing Kaplan Q bank?
@mdsoon....how is PASS program? how long is that course for?
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@mdsoon....how is PASS program? how long is that course for?
I haven't started Pass but all i have are the videos. I heard they are very good so i'm going to give them a try.
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IAM planning to give exam in feb.going through second read of kaplan .did q bank subject wise except pathophysio,patho,pharma..got average 70-75% in others..going to start u world in 10 nov. is this good time to start??
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Starting my Step1 Exam Preparation with Biochemistry, have to get my Internship Completion Certificate from Dean ,

but will try beginning first aid biochemistry with Kaplan Videos, will update in 6hours ,Let's keep motivated
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Hello everyone!
I will be taking mine in the first week of march.

I have so far done Kaplan 7 week live lectures. Done half of pathoma, and have been through DIT once before. Also finished the micro immuno embryology behavioural sciences section in usmleworld.

Plan this week is to finish pathoma, write my first nbme and see where I stand and go from there!
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I will be taking mine in the first week of march.

I have so far done Kaplan 7 week live lectures. Done half of pathoma, and have been through DIT once before. Also finished the micro immuno embryology behavioural sciences section in usmleworld.

Plan this week is to finish pathoma, write my first nbme and see where I stand and go from there!
Im planing on taking an NBME also. Which one are you starting with? I want to do 7, 11, 12 and 13 but not sure what to start with???
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Im planing on taking an NBME also. Which one are you starting with? I want to do 7, 11, 12 and 13 but not sure what to start with???
I honestly am not 100% sure myself so it would be great if people shared in which order they are planning on doing their nbmes or their experience.

I'm going to leave nbme 7 for about 2 weeks before my actual step and nbme 12 about 2.5 weeks before that. So I think right now I m going to start with nbme 6, then do 13,11,12,7.
I hope Im on the right track
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i think you're on the right track. from what ive heard 7 and 12 are most predictive of actually scores.

What are your study materials?

I used pathoma also. going try to give it one last read around dec/ jan.

I did KLN, and Uworld. Just started FA. going to finish Mirco and Immuno today.

I'm save DIT 12 for about dec/jan
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i think you're on the right track. from what ive heard 7 and 12 are most predictive of actually scores.

What are your study materials?

I used pathoma also. going try to give it one last read around dec/ jan.

I did KLN, and Uworld. Just started FA. going to finish Mirco and Immuno today.

I'm save DIT 12 for about dec/jan
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1 read of Kaplan books
The Live course 7 weeks
Have read brs Behavioural science once
Have done DIT once
Usmle world I did not finish Just did : micro immuno embryo behavioural
Pathoma I am half way done, but I plan on listening to it over and over until my step 1 so that it drills the pathology in my head.
I have skimmed Rapid Review but I think starting next week I will read it one more time.

Basically my plan is to review path physio pharm until december because my micro, immuno, behavioural is strong. I do however need work on anatomy/neuroanatomy (so I might do high yield for that).

Starting January Im sticking with first aid along with DIT, usmle world review, pathoma and also Dr. Kudrats lectures for physiology (I have heard pharm is sufficient from the first aid).
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i think youre on the right track. Good luck. hope you crush step 1.
Thanks so much!! Goodluck to you too
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Hi guys, I'm also planning to write my test in February (possible at the end of the month). I have only finished doing biochem/genetics/anatomy/embryo and immunology. working on micro currently and then going to do general path and general pharm after and then finally dive into the systems....I read some of your replies to this thread and it seems like most feb exam takers have already done KLN at least once (I've only done them for the above mentioned subjects). My plan is to get through all of Kaplan LN/videos+Goljan+ kaplanQbank a month before the test and just leave the last month for Uworld. Is this is a bad plan? Why do I feel like I'm so behind compared to you guys?
Also, those of you who have already done kaplan once, did you guys annotate FA along the way? because that takes a very long time...

Any input? I'm sooooo worried now
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Hi aspiring,

how long did it take you to go over all of kaplan lecture notes?


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So far I have done:
1 read of Kaplan books
The Live course 7 weeks
Have read brs Behavioural science once
Have done DIT once
Usmle world I did not finish Just did : micro immuno embryo behavioural
Pathoma I am half way done, but I plan on listening to it over and over until my step 1 so that it drills the pathology in my head.
I have skimmed Rapid Review but I think starting next week I will read it one more time.

Basically my plan is to review path physio pharm until december because my micro, immuno, behavioural is strong. I do however need work on anatomy/neuroanatomy (so I might do high yield for that).

Starting January Im sticking with first aid along with DIT, usmle world review, pathoma and also Dr. Kudrats lectures for physiology (I have heard pharm is sufficient from the first aid).
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how long did it take you to go over all of kaplan lecture notes?
Hey how are you.
I am personally a fast reader, so I used to follow along with them during the kaplan live lectures and then used to come home and re read them again. So I would say 7 weeks for myself.
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Hey how are you.
I am personally a fast reader, so I used to follow along with them during the kaplan live lectures and then used to come home and re read them again. So I would say 7 weeks for myself.
did you add your notes to FA along the way? I'm starting to think i won't be ready by feb
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took about 2 months to read KLN/Pathoma/Brs Physio + making FA notes and my first pass of Uworld with about 10hours of work 6 days a week.

right now i'm doing my first full read of FA.
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took about 2 months to read KLN/Pathoma/Brs Physio + making FA notes and my first pass of Uworld with about 10hours of work 6 days a week.

right now i'm doing my first full read of FA.
i think that might be where i'm lacking. I can't seem to do past 8 hours of studying/day. my brain wont take it, even if i force myself which believe me i have, i just don't feel like i am doing any product work past 8 hrs. i get most of my studying done in the morning and leave the afternoon for pretty much going over stuff etc/kaplanQbank. when you say 10 hours, do you mean like SOLID 10 hours of studying? how often do you break?
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oh hell no. i'd go crazy. i do 4hour intervals with a 1-2 hr break in btw. I usually start around 8am sometimes 9am. its important to take breaks.
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did you add your notes to FA along the way? I'm starting to think i won't be ready by feb
Hey Sarah!
Yes I have been annotating my first aid from the very beginning just so I knew where everything was and I was familiar with the book. My first pass at DIT took a while because I didnt know everything in it but Im happy I did it because it really drilled some concepts into my head (which I realized during Kaplan when the prof would talk about something and I could visualize which area of the book it was in).

I think the only thing that will determine and can determine when you'll be ready are your nbmes, you want to make sure you track your progress as you study. Only thing we can do is be confident and positive- wake up every morning and keep pushing ourselves to do our best I personally will not settle for anything less than 250 and I tell myself that every morning when I study. I'm going to get back to studying for the day I wish you guys all the very best, we got this!
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@aspiringdr...you re doing both pathoma and goljan???impressive!😳
Yes St. Sattar is really good at explaining all the information I absolutely love him & Dr. Goljan is hilarious. I used to fall asleep listening to his lectures at night! The way he teaches things really changes your perspective on how the questions can be put. Like he said, there's only so many ways the question can be asked!
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And just reading a topic does not take time,annotating to fa does!!i hope im not wasting my time in doing so..
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its not easy to fill all your first aid with stuff.there are so many things.main thing is to grap concept.goljan takes a long time.i would recommend do goljan audio and transcript.its enough..iam giving my exam in feb. iam planning to take u world notes not in first aid..and planning to have a month gap after u world to go through my weaknesses and revisse u world along with first aid
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Hi guys, I'm also planning to write my test in February (possible at the end of the month). I have only finished doing biochem/genetics/anatomy/embryo and immunology. working on micro currently and then going to do general path and general pharm after and then finally dive into the systems....I read some of your replies to this thread and it seems like most feb exam takers have already done KLN at least once (I've only done them for the above mentioned subjects). My plan is to get through all of Kaplan LN/videos+Goljan+ kaplanQbank a month before the test and just leave the last month for Uworld. Is this is a bad plan? Why do I feel like I'm so behind compared to you guys?
Also, those of you who have already done kaplan once, did you guys annotate FA along the way? because that takes a very long time...

Any input? I'm sooooo worried now
no worries..... i a jus a little ahead oof you!!! jus keep doing it consistently and you will hit the bag........ everyone is diff.. don compare urself and get worried!!
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To all those people who are doing KLN and FA, isn't KLN too much for anatomy?? Is FA enough?? Also, what do you recommend for behavioural sciences? I have annotated most of the stuff into FA but the behavioural sciences part of KLN is very different from FA. I'm wondering if it's the right book to use
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A 63-year-old alcoholic man presents to the Emergency Department with increasing abdominal girth and right upper quadrant pain. He has a history of admissions for congestive heart failure exacerbations, for which he takes diuretics and digitalis. He also has a history of G6PD and was taking gentamicin a week ago. On physical exam, the patient has a narrow pulse pressure and an S3 and S4 are heard on auscultation of the heart. Examination of the right neck veins reveals venous pulsations that are best seen when the head of the bed is elevated to ninety degrees. The abdomen is distended with shifting dullness.

Which of the following conditions is NOT associated with hypomagnesia?
1.Antibiotics
2.Alcoholism
3.Diuretics
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5.Hemolysis
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To all those people who are doing KLN and FA, isn't KLN too much for anatomy?? Is FA enough?? Also, what do you recommend for behavioural sciences? I have annotated most of the stuff into FA but the behavioural sciences part of KLN is very different from FA. I'm wondering if it's the right book to use
I heard that Kaplan anatomy is the abseloute minimum you need to know for the usmle. A friend of mine just took the test and he said not to waste time on anatomy bc it's not very high yield, however he said the questions were very difficult. You have to supplement KLN for anatomy with your med school anatomy knowledge.
Anatomy has ever been a favourite of mine, I've done Kaplan already and HY but I still don't feel very confident in the subject....Educated guesses it is lol!

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A 63-year-old alcoholic man presents to the Emergency Department with increasing abdominal girth and right upper quadrant pain. He has a history of admissions for congestive heart failure exacerbations, for which he takes diuretics and digitalis. He also has a history of G6PD and was taking gentamicin a week ago. On physical exam, the patient has a narrow pulse pressure and an S3 and S4 are heard on auscultation of the heart. Examination of the right neck veins reveals venous pulsations that are best seen when the head of the bed is elevated to ninety degrees. The abdomen is distended with shifting dullness.

Which of the following conditions is NOT associated with hypomagnesia?
1.Antibiotics
2.Alcoholism
3.Diuretics
4.Digitalis
5.Hemolysis
5) Hemolysis
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A 63-year-old alcoholic man presents to the Emergency Department with increasing abdominal girth and right upper quadrant pain. He has a history of admissions for congestive heart failure exacerbations, for which he takes diuretics and digitalis. He also has a history of G6PD and was taking gentamicin a week ago. On physical exam, the patient has a narrow pulse pressure and an S3 and S4 are heard on auscultation of the heart. Examination of the right neck veins reveals venous pulsations that are best seen when the head of the bed is elevated to ninety degrees. The abdomen is distended with shifting dullness.

Which of the following conditions is NOT associated with hypomagnesia?
1.Antibiotics
2.Alcoholism
3.Diuretics
4.Digitalis
5.Hemolysis
5... hemolysis
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yes Hemolysis is the right answer.Well done guys.
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Someone explain the why its Hemolysis?
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Someone explain the why its Hemolysis?
rest are associated hypomagnesemia

alcoholism due to malnutrition and more magnesium secretion in urine

antibiotic -gentamycin & diuretics& digitalis cause hypomagnesia


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Common causes of decease MG includes diarrhea, aminoglycosides, diuretics and alcohol abuse.
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I heard that Kaplan anatomy is the abseloute minimum you need to know for the usmle. A friend of mine just took the test and he said not to waste time on anatomy bc it's not very high yield, however he said the questions were very difficult. You have to supplement KLN for anatomy with your med school anatomy knowledge.
Anatomy has ever been a favourite of mine, I've done Kaplan already and HY but I still don't feel very confident in the subject....Educated guesses it is lol!

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I have the same problem, Anatomy is one of my biggest weakest points so I really am going to need to work on it!
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I have the same problem, Anatomy is one of my biggest weakest points so I really am going to need to work on it!
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Have you tried underground clinical vignettes for Anatomy? I hear its good stuff. I plan on giving it a read as soon as I'm finished with Micro.
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Have you tried underground clinical vignettes for Anatomy? I hear its good stuff. I plan on giving it a read as soon as I'm finished with Micro.
No I haven't. As a matter of fact I've never even heard of it Thank you though I will definitely check it out
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I'm planning to give my step1 around 2nd week of february.
Present i'm doing uworld& fa.
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I'm planning to give my step1 around 2nd week of february.
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Hey Sravya have you done any other sources?
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hey guys
i am also planning the xam feb end
but reading all the posts m bit appprehensive
i have readkaplan lect notes (excluding path)
just once
but have retained nothing
i have a 9 month old baby n no babysitter bcoz m not comfortable with that
most of time goes taking care of baby
i hardly study for 3 hrs now
but after 23 of this month m gonna get help from my mom so then i can fully conc on my studies
so what do u guys thinkshould i do now
should i give kpl notes a fast read to improve my memory
when to start uworld
do u guys think feb last is a realistic goal?
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iam also a family guy. i can understand but i would suggest you at least revise physio,patho,pharma,micro again.start doing u wolrd after that and revise along with it.and then u world notes and first aid
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Hi guys,

I have been out of my city for few days.Now I am back and ready to Kick ass!! I am very impressed with how you all have taken this thread seriously and keeping it alive.
So far,I have done
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My Questions are...
1)Is anyone doing kaplan q bank offline and also annotating it in any notes of FA?
2)Is it useful to do DIT in the early of prep?Personally i think i shld put it in the end of prep...
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well i did kaplan qbank..its very challenging for pathophsio and physio but to be very true it takes a lot of time.i skipped pharma and patho bcz everyone was telling me to focus on u world so i would say just do half of q bank and focus on u world ,first aid.i would say that go through pharma physio and micro once more from kaplan to grasp concept.
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Hi guys,

I have been out of my city for few days.Now I am back and ready to Kick ass!! I am very impressed with how you all have taken this thread seriously and keeping it alive.
So far,I have done
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Kaplan Q bank offline( still doing)

My Questions are...
1)Is anyone doing kaplan q bank offline and also annotating it in any notes of FA?
2)Is it useful to do DIT in the early of prep?Personally i think i shld put it in the end of prep...

I did Kaplan q bank offline a while ago (august). I made notes on a separate notebook and i also made few notes on my FA, i didn't focus on Kaplan cause i knew Uworld was a better choice. At this point im not sure im going to go back to read those notes i made in my notebook. The qbank was okay and If you have time go for it. BUT make your notes in FA so you're forced to read them whenever you review FA.

Im starting DIT this friday. I will complete DIT sometime in Dec, which gives just under 2 months so i can review my wear areas till feb. if anyone wants to start DIT together shoot me a pm or just post it here.
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iam also a family guy. i can understand but i would suggest you at least revise physio,patho,pharma,micro again.start doing u wolrd after that and revise along with it.and then u world notes and first aid
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i am also planning to give my exam in february ...doin my second read of kaplan now ...
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I am planning on taking the step 1 in the middle of february too. I have completed Anat.,Physio. and BC in KLN once and am currently going through Goljan for the 1st time. Am i way too behind or is this ok? Could you please suggest me how to maximise my prep and how to go about doing it? Please guide me.

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I think u should go a little fast with ur first read and get hands on u world and fa as soon as possible ...but i think u will be fine once u complete pathology and immunology ...hope that helps
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And just reading a topic does not take time,annotating to fa does!!i hope im not wasting my time in doing so..
What did you do about Physiology? I mean there is a lot to annotate in FA physiology. I thought instead of annotating all of physio i should read it from Kaplan. Will this make my revisions slow in future?
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I've completed my first read of Kaplan with videos. Right now I'm on 2nd read. But in 2nd read I've doing the same all over again but without videos. I haven't touched FA and Uworld yet. Am I doing wrong? I was planning to go through FA after my 2nd read. I tried adding stuff into FA but for Physio and Patho its too short and there is a lot of stuff to annotate. Biochem, Pharma plus Micro can be added in FA. Any preferred method for 2nd read? Thanks!
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Guys! I'm studying Environmental Pathology from Goljan right now. What should I do about it? I mean there is no mentioning of it in FA (as far as I know) should I annotate the whole chapter in my FA 2012 or just revise it from Goljan in future. Please share your thought over it!
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Guys! I'm studying Environmental Pathology from Goljan right now. What should I do about it? I mean there is no mentioning of it in FA (as far as I know) should I annotate the whole chapter in my FA 2012 or just revise it from Goljan in future. Please share your thought over it!
I'm no expert on the subject (like you, I'm doing this for the first time), but I don't think you should re-write the whole chapter. Make quick notes that you can refer back to when you're reviewing the chapter. Nothing more than a page/topic.

I also tend to make a lot of notes so I decided to unbind and hole punch my FA, that way I can easily insert my handwritten notes on blank pages into the sections they pertain.
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I think u should go a little fast with ur first read and get hands on u world and fa as soon as possible ...but i think u will be fine once u complete pathology and immunology ...hope that helps
I will follow up pathology with immuno as you said,and i think that should really help. I have been doing fa since day 1 of my prep. and will start uw from 1st of december. Thank you so much that really helps!

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I'm no expert on the subject (like you, I'm doing this for the first time), but I don't think you should re-write the whole chapter. Make quick notes that you can refer back to when you're reviewing the chapter. Nothing more than a page/topic.

I also tend to make a lot of notes so I decided to unbind and hole punch my FA, that way I can easily insert my handwritten notes on blank pages into the sections they pertain.
Hope this helps
Thanks for the advice...
I know its really hard to add things when there is no such topic in FA at all but I will try my best to add as much as i can on a single page.
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@ Sarah M I see that you are annotating the notes on FA.I have already punch holed my FA and insert some UW or kaplan Q bank notes in it. Do you also annotate GOLJAN into FA? if so how are you doing that? I mean that book has lot of stuff and feels almost 75% of lines are important...
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hi docs!

i am also planning to take the step 1 in JFM, but cannot decide yet. feel scared..
have done KLN videos+ read the pdfs once.
Goljan audio half done
currently reading first aid
never took any sample test

do u think I am ready? i mean i know its a stupid question, but just d o u think i should .... u know!
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hello...i didn take notes from kaplan and write the points in fa...jus went through kaplan second time and wrote the formulas in a separate piece of paper .....its a waste of time to write from kaplan into fa...if u have any doubts any time may be u can jus go back to kapaln for that concept only

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hi..i don know if i am being correct but i jus wanted to tell u that may be u can try to complete ur first review in a month from now and then start with u world .....
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yes i am planning to do that that would be ideal,thanks! i'll let you know of my progress
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[QUOTE=drdhruv;161855]hi docs!

I am in the same position and lets pair up and make some progress in our studies. I am doing FA first read now.dont know when to start UW.thinking to start in Dec 1st week
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It is a waste of time to copy notes from Kaplan to FA because it is extremely time consuming. That said, it's a great method because the thought process that goes into reading a long passage and minimizing it (to fit in FA) and make the necessary integrations to make sense out of it (for yourself and also to explain to others) is non-comparable.

I managed to finish neuro, biochem, micro and immuno this way and now that I'm reading my FA everything seems super clear and easy and I just wish I had more time to go over it as many times as I want to get it down cold.

Do it this way and I dare them confuse you. Clear concepts. But yes, wayyyy too much time and at the end, not needed for a great score.
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Need help solving this Q.

A study of drug A versus standard therapy in preventing recurrent ulmonary embolism has just been released. The absolute risk reduction for drug A versus standard therapy is 4%. If the incidence of PE with standard therapy is 6% and there are 24 PE in the drug A group, How many total subjects are there in the drug A group?

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HOW?

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A study of drug A versus standard therapy in preventing recurrent ulmonary embolism has just been released. The absolute risk reduction for drug A versus standard therapy is 4%. If the incidence of PE with standard therapy is 6% and there are 24 PE in the drug A group, How many total subjects are there in the drug A group?

Ans is 1200.

HOW?

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In epidemiology, the absolute risk reduction or risk difference is the decrease in risk of a given activity or treatment in relation to a control activity or treatment.[1] It is the inverse of the number needed to treat.[2] that is from wiki


Through deductive reasoning ... Not sure for correctness of method thou

We have given incidence of standard therapy-6% and absolute risk reduction 4% with drug A therapy
(i assume) with drug A therapy incidence must shrink by 4% compared to standard therapy so we get 6 - 4 = 2% = 0,02

So incidence of Group A = 2% = 0,02

As incidence is calculated by
New cases/population at risk = 0,02

We have given new (affected) cases = 24persons

24/x=0,02
x=24/0,02=1200
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Hi!

I am new to this forum...so not quite sure if these questions have been answered. I've never really been a good standardized test taker and this test is scaring me like no other!
Over the summer, I took a Kaplan Course (our school makes us take it) and then spent the past 3 months reviewing. I've done DIT twice, Uworld Question Bank once, Goljan once (planning to do it once more). Have take a Kaplan practice exam, 1 Uworld assessment and 1 NBME and still do not feel prepared. My worst subjects are molecular bio and physiology.
Do you guys have any suggestions on how to prepare for these subjects? I wanna do pathoma again for path and for pharm I feel the FA is sufficient.

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Retinal artery occlusion - Acute painless monocular loss of vision; Pale retinal and cherry-red macular( has its own blood supply- choroid artery).

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the cherry-red macular, is it caused by retinal artery occlusion or choroid artery occlusion?

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in retinal artery occlusion, the retinal artery which is a branch of ophthalmic artery is occluded, but the choroid gets its blood supply from choroidal artery a branch of posterior ciliary artery which is patent, macula is the part of retina which is the thinnest, enabling us to visualize the underlying choroid as a cherry red spot against a relatively pale retina.. hope this makes some sense..
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a similar mechanism for the cherry red spot in lysosomal storage disorders:

abnormal metabolic products gets accumulated in the retina, but not in the macula, enabling us to visualize the underlying choroid.

it was a good ques.. i didnt know this either..

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can anyone offer advice on how to physio? Ive read KLN + videos and read BRS and i still cant seem to grasp the big picture.
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hello everyone .i just graduated and am planning to do my usmle step1 in march 2013.i was wondering if someone can just brief me about all the required books to study .
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can anyone offer advice on how to physio? Ive read KLN + videos and read BRS and i still cant seem to grasp the big picture.
Hi mdsoon,

Physio is a subject which needs commitment from beginning to end.the concepts we learn are easy to forget.I have done KLN videos + notes and FA physio where the points are given just to memorize. Haven't read BRS( i am reading now).All i can say is just be patient and practice Q's. Are you doing UW? when are u giving ur test?

What do u think of DIT 2012? I have just started it and planning to do the 30 day course with 5 lectures/day. any suggestions?
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Hi mdsoon,

Physio is a subject which needs commitment from beginning to end.the concepts we learn are easy to forget.I have done KLN videos + notes and FA physio where the points are given just to memorize. Haven't read BRS( i am reading now).All i can say is just be patient and practice Q's. Are you doing UW? when are u giving ur test?

What do u think of DIT 2012? I have just started it and planning to do the 30 day course with 5 lectures/day. any suggestions?
Im currently doing uword and FA. DIT is good, everyone should do it. try to do the work book questions on your own while watching the videos.
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can any body clear my doubt ..about retinal pathway??...
may be its silly ...but i cant get that ... kaplan notes is saying that ...light converts all trans retinal to cis retinal which helps in the night vision ,but others sources are saying that ...day light converts to cis retinal which helps our vision .....and kaplan videos raymon is saying that ...excessive light which is day light ..desensitizes the retinal pathway and the moon light activates it and helps in vision .......................................which is correct?????
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Hi!

I want take the exam by the end of January.
I took on December ,6 NBME 12 - 470/214 ( little bit stress)
on January 8 - USMLE Correlator - 69% (235)
on January, 10 UW self ass.1 - 490/216
My goal - 235-245
Another NBME next week in my schedule.
Now reviewing FA .
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guyyss do you think its worth Memorizing virus segments, Envelopes, structure ETS?
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guyyss do you think its worth Memorizing virus segments, Envelopes, structure ETS?
If u mean number of segments its not worth memorizing (know segmented viruses just)
Enveloped/nonenveloped is somtimes the only clue given in question stem so try to pump those into memory
Capsid symmetry not very high yield
Pay attention to arboviruses

There are simple mnemonics given in fa
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