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First Aid FA and UW only r enough for graduated IMG??

I'm an IMG graduted 5 years ago and just started for step 1, i found a very good book from FA series called FA for basic sciences, they r 3 books which cover the general principles in book and organ systems in 2 other books and i think they r enough beside zillions of books of questions and UW, plz anybody help me and tell me r those really enough to get more than 95 as it's important for me as an old IMG??
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Arrow Good books but no IMG experience

First Aid for Basic Sciences, General Principles
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First Aid for Basic Sciences, Organ Systems
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are excellent books for Step 1 prep.

However, little experience is seen with them by IMGs. Most IMGs prefer instead First Aid for USMLE coupled with primary materials such Kaplan Lecture Notes.
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First Aid for Basic Sciences, General Principles
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First Aid for Basic Sciences, Organ Systems
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are excellent books for Step 1 prep.

However, little experience is seen with them by IMGs. Most IMGs prefer instead First Aid for USMLE coupled with primary materials such Kaplan Lecture Notes.
yes but the problem I'm working to make money for the steps and travel and I work in the ER so I've limited time.. that's the problem
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yes but the problem I'm working to make money for the steps and travel and I work in the ER so I've limited time.. that's the problem
Am not sure how much time you will be saving by replacing Kaplan with FA for Basic Sciences. I believe they both need considerable time and commitment.
Anyways, am not saying that your plan is wrong, all am saying is that there's not enough experience with this plan which means that results are not as predictable as with the regular plan.
Let's see maybe others will post replies with their experiences.
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You need to do as many questions as possible.

USMLEworld
Kaplan Qbank
USMLErx

are the ones to buy and use.

Use these as a learning tool as well.

Using those books are good.

Some other helpful things is to look on the internet.

If you have high speed internet, then search for kaplan notes and videos.

You will find them. If not email me and I can tell you where to find some.
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You need to do as many questions as possible.

USMLEworld
Kaplan Qbank
USMLErx

are the ones to buy and use.

Use these as a learning tool as well.

Using those books are good.

Some other helpful things is to look on the internet.

If you have high speed internet, then search for kaplan notes and videos.

You will find them. If not email me and I can tell you where to find some.
I've tried kaplan already and it takes from me much more time, thanks i've them and the videos but as i told u i've no time for them, maximum i can get 3 hours per day to study. just pary for me that works
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I've tried kaplan already and it takes from me much more time, thanks i've them and the videos but as i told u i've no time for them, maximum i can get 3 hours per day to study. just pary for me that works
I dont' want to be a person with bad news, but 3 hours a day to study isn't going to be great. You need to really tackle this exam and study hard. You have a difficult task ahead of you, but I'm sure you can do it.
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Ahmed remember something

you don't aim here to pass the exam

you aim to get a high score

so with that been said
if u think that those books are enough for you then you might wanna rethink again

cause as i told you have to aim to get 99 in the exams

good luck
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I've tried kaplan already and it takes from me much more time, thanks i've them and the videos but as i told u i've no time for them, maximum i can get 3 hours per day to study. just pary for me that works
Most people caution that you have to set aside quite a bit of dedicated study time for the step 1. You're a graduated doctor. That makes you a doctor already but not necessarily someone who can pass the Step as they are quite different depending on where you studied and on how you studied throughout school. In any case, if you insist on 3 hours a day, make sure you adjust your timeline accordingly. Most people are studying 12 hours in the final 3 weeks even if their concepts are perfect and they *never* get a direct question wrong because as someone wishing to enter the US medical system, nothing is more sweet than getting that 90+ score on the step1.

So decide what your priorities are and what you're realistically capable of achieving. It doesn't matter what books you read but as Sabio has pointed out, it's more about how much advice and direction others can give you if you follow a more well worn path. There are no shortcuts or easy ways out, if there were, someone would have said something by now
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Most people caution that you have to set aside quite a bit of dedicated study time for the step 1. You're a graduated doctor. That makes you a doctor already but not necessarily someone who can pass the Step as they are quite different depending on where you studied and on how you studied throughout school. In any case, if you insist on 3 hours a day, make sure you adjust your timeline accordingly. Most people are studying 12 hours in the final 3 weeks even if their concepts are perfect and they *never* get a direct question wrong because as someone wishing to enter the US medical system, nothing is more sweet than getting that 90+ score on the step1.

So decide what your priorities are and what you're realistically capable of achieving. It doesn't matter what books you read but as Sabio has pointed out, it's more about how much advice and direction others can give you if you follow a more well worn path. There are no shortcuts or easy ways out, if there were, someone would have said something by now
Thank u for this encouraging reply, I know there is no shortcuts and i'm doing my best and i'll let u know my scores after my exam, i'm planning to take it on july 2011, thanks again.
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