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Question Taking USMLE Steps before Graduation

i have been closely following all of your posts ....i love reading reading them and has gained a lot from them

i wanna ask a suggestion from u all guys .....i am now in my 3rd year prof doing MBBS ....there are lot of suggestions from people to give steps after the 4th year as i would have completed all my basic sciences till then .... and i too was considering it before as it would save my time after the graduation ....but after reading all of your posts regarding the study plans extending for almost a year devoting atleast 10 hr a day to study then going for steps ....and rationally speaking to get the most out of the exams and getting a top score it seems logical but it would eat a year after graduation ....i had it in my mind since the first year of med to give step 1 after 4th year for which i have been using the usmle oriented stuff since the first day of med like the review books and also kaplan videos and other stuff according to the subject ....but now i am confused people ....what should i do .... i have talked to people and about 60 % said give it after 4th year but the score which is worried about ....i will not be able to devot such enormous time on step 1 alone in 5th year as i would be doing my uni thing also but i though i could have pulled in before may be i was not being realistic before

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Better to do your step 1 after graduating when you dedicate your time fully for it. There are people who study long hours for step 1. If you take the exam during your 4th or 5th year you might not get high marks.Please take into consideration that getting high marks on step 1 is the most important and the year of graduation is secondary.Hope this helps.
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thank you for your reply .......yeah it seems logical enough to devote your time fully on the steps which definge your career

but i was hoping for someone ,who has given the steps in bw graduation,to tell me his/her experience in managing time for his degree studies and usmle
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Click on the Student-Prep tag link at the bottom of the thread to read prior IMG medical students who have done the steps before graduation.

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I'm in final year mbbs now. I started preparing for my step 1 half way through 4th year. Wish I had started in the beginning or perhaps even 3rd year. I know 2 other people thus far that had done the same thing and they both had amazing scores. 240+ for both of them. Planning to take my exam in a few months and hoping for a similar result. It's all about building concepts and managing your time through your prep. To be honest, I would go into severe depression sitting down for a year and taking this exam after graduation. You should already know most of this stuff at the time of graduation so better prepare for it while you're still in medical school. I know people in 4th year who were really nutty about using Robins for patho cause they thought they would fail. I used Goljan, which helped me prepare for step 1 and I had better knowledge because of how goljan links things to clinical outcomes as well as an A in Patho. Although taking it in medical school does seem to put extra pressure on you. Managing your clinicals and what not, studying for school exams, killing your social life but I guess in the end it's worth it and I tell all my juniors to start preparing in 3rd year and take it if they can. If you are ready for step 1 then the basic science exams in MBBS are nothing but a joke with the exception of ENT/Ophthalmology 4th year which can easily by prepare in 1 week from there dedicated review books as you will already have the basic knowledge and basic diseases covered for them.

Anyhow, make a plan and just stick to it and don't let anyone tell you otherwise. You'll be fine.

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I'm in final year mbbs now. I started preparing for my step 1 half way through 4th year. Wish I had started in the beginning or perhaps even 3rd year. I know 2 other people thus far that had done the same thing and they both had amazing scores. 240+ for both of them. Planning to take my exam in a few months and hoping for a similar result. It's all about building concepts and managing your time through your prep. To be honest, I would go into severe depression sitting down for a year and taking this exam after graduation. You should already know most of this stuff at the time of graduation so better prepare for it while you're still in medical school. I know people in 4th year who were really nutty about using Robins for patho cause they thought they would fail. I used Goljan, which helped me prepare for step 1 and I had better knowledge because of how goljan links things to clinical outcomes as well as an A in Patho. Although taking it in medical school does seem to put extra pressure on you. Managing your clinicals and what not, studying for school exams, killing your social life but I guess in the end it's worth it and I tell all my juniors to start preparing in 3rd year and take it if they can. If you are ready for step 1 then the basic science exams in MBBS are nothing but a joke with the exception of ENT/Ophthalmology 4th year which can easily by prepare in 1 week from there dedicated review books as you will already have the basic knowledge and basic diseases covered for them.

Anyhow, make a plan and just stick to it and don't let anyone tell you otherwise. You'll be fine.

Good Luck.
thank you very much for the reply .....i was just waiting for someone to say me something like this ....you made my day .....i will now definitly make a plan and try to take steps after 4th year ....i was actually confused by seeing people's enormouse study plan extending a year studting 10+ hr a day .... i hv got two years to make my self able for the exams ......any suggestion how i might make my study plan ?
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