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Just came to to know abt this site and found it really nice. Amazing to c so many aspirants helping each other in their journey through USMLE Steps. I read it somewhere...
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So, I am here too, hope I could be of some help to others. But right now I need a lot of help and I believe I wont be disappointed. My situation at present :
- Passed MBBS 2013 June from Delhi
- Planning to give USMLE Step 1 by Nov end hopefully
- Preparation status for step 1 : First read in progress

My plan for next 4.5 months is as following. Kindly give ur feedback if I should change anything.
- First 2 months : comprehensive Subject wise first read with revision through Qs from Kaplan Qbook, Qbank and USMLERx
- Next 1 month : First Aid with revision of all material in system-wise format. alongwith Qs from UWorld.
- Next 1 month : Revision of First Aid and completing UWorld and other Qs and revising if possible.
- Next 1-2 wks : Lots of Qs and revision of all the notes and First aid.

Plan for Simulated tests :
- NBME Form 7 at the end of first 2 months (i.e. after comprehensive first read)
- NBME Form 11 at the end of 3rd month (i.e. after First aid competion)
- NBME Form 12 - 2 weeks later (i.e. 1 month before exam)
- NBME Form 13 - 2 weeks later (i.e. 2 weeks before exam, when I should have competed UWorld)
- UWSA 1 - 10 days before exam
- NBME Form 15 - 1 week before exam
- UWSA 2 - 4 days before exam

Books to be used for Comprehensive First read :
Anatomy (incl Histo, Embryo, Gross, Neuro) - Kaplan (with vids + webprep), HY Neuro, First Aid embryo + Histo
Physiology - Kaplan (with vids + webprep), BRS physiology
Biochemistry (incl Genetics, Mol. Bio.) - Kaplan (with vids + webprep), Lippincott (quick review), First Aid Biochem + Genetics
Pathology - Goljan (with audio), Kaplan (with vids +webprep), Webpath
Pharmacology - Kaplan (with vids + webprep)
Microbiology & Immunology - Clinical Micro MRS, Kaplan (with vids + webprep)
Behavioural science with biostats - BRS behavioural, HY biostats, Kaplan (with vids), condrad fischer medical ethics

My Target Score is : 260+

I request all my seniors here :sorry: who have gone through this path successfully to guide me if I need to change anything or add anything to achieve my target which I believe is very gettable if one works hard and gets some luck too...
I will try my best to contribute max to this website and help anyone if I could.

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And how do you study the systems?
Buy the way- do you think it's good to start preparation with anatomy?
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Hi Skeleton,

Thanks for replying,

I am planning to study all books in first 2 months subject-wise... followed by 1 month of First aid reading (which will be system-wise because first aid gives most info in system-wise format). I feel that way If I had read subjects separately first, I will be able to better correlate the information in system-wise review through first aid.

Reg. anatomy, I have already completed most of anatomy kaplan during my medical school. so I felt I can quickly just revise through it before moving on to tougher subjects. And I felt that reading Anat, physio and biochem will give me good base for pathology. what do you think?
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Hi Skeleton,

Thanks for replying,

I am planning to study all books in first 2 months subject-wise... followed by 1 month of First aid reading (which will be system-wise because first aid gives most info in system-wise format). I feel that way If I had read subjects separately first, I will be able to better correlate the information in system-wise review through first aid.

Reg. anatomy, I have already completed most of anatomy kaplan during my medical school. so I felt I can quickly just revise through it before moving on to tougher subjects. And I felt that reading Anat, physio and biochem will give me good base for pathology. what do you think?
Well, I'm in the same position as you, apart of the fact I'll sit for my exam only in June 2014...I was thinking of starting with Patho, but in second thought, you may be right and I'd rather gain some good base first in Physio and Anato before diving into Patho...
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Anatomy (incl Histo, Embryo, Gross, Neuro) - Kaplan (with vids + webprep), HY Neuro, First Aid embryo + Histo
Pathology - Goljan (with audio), Kaplan (with vids +webprep), Webpath
those two in red are a waste of time IMO, i have done them and they are not helpful.

the rest looks solid! go for it.
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Hi Skeleton,

Thanks for replying,

I am planning to study all books in first 2 months subject-wise... followed by 1 month of First aid reading (which will be system-wise because first aid gives most info in system-wise format). I feel that way If I had read subjects separately first, I will be able to better correlate the information in system-wise review through first aid.

Reg. anatomy, I have already completed most of anatomy kaplan during my medical school. so I felt I can quickly just revise through it before moving on to tougher subjects. And I felt that reading Anat, physio and biochem will give me good base for pathology. what do you think?
i am currently using THAT exact plan, i am done with the kaplan subjwise and doing them fa with some kaplan at times systemwise.
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those two in red are a waste of time IMO, i have done them and they are not helpful.

the rest looks solid! go for it.
Hi Kg,
I too felt kaplan anatomy vids are very basic. But kaplan lectures notes dont have much extra info. So, should I go for HY gross and histology which I feel have too much info not really needed for step 1??? what do u think?

For path, I want to add second resource to goljan... Should I just read kaplan lecture notes without vids or go for other resource like pathoma etc.???

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Hi Kg,
I too felt kaplan anatomy vids are very basic. But kaplan lectures notes dont have much extra info. So, should I go for HY gross and histology which I feel have too much info not really needed for step 1??? what do u think?

For path, I want to add second resource to goljan... Should I just read kaplan lecture notes without vids or go for other resource like pathoma etc.???

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Anat ques are rather basic so i guess focus more on neuroanat hy. Am doing pathoma and goljan
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Books to be used for Comprehensive First read :
  • Anatomy (incl Histo, Embryo, Gross, Neuro) - Kaplan (with vids only Embryo), HY Neuro, First Aid embryo + Histo
  • Physiology -BRS physiology
  • Biochemistry (incl Genetics, Mol. Bio.) - Kaplan (with vids + webprep), First Aid Biochem + Genetics
  • Pathology - Pathoma with videos ....Goljan Audios if you got time ...36 page highly recommended
  • Pharmacology - Kaplan (with vids + webprep)
  • Microbiology & Immunology - Kaplan (with vids + webprep) + microcards(Gold)
  • Behavioural science with biostats - Kaplan (with vids), condrad fischer medical ethics ,100 cases by fischer

my take on the list ..... considering you have 5 months of prep in which you are going to tackle 3 qbanks .....
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Books to be used for Comprehensive First read :
  • Anatomy (incl Histo, Embryo, Gross, Neuro) - Kaplan (with vids only Embryo), HY Neuro, First Aid embryo + Histo
  • Physiology -BRS physiology
  • Biochemistry (incl Genetics, Mol. Bio.) - Kaplan (with vids + webprep), First Aid Biochem + Genetics
  • Pathology - Pathoma with videos ....Goljan Audios if you got time ...36 page highly recommended
  • Pharmacology - Kaplan (with vids + webprep)
  • Microbiology & Immunology - Kaplan (with vids + webprep) + microcards(Gold)
  • Behavioural science with biostats - Kaplan (with vids), condrad fischer medical ethics ,100 cases by fischer

my take on the list ..... considering you have 5 months of prep in which you are going to tackle 3 qbanks .....
Thanks a lot Npktun... I really appreciate it.
I don't have microcards (Gold) and conrad fischer medical ethics book... only conrad fischer medical ethics book i have is "100 cases you will see on exam". Is this different? Can you send me the link for microcards and ethics book (if different)?
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Looking at Kg and Npktun's response... I feel pathoma is surely a good supplement to goljan... ... I am going with Pathoma + goljan
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Also don't do goljan and pathoma both ..... goljan is too big of a book to be completed in less than 2 months ....go for pathoma only ...while listening to goljan AUDIOS if you've got time ...
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Also don't do goljan and pathoma both ..... goljan is too big of a book to be completed in less than 2 months ....go for pathoma only ...while listening to goljan AUDIOS if you've got time ...
Thanks a lot Npktun,
I have one query. Should I do High Yield for gross anatomy or histology or embryology? I did histology ques from Kaplan qbank today and was clueless over abt 50% of them despite reading whole kaplan histology section.

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Looking at Kg and Npktun's response... I feel pathoma is surely a good supplement to goljan... ... I am going with Pathoma + goljan
I did rr goljan but there is too much info in that do the audios plus pathoma vdeo and book and the goljan small review pdf ones
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I have one query. Should I do High Yield for gross anatomy or histology or embryology? I did histology ques from Kaplan qbank today and was clueless over abt 50% of them despite reading whole kaplan histology section.

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Personally i think kaplan Qbook has questions i think i don't think you will ever see in the exam ...for instance there is a question in anatomy which draws to embryo of eye and optic nerve and i bet none had ever been asked a question on it before .... these questions are only good to warm you up .... do the qbanks online and then asses your progress ..... also i think anatomy and embryo is sufficiently covered in Kaplan + FA ... but if you need more you can give it a try on high yield HISTO as kaplan histo way too bad and FA treat this as a separate subject .... they cover it in pathology .... i will give a read of HY histo in the end as well .....
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I have been following previous threads.....and I thought your plan for patho was great which i read somewhere

For eg...If u take a chapter in patho...I thought of first listening to goljan audios and then read the same chapter from Goljan RR ...and then watch the corresponding Pathoma video..

i kind of liked it...and i thought of doing patho this way.....as i m doing it system wise..or should i just stick to pathoma and goljan audios.
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I have been following previous threads.....and I thought your plan for patho was great which i read somewhere

For eg...If u take a chapter in patho...I thought of first listening to goljan audios and then read the same chapter from Goljan RR ...and then watch the corresponding Pathoma video..

i kind of liked it...and i thought of doing patho this way.....as i m doing it system wise..or should i just stick to pathoma and goljan audios.
That is the Gold Standard way you can do .....i mean doing pathoma videos + reading goljan + listening audios .... but this is only feasible for the long shot ....

but if you have less time(3-4 months) and still want to score decent ...doing the above mentioned way is realistic and feasible .....

but Goljan + Audios + pathoma videos = Best combination but needs time
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