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Congrats to everyone who just got their scores and good luck to those who are preparing for the test.

Looking back, what would you have done differently in your step 1 prep? It would be interesting to hear your thoughts on this, especially those who recently took the test.

As for myself, i would have spent less time on Uworld. 2 full passes i think was way too much and wasted so much of my time.

*Pathology: wouldn't change anything, Pathoma is a great course( although it didn't cover nutrition and i got low scores in nutrition on my step 1). The pathology Kaplan qbank questions are awful. They ask a lot about obscure low-yield diseases, their explanations were poor. Avoid.

*Pharma: UWorld, kaplan qbank(surprisingly!), FA and the Dr. Raymond lectures are all you need. wouldn't change a thing.

*Anatomy: wouldn't change much. Uworld, Kaplan qbank(has great images). I do think FA is weak in gross anatomy as well as neuro., but the embryology is adequate for prep. imo. It would have been nice to skim through a few of the HY anatomy books but I didn't have time to do that.

*Histo: a lot! Don't waste your time on kaplan video lectures. I thought they were terrible, totally inadequate for prep. FA is weak in histology imo. I know it's a low yield subject but it would have been nice to read HY cell biology and histo.

*Physio.: BRS is a great book for prep. Also, Uworld, Kaplan qbank prepared me quite well for this subject. The kaplan video lectures were very useful, although a bit long.

*Microbiology: UWorld, FA Kaplan qbank and Kaplan lecture notes were all good for step 1 prep. wouldn't change much.

*Immunology: I bombed in immuno. and I still don't know why. Brought down my score quite a bit i believe. I studied from Kaplan LN. Now I'm hearing that it's not enough for prep. I don't know what went wrong here. no 20/20 hindsight here,lol.

*Behavioral science: Kaplan lecture notes for biostatistics, BRS for everything else and the Dr. Steven Daugherty lecture videos. This man is brilliant. Funny, affable and a great teacher. He was probably the main reason why I did well in behavioral science.

*Biochemistry: FA is fine. The Kaplan video lectures were excellent. Uworld covers this subject pretty well. wouldn't change much.

*Molecular biology and genetics: hmm.. kaplan qbank imo covered these subjects better than Uworld. FA wasn't bad but certainly wasn't comprehensive. I don't know what I could have differently here.

I also remember flipping through a friend's copy of Kaplan medessentials. I thought it was a well-organized and useful review book. The micro tables were nice, the mol. biology and genetics chapters were top notch. I wish had this book around during my prep.

It would have been nice to take a stab at USMLERx. I heard good things about it and I regret not subscribing to this qbank.

I got a 245. A bit disappointed considering my NBMEs were higher but a decent score nonetheless.

I'm willing to post my score report if you guys are interested.
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Thanks Leeby for this amazing thread , hopefully everyone shares what he would he do differently, it is is really helpful because in this way we will no what to do and what not do
btw u made me comfortable about the pathoma thing because I am not sure if I was right when I ditched goljan and used pathoma , thanks
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Thanks Leeby for this amazing thread , hopefully everyone shares what he would he do differently, it is is really helpful because in this way we will no what to do and what not do
btw u made me comfortable about the pathoma thing because I am not sure if I was right when I ditched goljan and used pathoma , thanks
I think the new edition or RR is getting good feedback from students. You should keep a book like that around.
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Thanks for the great feedback.
Very helpful for us who are starting their prep for Step 1.
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I think the new edition or RR is getting good feedback from students. You should keep a book like that around.
mmm I finished already pathology prep and I will not study anything new
did u use Goljan RR ??
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mmm I finished already pathology prep and I will not study anything new
did u use Goljan RR ??
Unfortunately no. I didn't do well in nutrition on my exam and Goljan covers nutrition.
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Unfortunately no. I didn't do well in nutrition on my exam and Goljan covers nutrition.
didnt u do them in biochem , I guess vitamins and stuff like this are found in biochem section in FA.
ok so what about pathoma + nutrition , environmental, genetics from Goljan since pathoma doesnt cover these ?
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thank you leeby for the amazing hindsight... what was ur preparation time?
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didnt u do them in biochem , I guess vitamins and stuff like this are found in biochem section in FA.
ok so what about pathoma + nutrition , environmental, genetics from Goljan since pathoma doesnt cover these ?
That sounds like a good plan, and I think it's wise to have the new edition of RR handy.I still believe that Pathoma adequately prepares for you Step 1 as I nearly got a star in pathology on my score report.
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thank you leeby for the amazing hindsight... what was ur preparation time?
Thank you!
I'm an IMG and I spent way too long on Step 1 and this might have cost me a bit. I was hoping I could condense my study time to 5-6 months but I ended up wasting almost an entire year on Step 1(about 10 months)! I was working in Anesthesia and the workload wasn't exactly light so I had to quit my job. I had too many gaps, sometimes due to unforeseen circumstances but mostly because of my laziness. Guys, please don't be complacent with your step 1 prep. Kick into high gear and get it over with as quickly as possibly. Don't let stupid distractions like relationships and what not distract you from what's important, your USMLEs.
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Congratulations on your score, dont be dissapointed id kill for a score like yours.
where did you get the dr daugherty lectures? do they sell them by themselves?
ive heard so much good stuff about this guy, i will like to do behavioral with him.
thanks in advance and congratulations again
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I got a 249. My recommendations are:
Dont skip any subject and give the same importance to all
Dont repeat qbanks, if you did all the questions, you should get a new different qbank
Stick with Kaplan and FA and if you have the time or energy, complement with something else, but dont over do it, those cover it all.
DIT last month to go all over your FA and your notes
Do NBMEs online, helps you train for the real test and will help you identify weak spots
Get a full day rest the day before the test
Dont take more than 8 months.
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I got a 249. My recommendations are:
Dont skip any subject and give the same importance to all
Dont repeat qbanks, if you did all the questions, you should get a new different qbank
Stick with Kaplan and FA and if you have the time or energy, complement with something else, but dont over do it, those cover it all.
DIT last month to go all over your FA and your notes
Do NBMEs online, helps you train for the real test and will help you identify weak spots
Get a full day rest the day before the test
Dont take more than 8 months.
May I also add, don't spend too much time on the video lectures; some of them are useless, some are high yield.

Also, remember to take painkillers with you to the prometric center. I had a bad sinus headache on the day of my exam and the ibuprofen they gave me didn't do much. If you have problems with sinusitis like me, try nasal irrigation with saline. It'll relieve the pressure and reduce inflammation.
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I got a 249. My recommendations are:
Dont skip any subject and give the same importance to all
Dont repeat qbanks, if you did all the questions, you should get a new different qbank
Stick with Kaplan and FA and if you have the time or energy, complement with something else, but dont over do it, those cover it all.
DIT last month to go all over your FA and your notes
Do NBMEs online, helps you train for the real test and will help you identify weak spots
Get a full day rest the day before the test
Dont take more than 8 months.
Definitely don't repeat qbanks. The more you're exposed to different kinds of questions, the better. If i had a chance to go back and do things differently I'd subscribe to all 3 major qbanks. I basically did uworld and half of kaplan.
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I actually recommend to NOT skip any kaplan lecture video. They are all well done, and you never know what might come on your test, everything they do is fair game. And if you feel it is useless, you will see that it will help for other subjects or understand other concepts. Do all the videos, you are supposed to have the time.
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one of the most important topic , thanks

-About Immun I've heard that Dr.najeeb did a good job in this topic from a guy just 's got 263. the problem, It is too long.

-Genetic and Molecular biology never took 'em in my college
So,Do u think I 'll be fine if just stick with kaplan LN + kaplan video??

congrats for ur score , shokran for sharing ur exper.
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Totally agree with medpack. Better see them all and not regret it later! Ive heard that every kaplan video is totally worth your time make annotations of the things they say high yield or no know really well. Im doing that and i will emphasize all of their suggestions in my second cycle before qbanks.
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I actually recommend to NOT skip any kaplan lecture video. They are all well done, and you never know what might come on your test, everything they do is fair game. And if you feel it is useless, you will see that it will help for other subjects or understand other concepts. Do all the videos, you are supposed to have the time.

I didn't think the histology lectures were that useful. The microbiology lectures aren't exactly must-see although I do like Moscatello. The pathology lectures aren't so great when you compare them to Pathoma.

But, as you guys stated earlier, most of them are worth viewing.

What do you guys think of the Wazir Kudrath videos? I've been hearing some people complain about him. I benefited from him more than I did from Conrad. I like him a lot.
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Thats Right Ive heard that micro is not that important so a suggestion a friend gave me is to see the video while reading the book.
Only the micro cause the immuno is really high yield Ive heard People complaining a lot about immuno after giving step1 lately. wondering if kaplan and fa would be enough?
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one of the most important topic , thanks

-About Immun I've heard that Dr.najeeb did a good job in this topic from a guy just 's got 263. the problem, It is too long.

-Genetic and Molecular biology never took 'em in my college
So,Do u think I 'll be fine if just stick with kaplan LN + kaplan video??

congrats for ur score , shokran for sharing ur exper.
3afwan bro
yes, you'll be fine studying genetics and mol. biology from kaplan. The Genetics videos are quite boring to be honest but he covers a lot of high yield stuff. Try watching his videos 1.5-2 speed on VLC. Don't forget to supplement it with kaplan questions. They covered a lot of things that uworld didn't cover in like Hardy-Weinberg calculations.

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Thats Right Ive heard that micro is not that important so a suggestion a friend gave me is to see the video while reading the book.
Only the micro cause the immuno is really high yield Ive heard People complaining a lot about immuno after giving step1 lately. wondering if kaplan and fa would be enough?
I don't think so. I didn't do well in immuno on my test because I studied mostly from Kaplan. I think you guys are better off studying immuno from another review book, but hey, this is just my opinion and I could be wrong.
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I have my exam in 6 weeks from now. I have only just started uworld and fa. Did kaplan once. And goljan rr once. My recall seems to be very poor. I dont remember most of the stuff from kaplan. And my scores on uworld are well below average. I'm studying around ten hours a day.
Anything I can do to improve?
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I have my exam in 6 weeks from now. I have only just started uworld and fa. Did kaplan once. And goljan rr once. My recall seems to be very poor. I dont remember most of the stuff from kaplan. And my scores on uworld are well below average. I'm studying around ten hours a day.
Anything I can do to improve?
IMO. Postphone your exam since it wont cost you anything at this moment.... Finish uworld take an nbme and then pick a date...
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IMO. Postphone your exam since it wont cost you anything at this moment.... Finish uworld take an nbme and then pick a date...
Due to my personal situation max I can postpone to is sept 25.
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Due to my personal situation max I can postpone to is sept 25.
I think it's wise to postpone this exam. Focus on the topics that you feel you don't have a good grasp on. I agree with Aman j, take an nbme(online) and see where you stand.
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yes, you'll be fine studying genetics and mol. biology from kaplan. The Genetics videos are quite boring to be honest but he covers a lot of high yield stuff. Try watching his videos 1.5-2 speed on VLC. Don't forget to supplement it with kaplan questions. They covered a lot of things that uworld didn't cover in like Hardy-Weinberg calculations.
My God Kaplan genetics honestly put me to sleep. I had to change my studying habit she. I first saw he vids. I hit delta sleep shortly into the first video. Stopped and did something else.

The next morning right after showering I watches Genetics after making some green tea. Needed all the caffeine to keep my awake during his videos. Even playing it at 1.6x was brutal.
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Unhappy Immuno immuno immuno....!!!!

Hey leeby....congrats on yur awesome score.....

Can u share yur nbme scores wid us plzzz.....

Also lately immuno molecular n cellular bio is coming big time...!!!!
So wat do u say hw should i prepare for immuno-molecular-cellular bi section....do u think doing kaplan ln n vidz + fa+ all 3 major q banks would suffice or would u suggest anythn else like hy series or dr najeeb vidz...???
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hey guys .. really motivatin to hear ur posts ... my exam is in 24 days .. i just did nbme 13 yesterday and scored horrible .. 430 (205) :S :'( ....
i did uswa a week before and scored 209

i've been readin uworld and fa only . on my third round of uworld and recognize alot alot of the questions so dont feel its effective ..
. .. dont know wht to do .. cant postpone my exm beyond aug . extended eligbbilty period expires in aug. .. is it possible to bump up my scores 25pts or so .. if so how . plz help ..ny advice would be really helpful
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