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In the following text I will be describing my preparation plan. It is actually nothing more than the compilation of advice given by lots of students in this forum, to whom I am really grateful. Because many of you sent me personal messages asking for personal advice, I will highlight the fact that what worked for me may not work for you.

That being said, I consider it important to describe my background. I just finished the 4th year of a 6-year medical degree in a European medical school. I took the test in May 2013, having started my preparation in September 2012. At that time I had just completed the first 3 years of my school, which in my country cover the preclinical subjects. So while preparing for the Step 1, I was also doing my first rotations in internal medicine and surgery. That turned out to be really helpful, given the increasingly clinical orientation of the exam, as I got familiar with the basic signs and symptoms of diseases. However, I had already bought some usmle-style books in the earlier years, to help me tackle my university exams. For example, I had already studied Microbiology Made Ridiculously Simple and Lippincott’s Pharmacology, but not with the purpose of preparing for the step 1.


My preparation
I started my preparation in September 2012. I tried to study 5-6 hours a day until January, when I completed the first pass of the material I had bought for my preparation. For each subject I would first read a review book and annotate the missing information into First Aid. I would then do all the questions in uw ( I had a 6-month subscription starting in November) on each subject (subjectwise-timed/unused mode) and add notes in FA. At that time, I would not bother about my scores or memorizing information. It was all about understanding mechanisms, getting familiar with the topics covered in usmle AND annotating in FA. Guys, I think this was the most important thing I did in my early preparation. I would annotate all mechanisms, new drugs etc mentioned in review books in first aid, so that I would not have to go over those books again. I never made notes in these books, nor read them a second time. By January, I had my first aid stuffed with extra information, but I knew that all I had to do was learn everything in this book and practice questions. It is much easier when you have one book, rather than a series of review books. So starting in February 2013, I started reviewing FA over and over again. Having concentrated a huge amount of info in just 500 pages, I was able to go over the material 4-5 times until April. I would study 8 hours a day, splitting my time in 5 hours of FA studying and 3 hours of practicing question banks. In my case, memorization requires repetition. I have really moderate memorization skills, but after reading the same material 4-5 times I could remember every single page on my first aid book. There were only 2 exceptions to this method: one was Goljan RR, I would not bother annotate it into FA, but what I did was annotate interesting points in the blue margins so that I would later be able to go over it just by reading those margins. The second were the Microcards, which I used instead of the microbiology section in first aid.
During the last 4 weeks, I studied as much as I could each day (10-12 hours) and divided my time equally between studying FA and doing practice questions.

Books used
FA: the absolute guide to USMLE step 1. it is not enough if you are aiming for a high score, but you d better know every single piece of information in it if you want to ace the exam.

Pathology: I spent a whole month studying this subject. For each chapter of Goljan’s RR I would first watch the Pathoma videos, then listen to the audio lectures of dr Goljan and then finally read the chapter. I found this approach really useful, but it is indicated only if you have lots of time and a weak background in pathology.

Behavioral science: As a foreign student, this was by far my weakest area. I used BRS pathology. A great book but didnt really help me as far as the ethics questions are concerned. Luckily a few weeks before the exam, a friend recommended the «Kaplan medical ethics: the 100 cases you are most likely to see on the exam». The questions under this topic are not really hard, but require some experience that you gradually acquire after doing lots of questions.

Biochemistry: I used Lippincott’s Illustrated Reviews, a lengthy book but with nice text and tables. However, as I mentioned, I never read those books twice, but on the contrary I made annotations into FA

Physiology: I used BRS Physiology. short, concise, but you may need something with longer explanations if you are weak in this subject

Molecular Biology: I used HY cell and molecular biology. Maybe the worst book of the HY series I used. It has trivial information and most topics are also covered in other subjects eg biochemistry, immunology...

Pharmacology: I used Lippincott’s Illustrated Reviews. It is a nice book, but not suitable for step 1 preparation. I made some annotations into FA, but ended up learning only the stuff already mentioned in FA and that worked fine.

Microbiology: During my Microbiology classes I had used CMMRS, which is an EXCELLENT book. After the first reading, you can use the summarizing tables found at the end of each chapter. However, I used instead the Microcards. Those cards are AMAZING! They have wonderful algorithms and trees and are the most useful tool in memorizing bugs.

Immunology: I used HY Immunology. Not a great book, but didnt find anything better. Not sure if you really need something more than the first aid immunology section. Do not forget to create a list with all the important CDs, these are frequently tested!

Anatomy/Neuroanatomy/Embryology: I used the HY series. I found those books great, especially the one for Neuroanatomy. (do not worry about anatomy, it is a huge subject and HY gross anatomy may also be a little too detailed. But a quick read of this book, in combination with the anatomy info in FA is all you need)

Question banks/ NBMEs:
Doing a massive amount of questions is probably what can boost your score more than anything else. These help you adapt and use your knowledge. It doesn't matter if you know everything in first aid by heart, if you cannot recognize the buzzwords in the question stems or apply the info learned to a clinical vignette. That’s where question banks come in.

I used 3 question banks, UW, Kaplan and USMLERx.

UW is by far the best of the three! Excellent questions, wonderful explanations, it is a major LEARNING tool. Do not use it as an assessment tool! Read the whole explanation in order to learn, even if you got the question right. I first did it subject-wise after finishing each review book and had an overall score of 84%. I also used it during the last 3 weeks, doing 3-4 blocks a day as by that time I had forgotten most of the questions (94%). But as i said, do not worry about your scores, especially at the very beginning. Those questions are really harder than the real test, so do not use them to predict your performance.

KaplanQBank: a very good qbank, definitely use it if you have the time and the money. I made an one-month subscription around April (one month before my exam) and completed 3-4 blocks a day. Overall score=92%

USMLERx: I subscribed for one month in February. It may help you consolidate the info in First Aid, but other than that it is worth neither the time nor the money. I used it because I wanted to practice some questions, while still in the beginning of memorizing first aid, after having a done the first pass of UW.

NBME: Those are the only accurate predicting tools! I took the following:

NBME 6: 650 (2,5 months before the exam date) =259
NBME 7: 700 (2 months <<) =268
NBME 12: 700 (1,5 month <<) = 268
NBME 15: 710 (3 weeks <<) = 271

The rest can be also found offline, but it is up to you, because they are neither legal nor predictive.

I would personally recommend doing all NBMEs but If I were to choose only one, I would choose NBME 15, as it had longer questions stems and was more similar to my real exam. But all of them are quite accurate in predicting your performance from what i hear.



The real exam
The hardest part of the exam is trying to maintain your concentration and focus for 8 hours in front of a computer screen. Stupid mistakes are inevitable but there are some ways to minimize them. These are: practice, practice, practice! Try to simulate the exam at home using a question bank or an nbme exam. I simulated a 7-block exam at least twice so that I would increase my stamina and learn how to cope when my mind gets tired. Try to save energy: when facing a long question stem, first read the last sentence to see what it is all about. Sometimes the long stem is just a distractor. Never spend much time on a question you do not know. Guess an answer, flag the question and come back later once you finish all other questions. Practice will help you read through stems quickly, finish the block with some minutes to spare and go once again over the marked questions. I usually marked 8-9 questions per block, but in most cases what seemed to be a weird hard question, turned out to be a simple question addressed in a complicated way. Even in hard questions I was almost always able to narrow down to 2 choices and then take a good guess. USMLE is nothing more than a test, so a good test-taking strategy is as essential as having the appropriate study material.
Pathology /pathophysiology dominated my exam but all other topics were relatively equally represented in my exam. There were a lot of tables and graphs, CTs and CXR for Anatomy, simple ethic questions, lots of immunology, but as every single exam is unique I don’t see a point in going further into detail.

Finally, here are some bullet points with the most important conclusions drawn from my experience:

• Set a goal early in your preparation. Even choose an exam date early in advance. Establish a program and a daily routine and stick to it! You do not have to sacrifice other things, such as friends and family, if you organize your time properly. You will also never feel fully confident to take the test, so delaying your exam is not always a good idea.
• Try to annotate information from various sources into a major one (eg FIRST AID) . This may be time consuming in the early beginning, but you will recognize its value later on, as you will be able to cover a huge amount of information in a short space of time.
• Do questions, questions, questions: online Qbanks, Qbooks, Nbmes, although expensive, are definitely the most useful preparation material together with the first aid book.
• Always try to understand the underlying mechanism of disease! Always ask your self “why is this happening?” when studying. Pure memorization is not so frequently needed, it is your understanding that they want to test.
• use your question banks to learn and nbmes to predict your performance!
• Feel confident, it is totally doable once you set your goal and work for it!
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Hats off!!
Congratulation on the great score!
It's very apparent from your writing that you're an organized person, putting together such a clear, informative, and up to the point experience..
Thank you for taking the time to share this great experience
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hi med 28

congratulations again on your great score..

did u do all the nbme's?

what is your opinion about dit

and finally any particular advice about last one month of prep..

thanks

and good luck for c,k....
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Thanks for posting your experience.
You worked really hard during your Med School and afterwards. NBME6 score of 259, 2.5 months before the test says it all.
Also, you had a very sound strategy for your prep of writing notes into FA.
Congratulations again.
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I have a question: How did you study Genetics & Stats.
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Thanks for posting your experience.
You worked really hard during your Med School and afterwards. NBME6 score of 259, 2.5 months before the test says it all.
Also, you had a very sound strategy for your prep of writing notes into FA.
Congratulations again.
nbme 6 was a brutal practice test, 259, wow. You did a brilliant job, congratulations.
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congratulations on your score

I noticed that you preferred to pick review books bigger than kaplan books , instead of going to the Kapaln book+video combo , was it time consuming ? or you think it was faster and made you grasp concepts better ?
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Hey man!

congrats again!
im the dick who called you a liar. Apologies once more

Awesome prep! hats off to you
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If you dont mind, and if at all you come back here,

could you elaborate a little bit more on the last 4 weeks please,

I mean you just did practise questions that you had already done from the 3 qbanks randomly, and you read FA over and over again. Thats it?

Anything more specific while revising- like any lists while learning to revise in the last days.

I'm asking cos i usually think the last 4 weeks is the key to the prep. prob not in your case, cos you aced your nbmes 2 months before the test.
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congrats on the score! for most of you guys out there..the review described here is by far the most impractical method i have ever seen! this is literally reading whatever thats out there! neither time nor cost effective at all!
the best way would be to get the most out of the exam by reading the least and spending the shortest amount of time..long story short in my opinion a 230 achieved in 3 months is more promising than this..
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Hi med28, I'm a medical student from a six-years European medical school too. My weakest area is questions about CTs and CXR for anatomy, I know anatomy very well but when it comes to this kind of qs I screw up most of the time. What do you think I should study to strengthen this area?
By the way, congrats on that stunning score
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Congratulations, job well done.
Did you use Kaplan lecture notes/videos as well?
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Best prep plan ever. Thank you buddy God Bless you
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A thorough preparation coupled with an outstanding performance and a well-deserved score. Once again, congratulations!
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many many congrats for ur such a outliar score...........wats ur next plan?
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the best way would be to get the most out of the exam by reading the least and spending the shortest amount of time..long story short in my opinion a 230 achieved in 3 months is more promising than this..
Promising for what?

for your step1 application?

Yeah sure!
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The idea of being in a med school and studying 6-8 hrs daily for an extended period of time seemsvery hard. hard work pais off. congrats!!!
Wonderful! Amazing!
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congrats on the score! for most of you guys out there..the review described here is by far the most impractical method i have ever seen! this is literally reading whatever thats out there! neither time nor cost effective at all!
the best way would be to get the most out of the exam by reading the least and spending the shortest amount of time..long story short in my opinion a 230 achieved in 3 months is more promising than this..
so if i am a PD and i have to choose between two applicants one with 230 and one with 270..which one will i choose?
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congrats on the score! for most of you guys out there..the review described here is by far the most impractical method i have ever seen! this is literally reading whatever thats out there! neither time nor cost effective at all!
the best way would be to get the most out of the exam by reading the least and spending the shortest amount of time..long story short in my opinion a 230 achieved in 3 months is more promising than this..
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so if i am a PD and i have to choose between two applicants one with 230 and one with 270..which one will i choose?
Of course you will choose the one with 230 since it shows that person just memorised one book over 3 months over someone with 270 since that person worked his butt off for years reading every possible book to understand how things work !
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Of course you will choose the one with 230 since it shows that person just memorised one book over 3 months over someone with 270 since that person worked his butt off for years reading every possible book to understand how things work !
"for years?!..." where did you get that? my preparation lasted 7 months (i had one week free in november, one in december and 2 weeks off to study for my school's january exams) and I only took the decision to take the steps in august 2012. using usmle books for my university exams doesnt mean i have been preparing for the step 1 exam for a long time. anyway if you take for example your school's microbiology exam, you learn the same things you will face on step 1. but that doesnt count as usmle prep, or does it? so given that i was in no hurry (still have 2 years before graduating) why not take my time? i agree that my plan is not appropriate for graduates or other people who want to prepare quickly for the exams. but if you want to prepare while still at school, this is a good way. plus i wont be spending my summer studying for the steps, nor spending time after graduation relearning what i learnt during the first preclinical years..
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"for years?!..." where did you get that? my preparation lasted 7 months (i had one week free in november, one in december and 2 weeks off to study for my school's january exams) and I only took the decision to take the steps in august 2012. using usmle books for my university exams doesnt mean i have been preparing for the step 1 exam for a long time. anyway if you take for example your school's microbiology exam, you learn the same things you will face on step 1. but that doesnt count as usmle prep, or does it? so given that i was in no hurry (still have 2 years before graduating) why not take my time? i agree that my plan is not appropriate for graduates or other people who want to prepare quickly for the exams. but if you want to prepare while still at school, this is a good way. plus i wont be spending my summer studying for the steps, nor spending time after graduation relearning what i learnt during the first preclinical years..
he was probably being sarcastic to the comment made by Ehsana....
and in doing that he exaggerated a bit .... i think there is no need to worry about
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congratulations again on your great score..

did u do all the nbme's?

what is your opinion about dit

and finally any particular advice about last one month of prep..

thanks

and good luck for c,k....
1. no i did only the nbmes mentioned in my post. as i said they are excellent assessment tools and definitely worth doing if you have the time and money. maybe the older forms (5,6..) do not reflect the structure of the newer questions but they still have a predictive value. plus i ve got the feeling that some questions on my real exam were similar to questions encountered in the nbmes, but that doesnt really mean anything.. so doing all nbmes cant be bad, as what everyone needs is practice. but if you just want a prediction, one nbme should be fine..

2. about my last month: i decided not to use new material in the last month. i would first study First Aid and then spend time redoing questions in usmleworld. By that time I had forgotten most of the questions, but as i had taken notes into fa, the concepts were familiar. what i needed though was practice and real exam simulation. by doing 3 consecutive blocks each afternoon i got used to answering questions on a computer screen (highlighting buzzwords,..), and established a pace that helped me crawl through a block with lots of minutes to spare and recheck some answers.

as my only source at that time was First Aid, i studied ~35-40 pages (just a quick read, as i said repetition was what helped me memorize things) and covered all subjects/systems in 2 weeks, thus twice within the last month.

3 days before my exam i decided to study again the pharmacology pages (adverse effects etc..).

2 days before my exam i went over my list of forgettable things. i dont have that list now, but you can find a good one searching in these forums..

i took the last day off, and decided to relax, watch a movie etc.. despite that i only got 5 hours of sleep as I couldnt fall easily asleep, but that proved to be enough...
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and in doing that he exaggerated a bit .... i think there is no need to worry about
well i read the post quickly, sorry novobiocin...
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I have a question: How did you study Genetics & Stats.
i didnt study a seperate book either for genetics or stats.

goljan's genetics chapter + first aid + questionsbanks were more than enough

about stats, i just studied what was in brs behavioral and then practiced with question banks. after doing lots of questions and reading the explanations you wont have a problem with stats, i guess...
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congrats on the score! for most of you guys out there..the review described here is by far the most impractical method i have ever seen! this is literally reading whatever thats out there! neither time nor cost effective at all!
the best way would be to get the most out of the exam by reading the least and spending the shortest amount of time..long story short in my opinion a 230 achieved in 3 months is more promising than this..
EhsanA funnily i agree with you on your first point (however i am in no position to express an opinion on your second point)

there were times i thought i could have used the kaplan lecture notes and spend less time on those review books. that's because what helped me the most were not those books but the question banks.. but as i was asked to describe my plan, that's exactly what i did. perhaps if were to do things again or under other circumstances (eg. in a 3-month period) i would just use the KLN, but i would definitely spend time and money for the questionbanks.
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Congrats ,,,so inspiring,,, my exam is in a month but I guess I will try to incorporate ur techniques so maybe I will postpone .


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Congrats ,,,so inspiring,,, my exam is in a month but I guess I will try to incorporate ur techniques so maybe I will postpone .


Thanks a lot for sharing .
do not postpone your exam just because you read my story.. my experience may help you or may not. you have already done your preparation, so changing tactics one month before the exam may not be a good idea. there are a million ways to prepare for this exam and all of them are correct. you just have to find what suits you. as i said if i were to do things again, i would skip for example lippincott;s pharm and maybe use KLN.. but anyway i wish you good luck!
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"for years?!..." where did you get that? my preparation lasted 7 months (i had one week free in november, one in december and 2 weeks off to study for my school's january exams) and I only took the decision to take the steps in august 2012. using usmle books for my university exams doesnt mean i have been preparing for the step 1 exam for a long time. anyway if you take for example your school's microbiology exam, you learn the same things you will face on step 1. but that doesnt count as usmle prep, or does it? so given that i was in no hurry (still have 2 years before graduating) why not take my time? i agree that my plan is not appropriate for graduates or other people who want to prepare quickly for the exams. but if you want to prepare while still at school, this is a good way. plus i wont be spending my summer studying for the steps, nor spending time after graduation relearning what i learnt during the first preclinical years..
I take using USMLE Books during preparation for univ exam is preparing for USMLE also but your interpretation may vary
I underlined the word Understanding because this is a test of understanding and not of memory for which you studied all those books (USMLE or non-USMLE)
What it all means that doing well during med school goes a long way for doing well on USMLE as shown by you.

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You're kidding right?

Otherwise, you should stop coming here to check online forums.

They stress you up unnecessarily, and tend me make you lose confidence in yourself.

And remember, if you're a graduate, the clock is ticking. Every day after graduation counts!

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You're kidding right?

Otherwise, you should stop coming here to check online forums.

They stress you up unnecessarily, and tend me make you lose confidence in yourself.

And remember, if you're a graduate, the clock is ticking. Every day after graduation counts!

Med28 is still a student.
Thank you for the advice. But it's better to be late than getting a low score.
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thanks for writing all about your experience, i just wanted to ask a question because am planing to do almost the same plan but using only KLNs, FA and the question banks.
the question is how did you studied for your rotations and the USMLE at the same time?how could you manage?
am scared that i won't be able to focus at any of them if i did study for the USMLE while studding for the rotations too?
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please give me some tip on how to study pharm, my weakest subject. and what about biostats ?

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Of course you will choose the one with 230 since it shows that person just memorised one book over 3 months over someone with 270 since that person worked his butt off for years reading every possible book to understand how things work !
Hahaha


Damn i should try to work harder , six more days in yhe picu an am back to my daily routine of 6-8hr per day. I havent been able to revise at all this month since i work my ass off in the picu and by the time am home i just eat and sleep.
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Thank you once again,
I just wanted to know about Histology, how did you prepare for that and what do you recommend.

Another question, you mentioned that you used to annotate to Firstaid, knowing that you relatively covered large amount of materials, did you annotate all new information that you encountered to Firstaid or you was picky in this process, please elaborate a little on this.

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I just wanted to know about Histology, how did you prepare for that and what do you recommend.

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Q1:I just wanted to know about Histology, how did you prepare for that and what do you recommend.

A: I hadn't read a separate book for Histology until 2 months before my exam. Then i borrowed the Kaplan Lectures Notes from a friend and read the Histo section within a day. i made some notes but i didn't find them useful. Histo is usually tested in the context of pathology. but make sure you know some basic stuff, for example the bronchial epithelium types, the structure of the gastrointestinal mucosal epithelium in the stomach, small/large intestine, the epithelium in male/female GU systems etc..

Q2:Another question, you mentioned that you used to annotate to Firstaid, knowing that you relatively covered large amount of materials, did you annotate all new information that you encountered to Firstaid or you were picky in this process, please elaborate a little on this.

A: At first i tried to write everything down in my notes but then i realized that this was both impossible and stupid. I can't explain the way i took notes, because i didn't follow some specific pattern. I annotated whatever seemed important at that time, mostly clinical correlations, diseases not mentioned in fa and i would also add info on topics already mentioned in fa. Generally i believe that my most important annotations were those based on the question banks, especially UW. those notes were mostly about explaining mechanisms, whereas my annotations from review books were mostly about obscure drugs, diseases etc that were of no value in the end. So i think it is preferable to add notes on topics already mentioned in FA (for example analyzing further the pathophysiology of diabetes), than create new topics that are low-yield (for example new drug names, obscure enzyme deficiencies in biochemistry etc..)
(btw this may be a common mistake, especially when starting preparing for the exam. trying to annotate tons of info may seem to be the way to go, but the truth is that it is impossible to learn all these notes. -it's even hard to memorize what is already in FA-)
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do you recomend stop using anything related to book but only depend on fa in the 4 or 4rd month befor exam? and what about mri ct histopathology is the q banks are enough
i have other question if i finished uworld and kaplan q bank systemic and nbme is in 250 (beside i will be doing rx) what shoudl i do i have still 5 or 6 month left?
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do you recomend stop using anything related to book but only depend on fa in the 4 or 4rd month befor exam? and what about mri ct histopathology is the q banks are enough
i have other question if i finished uworld and kaplan q bank systemic and nbme is in 250 (beside i will be doing rx) what shoudl i do i have still 5 or 6 month left?
in that case why not take the test earlier? if you have already set your exam period, then try to review and review, practice new questions, etc, there are always new things to learn. for example i went over my fa -5times and each time i found something that i hadnt noticed or understood before. plus you ll memorize the info easier if you revise first aid book many times.

NOW first of all i didn't recommend anything, i just presented my preparation plan and if it appeals to you, you can use my experience to create your own plan. each student is different, so do not expect me to give the best of advice!

if you read my post you ll see that i had transfered a lot of info from the review books/qbanks to fa, so reading fa for me was a way to go over everything again, the difference being that i only used one book, rather than all review books again. that really took me time, as each page was stuffed with lots of info (even though most of my extra annotations turned out to be trivial info of low/no value for the real test). as far as images are concerned you can always look up images in internet (use google, or even an online atlas), and you could also use the images in goljan's book, fa, qbanks.. and keep in mind that most of the times just reading the stem of a question will be enough for you to recognize the pathological structure presented in an image!
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in that case why not take the test earlier? if you have already set your exam period, then try to review and review, practice new questions, etc, there are always new things to learn. for example i went over my fa -5times and each time i found something that i hadnt noticed or understood before. plus you ll memorize the info easier if you revise first aid book many times.

NOW first of all i didn't recommend anything, i just presented my preparation plan and if it appeals to you, you can use my experience to create your own plan. each student is different, so do not expect me to give the best of advice!

if you read my post you ll see that i had transfered a lot of info from the review books/qbanks to fa, so reading fa for me was a way to go over everything again, the difference being that i only used one book, rather than all review books again. that really took me time, as each page was stuffed with lots of info (even though most of my extra annotations turned out to be trivial info of low/no value for the real test). as far as images are concerned you can always look up images in internet (use google, or even an online atlas), and you could also use the images in goljan's book, fa, qbanks.. and keep in mind that most of the times just reading the stem of a question will be enough for you to recognize the pathological structure presented in an image!
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I was just wondering what was your plan for juggling the Step 1 study with your medical school curriculum during your 7 months? Did you coincide your Step 1 study subjects with the courses you were taking at the time? Finally, what is your opinion of study aids like Firecracker (formerly Gunnertraining)? Since I'm about 10 months out, I've begun banking topics on Firecracker, hoping to cover everything well before my dedicated study time, which my school only gives about 3 weeks or so.

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hey guys my exam is in 34 days . i just did uswa1 and got 209 :'( ... really depressed and freaking out .. dont lknow wht to do ....is t a horrible score this close to the exam ? .. will i be able to bring it up in time for the exam ? .. my aim is to score around 235 -240 . in the actual exam ... ..really freaking out .. Plz Help !!!
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as i said i had already used lippincott's illustrated reviews for my university exams. however when i started my step 1 preparation i realized that this book is too detailed for the purposes of this exam. my initial plan was to make some annotations from this book into fa, but I couldn't decide what was low and what was high yield. for example i tried to annotate all the cancer drugs not mentioned in fa, but after i had made my notes, i came to the conclusion that i couldn't even memorize the drugs already in fa. so i ended up erasing my notes (=waste of time?). at some point i also looked some things up in Kaplan Lecture Notes and i got the impression that it is well written. It is up to the point, presenting for example only the side-effects that are important for the examiners, whereas Lippincott's is trying to be more complete, thus being hard to memorize. As far as antibiotics/antivirals are concerned I definitely recommend the respective chapters of Clinical Microbiology Made Ridiculously Simple, as the drugs are presented in a simple and easy to memorize way. and as i said, doing practice questions carries probably the greatest value!
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thanks for writing all about your experience, i just wanted to ask a question because am planing to do almost the same plan but using only KLNs, FA and the question banks.
the question is how did you studied for your rotations and the USMLE at the same time?how could you manage?
am scared that i won't be able to focus at any of them if i did study for the USMLE while studding for the rotations too?
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Hey med28...

Congrats on d wow score....change yur name 2 medwow275 now....

I was a bit concerned about the increasing amount of immunology and molecular biology that is being asked now......and neither HY Mol bio nor Kaplan can apparently prepare you for them.......are the 3 q banks in yur opinion sufficient to cover these topiks....???

Can you just tell some important trending topiks in yur view in subjects like emryology or immuno-molecular-genetics......coz every1 knows about the imp topics in patho pharma and micro....but not much in crazy genetics and molecular bio......!!!!

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thanks for writing all about your experience, i just wanted to ask a question because am planing to do almost the same plan but using only KLNs, FA and the question banks.
the question is how did you studied for your rotations and the USMLE at the same time?how could you manage?
am scared that i won't be able to focus at any of them if i did study for the USMLE while studding for the rotations too?
every school has a different curriculum, and i can say that my school's program allowed me to spend just a few hours a day at the hospital. so i had plenty of hours left to study for the usmle and even get some rest in the meanwhile. however i did not study anything related to internal medicine/surgery all those months, except during the month of my exams (january) when i completely paused my preparation. however, as far as internal medicine is concerned the step 1 preparation proved to be very helpful as by that time i already had a good understanding of the mechanisms of disease/drugs etc.. so i didnt need to worry a lot about it. i also arranged my exam to coincide with the easter holidays, so i had almost 15 free days before my exam date. many people prefer to study during the summer holidays or so, but i was in no mood to sacrifice my summer, even if that meant that i should study hard during the whole year
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Hey med28...

Congrats on d wow score....change yur name 2 medwow275 now....

I was a bit concerned about the increasing amount of immunology and molecular biology that is being asked now......and neither HY Mol bio nor Kaplan can apparently prepare you for them.......are the 3 q banks in yur opinion sufficient to cover these topiks....???

Can you just tell some important trending topiks in yur view in subjects like emryology or immuno-molecular-genetics......coz every1 knows about the imp topics in patho pharma and micro....but not much in crazy genetics and molecular bio......!!!!

Thanks
about immunology: i have read that lots of people study the immunology pages from levinson's book (Review of medical Microbiology and Immunology). i have no idea, as i have never seen the book, but you could check out if it suits you. my immuno preparation was based on HY immuno, FA, QBanks and the respective pages from Goljan's RR. HY is badly written and has lots of info presented in a hard to memorize way. however as i said, i didnt search for a different book. the qbanks were as always very useful. you can/should also make annotations from the immuno found sparsely in Goljan's RR.

about molecular biology/genetics: FA pages are a must! some topics (replication, transcription...) are analyzed nicely in LIR biochemistry. HY on the other hand wasnt very helpful for me. if you can find a free copy, you can read it in a single day but it doesnt really offer much. Goljan's genetics chapter is also very useful (i didnt use a separate book for genetics, just FA, Goljan and QBanks). I think i already had a strong background in these subjects so i cannot give you useful advice. My only advice is that anything in FA is important, so definitely know these pages cold before sitting the exam.

about embryology: i think i only had one or two questions in my exam, simple things, covered in fa. HY embryology is a nice book but in my case FA would have been enough.
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hey i have another question you said you didnt take your exam in summeri
in easter vacancy (15days) before the exam what did you do ?and what do you recomend ? since i have your same situation only 15 days what should i do in those 15 days only fa? and practice for endurance?
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hey i have another question you said you didnt take your exam in summeri
in easter vacancy (15days) before the exam what did you do ?and what do you recomend ? since i have your same situation only 15 days what should i do in those 15 days only fa? and practice for endurance?
exactly. what i did was study FA and redo some uw questions, mostly to gain some pace and endurance for the exam day. do not try to learn anything new or read new material, it will probably confuse you and make you anxious. just try to consolidate what you have already learnt, mostly what's already in FA.
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Kindly share U-WORLD notes that you made during your preparation.. i believe every1 would need it..
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@asma11: Get a life, freeloader! and earn your scores!

first post in usmle-forums and he/she wants a 275's uworld notes.



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had been doin uworld since morning..No offence But this post made me laugh..
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i did my first read of kaplan LN few months back (skipped micro and behavioural sciences) but i could not continue with my preparation.. now i can continue with it but i really dont remember anything from my first read... i decided to give 3 months to my next read and annotate kaplan LN to FA this time... i am so much messed up with few questions;
1- how should i annotate kaplan LA to FA? space is too little toa accomodate evrything???

2-there are so many topics that are not written in FA, so should i learn them as well because if i make FA as my ultimate book with some additions then i will be forgetting those non written kaplan LN topics by then...

3-from which subject should i start now??

4- now somebody told me about DIT, so how to manage this alsoin 6 months preparation???

freaking out!!!!!! plz help.......
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med28, what's your opinion on experimental questions? I read somewhere that there are 10% of these quetions on the real exam, someone somewhere wrote that maybe a whole block is experimental. My personal feeling is that there wasn't many of these
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i did my first read of kaplan LN few months back (skipped micro and behavioural sciences) but i could not continue with my preparation.. now i can continue with it but i really dont remember anything from my first read... i decided to give 3 months to my next read and annotate kaplan LN to FA this time... i am so much messed up with few questions;
1- how should i annotate kaplan LA to FA? space is too little toa accomodate evrything???

2-there are so many topics that are not written in FA, so should i learn them as well because if i make FA as my ultimate book with some additions then i will be forgetting those non written kaplan LN topics by then...

3-from which subject should i start now??

4- now somebody told me about DIT, so how to manage this alsoin 6 months preparation???

freaking out!!!!!! plz help.......
1. annotating doesn't mean you have to copy anything you read in uworld. try to use your own words and abbreviations, and write down facts that are new and you have not seen before. sometimes i did not annotate anything for a particular question, and my notes for each question were usually no longer than a sentence long. i think i cannot help you anymore on this, each person is different, and you have to find what suits you best.

2. i dont know what to say. it's up to you. the more you study, the more you ll score. but from my personal experience, it is better to spend time practicing questions, than studying obscure topics.

3.i dont know, maybe start with your weakest subject. it s your decision.

4. i didnt use DIT, so i cannot give you any useful advice..
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i am no exception, i have no idea how the system with the experimental questions works. my personal understanding however is the following: people expect that experimental questions are the hard ones. from what i read, any question is first introduced as experimental, so that the examiners test how the students respond to this question: is it too easy, too hard? so given the fact that any question can be experimental, i cannot comment on how many such questions are in the real exam. my personal opinion is that you should not be worrying about those things, your goal is to try to answer every single question. if there is one lesson to learn, then that is that you should not spend much time on questions you dont know, just mark them and go on.
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i am no exception, i have no idea how the system with the experimental questions works. my personal understanding however is the following: people expect that experimental questions are the hard ones. from what i read, any question is first introduced as experimental, so that the examiners test how the students respond to this question: is it too easy, too hard? so given the fact that any question can be experimental, i cannot comment on how many such questions are in the real exam. my personal opinion is that you should not be worrying about those things, your goal is to try to answer every single question. if there is one lesson to learn, then that is that you should not spend much time on questions you dont know, just mark them and go on.
The thing is that I'm so anxious right now, trying to figure out how they calculate score. And I'm counting wrong questions, btw counted 9 so far. And keep telling myself not to do that, but.... I'm feeling overwhelmed and really bad right now, waiting for results.
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Congratulations med28 and thank you for sharing this info!

Could you please name the micro cards you used??
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hey med28 owesome score and experience well written

i have to ask u something
i have just enough time either to do kaplan qbnak and uworld once or do uworld once and then revise it

so what do u think i shud be doing?
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Don't really have anything to ask but just logged in to thank you for actually taking time to write such detailed answers to people's questions.
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Lippincott's MICROCARDS 3rd edition, by Sanjiv Harpavat and Sahar Nissim
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hey med28 owesome score and experience well written

i have to ask u something
i have just enough time either to do kaplan qbnak and uworld once or do uworld once and then revise it

so what do u think i shud be doing?
i think it s better to do two qbanks. the reason i revised uworld was that i had done it early in my preparation, so by the time of my exam i had forgotten most of the questions. so imo there is no need to revise it right after you finish your first time. and ALWAYS keep in mind that you have to read the explanations, that's what qbanks are for. it's better to read all the explanations in uwrold carefully, than do 2 qbanks without paying attention to the detailed answers. but if you have enough time to do that for each qbank, then do both.
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Hi med28! It has been a while on this thread

I'm scheduled to appear for exam in about 2.5 months. I have finished one round of all subjects along with FA and KQB except gross anatomy and microbiology. I have a few queries:

Should I skip separate review of microbiology (MRS) and gross anatomy (?) and encounter them directly in UW? I want to finish UW with FA, then UW incorrect and finally NBMEs before the test. I feel their separate review would take quite some time and it might not be productive. How is the idea of reviewing them from just FA & DIT before UW? Please give me some suggestion.
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Hi med28! It has been a while on this thread

I'm scheduled to appear for exam in about 2.5 months. I have finished one round of all subjects along with FA and KQB except gross anatomy and microbiology. I have a few queries:

Should I skip separate review of microbiology (MRS) and gross anatomy (?) and encounter them directly in UW? I want to finish UW with FA, then UW incorrect and finally NBMEs before the test. I feel their separate review would take quite some time and it might not be productive. How is the idea of reviewing them from just FA & DIT before UW? Please give me some suggestion.
as far as gross anatomy is concerned, there is no point in reading a separate book for this subject at this point, study FA+QBanks and you should be ready to tackle most of the questions on the exam. just remember to take a look at some xrays, CTs and be able to recognize the main structures. even if you read HY Gross Anatomy, there is no guarantee that you will be able to answer all questions, so use your time wisely.

about microbiology: well it all depends on your background. if you have a solid background, then go with FA. but CMMRS does a wonderful job of presenting all the bugs with mnemonics, images etc so if you are weak in this subject, CMMRS will be a high-yield source, far better than the short-summarizing tables of FA. (still, as i already said, i personally used the microcards, instead of the FA pages). microbiology questions are quite straightforward, once you learn the different algorithms (gram+, gram-, rna viruses etc..) and some basic stuff about each bug, you are ready to tackle 95% of the questions. but anatomy on the other hand is a wide subject, it would be low-yield to dedicate more time.

i havent tried DIT, so i cannot comment on it.
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Hello there friend .. First congrats on ur score ,,
I want u to know that me and my Fiance are following ur guide word by word .. Thx
One Q :about Goljan u annotated the interesting facts to the blue margins , u did'nt read FA and only went through the notes and margins in every revision ? is this right or should I do something else?
I'm intending to read goljan and listen to the audios..
Any answer would be much appreciated ..
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Hello there friend .. First congrats on ur score ,,
I want u to know that me and my Fiance are following ur guide word by word .. Thx
One Q :about Goljan u annotated the interesting facts to the blue margins , u did'nt read FA and only went through the notes and margins in every revision ? is this right or should I do something else?
I'm intending to read goljan and listen to the audios..
Any answer would be much appreciated ..
Thx
Thanks! i hope that it is working for you. just be careful, this is not exactly a guide, it s more a description of my experience. for example i may have used Lippincott's for pharmacology but imo this book is an overkill. if i were to do things again, i would not have chosen it, but i would have gone with a briefer review book.
about pathology: as i said, i annotated some important facts in the blue margins, but i also went through the FA pathology pages, where i had also made annotations from the Usmleworld questionbank. the FA pages are a MUST, they may be incomplete, but it is nice having some high-yield facts all put together on a few pages. reading those pages cant be time-consuming, especially when you have already studied goljan's book. i hope i answered your question
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You are absolutely right ...

For Path first I'm going to read some FA pages then read corresponding goljan pages focusing on blue margins annotating IMP facts to the blue margins and marking other explanations , so when I revise I would go over them more efficiently , but as u said annotating the entire Goljan book to FA is time consuming and unnecessary, if wt I described is similar to ur experience plz tell me and If u have other notes on this approach or any other I would appreciate the insight ..

Again Thx for sharing and sorry to bother ..
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congratulations on such a wonderful score !
I have been preparing for step 1 since 6 months,Now i am doing UWorld and will repeat it afterwords.
As you and many people say that two third paper is going to be from patho , so i am thinking to revise GOLJAN(TRY TO FINISH IT IN A WEEK ,as i have read it once with lectures) four weeks before exam.Is it a good idea ?
looking forward for your reply .Thnkyou
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congratulations on such a wonderful score !
I have been preparing for step 1 since 6 months,Now i am doing UWorld and will repeat it afterwords.
As you and many people say that two third paper is going to be from patho , so i am thinking to revise GOLJAN(TRY TO FINISH IT IN A WEEK ,as i have read it once with lectures) four weeks before exam.Is it a good idea ?
looking forward for your reply .Thnkyou
pathology is definitely the most important subject in the exam, but i think that it includes 25-35% of all questions, not two thirds. so do not neglect all other subjects, such as pharmacology, microbiology etc..
i cant really answer your question. if you can go through goljan's book in a week, then it will surely help you. but if you already score high in pathology uworld questions, but low in other important subjects, then dedicate more time to those subjects rather than pathology. people tend to focus so much on pathology, but there are a lot of easy points coming from micro,pharm,behavioral questions etc, that you should not miss if you plan to score high.
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pathology is definitely the most important subject in the exam, but i think that it includes 25-35% of all questions, not two thirds. so do not neglect all other subjects, such as pharmacology, microbiology etc..
i cant really answer your question. if you can go through goljan's book in a week, then it will surely help you. but if you already score high in pathology uworld questions, but low in other important subjects, then dedicate more time to those subjects rather than pathology. people tend to focus so much on pathology, but there are a lot of easy points coming from micro,pharm,behavioral questions etc, that you should not miss if you plan to score high.
Thank you very much for your advise ,i did KAPLAN Qbanks with first read of all subjects and score was around 50% ,now i am doing UWorld ,its also around 50% ,but still i have two n half months to prepare .Do you think i can make my good score as u did?
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Thank you very much for your advise ,i did KAPLAN Qbanks with first read of all subjects and score was around 50% ,now i am doing UWorld ,its also around 50% ,but still i have two n half months to prepare .Do you think i can make my good score as u did?
your score in both qbanks is still low, but that can and will change if you study harder. i can't offer any useful advice as i do not know your relative strengths and weaknesses. just try to consolidate the information already present in fa and read the full explanation in all uworld questions. knowing the fa pages cold (that means understanding the concepts, not memorizing every single word) will definitely help you score higher.
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your score in both qbanks is still low, but that can and will change if you study harder. i can't offer any useful advice as i do not know your relative strengths and weaknesses. just try to consolidate the information already present in fa and read the full explanation in all uworld questions. knowing the fa pages cold (that means understanding the concepts, not memorizing every single word) will definitely help you score higher.
thankyou ,i will definately prove myself ,if i will,you will be the first person to get that :good news.
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thankyou ,i will definately prove myself ,if i will,you will be the first person to get that :good news.
I would like to ask you one more question that when i do UWORLD , i use time mode ,for 46 question i am given around an hour . should i try to solve 46 question in 46 min mean per min per question or the time limit given by UWorld is ok?
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no, in the real exam you are given 1 hour for 46 questions in each block. it is ok.
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no, in the real exam you are given 1 hour for 46 questions in each block. it is ok.
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Hi congrts on great score
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done with patho and biochem
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your scores are great. doing more than 1 qbanks wouldn't do any harm, but it seems like you dont need it.
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so i am impressed by the way you prepared . !

i am really confused at one point in my preparation and really need your help and my question is :


my exam is almost 40 days away and i jus gave nbme 11 and got 220 .

i want to increase my score so what should i do further ?
i did uworld once have notes , read half and will do marked questions
but i have a thought about kaplan qbank as well but i really dont know that will increase my score

tell me what should i do other than FA in last 40 days ?
i am planning to give more exams like 7 13 15 as well but to increase my score what should i do ?
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so i am impressed by the way you prepared . !

i am really confused at one point in my preparation and really need your help and my question is :


my exam is almost 40 days away and i jus gave nbme 11 and got 220 .

i want to increase my score so what should i do further ?
i did uworld once have notes , read half and will do marked questions
but i have a thought about kaplan qbank as well but i really dont know that will increase my score

tell me what should i do other than FA in last 40 days ?
i am planning to give more exams like 7 13 15 as well but to increase my score what should i do ?
kaplan qbank won't increase your score much, as it frequently tests obscure topics and this can be stressful at this point. were the topics tested in the nbme questions you missed mentioned in fa? fa alone should help you score 240, so my guess is you're not yet familiar with all the info in this book. my advice is to study FA + redo UW questions. definitely know fa cold before you take the exam, i keep highlighting this fact, but it is reaaally important. nbmes should reflect your progress.
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I finished all the books same as your way and annotate them to FA, except for patho i used pathoma.
Then finished FA for the first time , then doing UW subject wise first time .. Score 87 % 300 q and stil on it
Myexam is end of march .. Planing to revise fa and Q more and more
What do u think ?????
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I finished all the books same as your way and annotate them to FA, except for patho i used pathoma.
Then finished FA for the first time , then doing UW subject wise first time .. Score 87 % 300 q and stil on it
Myexam is end of march .. Planing to revise fa and Q more and more
What do u think ?????
i believe you are doing great. just one question: if you have already finished all the books, why don't you do UW in random mode rather than subjectwise?
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i believe you are doing great. just one question: if you have already finished all the books, why don't you do UW in random mode rather than subjectwise?
Because i didnt do the UW subject wise like you , so now on the second read i m reading the sections , and solve each whole bank of them , what do u think ?
All of my friends tells me to do it random , but i think i will benift more if i do subject wise

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How much did the NBME exams help u in preparing for the USMLE ?
If I use my question banks to create tests to simulate the exam , would that substitute for the NBMEs - they are expensive !!!

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Because i didnt do the UW subject wise like you , so now on the second read i m reading the sections , and solve each whole bank of them , what do u think ?
All of my friends tells me to do it random , but i think i will benift more if i do subject wise
you still have 4-5 months until your exam so it's ok, you can choose whatever suits you best. personally, i would choose random mode, as it is almost a simulation of the real exam. all topics are included and you have to think fast and recall info from various sections. it may be harder in the short-term but it will be of great value in the long-term. but still, you have 4 months before the real deal, so do whatever you want
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How much did the NBME exams help u in preparing for the USMLE ?
If I use my question banks to create tests to simulate the exam , would that substitute for the NBMEs - they are expensive !!!

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nbmes didnt help me prepare for the exam. I did use them however to evaluate my progress and estimate my score. as no answers are provided (although most can be found in the usmle online forums), they are of little value for your preparation, but they offer a very accurate (rather than precise ) prediction of where you stand. that being said, you can just do one or two nbmes around 1-2 weeks before your exam, and decide, depending on the grade, whether you feel ready to sit the exam or prefer to delay it.
question banks on the other hand are of variable difficulty and there is no official/standard formula to calculate a predicting score.
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you still have 4-5 months until your exam so it's ok, you can choose whatever suits you best. personally, i would choose random mode, as it is almost a simulation of the real exam. all topics are included and you have to think fast and recall info from various sections. it may be harder in the short-term but it will be of great value in the long-term. but still, you have 4 months before the real deal, so do whatever you want
Im thinking of finishing it in two months subject-wise , then the rest is random , i would have read FA atleast 3-4 times ...
Thanks much again
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Thx again for the advice ...
regarding pharma : is reading KLN + videos & FA , enough ?
also Behavioral (BRS) and biostat (HY) , are they good sources? ...

ur opinion will be much appreciated ...
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regarding pharma : is reading KLN + videos & FA , enough ?
also Behavioral (BRS) and biostat (HY) , are they good sources? ...

ur opinion will be much appreciated ...
in my first post, i mention all the sources i used, so don't expect me to comment on books i have never tried. as i said, regarding pharma, lippincott's is an overkill, FA is enough, so if you supplement FA with KLN, that will cover you for most of the questions. BRS is a nice book, nothing great though. I didn't study a separate book for biostats, i just used BRS behavioral + FA + Qbanks. Good luck!
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Congratz for ur great score!!

I would like to do a qbank alnong with my first read of FA, do u recommend uw or usmle rx?

And how can i use UW subject wise, if im doing each chapter in FA along with its corresponding chapter in the supplemental book (I guess this was ur way too)?

Thank you
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May I ask, Have u cleared step 2 ck or not and what is the score?
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Goljan Images: I have 1,200 Goljan images with their explanation on Anki flashcards. If interested please contact me dsymister@gmail.com
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hey, i recently took my Step 2 ck exam. I have been waiting for my results, but it seems the ECFMG has sent a request for verification of medical student status to my school. So i guess i will be waiting for a while longer. I had the feeling that step 2 ck was way harder than step 1, many vague questions, a lot of stupid mistakes that i had managed to avoid in step 1, or maybe I didn't have the time to prepare as well as for step 1. i was unsure about almost 10 questions in each block, whereas in step 1 it was 2 or 3 per block. I had a really bad feeling after the test, but from what i read in the forums this is quite common among ck exam-takers. I am gonna post my experience when I get my scores. I have been waiting for almost 2 months...
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@med28....You had a great score in Step 1.

I want to know how should I prepare for Patho in addition to cool FA and UW. As you have written in your experience that the review books were not very helpful and if you have to prepare for step 1 again you will do kaplan. I want to know about Goljan, how many times did you read it. And also how many times you heard Pathoma videos and Goljan audios. Kindly please tell how important is Goljan in the prep. Is it a must read ? Also did you read Pathoma book also ? Kindly tell how useful are Goljan audio lectures ?
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hey, i recently took my Step 2 ck exam. I have been waiting for my results, but it seems the ECFMG has sent a request for verification of medical student status to my school. So i guess i will be waiting for a while longer. I had the feeling that step 2 ck was way harder than step 1, many vague questions, a lot of stupid mistakes that i had managed to avoid in step 1, or maybe I didn't have the time to prepare as well as for step 1. i was unsure about almost 10 questions in each block, whereas in step 1 it was 2 or 3 per block. I had a really bad feeling after the test, but from what i read in the forums this is quite common among ck exam-takers. I am gonna post my experience when I get my scores. I have been waiting for almost 2 months...
Hey, thank you for sharing your experience. I just started preparation for ck. my step 1 was 245. My ck is in 8 wks. What do u kindly recommend to have a 250+?!
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