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Question Studying for Step 1 in your clinical years

Hi everyone,

I would have ideally have liked to take my test this last summer at the end of my first two years, but I was far from being ready.

My target is to score a 250 +/- 5. In medical school, I am usually in the top 1/3 of the class. I'm far from the smartest and far from the top. But in the step 1, my goal is to get around a 250 so that I can match into my specialty. I can definitely work hard and hope that it can lead one to this sort of a score.

Timeframe-wise, I'd love to take the test as early as December or January. But I know that with my heavy coursework, it will be difficult to do that. I shall try none the less. I won't be taking this test until I know for sure I can store a ~250 consistently.

These are the clinical rotations I'll be doing and will need to study for my medical school exams: Critical care, radiology, GUM/HIV/ID, Pediatrics, OBGYN, Psychiatry, Oncology, Musc/Derm/Ortho/Rheum.

Ideally, I'd love to create a schedule which would help me study for both step 1 and my medical school year. I know that there are many written-up schedules out there, and I want to create my own. I am just here to get some advice on how I should go about making that schedule and also what sort of books/resources I should use. I have already done almost 2 passes of FA, goljan, and currently going through pathoma. My weakest subjects are immunology, micro, and some bits of biochem.

Please advise. Thanks!
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I would love some advice! please help. Thanks.
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First Begin with reading the success stories posted on this web site who have mastered the test observe their time tables and the content they used. And then try getting that particular content and start working remember only one advice from me. DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME
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Hi everyone,

I would have ideally have liked to take my test this last summer at the end of my first two years, but I was far from being ready.

My target is to score a 250 +/- 5. In medical school, I am usually in the top 1/3 of the class. I'm far from the smartest and far from the top. But in the step 1, my goal is to get around a 250 so that I can match into my specialty. I can definitely work hard and hope that it can lead one to this sort of a score.

Timeframe-wise, I'd love to take the test as early as December or January. But I know that with my heavy coursework, it will be difficult to do that. I shall try none the less. I won't be taking this test until I know for sure I can store a ~250 consistently.

These are the clinical rotations I'll be doing and will need to study for my medical school exams: Critical care, radiology, GUM/HIV/ID, Pediatrics, OBGYN, Psychiatry, Oncology, Musc/Derm/Ortho/Rheum.

Ideally, I'd love to create a schedule which would help me study for both step 1 and my medical school year. I know that there are many written-up schedules out there, and I want to create my own. I am just here to get some advice on how I should go about making that schedule and also what sort of books/resources I should use. I have already done almost 2 passes of FA, goljan, and currently going through pathoma. My weakest subjects are immunology, micro, and some bits of biochem.

Please advise. Thanks!
Hi there,

This is going to be tough for you because I'm assuming that your clinical hours are taking up a good portion of your time. Since you have been out of the basic sciences for some time, you will need to do a bit more work than someone fresh out of the basic sciences, however this is no big deal, since you are clearly a hard worker you will be fine.

I've dealt with a few students in this scenario, and what I suggest is as follows:

FIRST... take an NBME to find your strengths and weaknesses, then:

1. Do a full in-depth review of the Step 1 material using Kaplan books or another HY prep program... its ok if this takes a couple of months, the trick is to set a schedule and stick to it religiously (ie. 2-3 hr per day of review, 2 blocks of questions per day...)
2. Go through UWorld slowly and thoroughly (take detailed notes and be sure you know the material before moving forward)
3. Take an NBME once you've finished 1 and 2, determine your improvement and find where you are still weak... for all weak areas, take 1-2 weeks of intense review to bring those weaknesses up and turn them into strengths.
4. Redo an NBME once you've worked on weaknesses, then re-evaluate.

Simply repeat step 4 until you improve all subjects to the point where they are consistently above the 'borderline' marker on the NMBE feedback..

I realize this is a TON of things to do, but I have used a similar strategy with my students for the last few years and it is highly effective, and will get you on track to that 250 you are shooting for!

Best of luck, please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about the above strategy.
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Hi there,

This is going to be tough for you because I'm assuming that your clinical hours are taking up a good portion of your time. Since you have been out of the basic sciences for some time, you will need to do a bit more work than someone fresh out of the basic sciences, however this is no big deal, since you are clearly a hard worker you will be fine.

I've dealt with a few students in this scenario, and what I suggest is as follows:

FIRST... take an NBME to find your strengths and weaknesses, then:

1. Do a full in-depth review of the Step 1 material using Kaplan books or another HY prep program... its ok if this takes a couple of months, the trick is to set a schedule and stick to it religiously (ie. 2-3 hr per day of review, 2 blocks of questions per day...)
2. Go through UWorld slowly and thoroughly (take detailed notes and be sure you know the material before moving forward)
3. Take an NBME once you've finished 1 and 2, determine your improvement and find where you are still weak... for all weak areas, take 1-2 weeks of intense review to bring those weaknesses up and turn them into strengths.
4. Redo an NBME once you've worked on weaknesses, then re-evaluate.

Simply repeat step 4 until you improve all subjects to the point where they are consistently above the 'borderline' marker on the NMBE feedback..

I realize this is a TON of things to do, but I have used a similar strategy with my students for the last few years and it is highly effective, and will get you on track to that 250 you are shooting for!

Best of luck, please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about the above strategy.
Thank you! This is exactly what I needed.
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As for doing daily question blocks... since time is short and I need to be efficient with my studying... should I start off using UWorld? Or should I use Kaplan's Q bank first and then move to UWorld? What's been the best approach in your experience?

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As for doing daily question blocks... since time is short and I need to be efficient with my studying... should I start off using UWorld? Or should I use Kaplan's Q bank first and then move to UWorld? What's been the best approach in your experience?

Thanks
I highly recommend UWorld... From my experience, they are the best at touching on everything important and high yield, and their difficulty is similar to the real exam.
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thank you very much for making it look simpler Dr.Paul and thanks to you too bonaz.........really grateful to you for your great advice.

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Hi there,

This is going to be tough for you because I'm assuming that your clinical hours are taking up a good portion of your time. Since you have been out of the basic sciences for some time, you will need to do a bit more work than someone fresh out of the basic sciences, however this is no big deal, since you are clearly a hard worker you will be fine.

I've dealt with a few students in this scenario, and what I suggest is as follows:

FIRST... take an NBME to find your strengths and weaknesses, then:

1. Do a full in-depth review of the Step 1 material using Kaplan books or another HY prep program... its ok if this takes a couple of months, the trick is to set a schedule and stick to it religiously (ie. 2-3 hr per day of review, 2 blocks of questions per day...)
2. Go through UWorld slowly and thoroughly (take detailed notes and be sure you know the material before moving forward)
3. Take an NBME once you've finished 1 and 2, determine your improvement and find where you are still weak... for all weak areas, take 1-2 weeks of intense review to bring those weaknesses up and turn them into strengths.
4. Redo an NBME once you've worked on weaknesses, then re-evaluate.

Simply repeat step 4 until you improve all subjects to the point where they are consistently above the 'borderline' marker on the NMBE feedback..

I realize this is a TON of things to do, but I have used a similar strategy with my students for the last few years and it is highly effective, and will get you on track to that 250 you are shooting for!

Best of luck, please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about the above strategy.
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Thanks Dr. Paul!

1) When I go through Kaplan and other books.. should I annotate my FA or just read?
2) Should I annotate my FA with UWorld?
3) I have my FA annotated on my computer. As in, it's all typed out in notes format and I just add text to my body of notes. Is this a good way of going about this?

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Hi there,

This is going to be tough for you because I'm assuming that your clinical hours are taking up a good portion of your time. Since you have been out of the basic sciences for some time, you will need to do a bit more work than someone fresh out of the basic sciences, however this is no big deal, since you are clearly a hard worker you will be fine.

I've dealt with a few students in this scenario, and what I suggest is as follows:

FIRST... take an NBME to find your strengths and weaknesses, then:

1. Do a full in-depth review of the Step 1 material using Kaplan books or another HY prep program... its ok if this takes a couple of months, the trick is to set a schedule and stick to it religiously (ie. 2-3 hr per day of review, 2 blocks of questions per day...)
2. Go through UWorld slowly and thoroughly (take detailed notes and be sure you know the material before moving forward)
3. Take an NBME once you've finished 1 and 2, determine your improvement and find where you are still weak... for all weak areas, take 1-2 weeks of intense review to bring those weaknesses up and turn them into strengths.
4. Redo an NBME once you've worked on weaknesses, then re-evaluate.

Simply repeat step 4 until you improve all subjects to the point where they are consistently above the 'borderline' marker on the NMBE feedback..

I realize this is a TON of things to do, but I have used a similar strategy with my students for the last few years and it is highly effective, and will get you on track to that 250 you are shooting for!

Best of luck, please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about the above strategy.
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