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Regarding step 1 studying;
How to decide which subject to start with and which one to be after.. etc..
What is the best order?
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All the study schedules I've seen only discuss basic knowledge (Anatomy, Physiology, etc).
How do we integrate the organ systems and in which order?
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All the study schedules I've seen only discuss basic knowledge (Anatomy, Physiology, etc).
How do we integrate the organ systems and in which order?
Goljan & Q Banks after reading the subjects in the following order:
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The appropriate sequence to follow when you read Kaplan notes is this:

Anatomy
Physiology
Biochemistry
Microbiology
Pathology
Pharmacology
Behavioral sciences
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The sequence you should follow depends on many factors, most important of which include whether you're fresh out of school and/or where you are weaker.

I always suggest that students begin with an NBME exam to determine where they are weakest, which is ideal because then you can start with your weaknesses and pay a bit more attention to them as you progress through. For lower yield topics such as anatomy, unless you are extremely weak in anatomy, going through an entire kaplan book for it may be overkill, although it is ultimately up to you.

Major focus should be made to the 3 P's (pharm physio path), and then to the other topics. When it comes to microbiology as a whole, realize that bacteria comprise the vast majority of the questions, with viruses next, immune, then fungi/parasites.

Obviously everything is important, but prioritizing to the topics of higher importance and overall exam value will ensure that you get the most exposure to that stuff.... but of course, use the NBME as a major source of information in determining what else should be high-priority for your studies.

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Thank you Dr. Paul,
What about biochemistry? Does it come after the 3P's? and is there another subject other than anatomy that doesn't require going through kaplan or other book for it? (i.e it can be mastered using FA+UW only).
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Thank you Dr. Paul,
What about biochemistry? Does it come after the 3P's? and is there another subject other than anatomy that doesn't require going through kaplan or other book for it? (i.e it can be mastered using FA+UW only).
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Biochem is very important yes, since it is highly related to pathology (ie. when biochemistry doesn't work properly), you will find a ton of biochem-related pathology, so you definitely need a thorough understanding of biochemistry. If you aren't confident in your biochem skills, I would recommend using a thorough guide like Kaplan.

As for other subjects, it really depends on where you're at with your knowledge. Many students I've spoken with say that using UW + FA(as the guide) are excellent for micro, but it is all dependent on you. I would use NBME feedback + basic science grades as your guide to whether you need a very thorough review (Kaplan) vs using UW or a simple review course/book/etc.

I hope that helps.
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