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Hello everyone!
I am an IMG, just finished with my 4th year. I am studying in a 6-year medical school in Europe and I have finally taken the decision to take step 1. This site is really helpful...so I would like to ask your opinion about my preparation plan. So, this is it:


Estimated exam date= May-June 2014
I am planning to study from KLN with three exceptions. I am going to use Goljan RR for Pathology, BRS for Physiology and CMMRS for Microbiology.
I will try to annotate the info from the above mentioned books into FA.
As far as Qbanks are concerned, I am thinking of using FA Q&A to consolidate what I learn from FA and after my first pass of books I will start UWORLD and Kaplan Qbank.
So. What is your opinion?


Also, I would like to ask three questions:
1. Is it mandatory to watch Kaplan videos as well?
2. Do you think I'll have enough time?
3. I had bought for my Pathology course Robbins Revew of Pathology. Is it worth doing?(i have already done some questions)
Thank you for your time!
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sounds like a good plan! Stick to it and you will be fine. Where are you from?
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sounds like a good plan! Stick to it and you will be fine. Where are you from?
From Greece!
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Greetings! A solid plan for the Step. Regarding time, this will depend on you (i.e. how many hours you can field/day)! To that end, avoid focusing on obscure details and minutiae - maximize your ratio useful knowledge/time! Try to have a functional(=annotated) FA as soon as possible, without neglecting the most basic of all : understanding how things work (or don't work).

Don't go broad - go deep.

The NBMEs and major Qbanks (and I guess the Step, which is 3.5wk away for me) hit hard on details of important stuff (i.e. here's a disease presentation, can you find which organ is likely to be damaged by its Rx? Can you select what type of genome is in the causative virus?, Which of the following is a risk factor?, What should you expect in lab work or in a biopsy specimen?, How did symptom A occur? etc...)

About Kaplan Videos, I recommend only watching them if you feel very weak on certain areas. As a Greek medical student ready to enter M5, these areas may include (but not be limited to!) Behavioral Sciences, Anatomical clinical correlations, Eye+Ear Pathology, Environmental/Nutritional Diseases, Hereditary Immunodeficiencies, Vitamin Deficiencies, Psychiatry...but you can check on your own which areas may benefit from a video lecture.

Robbins Review is a good Qbook. Try doing it alongside rotations and/or on random! Mark questions you get wrong/find hard/interesting so that you can review them again at a later time + annotate all new+important info on FA!
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Thanks for your time Antiochos and your useful suggestions. I wish you all the best with your Step!
I am sure you will ace!
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hi..I am an IMG also and I want to give the exam in May june 2014 as you..can I ask you smth..when are you going to start the registering procedure..can we start now and book a date for may june or is it too early...thnx in advance,,,
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Hi alba_ .
I do not know your background so I cannot tell you exactly what to do. Personally, I'll sign in ECFMG in one month and in November-December I will start the process of choosing the eligibility period (probably choosing May-June-July) . I guess you can start the process from now, but I want to see how my plan works in order to choose the best date(neither too early nor too late).

I hope you'll find it useful.
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