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Idea! Good Idea for Step 1 Prep?

Hey, I am sitting the exam in Feb2014...

would it be a good idea to to FA Question bank while doing Kaplan + Videos and FA. And do Uworld during the last two months of prep. I feel like I have learned and seen all the stuff before but I also know that the exam is about practicing questions. One can have a lot of knowledge but only be decent in multiple choice, that's why I want to do 2 or maybe 3 of the large question banks.

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Guys, any recommendation is appreciated
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For sure do the FA as early as possible, as many times as possible

My only regret was not doing FA enough times before the exam...
I did Uworld thourghly once and one complete revision 7-10 days before exam
also I did half of USMLERx wish i started earlier with questions so that i could finish it

Again study FA as many times as possible

My score 235 july 2013 first attempt
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For sure do the FA as early as possible, as many times as possible

My only regret was not doing FA enough times before the exam...
I did Uworld thourghly once and one complete revision 7-10 days before exam
also I did half of USMLERx wish i started earlier with questions so that i could finish it

Again study FA as many times as possible

My score 235 july 2013 first attempt

hey Kid_next_door
did u use other materials to review? kaplan for example? or you just used first aid+uworld for the exam?
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hey Kid_next_door
did u use other materials to review? kaplan for example? or you just used first aid+uworld for the exam?
Kaplan notes once should be enough, I made the mistake of studying them twice for most subjects... what I should have done was use that time to give another 1 or 2 readings of FA

give a second reading of Kaplan notes in subjects if you feel that you have to, but in my honest opinion i don't think that it is useful to for all the subjects for example microbiology it will be a waste of time to read kaplan 2 times as same thing is there in FA
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I can post the exact study plan that I used if you want....
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I can post the exact study plan that I used if you want....
sure thanks!
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sure thanks!
tomorrow though... sorry
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My Details:

Step 1 score 235 (July 2013, first attempt)
Step 2 CK : planned for 31 December 2013
Step 2 CS : planned for 3rd/4th week January 2014
Indian FMG
US citizen
Interested in: Internal Medicine, Family Medicine
Planning on 2015 Match

I am going to post some general tips and go into specifics of my preparation.

I started with the idea that Kaplan Notes were the bible of Step 1, I ended up finding out that they were actually just the Old Testament and the far far more important book First Aid was the New Testament... Let me explain.

Kaplan Notes:

Pros
Explains well the concepts that are important for the exam
Helps you get a feel for the exam, especially since Step 1 is the first USMLE exam for many

Cons
Extremely bad last study material, having all the things that need to be memorized in one nice neat book is essential
It is not as up to date as FA, I know they make revisions but there are so many things FA that are more recent missing from Kaplan Notes

Here is a practical example about renal physiology:

In Kaplan you will learn that as fluid is filtered in the glomerulus it passes through different segments and by varying the osmolarity of the interstitium & different ATP dependent iconic pumps, the kidney is able to control the amount of fluid and electrolytes it reabsorbs......

This is a concept, once you read and understand it... there is no need to read it again... What you need to memorize is where the important ionic pumps are like Na+/K+/Cl- transporter is in the TAL.... it is facts like these that FA is best at because everything is in one book and all the things that you have to memorize are right next to each other, where as in kaplan there is 1 page of things you have to memorize for every 50 pages of text! that is why it is a waste of time to read it a second time

here are a list of things that i should have done rather than reading Kaplan the second time

2nd Qbank... I think Kaplan Qbank is the best, I did USMLERx its pretty good but if I could go back and change it I would have done Kaplan Qbank

Read Goljans Notes 2nd or 3rd time... only systemic pathology not general

Give a few more readings of FA

Relaxed... Yes I really think I wasted my time with the second reading of Kaplan Notes


My Formula: (If I had the chance to do it again)

1 Reading of Kaplan for : Physiology, Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Neuroanatomy, Embryology, Pharmacology, Behavioral Sciences, Microbiology & Immunology

1 Watch Kaplan Videos for the above subjects

1 Readings of Goljans General Pathology Notes
2 Readings of Goljans Systemic Pathology Notes

Uworld with 1 complete revision
Kaplan Qbank
even a 3rd Qbank if i could make time for it
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