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Hello, I want to strive my all to score well in step1 next year...reading through threads, all of you seem to be quite confident and well informed about USMLE exam preparation...I am pretty raw and new to this though I graduated in 2005 I will be very very grateful if you can kindly guide me in how to prepare for the exam. I found that the cost of Kaplan books are also pretty costly and not to forget the tedious exam steps.nonetheless, I am determined to give my best and go for it. I have recently got the Kaplan Qbank..and reading through Pathology/anatomy....Plis give some input pls
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It's Dr. Paul here again... You asked me in another post for some tips to get you started, and I have just the thing for you. At our Academy we have a unique Step 1 preparation strategy that we are now giving away for free. I put the entire strategy into a downloadable PDF that you can access HERE. This will spell the entire preparation process out for you, so you know exactly how to get started and what to do in order to achieve the success you are looking for.

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Step 1 really seems daunting at first but if you have the right plan and you follow it consistently enough then you will achieve what you aim for. I'm not sure what the best method is but I can certainly tell you the way I'm preparing and you can take cues from that.

I started my first read with Kaplan lecture notes along with videos. You can do it in any order you want but I started with Biochem followed by Phys, Patho, Micro, Immuno, Pharmac and the rest ensues. This can take you upto three months depending on your previous knowledge. You can do Kaplan qb along with the different subjects you are doing. Some people say that you should start your question banks in second and third read but personally, my mantra is the sooner the better. In addition, I'm following Pathoma videos for Pathology and HY Neuro for Neuroanatomy as Kaplan is not sufficient as far as these subject areas are concerned.

Second read is from Kaplan videos only followed by FA and UWORLD qbank. I've set 50 days for it. I'll take an NBME form at the end of my second read to gauge my performance. In third read I'll put more effort in subject areas I find my self weak in. I'll do FA and UW alone and try to annotate the important points of UW in first aid. BS should be supplemented with 100 cases at this point in you prep. And you can add Goljan audio transcript to supplement your knowledge of Pathology. This read should take approx 30 days.

After My third read I'll take another NBME and in my fourth and final read I'll focus on FA alone. I will focus on my weak areas and before taking the actual exam I plan to finish at least two quick reads of my annotated FA.

I hope that helps. Feel free to ask if you didn't understand anything. I'll be happy to elaborate. You can also search for ZUMZUM method and TAUS method on the forum. They are good plans and people have had great scores by following them.

Last but not the least, there are a lot of different methods of doing your prep. You have to tailor each one of them to suit your own goals and learning method. Trial and error is the best way to figure out what works for you if you are unsure. You will see that soon everything will start to fall into place. Good luck with your prep.
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