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Help Please help. I really don't know what to do anymore.

Hello. I'm a US medical student currently going to a NY med school. I took my step 1 the first time in May. A week before I had taken it, I got some bad news about my grand mother. Rather than speaking to student affairs and postponing my exam, I went ahead and took the exam.

I didn't get my score until mid July, where I found out I failed by about 10 points. The program directors let me finish up the rotation I was in and let me take off 6 weeks from August and September to prepare for the exam. I was originally scheduled to take it next week but just today I took a practice exam and I saw I wasn't even passing. Seeing this score, I decided to push my exam date another 6 weeks and skip the next rotation as well.

I'm really at a loss on what to do. The first 3.5 weeks, I went through UWorld and first aid. I did about 1200 UWorld questions and I annotated FA with the supplemental info from UWorld questions. I then took the next 1.5 weeks to do just go through FA where I went through each page and memorized everything. Right now, if you were to ask me a question about any topic within first aid, I'll be able to offer an explanation and I'd be pretty confident in it. But that confidence all fell apart when I took the practice exam today and saw my score.

Please help me. With family stress on top of my incompetence because of failing this exam, I've been thinking of changing careers, but I have nothing to fall back on. Sometimes I ask myself how I even got into med school.
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You need coaching. You need somebody to look over your shoulder and tell you what things you are doing wrong when you answer the question.

Question answering needs specific strategies and not just pure knowledge.

Also, you need relaxation techniques to break the stress cycle.

Check if there are live coaching courses or tutors in the area where you stay.

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First of all, CLOSE YOUR EYES AND TAKE A DEEP BREATH.
Ok, ask yourself how were your basic sciences, I mean what sort of a student were you during the first 2 yrs. The reason I say that is because if there are deficiencies or knowledge gaps in your basic coursework, you may want to quickly go over a more comprehensive source such as kaplan video lectures to grasp the concepts in greater depth.

Maybe you have an issue with test anxiety. Were you a good test taker in the past? If you fall in this category, which I suspect because you mention that you are able to comprehend/explain the concepts in FA/UW, seek help from your school or any professional who can address text anxiety.

Lastly, I know sometimes life is a handful. Recognize that reality, accept your circumstances, you did your best under the circumstances. The past is the past, let go of the fear of failure. You are stronger than your past. Many many people would give an arm and a leg to get in a US med school, but life doesn't provide all of us with the same opportunities. You made it thus far. That says a lot my friend!! Obviously you are intellectually suited to be in medicine. So let go of any doubts about career change and all that. Be confident, believe in yourself, believe in the power of prayer. You will get through this just fine. Fight on my friend. God Bless You.
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Thank you for your encouraging words.

I'm not exactly sure where to begin now. I know I need to focus on doing mainly questions, as I have about 900 UWorld questions left. I'm planning on reviewing the content through the questions and supplementing whatever I need to by going back to First Aid.

I'm also thinking of getting doctors in training videos. But I'm unsure on what that is, exactly. I can scrape together $800 to pay for it, but would it be useful for me? Is it just going to review stuff that I've already covered in First Aid, or will it make studying the material easier in some way? Again, I think my focus should be questions and supplementing it with first aid or Goljan or Pathoma whenever I need to brush up on a topic. I'm just looking for some guidance on how to structure my study.
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Thank you for your encouraging words.

I'm not exactly sure where to begin now. I know I need to focus on doing mainly questions, as I have about 900 UWorld questions left. I'm planning on reviewing the content through the questions and supplementing whatever I need to by going back to First Aid.

I'm also thinking of getting doctors in training videos. But I'm unsure on what that is, exactly. I can scrape together $800 to pay for it, but would it be useful for me? Is it just going to review stuff that I've already covered in First Aid, or will it make studying the material easier in some way? Again, I think my focus should be questions and supplementing it with first aid or Goljan or Pathoma whenever I need to brush up on a topic. I'm just looking for some guidance on how to structure my study.


I know the feeling Winter. I know hoW it feels to have studied and done what is suppose to be the right study materials and end up performing poorly. But here is my advice because i can relate to your situation even though i haven't taken the Steps yet.

For the remaining 800 ques take those very seriously. Make sure you go through the explanation thoroughly and you can teach yourself the material.
[The problem we and most other students have fallen into is that we are told to do a gazillion questions, but after doing it we expect a magical score and end up failing. This is because we tend to focus more on quantity than quality qbank approach. Though it is good to be exposed to a greater range of questions, but if you are not doing those questions right it is futile.

As for DIT, well alot of people recommend it, it gives you structure and a timeframe to study. It will require alot for your time. But i will recommend you go the DIT route. It might help in your case.

Stay focused, keep your head up and God Bless. WE WILL DEFEAT THIS EXAM.
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