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Hi everyone, so I will briefly summarize what I have done and what my future plans are, I would appreciate your advice as to my approach, and suggestions to improve my plan.
Time I have to take the exam: 12 Weeks I cannot extend this period I must write by Dec 30 2013.
What I have done: Biochem, Behav, Genetics, Immuno, Micro, CVS.
What I have left:
Neuro, Psych, Systems ( GIT, Endo, Resp,Renal,HemeOnc,Musculo,Reprod)

Material I am using:
FA
BRS physio
Pathoma
HY Neuro
UW
USMLERx
NBME every 2weeks until exam
UWSA
Kaplan videos to clarify certain topics I may struggle with as I do not have time to go over each and every video and lecture note: I will do: Pharm, Neuro, Physio if need be.


Approach + Plan 7am-8pm some days longer than others.
example: GIT
GIT Phsysio read section in FA+ read BRS section,
do UW questions explanations review, then USMLERx to drill First aid

move on to Path, read FA section+ Watch Pathoma Video + Pathoma Book
review, do UW questions, Review, then USMLErx questions to further drill.


So this is my approach, other news: I was suppose to write this exam July 2012, but due to circumstances had to put off the exam, in 2012 I did go thru the material two times, but have not touched the material since september 2013.

So please let me know what you think, I would greatly appreciate it, it would also relieve some of my anxiety!
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Looks like a good plan.
However, it will help if you can post your % on UW and any assessment tests you have taken as well as your target score.
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thank you for your response, thus far, my percentage on UW has been between 55-65...

I will be taking my first assessment at the end of this month which is when I will have covered all the material once, some subjects twice.
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thank you for your response, thus far, my percentage on UW has been between 55-65...

I will be taking my first assessment at the end of this month which is when I will have covered all the material once, some subjects twice.
65% is certainly a very good percentage and put your score around 220-240 range. However, NBME predicts the score more accurately (NBMEs 11, 12,13 or 15)
What's your target score?
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Target is between 210-225. What keeps holding me back is my time, as I feel I do not know if I will be able to accomplish all of this b4 my exam date. I do hav the kaplan videos and lecture notes, but due to time, I have bypassed majority of them. As I chose to stick to pathoma for path brs for physio. I did watch them for biochem. However do u suggest it is a must for everyone?
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Target is between 210-225. What keeps holding me back is my time, as I feel I do not know if I will be able to accomplish all of this b4 my exam date. I do hav the kaplan videos and lecture notes, but due to time, I have bypassed majority of them. As I chose to stick to pathoma for path brs for physio. I did watch them for biochem. However do u suggest it is a must for everyone?
The resources vary for an individual so it is difficult to say for sure BUT Kaplan videos and lecture notes are NOT a must.
IMHO no particular resource is a must but how much you understand a particular topic. NOT reading BUT knowing and understanding.
I have said it before and would say it again-What matters is how well you know a particular topic NOT where you know it from.
If you base your studies around FA & Pathoma then 210-225 will not be difficult to achieve.
KNOW (not read) FA and you are practically assured of a 225.
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