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Hello guys,

First, I would like to thank all members here for either their helpful posts or for answering my questions in my previous posts.

I had a question that needed your opinions:

Is it a bad idea to enter USMLE step 1 after I finish my 3rd medical year? (I am in a 6 years medical school system)

Do I need to finish all my 6 years to have a better grasp on clinical cases before I enter step 1 to ensure a high score?

My plan was to study every summer (as I did last summer) till I finish 3rd year then study for 4 months and enter the exam. (I am aiming for 260+).

I would like to hear your helpful opinions based on your past experience taking Step 1
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Any answers?! No one entered Step 1 after his 3rd year?!!
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Hello guys,

First, I would like to thank all members here for either their helpful posts or for answering my questions in my previous posts.

I had a question that needed your opinions:

Is it a bad idea to enter USMLE step 1 after I finish my 3rd medical year? (I am in a 6 years medical school system)

Do I need to finish all my 6 years to have a better grasp on clinical cases before I enter step 1 to ensure a high score?

My plan was to study every summer (as I did last summer) till I finish 3rd year then study for 4 months and enter the exam. (I am aiming for 260+).

I would like to hear your helpful opinions based on your past experience taking Step 1
Hi there,

The best approach for taking the Step 1 is to do it after finishing your basic sciences... I'm not sure of the timeline of your 6-yr program, but it becomes more difficult to study once doing clinicals since it takes up most of your time.

Good luck.

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Hello guys,

First, I would like to thank all members here for either their helpful posts or for answering my questions in my previous posts.

I had a question that needed your opinions:

Is it a bad idea to enter USMLE step 1 after I finish my 3rd medical year? (I am in a 6 years medical school system)

Do I need to finish all my 6 years to have a better grasp on clinical cases before I enter step 1 to ensure a high score?

My plan was to study every summer (as I did last summer) till I finish 3rd year then study for 4 months and enter the exam. (I am aiming for 260+).

I would like to hear your helpful opinions based on your past experience taking Step 1
Hello,

I'm in a 5 year medical system, and our university recommends that we take Step 1 right after 3rd year. By the end of third year you should have completed all your basic sciences (pathology, pharma, physio etc..). That's the best time to take the exam since the information is still fresh. If you take it during your clinical years or at the end of medical school, you'll have a hard time remembering important concepts.

Good luck!
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