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Question Studying for step 1 in clinical years

hello every body
I really wanna thanks every person in this forum, for giving us hope and desire to get far as we could.

I am an IMG student , just started the clinical years in my collage , and for now I am planing to take the step 1 on 2015 , as I said till now .
I am having some doubts about if I could get my prepration a long with my study or not , I think if I push myself to the limit I can , but I am afrid from giving up later.

Is it better to take step 2 ck in my case ?!
or I can combine step 1 prepration with my study ?!

please give me your advices
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Hi dr.pain

It can be tricky to study for the Step 1 in your clinical years because of the increased workload and the lack of free time, but the key to doing it successfully (I've helped many students inside The Academy do it), is to carve out a period of time every single day whereby you can definitely, absolutely, 100% dedicate to your Step 1 prep, every day!

One of the ideal ways to do this is to either choose to wake up an hour early everyday and to bang out some work before you do anything else, or another option which many students go for is to stay at the hospital after your workday is finished, find a quiet room, and do 60-90 minutes of uninterrupted studying everyday.

Now, obviously 60-90 minutes isn't enough time to do too much, especially with respect to the basic sciences and Step 1, but if you are consistent with your prep, you can chip away at it nicely and you will progress nicely. There will be tougher and easier rotations during your clinical years, and if possible, plan your exam near the end of an easier, less demanding rotation, as this will ensure you can devote more time as the exam approaches.

As for the CK exam, hold off on the CK until your year of elective rotations, as these tend to come with easier hours... You should be able to bang out the CK preparation during a solid 4-6 weeks during an easier rotation - I actually was able to prepare for and take the CK during a low-key Urology rotation and it was completely doable.

I hope that helps you out a bit, best of luck moving forward!

Dr. Paul
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