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I completed my 2nd year MBBS recently and am planning to take the test in my 3rd year course.
But I am clueless in many areas and would appreciate your help.

As far as I have gathered : First Aid is a must

What are the other references that are "must" along with FA ? ( I am sure FA doesn't cover all the areas )

Any additional books to be covered ? ( For Embryology, Neurosciences, Behavioural sciences, Micro, Pharma)
Any special references for Anatomy, Physiology and biochem ?

Any sites where I can get the Goljan's notes? ( Is it necessary or should we do Goljan RR ?)

What Question banks to be followed and do we get them online?

Last but not least ... Is a time of 3 -4 months enough ?
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1. FA is a must have
2. BRS Neuroanatomy is also good
3. PATHOMA videos [ good replacement for GOLJIAN pathology]
4. QBANK: USMLE WORLD ( buy subscription online) & USMLE RX. OR Kaplan q-bank.

In terms of time to prep. It is hard to say. Not a one size fit all. It all depends on different things. Your intelligence level and basic science background matters alot. In order to compete the above, i doubt if 3 months would be enough honestly speaking. But if you are really intelligent and have good study habits/retention memory it is totally doable.

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BRS series if done thoroughly and properly is an excellent source for step 1 preparation. And ofcourse First Aid is a must. Practice questions from QBANK as it is very helpful. I also found this website very helpful ... medicalbooksfree . com which has section / category on USMLE related books. Hope this helps.
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So I think the first thing to do is to put yourself on a strict schedule. There are a lot of apps and online resources revolving around a 4-8 week study plan, and you set the parameters.

Some things are a MUST:
1) First Aid
2) UWORLD

Then there are the X-factors that help compound your understanding of topics, or help you remember facts that you usually confuse or blank on.

I like Picmonic better than anything else. There were a lot of times that I would look through questoins and say "Oh man I know the answer, its on FA page 556, two rows down in purple highlighter." Now I can just close my eyes and picture an image to help fill in the details. It FEELS LIKE CHEATING!

I used DIT but wasn't a big fan, and its a huge time commitment. Kaplan's questions were garbage.

I've messed around with a question bank called Osmosis, and its VERY good. If you do 1 qbank I say UWORLD, do it twice and you're set.

Memorize first Aid, go through UWORLD at least once, and recap everything with Picmonic = at least a 230 unless english isn't your first language. Then you need to take more time!
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Memorize first Aid, go through UWORLD at least once, and recap everything with Picmonic = at least a 230 unless english isn't your first language. Then you need to take more time!
Thank you so much !

Any idea where I can get the Picmonics downloaded ? Or is it online ??? ( nt sure!)

Are Uworld offline questions as apt as those online ?
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BRS series if done thoroughly and properly is an excellent source for step 1 preparation. And ofcourse First Aid is a must. Practice questions from QBANK as it is very helpful. I also found this website very helpful ... medicalbooksfree . com which has section / category on USMLE related books. Hope this helps.
Thank you ... this did help! P.S: Thanks for the site
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And what about Kaplan study materials? like the lecture notes and the video lectures?
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