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can anyone please suggest some schedule for step 1???
i just started stuying 2 weeks ago, and preparing for usmle step 1 along with my usual studies, plz help!
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can anyone please suggest some schedule for step 1???
i just started stuying 2 weeks ago, and preparing for usmle step 1 along with my usual studies, plz help!
Follow zum zum or taus method ... Plan according to ur available time ...
It's hard time to study Usmle along with ur usual studies
So make sure you cover both ...
Daily 4-5 hrs with week ends off you can do it in 6-7 months Kaplan 3 months
Fa 1 month
Uworld 2 months
Revisions plus nbme 1 month
All the best
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well i want to take the next year so that seems a lil easy , how much revision is required? i struggled alot with neuroanat, just reviewed it 2 days ago!
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I wonder what materials you are using and what your current plans are for your studies.

It's hard to say exactly what your schedule should be like, but in general if you're still in medical school (I'm assuming you're an IMG) I'd try to see if there's a good way to combine your usual studies and your USMLE study. That way you can reinforce your knowledge to benefit both your grades at school as well as your USMLE. I can imagine that would be easier if you're focusing on basic sciences at school right now and maybe a bit more difficult if you're doing clinical rotations, but it can be done.

A good way may be to use First Aid for the USMLE as a base (if you're not doing this already) and to just start doing USMLE questions now. There are some free question banks on the net and ultimately you probably want to do the USMLE World Q bank. You also have time to get some good review books to target your weak areas too.

You probably already know this but you should try to do the best you can at your medical school, as the medical school report is an important factor in your application to residency programs.

It sounds good that you're giving yourself a bit of time to do your preparation. I'm an IMG and studied during full-time doctor work at my home country. I definitely felt that I needed some buffer time because I couldn't stick to my schedule during busier work weeks. It's good to set a high standard for how much you will study, but you may find that it just becomes too much at times and you may need to rethink your strategy. I think that's completely okay (and healthy!) and it definitely helps to have the time to change tactics.

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well i just completed my second year in med school, i belong to india!
this year i would have psm and ent n opthalmology with tests for sugery n medicine.
yes i do have to attend clinical rounds.
i m using kaplan, waiting for the first aid 2014, not available in my town yet.
should get it soon. yeah i took a few tests, i think my weakest point right now i feel is neuro, i reviewed cvs n respi , i m going like anat then its physiology , its pathology and then its pharmac...
with neuro i just have to review its pharmac now.
i did micro too a lil bit, bacterio..
kaplan is enough with first aid and question bank right?
m planning on reviewing all d kaplan material by end of may, so after that i can solve questions along with studying for my school tests!
i m planning on taking the test next year about this same time so i have a month after my unversity exams for the last revision!
how does the plan sound?
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That sounds like a plan! You're basically using the same resources I did for my Step 1, although I did buy a few other books to supplement. When you say you're using Kaplan, are you just using lecture notes or are you using video etc?. I actually have a blog where I wrote about my thoughts on using these resources here. Kaplan + FA + UW may or may not be enough, depending on how strong you are as a student and how well you use these resources. I did get a couple of other books to supplement, such as BRS physiology and microbiology made ridiculously simple. I would say look at your weaknesses and see if there are other good resources you can use to understand the materials.

Regarding timing and sequence of study, I'm sure you've thought hard about what would work best for you, so I'd just trust that! It does sound very sensible.
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