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hi everybody,..
i jus finished my final yr of mbbs...im looking frward to give the first step in august this yr.
i needed help wid the method of apllications and things..if anyone from india who is experienced please help..looking forward to ur posts..thnks!
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hi shrini.

I am dr ram from India. I graduated 2yrs back and preparing for step1 which i will take in march. let me know if u have any problem with your preparation, i will try to help u out.
good luck for your future. god bless.
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hi shrini,
i am also indian img. the first thing u have to do is, go to ecfmg.org and register. Then download and go through the ecfmg bulletin and also the usmle bulletin, u ll have all the info needed about applying and other things.
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@dr ram ..thnks a lot...if u cn gv me ur skype id or ur email id.....ill b grateful...i wanted to knw if at all joining chopras coaching is helpful!!!!??

@mle2resident.... thnks a ton..i registered on ecfmg sitye already..and i got kaplan books also...!! i wanted to knw if at all joining chopras coaching is helpful!!!!??
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i had not enrolled in it... i think if u have all the books, and motivated enough.. self study with online q-banks should be perfect.

When i started with usmle, i had no help in person but this forum will have all the info u need, and people to guide in different stages of ur study. All the best for ur journey!!
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hey shrini.. I was a fresh IMG grad just like you 2 years ago.. was all confused about how to go about the USMLE.. here's what I can tell you from the experience I have gathered..

First and foremost.. do not go ahead and book an eligibility period or an exam date.. it's a common practice in India..your seniors will often tell you.. "book a date 3-4 months from now and prepare accordingly, booking a date creates a pressure which will help u stay focused ...etc".. though booking an exam date etc does help create a pressure and streamline you towards a prep but not before you know you are ready for the exam..

The Indian syllabus varies much from the USMLE syllabus.. the diseases which are important and we focus on etc are totally different here .. to tune and accustom yourself to what is followed in the American colleges, you need Kaplan. it well help you create basic concepts which can be applied to a wide variety of questions.. but these are not the absolute textbooks for the USMLE.. kaplan gives you a broader picture of things..but you need FA to focus on the high yields and key points which you certainly need to know line by line to ace the exam..

Listening to the kaplan videos is quite resourceful.. I especially recommend pharm by raymon, biochem by turco and raymon, physiology by kudrath, anatomy by david..

I'm not a great fan of the path KLN or the videos.. for that you need to have Goljan RR and his audio.. although his audio is old I highly recommend you listen to them at least once.. I don't think its necessary to go through all of Goljan RR as it's a very exhaustive review of pathology, focusing on just the high yield that he points out in the lecture should suffice..

BRS behavioral science, MRS microbiology are some other books which you may need

So I suggest begin by listening to the Kaplan videos and reading KLN.. that took me approx 3 months.. once you are done with that subscribe to u world..

Apart from being the best Qbank UW is also a great resource.. so as you do questions start annotating your FA from both UW and Kaplan.. and give FA a first read.. this should take you between 2-3 months. (UW timed mode random ques)

Once done it's now time to take an NBME.. I would suggest NBME form 1..
It's relatively easy but this NBME tests whether or not you have covered the syllabus required for USMLE.. depending on your score you need to book an eligibility period and date..

The last bit of prep will involve you revising your FA which is annotated both from UW.. so you don't have to go through the whole bulk of UW again.. and at the same time focus on the HY.. and after that take NBMEs to make sure you are getting the score that you want in the exam.

FA alone is not a complete resource but when combined with UW should be sufficient to get you in the mid to high nineties.. of course NBME is the best predictor of it..

I will also enumerate the common mistakes that I can see myself making in hindsight..

1. not starting FA soon enough
2. not annotating my FA instead taking notes elsewhere..
3. booking an exam date before taking NBME
4. spending too much time and money on Kaplan
5. preparing longer than 6-7 months.. putting in long hours without taking breaks.. I would highly recommend taking at least one day off in the week.. and on that day don't even think about USMLE.
6. eat sleep exercise

Well I hope you find my advice of some use.. and i ll gladly reply to any of your queries..

tc..Shice (a 240 aspirant)

I have 4 weeks to go before I take my Step 1..
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hi shice..thank u so much..it ws of gr8 use..ur reply was exhaustive and also it ws complete..and sumthng wich spoke experience..if u dont mind cani please talk to u over the phone if possible..???it would help my psyche even better with my doubts and also the flow would be bettr to learn mre abt the entire process...kindly reply..thank u so much opnce again..overwhlming response..thank u..!!!
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@ SHICE,

Your post is so good that i deserves to be a stand-alone thread on it's own.

I copied it here
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hi shice..thank u so much..it ws of gr8 use..ur reply was exhaustive and also it ws complete..and sumthng wich spoke experience..if u dont mind cani please talk to u over the phone if possible..???it would help my psyche even better with my doubts and also the flow would be bettr to learn mre abt the entire process...kindly reply..thank u so much opnce again..overwhlming response..thank u..!!!
Hey Shrini.. i m glad you found my post useful. I have no hesitations talking to you... i will pm you my contact.. tc and study well
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@ SHICE,

Your post is so good that i deserves to be a stand-alone thread on it's own.

I copied it here
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Hi Sabio..thanks for acknowledging my post, i really appreciate it. Though I dont have the experience of the exam yet i will happily pass on whatever information i kno to help.
Thanks for maintaining such a useful usmle blog
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hi shice..

please send me ur number..thnak u so much fr ur response...
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hi everybody,
im pretty much in the same boat.. finished my final year exams.. want to study for my step1 during my internship.. but with no guide or clue whatsoever from where to begin.. got all the materials.. hopefully will make a plan and start studying soon. thank u so much Shice for ur inputs.. found it very valuable.. so, to all present here, "project attack em books begins!" all the best..
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Hello, I am in the last month of my internship here in India...and have developed an interest in going for my step 1 this year...
I desire for a General surgery residency... I jst want to know if am very late to begin with the things now...
I have been a dedicated student and can put in my best efforts....
Or will it be a better decision to first secure a pg seat here in my country and the go for my steps after my postgraduation?
Ppl plz suggest, I am at a crucial crossroads of my career....
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Hello, I am in the last month of my internship here in India...and have developed an interest in going for my step 1 this year...
I desire for a General surgery residency... I jst want to know if am very late to begin with the things now...
I have been a dedicated student and can put in my best efforts....
Or will it be a better decision to first secure a pg seat here in my country and the go for my steps after my postgraduation?
Ppl plz suggest, I am at a crucial crossroads of my career....
Hiiing
Don't worry u r not too late.This is the correct and best time to decide.
As you are interested in General surgery as far as i know u need to have good CV with good scores in all steps and USCE etc..
And one more if u are really interested in doing residency in US and don't have any financial issues it would be better taking it first instead of doing PG first in India and later preparing for USMLE.
This is my opinion
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Don't worry u r not too late.This is the correct and best time to decide.
As you are interested in General surgery as far as i know u need to have good CV with good scores in all steps and USCE etc..
And one more if u are really interested in doing residency in US and don't have any financial issues it would be better taking it first instead of doing PG first in India and later preparing for USMLE.
This is my opinion
Thanks for replying....bt I hv heard Surgery is not an IMG friendly speciality.... Wouldnt it be a very big gamble to begin so late...for a speciality ,so difficult ...at this juncture?
What are the prospects of going for mle after having a secured future in India?
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Hi im doing my house surgeoncy mid way and ive made up my mind to take the step 1.Can anyone tell me how to get the kaplan books and qbank latest version? details and how to get it,if possible a contact number?
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