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please tell how to start preparation for usmle step 1
First aid, first aid, first aid. Supplement the pathology with Goljans and do all the questions on usmle world. Assess your self using nmbes and once you get your target score sit for the exam.
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In general:
-you can start by reading the USMLE.org info on the exam to get a feel for what's covered (link here)
-you may want to do some questions at the beginning to assess where you're at (eg. the Step 1 content/info bulletin has some questions in the back)

Materials:
-most people use First Aid for the USMLE. It's a great summary of all the important info covered in the exam. You should definitely get this book.
-do lots of questions (most popular is USMLE World). NBME exams are a good marker for how good your prep has been.
-you also should have some sort of comprehensive review material, unless your basic sciences is excellent (but even then, you will want to invest in USMLE-oriented material). The level of coverage will depend on your comfort level and study style. Most common is to use resources by Kaplan (expensive though).
-you can also browse other test prep companies to see if there's a good fit for you. eg. Doctors in Training, Firecracker.
-you may also want to buy some other review books as needed. First Aid has a good list of resources in the back.

Good luck in your prep!
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FYI I just wrote about my own Step 1 234/98 experience here. I wanted to add that it was helpful for me to read many people's experiences to see what works. You can also look at the "USMLE Polls" on this website too.

Another good starting point is Youtube if you're deciding what to use. Many testprep companies have sample videos on youtube that you can look at. This can give you an idea about what will work for you. Some companies offer free trials as well, if you decide to go with the online learning route. Hope that helps.
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