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Planning Prep as a medical student

Hi. Although I could see a number of 2nd and 3rd year students in this forum, i couldnt see an effective way of studying for steps discussed by them. I'm a third year medical student who wants to prepare for Step 1. Please help me devise a plan. Thanks in advance.
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It really depends on how much time you're getting each day. Like I can only manage 2 to 3 hours a day. That too with difficulty. So I just watch the Kaplan videos and listen to the Goljan audios. I'm getting some time off after a few weeks and then im hoping to start the hardcore prep. Let me know about your time commitments and may be we can come up with something for you as well
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I can take out 5 to 6 hours each day. But I won't be having any holidays any time soon. I am planning to give step 1 by the end of 3rd year or in the start of 4th year. Is that doable? With 6 hours of study, I have plenty of time to do everything, right??
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You have more than the time you will need. Just go buy Kaplan notes and videos. Start with any subject (I started with physio). Go through one chapter from the lecture notes and then watch the video of the same topic from the Kaplna videos. Then after watching the video, go through the kaplan notes again. Remember your first read is your most important read! Best of luck.
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Can you please tell me where these books will be available? Do I have to order online? What other books will I need? It would help if you can mention the edition as well because I want the latest edition.
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Look for a medical book store in your city, these books are commonly available in every medical book store. Also buy Goljan for patho ( also get its audios from someone), First Aid, BRS physio and High yield neuroanatomy. I'm not sure about the editions though, just tell them to give you the latest editions.
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hey medguy and lollypop,
im a 3rd year too. intending to give my step in march '12

i too have regular classes and i think i might be able to squeeze out 5-6 hrs a day for the prep.

its tight but doable.

and for the books, where are you from??
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Avinash, I'm assuming you're from India. The thing is that the medical curriculum in Pakistan is very different from that in India; in the sense that in Pakistan we have anatomy, biochemistry and physiology in the first two years. And clinical sciences in the last 3 years. Even though our subjects are integrated with the clinical sciences and we do have occasional lectures on Patho, medicine and surgery. We don't use any books for them and theyre not routinely tesed in our exams. From what i've heard, in India you guys have basic sciencs for only one year and in the second year you start with medicine and surgery. However I still believe that since we are also aware of the basics of medicine and surgery and clinical vignettes, we are also in a good position to prepare from 2nd year.
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check this out

http://www.usmle-forums.com/usmle-st...-261-99-a.html
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I just went through the whole post. It's amazing. It just shows that medical students are not on any disadvantage if they start preparing for step 1 . I have definitely been inspired.
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