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There are two major approaches (or let me call them methods) when it comes to what books are needed to prepare for USMLE Step 1.

Method 1 (Kaplan Lecture Notes)

This method is the most common method seen among IMGs and it has been tested to produce high scores throughout the last 5 years or more.
Kaplan Lecture Notes for USMLE Step 1 are 7 books each deals with one or two disciplines: namely (Physiology; Pathology; Microbiology & Immunology; Biochemistry & Genetics; Anatomy, Embryology, & Neuranatomy; Behavioral sciences & Biostatistics; Pharmacology).
So this method entails cramming on these 7 books (+their DVD lectures) and also First Aid for the USMLE Step 1 to backup the preparation.

Advantages:
  • You'll get a compact 7 books to cram and no need to get lost finding the high yield information from other resources.
  • Gives confidence as you are not missing any high yield info.
  • Less time consuming than method 2.
  • Proved successful by many many students in the past.
Disadvantages:
  • Kaplan lecture notes better to be accompanied by the DVD lectures. These lectures are not sold commercially and it's provided only for the students who take the Kaplan course and this is expensive. Of course you can find illegal downloads of these DVDs or from your friends. As for the lecture notes you can buy them from Amazon.
  • Some students (and First Aid authors) believe that relying on a single series to cram step 1 is not a good way, though I disagree with this.

Method 2 (Various Resources)

This method is more popular among American grads (but also increasingly seen among IMGs). It has also proven to be a very effective method of preparation.
It entails looking for the best book in each subject (like for example by following our polls and see what is the best physiology book or the best pathology book and so on).
The current top ranked books that students rely on using this method are:
Of course in each of the subjects ranking changes from time to time but these are the current winners. Note that I did not mention the gross anatomy book because simply I don't know what's the current highest rank reference.

Advantages:
  • You get the best in each.
  • You will cover every little detail that may come in USMLE.
  • Some experts believe that question makers look up these books before they put the MCQs for the USMLE.
Disadvantages:
  • More time consuming than method 1. (almost double the number of pages).
  • Topics might get repeated as for example you may read the sleep stages in BRS physiology and again in High Yield behavioral sciences while in method 1 you'll read topics in one place.

Needless to say, that these two methods are not mutually exclusive, like for example many students (specially Indians) think that Kaplan is great except for it's pathology and neuroanatomy sections. So they supplement method 1 with Goljan pathology (the book, the notes, and/or the audio) and High Yield Neuroanatomy.

Remember that after reading the books you have to do questions and see our Best USMLE step 1 Qbank poll to help you choose.

What is my choice? Method 1.

But for you, The final choice is yours!

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It's really strange why IMGs stick to your method 1 while US based students are so fond of your method number 2
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This is the greatest straight forward step 1 preparation strategy
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i too prefer method one. it's working fine and fast!!
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While this plan may work great for IMGs I think a much shorter plan is needed for medical students who have few weeks to prepare for Step 1.

Here's my plan for students

Cramming these four books will guarantee 90+

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Dear Steptaker,
I would like to thank you for being so kind and helpful dedicating your time giving a complete information about the sources, would you please tell me in each method generally needs how many weeks or month, considering 10 hours study a day?

With warm regards.
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Dear Steptaker,
I would like to thank you for being so kind and helpful dedicating your time giving a complete information about the sources, would you please tell me in each method generally needs how many weeks or month, considering 10 hours study a day?

With warm regards.
Generally speaking method 1 is more compact and less time consuming. However, no single timing that folks follow, it all depends on graduation freshness, prior knowledge, dedication, hours per day, ...etc.
I looked at your profile and I realized that you are an old IMG and therefore I can probably tell you that you need 6 months minimum of complete 10 hours per day study time to get over 95 in USMLE Step 1.
Get the Kaplan Notes and start reading right now. Then you'll definitely start facing questions then you can always ask us here in this forum.
I also want you to look at this thread as it may give you an idea about the median time needed for step 1 preparation.
http://www.usmle-forums.com/usmle-st...-step-1-a.html
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method 2 is far more better!!! never stick to only 1 publisher for everything!!! btw i m an img

pathology in kaplan really sucks!!! it really misguides!!! Goljan z necessary for patho.... high yield buks are really gud!!! kaplan is only gud bkz of its dvds....
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pathology in kaplan really sucks!!! it really misguides!!! Goljan z necessary for patho.... high yield buks are really gud!!! kaplan is only gud bkz of its dvds....

really? im supposed to start kaplan patho in a while. y do u say it sucks? in what way does it misguide u? pathology is one of the largest questioned subject in the usmle exam ryte?
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really? im supposed to start kaplan patho in a while. y do u say it sucks? in what way does it misguide u? pathology is one of the largest questioned subject in the usmle exam ryte?
emmm it misguides bkz pathology z highest asked subject and this book doesnot contain many things that are important, high yield and addressed at goljan in detail.... many guys just blindly relying on kaplan study only kaplan get misguided and if dont luk at anyother thing e.g goljan theyll get hooked in true sense!!!
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Generally speaking method 1 is more compact and less time consuming. However, no single timing that folks follow, it all depends on graduation freshness, prior knowledge, dedication, hours per day, ...etc.
I looked at your profile and I realized that you are an old IMG and therefore I can probably tell you that you need 6 months minimum of complete 10 hours per day study time to get over 95 in USMLE Step 1.
Get the Kaplan Notes and start reading right now. Then you'll definitely start facing questions then you can always ask us here in this forum.
I also want you to look at this thread as it may give you an idea about the median time needed for step 1 preparation.
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i am planning to pass the exam about next 1/5 to 2 year ( cause i'm working ), is it too long? will the refrences change during this time?
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i am planning to pass the exam about next 1/5 to 2 year ( cause i'm working ), is it too long? will the refrences change during this time?
It may or it may not. Check back with us by the time you start to prepare and we'll tell what books are recommended by then.
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I have decided to appear for my step 1 in mid or end of October...and m preparing for the exam solely from Kaplan lecture notes plus d first aid n shud complete with my course by 15th August...then am thinking to practice just questions from u world for 2 months n simultaneously revise my course which I think I wud be able to do like for minimum 3 times..I dint have much time in hand and I studied as much as possible in the given time..its pretty tight situation I know..but do u think with this study plan I can get 90+ in my step 1?? and what more do u suggest if I aim for 95+??
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I have decided to appear for my step 1 in mid or end of October...and m preparing for the exam solely from Kaplan lecture notes plus d first aid n shud complete with my course by 15th August...then am thinking to practice just questions from u world for 2 months n simultaneously revise my course which I think I wud be able to do like for minimum 3 times..I dint have much time in hand and I studied as much as possible in the given time..its pretty tight situation I know..but do u think with this study plan I can get 90+ in my step 1?? and what more do u suggest if I aim for 95+??
Yes, your plan seems to be good. However, there's noway that you can guarantee a 95+ score unless you check your performance with NBME.

Also, I suggest that you do anther qbank instead of repeating USMLEWorld three times. I suggest you do Kaplan qbank then you do USMLEWorld.
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My querry is simple.
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My querry is simple.
Ur idea seems good..but the kaplan lecture notes u r talking about, i have a 2001 version.do u think a lot has changed in the new material??
I suggest you get the new version.
Many topics have changed from 2001 until 2010.
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Hello guys,

I am a newcomer here and i find very helpful your site.
I am an IMG and i study in English program for 6 years.
Next year im gonna attend 3rd year (patho, micro, pathophysio).
I am going to start USMLE preparation the next days.
I am planning to give USMLE 1 at the end of the 4th year.
Do you consider enough this time to succeed(given that i ll have to study and for the school,i know its the same subjects but if your school is not USMLE orientated abstracts you from USMLE prep.)

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p.s.there is any possibility to combine both of the study plans you mentioned (1&2)??
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Hello guys,

I am a newcomer here and i find very helpful your site.
I am an IMG and i study in English program for 6 years.
Next year im gonna attend 3rd year (patho, micro, pathophysio).
I am going to start USMLE preparation the next days.
I am planning to give USMLE 1 at the end of the 4th year.
Do you consider enough this time to succeed (given that i ll have to study and for the school,i know its the same subjects but if your school is not USMLE orientated abstracts you from USMLE prep.)

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p.s.there is any possibility to combine both of the study plans you mentioned (1&2)??
Yes, I think you have enough time.
Yes, of course as mentioned by StepTaker these two methods are not mutually exclusive, so you can do the combination you like, in fact most students make some sort of a combination of the two.
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Yes, I think you have enough time.
Yes, of course as mentioned by StepTaker these two methods are not mutually exclusive, so you can do the combination you like, in fact most students make some sort of a combination of the two.
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the advice is written in details in the first post of this thread!
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Hi guys, i'm an 3rd year med student. im from indonesia.
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Kelvin it think you dint read this thread! It tells you what combinations to use and also read
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It's really strange why IMGs stick to your method 1 while US based students are so fond of your method number 2
Method 1 is easier for IMG's as they can use kaplan notes to get through high yield information. Think most US grads need about 4-6 weeks to prepare for Step 1, while IMG's take up to 10 months.
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Thanks step taker that was very informative ,for me method one is the way to go. It is less time consuming and more USMLE- focused
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Hi step taker.. what do u think, does the tendency remains the same? or do u think things have changed
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I think the trends remains the same, otherwise I would have updated the post
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I did Kaplan lecture notes and then I did first aid as a revision and stuck with it cuz it's really fast in answering question to find the info and add info to the book and then revise it again
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Generally speaking method 1 is more compact and less time consuming. However, no single timing that folks follow, it all depends on graduation freshness, prior knowledge, dedication, hours per day, ...etc.
I looked at your profile and I realized that you are an old IMG and therefore I can probably tell you that you need 6 months minimum of complete 10 hours per day study time to get over 95 in USMLE Step 1.
Get the Kaplan Notes and start reading right now. Then you'll definitely start facing questions then you can always ask us here in this forum.
I also want you to look at this thread as it may give you an idea about the median time needed for step 1 preparation.
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Thanks a lot for the post. Can you please guide me that how much time Plan 1 takes? I am currently in 4th year . And I want to appear for the exam after 4 months as I have other exams coming uP then. So can you guide me that is this time enough and how many hours should I study everyday?Thanks
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Thanks a lot for the post. Can you please guide me that how much time Plan 1 takes? I am currently in 4th year . And I want to appear for the exam after 4 months as I have other exams coming uP then. So can you guide me that is this time enough and how many hours should I study everyday?Thanks
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I had a query concerning behavarioul sciences...how useful is conrad fischer medical ethics for step1
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i am studying from 2007 kaplan home study. how can i catch up any new information added or corrected. and how does this affect my study
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Conrad Fischer Medical Ethics Book is the best book you can read for ethics.

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well thankyou so much. i understood and found the links useful. now can you tell me how should i apply for the USMLE and how much time the process takes? and should i start studying before application? as i study in pakistan they say its really difficult here. although i live back in middleeast. so is there any way to give my exam in middle east? plus can i know what is the difference between the kaplan notes on amazon and the online subscription for the step 1 course?
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thank you very much. can i know how much time the application process requires? they say its really difficult in pakistan but i study here. and i live back in middle east. so can i give it in middle east? and what is the difference between the kaplan notes on amazon and teh online subscription for step 1?
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What is the difference between Rapid review pathology and Robbins basic pathology ? which 1 is more detailed and which 1 id more focused towards step 1

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What is the difference between BRS physio and Gytoun physiology ?
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Thanks Steptaker for all this information.
I am an old IMG and do not give up to take the USMLE. I am planning to prepare myself and to take USMLE 1 next year.
Am I in disadvantge for being an old IMG? I finished pediatrics and infectology disease in my country.

Thanks again for all your advices
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hi guys!
I've got a question - so many ppl say that the Kaplan method is less time consuming - for me it seems like watching all those videos would take a lot more time than just go through some books.
Or do you mean just Kaplan LN when you are talking about Kaplan?

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thank you very much this is really helpfull
i prefer kaplan
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we kno vry well the AMG's who do method 2 hav higher pass rates than the IMG's who follow method 1....so,method 2 is indeed superior to method1,rite???....y dont we jus follow d method 2 like d americans and travel in d same boat???
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we kno vry well the AMG's who do method 2 hav higher pass rates than the IMG's who follow method 1....so,method 2 is indeed superior to method1,rite???....y dont we jus follow d method 2 like d americans and travel in d same boat???
US Grads have higher pass rates not because they follow method 2 above. They score higher because their entire medical school is geared toward the USMLE. They spend 2 years at school preparing for step 1 and they spend 2 years working on the CK and CS.

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hi and thank you for your information. but i have a question.
i m in my first read, i started with anatomy and biochemistry. which topic(book) is better for me to read after these, i myself m thinking about pharma or immunology, like to know your suggestion.
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hi and thank you for your information. but i have a question.
i m in my first read, i started with anatomy and biochemistry. which topic(book) is better for me to read after these, i myself m thinking about pharma or immunology, like to know your suggestion.
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i agree wid u sabio...but still we're in direct competition wid US students...i've been imitatin dem since ms1.... readin onli american txts n reviews....feel bit insecure to use somethin diff...
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I can't say enough thank you because your explanation spared me a lot of time and made my preparation way easier

I'm an IMG and I intend to use method 2 + kaplan videos, but still I have 2 questions:
1. is lippincott's too much for biochemistry? because I heard that RR is somewhat lacking some details but at the same time lippincott's has too much details.
2. what about genetics and histology? what review books other than kaplan are mostly used?

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Hello I am currently about to start this long journey of studying for Step 1 and I've been told by friends who have passed it that the Kaplan videos are a waste of time, to just read the Kaplan lecture notes and to do the U-World questions & read the First Aid twice if not more. What do you think about this?
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first, thank you so much for great information, i am an old 2001 IMG (better late than never), am decided now to take USMLE's. i found this forum and would like to have some information about how do i register for the exams, i mean how does the whole process works?

And what method should i take? for preparations?

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Hey StepTaker,

Thank you for the comprehensive plan. I agree with method 2 because it combines the best books from each series (like a league of superheroes).

Unfortunately, it would take forever to go through all those books. For people that need to focus for 2 months, may I recommend a shorter and more powerful plan:

Focus on First Aid - use all the books you recommend as pure support in case there are topics that are not explained (also support with Picmonic and Pathoma which are two pretty new resources that are good supplements)

Instead of trying to go through all those books in 2 months (which is pretty impossible), one can get through First Aid multiple times to remember more high yield facts and have more time for question bank questions.

Focus focus, First Aid and Q bank!
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Hi everyone !
I just started to prepare for USMLE step1..
I think I'll try the second method..
I want to take exam in summer 2014.. I hope 1 year will be enough for me..
Just started Anatomy by HY gross anatomy and kaplan notes + Netter Atlas
But, I am kinda confused if i am on the right way..
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Hi everyone !
I just started to prepare for USMLE step1..
I think I'll try the second method..
I want to take exam in summer 2014.. I hope 1 year will be enough for me..
Just started Anatomy by HY gross anatomy and kaplan notes + Netter Atlas


But, I am kinda confused if i am on the right way..
I am shooting for the same time frame
What I am doing and am satisfied is going both ways since we have time till next summers
Kaplan videos and approach 1
See videos atleast 2 times if u don't understand
Dr fisher for physio basics is awesome
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I am shooting for the same time frame
What I am doing and am satisfied is going both ways since we have time till next summers
Kaplan videos and approach 1
See videos atleast 2 times if u don't understand
Dr fisher for physio basics is awesome
aww.. We gonna do it !
yes, I am looking for Kaplan Videos.. Got some of them on Youtube, but I'd like to have the whole content..
If u've found it, please give me the right link, where i can download..
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Hello everybody!
Hi have Kaplan lecture notes from 2004. Do you think those work, or should I try to get the new ones?

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i have 8 months time ..and how many months shall i spare to read goljan pathology ? 1 month.. or 2 months...
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I'm an IMG, I passed step 3 last week so I am finally done with everything and I wanted to help some people out with their preparation. I got a 199 on Step 1 and at that time passing was 188. All I used was First Aid Step 1 which I read 4 times and I did USMLE World Q Bank 1 and a half times. I studied for 5 months, but I was doing surgery residency at the same time at my home country in Europe. So you can imagine that I did not have too much time to study. Another major problem is that at least 15 points of your score depend on how well you condition yourself for the exam, meaning that you need to be able to last the whole 8 hours without losing too much concentration. Unfortunately I did not know how to do this at the time. Conditioning means doing at lest 2 blocks a day in timed and then reviewing the questions without taking a break, which comes out to be 3-4 hours w/o moving from the chair. Also once a week it is necessary to run the whole exam, meaning the whole 8 hours either through self assessment exams or through regular question blocks. Three components are necessary to pass: knowledge, mental conditioning, English language. You must have all 3! Good luck
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I'm an IMG, I passed step 3 last week so I am finally done with everything and I wanted to help some people out with their preparation. I got a 199 on Step 1 and at that time passing was 188. All I used was First Aid Step 1 which I read 4 times and I did USMLE World Q Bank 1 and a half times. I studied for 5 months, but I was doing surgery residency at the same time at my home country in Europe. So you can imagine that I did not have too much time to study. Another major problem is that at least 15 points of your score depend on how well you condition yourself for the exam, meaning that you need to be able to last the whole 8 hours without losing too much concentration. Unfortunately I did not know how to do this at the time. Conditioning means doing at lest 2 blocks a day in timed and then reviewing the questions without taking a break, which comes out to be 3-4 hours w/o moving from the chair. Also once a week it is necessary to run the whole exam, meaning the whole 8 hours either through self assessment exams or through regular question blocks. Three components are necessary to pass: knowledge, mental conditioning, English language. You must have all 3! Good luck
Congratulations and thanks for the useful tips.
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method 2 is far more better!!! never stick to only 1 publisher for everything!!! btw i m an img

pathology in kaplan really sucks!!! it really misguides!!! Goljan z necessary for patho.... high yield buks are really gud!!! kaplan is only gud bkz of its dvds....
then how does study pathology? what is the ideal method for pathology because i agree that pathology in kaplan sucks... how and where to study goljan from? i am around four months away from my step 1 exam..
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Both of methods are impressive whether it is Kaplan Lecture Notes and various resources. But everyone should choose best practice session. I will go for method two. From your discussion I am clear what I should choose.

As you said method 2 is the best because it has details and has chance to get question appeared commonly. Although method 2 is time consuming, who cares about that if he gets common question. Thank you very much StepTaker. Really awesome experience.
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I don't know and curious to know why people arguing with 2 method as both method is good as I know.But most of us tell method one is very good,So why did they create method two? And my answer is that it is done for our profit if we are not preferable with one method there is alternative so that we could not get a stumble.
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Hi, I'm a 10yr old graduate. Haven't been in touch with the field at all. Finally decided to get back to my career and take the Step Exams. My question is.... Is Kaplan Lecture notes, Pathoma, U World and First Aid enough for the prep OR you suggest I should pick up my text books again for the Step1 prep? Please advise
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There are two major approaches (or let me call them methods) when it comes to what books are needed to prepare for USMLE Step 1.

Method 1 (Kaplan Lecture Notes)

This method is the most common method seen among IMGs and it has been tested to produce high scores throughout the last 5 years or more.
Kaplan Lecture Notes for USMLE Step 1 are 7 books each deals with one or two disciplines: namely (Physiology; Pathology; Microbiology & Immunology; Biochemistry & Genetics; Anatomy, Embryology, & Neuranatomy; Behavioral sciences & Biostatistics; Pharmacology).
So this method entails cramming on these 7 books (+their DVD lectures) and also First Aid for the USMLE Step 1 to backup the preparation.

Advantages:
  • You'll get a compact 7 books to cram and no need to get lost finding the high yield information from other resources.
  • Gives confidence as you are not missing any high yield info.
  • Less time consuming than method 2.
  • Proved successful by many many students in the past.
Disadvantages:
  • Kaplan lecture notes better to be accompanied by the DVD lectures. These lectures are not sold commercially and it's provided only for the students who take the Kaplan course and this is expensive. Of course you can find illegal downloads of these DVDs or from your friends. As for the lecture notes you can buy them from Amazon.
  • Some students (and First Aid authors) believe that relying on a single series to cram step 1 is not a good way, though I disagree with this.

Method 2 (Various Resources)

This method is more popular among American grads (but also increasingly seen among IMGs). It has also proven to be a very effective method of preparation.
It entails looking for the best book in each subject (like for example by following our polls and see what is the best physiology book or the best pathology book and so on).
The current top ranked books that students rely on using this method are:
Of course in each of the subjects ranking changes from time to time but these are the current winners. Note that I did not mention the gross anatomy book because simply I don't know what's the current highest rank reference.

Advantages:
  • You get the best in each.
  • You will cover every little detail that may come in USMLE.
  • Some experts believe that question makers look up these books before they put the MCQs for the USMLE.
Disadvantages:
  • More time consuming than method 1. (almost double the number of pages).
  • Topics might get repeated as for example you may read the sleep stages in BRS physiology and again in High Yield behavioral sciences while in method 1 you'll read topics in one place.

Needless to say, that these two methods are not mutually exclusive, like for example many students (specially Indians) think that Kaplan is great except for it's pathology and neuroanatomy sections. So they supplement method 1 with Goljan pathology (the book, the notes, and/or the audio) and High Yield Neuroanatomy.

Remember that after reading the books you have to do questions and see our Best USMLE step 1 Qbank poll to help you choose.

What is my choice? Method 1.

But for you, The final choice is yours!

i am totally new to USMLE m going to follow method 1 plus patho from goljan
what i want to know is how much minimum duration should b in my mind if m starting it from now?? n when i should regester myself before prepration or after???/
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There are two major approaches (or let me call them methods) when it comes to what books are needed to prepare for USMLE Step 1.

Method 1 (Kaplan Lecture Notes)

This method is the most common method seen among IMGs and it has been tested to produce high scores throughout the last 5 years or more.
Kaplan Lecture Notes for USMLE Step 1 are 7 books each deals with one or two disciplines: namely (Physiology; Pathology; Microbiology & Immunology; Biochemistry & Genetics; Anatomy, Embryology, & Neuranatomy; Behavioral sciences & Biostatistics; Pharmacology).
So this method entails cramming on these 7 books (+their DVD lectures) and also First Aid for the USMLE Step 1 to backup the preparation.

Advantages:
  • You'll get a compact 7 books to cram and no need to get lost finding the high yield information from other resources.
  • Gives confidence as you are not missing any high yield info.
  • Less time consuming than method 2.
  • Proved successful by many many students in the past.
Disadvantages:
  • Kaplan lecture notes better to be accompanied by the DVD lectures. These lectures are not sold commercially and it's provided only for the students who take the Kaplan course and this is expensive. Of course you can find illegal downloads of these DVDs or from your friends. As for the lecture notes you can buy them from Amazon.
  • Some students (and First Aid authors) believe that relying on a single series to cram step 1 is not a good way, though I disagree with this.

Method 2 (Various Resources)

This method is more popular among American grads (but also increasingly seen among IMGs). It has also proven to be a very effective method of preparation.
It entails looking for the best book in each subject (like for example by following our polls and see what is the best physiology book or the best pathology book and so on).
The current top ranked books that students rely on using this method are:
Of course in each of the subjects ranking changes from time to time but these are the current winners. Note that I did not mention the gross anatomy book because simply I don't know what's the current highest rank reference.

Advantages:
  • You get the best in each.
  • You will cover every little detail that may come in USMLE.
  • Some experts believe that question makers look up these books before they put the MCQs for the USMLE.
Disadvantages:
  • More time consuming than method 1. (almost double the number of pages).
  • Topics might get repeated as for example you may read the sleep stages in BRS physiology and again in High Yield behavioral sciences while in method 1 you'll read topics in one place.

Needless to say, that these two methods are not mutually exclusive, like for example many students (specially Indians) think that Kaplan is great except for it's pathology and neuroanatomy sections. So they supplement method 1 with Goljan pathology (the book, the notes, and/or the audio) and High Yield Neuroanatomy.

Remember that after reading the books you have to do questions and see our Best USMLE step 1 Qbank poll to help you choose.

What is my choice? Method 1.

But for you, The final choice is yours!

i am totally new to USMLE m going to follow method 1 plus patho from goljan
what i want to know is how much minimum duration should b in my mind if m starting it from now?? n when i should regester myself before prepration or after???/
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Is it possible to write the step 1 in third year in six months? with all the clinics and classes and stuff? I want to do well since it's a one time thing. And someone basically told me that 6-7 hours in a day won't be sufficient and I would have to leave everything else in order to be able to write it in september!

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Method 1 to the world!
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hello eveyone,
im new in this forum ..i hv need youe suggestions and guidence .

i hv exam in dec 2016..but now i m forgettig what i hv studied .. i do revise it again again . so wat shud i do ?
do im able to give exam ??
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What about pathoma. I am hearing alot about this book these days
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Hello I am new here. I graduated as MBBS from Pakistan in 2013 then passed exam of Fcps part one exam in general surgery in Pakistan in 2015 for which I studied Brs physiology,Brs pathology,first aid usmle 2013,snell review anatomy,high yield embryology.so all of this somehow similar to prep books in step1.so how long will I take for prep?one more question.to muslim graduates.is it allowed to wear face veil in training program in USA.i didn't see any law in USA of ban on face veil but what are hospital policies.thanks
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Very helpful information.
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This information is really what i want to read for a last 2 days/
I decided to pass this exam and i understand that i will spend a lot of time!(first of all to understand this in english because i am from another country////
Now i know what books i should buy to prepare!
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