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Hello everybody,

I cannot believe that after dreading this exam for so long, it is finally over!! Quite a few people have been asking me about the exam , so I will try my best to describe my experience

First a little about me: I just recently gave my final exam and passed but as I have not yet gotten my diploma, I'm not sure whether this makes me a graduate or a student. I refer to myself as a "pseudo graduate".

Time taken to prepare for the exam: Around 2 months, give or take a few days. I realize this is longer than most people but I had final exams and electives during this time, so I was unable to study full time.

Materials used: First Aid 4th edition
Kaplan core cases (read it just once near the end and didn't find it useful)

How I studied: I have never been the type of person who can study with others. Therefore I did not have a study partner. I did not practice the cases with anybody, neither did I practice examinations on friends or family. I realize this is not what most people do, but hey, everybody has their own methods. I read First Aid from cover to cover about 4 or 5 times. I just wanted to read it enough times, such that I should know all the points to be asked by heart. I read both mini-cases and the 44 cases. In the second read, I got bored of the mini-cases so I just wrote down the differential diagnoses and the workups in a notebook, and would refer to that notebook instead of doing the mini-cases. Also, I do not like mnemonics, so I did not use those either. In the last 2 weeks or so before my exam, I would just practice typing the patient notes on the sample patient note software on usmle.org and try fitting in my note in the lines allowed. Also I would time myself during that time.

How the exam went: It went by so quickly!!! First Aid is THE book to use for this exam. However, there were a few cases in which I was unable to think of any differentials, so that was a little weird for me. The SPs were very professional. I found that I had plenty of time to finish every encounter, and also to write my patient note. I forgot to do a few things in a few encounters, but I guess they don't expect us to remember everything (hopefully!). I gave my exam in the Chicago center. It was very easy to find and the proctors were very helpful. I took a lot of food with me (I had the most in the whole room!!) but the breaks just fly by (or so I felt). I came out of the center not really knowing how I had performed. I still don't know what I did in there.

Now I would like all of you to do: pray for me........please?
A lot of people recommended that I postpone my exam (as they had done themselves) but as I'm always in a huge hurry to achieve all my goals, I went ahead with it. I hope we all pass with all stars iA!!

Good luck to all of you.

May we all get an awesome score report iA!!
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