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Hi Everyone,

I've listed out some basic facts about my situation as an international medical student, and how I plan on studying for the USMLE Step 1. Could someone please take a look at it and tell me if it sounds reasonable, or better still, make any suggestions as to how I can improve upon it? This includes unreasonable study schedules, and unnecessary books!

Country of Study: England
Current Year: 2nd of a 6 year course
Planned USMLE 1 Test Date: September 2013
Desired USMLE 1 Score: 250
Allocated Study Time: 2-3h a day on average during term time, 10h+ during summers and just before exam

Books/Resources I Plan On Using:

  1. Kaplan Lecture Notes + DVDs
  2. First Aid for the USMLE Step 1
  3. Rapid Review Pathology by Goljan (is this the 500 pg version?) + Goljan Audio
  4. BRS Physiology
  5. LANGE Review of Medical Microbiology & Immunology
  6. Lippincott's Illustrated Reviews: Pharmacology
  7. HY Neuroanatomy
  8. HY Behavioral Science
  9. HY Biostatistics
  10. HY Embryology
  11. Kaplan Q Book
  12. USMLE World QBank (3 month subscription)
  13. Kaplan QBank (1 month subscription)

Study Timeline:
My schedule is not ideal because I have to balance normal term time work with the studying, but then again, there's nothing I can do about that is there?

Now - Mid 2012:
- Read/Watch/Listen to Kaplan Books + DVDs, highlighting important points
- Work through associated sections in Kaplan Q Book

Mid 2012:
- Work through Kaplan Online QBank for 1 Month

Mid 2012 to Jan 2013:

Read through the following books, focusing on areas which were weak based on assessment from Kaplan Online QBank:

  • BRS Physiology
  • LANGE Review of Medical Microbiology & Immunology
  • Lippincott's Illustrated Reviews: Pharmacology
  • HY Neuroanatomy
  • HY Behavioural Science
  • HY Biostatistics
  • HY Embryology
Feb - July 2013:
- Goljan Rapid Review Pathology + Audio

July 2013 (12h study a day):
- USMLE World + First Aid

August 2013 - Week before Exam (4-5h study a day, this is term time):
- NBME Forms + First Aid

Last Week (Sometime in September):
- First Aid Book Re-Reading ONLY

Many thanks to you all!
 

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Great study plan guy :) nearly the same as my plan and u can say that i have the same circumstances as i am still med student studying at the same 6 years system and just started preparations, also i have the same long plan but may be i would take the exam a bit earlier..so i'd be happy if we communicate and do it together :)
 

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Great study plan guy :) nearly the same as my plan and u can say that i have the same circumstances as i am still med student studying at the same 6 years system and just started preparations,also i have the same long plan but may be i would take the exam a bit earlier..so i'd be happy if we communicate and do it together :)
Sounds great! It'd be great if we share tips on how to study for the exam!
 

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hi

It is OK, see ur USMLE Forums inbox to arrange for that
hey, would you be interested to become my study partner? i'm also still a med student and i'm thinking of taking step 1 in march/april 2012..maybe we can make study plans together? i'll send u a msg !
 

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best of luck!!

sounds great! best of luck and can I just say that the best thing that happens to all of us who start studying for steps is this forum! coming here and exchanging tips etc helps alot.
 

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Hey...just wondering how you guys have found it and the studying plan...i go to a five year program and am in currently second year. My program ,however, is non-traditional and therefore we learn basic sciences till year 4...so ill probs write it in 2016...any advice though on any good resources or what you found out from the process
 
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