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I am a final year student, need sum guidance..
kindly tell me how should I proceed for USMLE, I didn't give step 1 exam yet..
Should I go for step 2 without step 1 immediately after my final yr examz...???
or 1st I have to prepare for step 1..?? and how to adjust timing..??
and iz there any role of electives in USA medicine school during my final yr..?? should I apply for that..??

Waiting for ur replies..
 

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Welcome to USMLE Forums!

There are different approaches for taking the USMLE.

Some prefer starting with Step 1 and some prefer starting with Step 2 CK.

Have a look at this poll
http://www.usmle-forums.com/general-topics-recommended-threads/1223-step-take-first.html

As far as time adjustment and study plans please look at our
Recommended USMLE Step 1 Threads
There you can see good study plans and time needed for Step 1

As for the electives, yes you can do electives in USA before your graduation
Have a look at our dedicated Clerkships Forum
 

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hi there

just to add.

a friend of mine already in the US said letter of recommendations are given out fairly easily to elective students compared to observerships or externships students. so i strongly recommend u do ur electives before u graduate.

some places for electives require u to have taken ur step 1 n some don't. but if they do , then take ur step 1 first. it might take u 10 months to a yr to prepare. but its worthwhile postponing ur graduation a little just so u can do ur electives. because once u have done ur electives n ur step 1, u can take ur step 2 next yr n follow in the MATCH for 2012!! :) plus u will have higher chances of getting matched as u will have great LORs. LORs are very very important as far as i've been told. u need at least 4.
 

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LOR stands for LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION
 

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to kabutars n sparkle

pls read the link about LORs. Very very important if u want to get into a good residency program, ur choice of program n in the cream spots. :)
 

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thx

pls read the link about LORs. Very very important if u want to get into a good residency program, ur choice of program n in the cream spots. :)
hey thanks for the concern:happy:
 
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