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Congthink moations for your high score >>> U deserve it :)

1-I wak you is there any material or informationKaplan lecturrsthe exam was outside the FA or Uworld ?

2-do you recommend watching kaplan videos for micro ,because i nearly ended micro by reading microbiology made ridiculously simple ?

Thanks in advance doctor :)
Hey, thanks a bunch... i think fa and uworld had most of it one way or another. Micro from fa is the best tool in my opinion... Kaplan lectures r good in the sense that when you listen you tend to retain more, other than that i think since theres osnt much to understand in micro( other than virology principles and basics of bacteriology) so ul be fine with fa and uworld... But if ur looking for that extra edge id say do kaplan then
 

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hi Barcaboy congo on ur step 1 score..amazing
Have few questions,
I did 4 months of all kaplan videos and lecture notes except neuroanat.Even though i did it for 4 months...not good enough .
then i started on uworld.I never knew that i should do uworld qbank in random timed mode and within a week i exhausted 100 biochem questions.So after that i did 3 blocks random timed and i understood my prep is not good as i got 45 to 55% in randomed timed mode.I thought i should get more clearer concepts and now back to kaplan notes with offline kaplan questions and reading 15 u world questions/day.I am actually kinda stuck with my prep and confused.Can just tell me how to proceed to next level ahould i read kaplan and videos once again or go ahead with questions?
 

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hi Barcaboy congo on ur step 1 score..amazing
Have few quesns,
I did 4 months of all kaplan videos and lecture notes except neuroanat.Even though i did it for 4 months...not good enough .
then i started on uworld.I never knew that i should do uworld qbank in random timed mode and within a week i exhausted 100 biochem questions.So after that i did 3 blocks random timed and i understood my prep is not good as i got 45 to 55% in randomed timed mode.I thought i should get more clearer concepts and now back to kaplan notes with offline kaplan questions and reading 15 u world questions/day.I am actually kinda stuck with my prep and confused.Can just tell me how to proceed to next level ahould i read kaplan and videos once again or go ahead with questions?
Thanks alot buddy.... For one i would say just relax and stay motivated... if u think u did ur kaplans properly there is no point going back to them but if you have timevon ur hands u can perhaps do that... And as far as uworld goes it doesn't matter what scores u get, what matters is hoe much you learn from it, try to build your concepts word by word from uworld.. Ur scores will continue to rise as you learn more and more... Good luck
 

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Thanks alot buddy.... For one i would say just relax and stay motivated... if u think u did ur kaplans properly there is no point going back to them but if you have timevon ur hands u can perhaps do that... And as far as uworld goes it doesn't matter what scores u get, what matters is hoe much you learn from it, try to build your concepts word by word from uworld.. Ur scores will continue to rise as you learn more and more... Good luck
Thank you..and how many months before did u book your exam?..i am still not done with it..
 

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Congrats alot ...
very well deserved:)
i have a few questions ..
i have done my first read of kaplan notes along with videos .. although dont have grapped much
I saw some what less videos for micro n BS .. is it enugh?
than i started doing sec read cmpleted my anatomy n physio .. ALHUMDULILAH .. i did uworld n some what kaplan quedtion along with it subject wise .. i was able to answer some of the mcqs ..i m doing u world in book form..
can u guide me further what subject i shd startnxt n in how many days shd i complete it ?n move on which further subject?
What is usmle Rx and uswa ? Did u did DIT? Is i helpful?
i havent given a single read to FA can u guide me when shd i start it ? N when shd i give Nbmes ?
N there is more quedtion i havent started application process shd i start it now .. i have plan to give it in jan /feb/ march ?
Kindly help me on it .. bit moving haphazard thats creating anxiety .. so i need help .. will be thankful ..:)
once again great work ..
 

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@ barcaboy

Question:
1. How often did you repeat the subjects...

2. for example did you do Physio and in the evenings in bed you quickly went over another subject such as Sphingolipidoses in biochemistry or anything else you did weeks before.
I am currently doing Genetics but every evening I walk through my room going through Glycolisis and TCA in my head... I feel it is all about repetition
 

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Thank you..and how many months before did u book your exam?..i am still done with it..
I started the application process about 3 months before i sat for it... Booked it a month before... Dates are usually not a big issue but perhaps it might vary depending on your geographic location... Thanks
 

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Congrats alot ...
very well deserved:)
i have a few questions ..
i have done my first read of kaplan notes along with videos .. although dont have grapped much
I saw some what less videos for micro n BS .. is it enugh?
than i started doing sec read cmpleted my anatomy n physio .. ALHUMDULILAH .. i did uworld n some what kaplan quedtion along with it subject wise .. i was able to answer some of the mcqs ..i m doing u world in book form..
can u guide me further what subject i shd startnxt n in how many days shd i complete it ?n move on which further subject?
What is usmle Rx and uswa ? Did u did DIT? Is i helpful?
i havent given a single read to FA can u guide me when shd i start it ? N when shd i give Nbmes ?
N there is more quedtion i havent started application process shd i start it now .. i have plan to give it in jan /feb/ march ?
Kindly help me on it .. bit moving haphazard thats creating anxiety .. so i need help .. will be thankful ..:)
once again great work ..
Hi doc, thanks alot for your kind words... I think ur going fine with ur prep... The more u relax n not be anxious the better ul learn.. I usually recommend friends to do biochem physio anat first and then move to morr clinical stuff likebpharma micro n patho... I cant really say how much time cos that depends on ur timing and all but il assured you that whatever time you spend as long as you understand stuff it l all be worth it.. Usmle rx is a qbank made by fa authors, people say it helps consolidate fa plus if u do it it increaes ur question pool and hence makes ur concepts stronger since many similar questions are repeated with different wording in all qbanks... Uwsa is a practice test administered by the uworld authors. U can find it on their website along with the complete qbank... Just like the nbme it helps predict scores butva general consensus is that it overpredicts but individual experiences vary... I did not review DIT so im not the best person to comment on it although ive heard it helps... Regarding nbmes i recommend doing all close to ur exam with a space of a week or so in each to gauge ur prep, they r expensive but in my opinion totally worth it... Fa i would say u shud try doing it along with kaplans so u make ur photographic memory on fa n not kaplans when ur making ur initial concepts.. Please try to review some of the above posts incase ive missed out anything... Most importantly thing big of urself n study calmly, ul do just fine, whatever tool u use make it count...
 

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@ barcaboy

Question:
1. How often did you repeat the subjects...

2. for example did you do Physio and in the evenings in bed you quickly went over another subject such as Sphihelpful cipidoses in biochemistry or anything else you did weeks before.
I am currently doing Genetics but every evening I walk through my room going through Glycolisis and TCA in my head... I feel it is all about repetition
I personally did not follow such a strategy cos i thought it would leave me confused a bit at times. But if it works for you then its perfect, stick to it n stay confident, integrative study can be help considering how integrative the exam is, but i left that to fa to deal with... Good luck!!
 

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Hello people...i am an img graduated in december 2012..below I'm going to briefly mention my step 1 journey..hope it helps.

I started in feb 2013...first 2 months I went over Kaplan lecture notes and videos except for patho for which I did pathoma...I made sure I understood each and everything in the video lectures...although I kept forgetting stuff I was quick to realize that the exam was mostly about concepts so I moved on...next 2 months I read Kaplan notes and pathoma without the videos..to further enhance my concepts I did usmle Rx subject wise after each subject I read...

I then gave first aid a read in 14 days. Next 10 days till the end of June I did Kaplan q bank. I basically ran through it and managed to get around 40-50% of it done...

in July I started uworld and managed to get it done in 22 days (78% aggregate) and made annotations off it on my fa... After uworld I gave nbme 11 and scored 252...gave another read of fa in 12 days and read genetics from Kaplan and saw neuro videos again after which I gave nbme 12 and scored 252...I went through some of my uworld again in next 8 days after which I gave nbme 7 and got 257 and uwsa 1 and got 263 both on the same day...gave a 3rd read of fa in 6 days and gave nbme 13 ( 257) and uwsa2 ( more than 265) after that on the same day. Next day I gave nbme 15 and scored 257 again ( lol I know I was super consistent in my nbmes)...last 3 days I just went over fa high yield topics or concepts that i thought needed reinforcement...the day before my exam I just relaxed mostly, watched some football, went out with a friend to get some snacks...I tried to sleep early but i couldnt sleep properly due to the expected anxiety . Had a 6 7 hour sleep in pieces.

Exam was trickier than most nbmes but doable. I marked any question I had a doubt on so I ended up marking 20 to 25 a block....I thought genetics and behavioral sciences had more wtf type questions but genetics was solvable if one had done their kaplans right...the rest all subjects were fair game...

Timeline:

Nbme 11 ( 5 weeks out) : 252
Nbme 12 ( 3 weeks out) : 252
Nbme 7 ( 2 weeks out): 257 and uwsa1: 263
Nbme 13 ( 1 week out): 257 and uwsa2: >265
Nbme 15: (6 days out): 257
Usmle step 1: 267

I know I leveled up from my nbmes but I owe it mostly to the fact that in the exam I was much more focused and perhaps the pressure got the best out of me....
my advice to anyone looking ahead to tame this beast would be to simply make concepts from whatever tools you decide to use for your prep. I think kaplan video lectures do that job in the best possible manner and then you have fa which gives you all you need to know for the exam but without the concepts , so I would recommend doing lectures. I know some would argue that uworld does a fine job in making you understand conceptual stuff but the problem is that while the kaplans give u everything in sequence the qbanks albeit awesome study tools don't give u things in a proper sequence which leaves u a bit confused at the end of the day since the exam content is so vast...just my opinion. However doing as many questions as possible is also key since they help reinforce stuff over and over again and in different scenarios. VERY IMPORTANT!!!!

I tried not to write a whole notebook,lol, so if anyone has any specific questions regarding the prep material or anything I would be glad to help out to my best ability...many people will tell you many different ways to go by your prep but as doctors its a part of our training to use our own judgment as to what's best at the end of the day.

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congrates for mighty score
just confuse about micro, read it frm kaplan once,,,,nw dnt wana repeat it eventhough i dnt remember anything,,,is fa enough??hw much micro did u get in exam and difficulty level like mechanisms of resistance,viruses,fungi,helminths?
 

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Hi congrts on great score
currently doing uw subjectwise
done with patho and biochem
patho -90%
biochem-85%
cumultive -89%
do i need to do another q bank
 

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Congrats for the amazing score! :)
I wanted to ask u..I plan to do 2 nbme forms..which 2 would u recommend?
Also, what resources did u use for imaging/ histology slides etc? Were there many questions on these?
Best of luck for rest of the steps :)
 

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congrates for mighty score
just confuse about micro, read it frm kaplan once,,,,nw dnt wana repeat it eventhough i dnt remember anything,,,is fa enough??hw much micro did u get in exam and difficulty level like mechanisms of resistance,viruses,fungi,helminths?
Thanks alot my friend. Remembering is not that important, if u think u understood it well from kaplan i would say just move on to fa since it covers almost everything of micro that most people get in the exam, same was the case for me although i cant comment on the specifics of the exam that accurately but i think i had a fair share of micro, but every examee has different experiences, so know ur micro well, fa is great!! All the best
 

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Hi congrts on great score
currently doing uw subjectwise
done with patho and biochem
patho -90%
biochem-85%
cumultive -89%
do i need to do another q bank
Very strong scores i must say, perhaps ur concepts are sound so in my opinion an extra q bank wont add much in your case. Go with an nbme to see where you stand.. Good luck friend...
 

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Good Score .. Congrats

Can you tell us about your Study Techniques ?

All the Best for your next exams .. THANKS
Thanks alot dr. David.. Please refer to my first post, it should precisely answer your question.. If you have any other specific question id be glad to help out..
 

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Congrats for the amazing score! :)
I wanted to ask u..I plan to do 2 nbme forms..which 2 would u recommend?
Also, what resources did u use for imaging/ histology slides etc? Were there many questions on these?
Best of luck for rest of the steps :)
Hello drglo, thanks alot... If ur going only for 2, i strongly recommend 13 and 15...i am not going to go talking abt predictive values cos that just varies from exam to exam for ppl, but these 2 i thought were more similar to the actual exam as far as the format of questions goes since perhaps these are the latest. Did not use any other resources for these than the above mentioned... U do get questions but I've heard ppl getting only 3 to 4 to as much as 10-15 on these...
Good luck :)
 

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Do you think FA in enough for Immunology?
I think if u had time on ur hand KLNs would be great to do since fav doesn't explain certain underlying principles which it assumes you to know... But fa plus uworld is not a bad combo either for immuno if u think ur baseline immuno concepts are not negligible and you don't have much time..
 

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Hey thanks barcaboy ... For ur kind advices .. i will really follow that .. but i have question i havent applied yet for the date in ur opinoin shd i sumit my application if i m thinking for jan /feb/march ... ? N secondly after my second read i shd start with u world n nbmes ? Is pathoma really good for pathology .. bcuz i hate kaplan for patho ... N i started goljan culd only do general patho portion frm that ...
 
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