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This one is for all the moms who r preparing for step 1. Studying with a kid is not an easy task. I am an IMG and I started preparing for step 1 when my daughter was just 8 months old. As both my parents and inlaws are working I couldn't get much help. So enrolled my kid in a playschool for 5 hours and studied during that time and whenever she sleeps. My husband was also preparing with me but he worked from 8 to 4 and could hardly study after that. Then he took leave for last two months (feb and mar) and both of us gave exam on march 31st. Received our scores two days back.

Me 255 and he 254. Needless to say we r excited...

Materials used:
Myself- Kaplan notes for biochemistry, micro, immuno, pharm, behavioural sciences, physiology
Pathoma lectures twice and text once
First aid- thrice
Uworld- first pass 77% ,
Second pass could do only 60% of the questions and overall 89%.
I also went through FA and Kaplan qbanks fast just to practice questions. Didn't read explanations.

Himself: just FA twice, uworld once, and pathoma just lectures once. (He did not get time to read text and other stuffs like I did).

Nbme 13(8 weeks out)- 245
Uwsa 1 (4 weeks out)- 247
Nbme 15 (3 weeks out)- 249
(Couldn't do more nbme due to more leave from my daughter's school in the last weeks.)

All self paced as I never got 4.5 hrs at a stretch coz of my kid. ( I felt real exam very tough coz of inadequate practice) I strongly encourage you to practice well as the exam is very long and tiring as u know.

Himself:
Uwsa 2 (4 weeks out)- 256
Nbme 16 (2 weeks out)- 243
He was freaking out (as both us aimed for a 250+) and went through pathoma lectures for the first time and FA second time only after that.

Exam day:
I hardly slept the night before. I had just 3 hours of sleep. Surprisingly I didn't feel tired the next day. I was tensed during first two blocks and didn't manage time well. Then i was so completely into the exam.
The exam was way tougher than I expected. If I think I knew everything about cystic fibrosis, I am wrong! They r asking weird things and other stuffs which is not in FA or uworld. I got many trickier questions. Just made a good guess and moved on.
I felt very bad coming out of the exam hall feeling I didn't do well. My husband was the one who assured me that however tough the exam is we will get the scores we deserve. And it happened.
All the best to u all and especially to all the moms out there.
 

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This one is for all the moms who r preparing for step 1. Studying with a kid is not an easy task. I am an IMG and I started preparing for step 1 when my daughter was just 8 months old. As both my parents and inlaws are working I couldn't get much help. So enrolled my kid in a playschool for 5 hours and studied during that time and whenever she sleeps. My husband was also preparing with me but he worked from 8 to 4 and could hardly study after that. Then he took leave for last two months (feb and mar) and both of us gave exam on march 31st. Received our scores two days back.

Me 255 and he 254. Needless to say we r excited...

Materials used:
Myself- Kaplan notes for biochemistry, micro, immuno, pharm, behavioural sciences, physiology
Pathoma lectures twice and text once
First aid- thrice
Uworld- first pass 77% ,
Second pass could do only 60% of the questions and overall 89%.
I also went through FA and Kaplan qbanks fast just to practice questions. Didn't read explanations.

Himself: just FA twice, uworld once, and pathoma just lectures once. (He did not get time to read text and other stuffs like I did).

Nbme 13(8 weeks out)- 245
Uwsa 1 (4 weeks out)- 247
Nbme 15 (3 weeks out)- 249
(Couldn't do more nbme due to more leave from my daughter's school in the last weeks.)

All self paced as I never got 4.5 hrs at a stretch coz of my kid. ( I felt real exam very tough coz of inadequate practice) I strongly encourage you to practice well as the exam is very long and tiring as u know.

Himself:
Uwsa 2 (4 weeks out)- 256
Nbme 16 (2 weeks out)- 243
He was freaking out (as both us aimed for a 250+) and went through pathoma lectures for the first time and FA second time only after that.

Exam day:
I hardly slept the night before. I had just 3 hours of sleep. Surprisingly I didn't feel tired the next day. I was tensed during first two blocks and didn't manage time well. Then i was so completely into the exam.
The exam was way tougher than I expected. If I think I knew everything about cystic fibrosis, I am wrong! They r asking weird things and other stuffs which is not in FA or uworld. I got many trickier questions. Just made a good guess and moved on.
I felt very bad coming out of the exam hall feeling I didn't do well. My husband was the one who assured me that however tough the exam is we will get the scores we deserve. And it happened.
All the best to u all and especially to all the moms out there.
Congrats on the gr8 score both of u!Srly it's a big achievement seeing that u've got a kid to take care of!(I mean all I've to take care of is myself & yet I can't manage my time:p:rolleyes:).All the best to both of u for the next steps:) Any tips regarding the exam?I mean if u cld go back & make changes in ur prep is thr smth u wld do?
 

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This one is for all the moms who r preparing for step 1. Studying with a kid is not an easy task. I am an IMG and I started preparing for step 1 when my daughter was just 8 months old. As both my parents and inlaws are working I couldn't get much help. So enrolled my kid in a playschool for 5 hours and studied during that time and whenever she sleeps. My husband was also preparing with me but he worked from 8 to 4 and could hardly study after that. Then he took leave for last two months (feb and mar) and both of us gave exam on march 31st. Received our scores two days back.

Me 255 and he 254. Needless to say we r excited...

Materials used:
Myself- Kaplan notes for biochemistry, micro, immuno, pharm, behavioural sciences, physiology
Pathoma lectures twice and text once
First aid- thrice
Uworld- first pass 77% ,
Second pass could do only 60% of the questions and overall 89%.
I also went through FA and Kaplan qbanks fast just to practice questions. Didn't read explanations.

Himself: just FA twice, uworld once, and pathoma just lectures once. (He did not get time to read text and other stuffs like I did).

Nbme 13(8 weeks out)- 245
Uwsa 1 (4 weeks out)- 247
Nbme 15 (3 weeks out)- 249
(Couldn't do more nbme due to more leave from my daughter's school in the last weeks.)

All self paced as I never got 4.5 hrs at a stretch coz of my kid. ( I felt real exam very tough coz of inadequate practice) I strongly encourage you to practice well as the exam is very long and tiring as u know.

Himself:
Uwsa 2 (4 weeks out)- 256
Nbme 16 (2 weeks out)- 243
He was freaking out (as both us aimed for a 250+) and went through pathoma lectures for the first time and FA second time only after that.

Exam day:
I hardly slept the night before. I had just 3 hours of sleep. Surprisingly I didn't feel tired the next day. I was tensed during first two blocks and didn't manage time well. Then i was so completely into the exam.
The exam was way tougher than I expected. If I think I knew everything about cystic fibrosis, I am wrong! They r asking weird things and other stuffs which is not in FA or uworld. I got many trickier questions. Just made a good guess and moved on.
I felt very bad coming out of the exam hall feeling I didn't do well. My husband was the one who assured me that however tough the exam is we will get the scores we deserve. And it happened.
All the best to u all and especially to all the moms out there.
Congrats. Can you tell us when did you graduate?
 

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hey

congratulations on your great score
so is Firstaid (4 times) and uw (2 times) enough for step 1?
cause i really dont have alot of time left.
thank you :)
 

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Congrats on the gr8 score both of u!Srly it's a big achievement seeing that u've got a kid to take care of!(I mean all I've to take care of is myself & yet I can't manage my time:p:rolleyes:).All the best to both of u for the next steps:) Any tips regarding the exam?I mean if u cld go back & make changes in ur prep is thr smth u wld do?
Hi, thank u. As i said already i didnt practice enough for the exam. Definitely i wanted to do more NBMEs but unfortunately couldnt. Couldnt manage time well in exam coz i always did my nbmes in self paced mode. I was actually figuring out how to manage time and deal with the toughness and intricate details of the exam in the first two blocks. Took a break after two blocks and composed myself and went back again. I would definitely work more on it for CK as i dont want to be like this.
 

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Hi, graduated in 2009. I am done with my anesthesia residency in India. Always wanted to do Usmle. Now going for it:)
I applause you. Your story is a true inspiration. I am mom of a 2 years old. I graduated in 2008 in West Africa, did pediatrics residency, came in US in 2013 to join my husband. I had to learn English cause I am from a French speaking country. I am preparing for step1.Hope to take it this July. It is hard, especially with a baby, but your story give me confidence and hope.

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congratulations on your great score
so is Firstaid (4 times) and uw (2 times) enough for step 1?
cause i really dont have alot of time left.
thank you :)
It has to be enough coz many have scored 250+ with FA and uworld alone. My husband did only FA(twice) and Uworld(once) plus pathoma lectures. He has got 254. Dont worry about questions which r not in FA or uworld. i have missed so many questions which is actually in FA. Just couldnt remember or was given in brackets/labels in FA or couldnt apply the concept. If u have read 4 times, u should be able to do it. All the best
 

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It has to be enough coz many have scored 250+ with FA and uworld alone. My husband did only FA(twice) and Uworld(once) plus pathoma lectures. He has got 254. Dont worry about questions which r not in FA or uworld. i have missed so many questions which is actually in FA. Just couldnt remember or was given in brackets/labels in FA or couldnt apply the concept. If u have read 4 times, u should be able to do it. All the best
thank you so much for your reply.!! i really appreciate it. But just one last question, i havent done pathoma or anything else, did read the ethics 100 questions,
so you think with FA and uworld I am good to go?

Thank you again :)
 

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I applause you. Your story is a true inspiration. I am mom of a 2 years old. I graduated in 2008 in West Africa, did pediatrics residency, came in US in 2013 to join my husband. I had to learn English cause I am from a French speaking country. I am preparing for step1.Hope to take it this July. It is hard, especially with a baby, but your story give me confidence and hope.

Thank you
Yeah.. U can do it. All the best:)
 

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Hi, thank u. As i said already i didnt practice enough for the exam. Definitely i wanted to do more NBMEs but unfortunately couldnt. Couldnt manage time well in exam coz i always did my nbmes in self paced mode. I was actually figuring out how to manage time and deal with the toughness and intricate details of the exam in the first two blocks. Took a break after two blocks and composed myself and went back again. I would definitely work more on it for CK as i dont want to be like this.
Oh yes...that's smth i shd work on!Thanks :)
And concerning anat...do u think FA & Kaplan is enough?Or were thr stuff out of these sources?
 

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thank you so much for your reply.!! i really appreciate it. But just one last question, i havent done pathoma or anything else, did read the ethics 100 questions,
so you think with FA and uworld I am good to go?

Thank you again :)
As i said already, it has to be enough as many has got a good score with only these two materials. But personally i would advice you to go for pathoma if you have enough time as the lecture is just awesome. Even my husband was not ready to read pathoma but i persuaded him to listen to the lectures. He did it fast by increasing the speed. But dont stress yourself by thinking about the material u havent read. Almost all the information required to get a good score is there in FA and uworld. Dont worry about the questions that show up in exam which is not there. Its not gonna be there in other materials too. All the best.
 

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I read only FA and uworld. Not even kaplan. Believe me, i got a star in my score report for anatomy:)
Wow,thats awesome!:DBut i guess u must already have had that knowledge cuz u completed residency in anesthesia...?But anyways,i'll try to learn at least whatever is thr in these 2 sources...thank u so much!:)
 

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As i said already, it has to be enough as many has got a good score with only these two materials. But personally i would advice you to go for pathoma if you have enough time as the lecture is just awesome. Even my husband was not ready to read pathoma but i persuaded him to listen to the lectures. He did it fast by increasing the speed. But dont stress yourself by thinking about the material u havent read. Almost all the information required to get a good score is there in FA and uworld. Dont worry about the questions that show up in exam which is not there. Its not gonna be there in other materials too. All the best.
Thank you so much.!!
All the Best to you and your husband too. :)
 

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this is such an inspiring story. I took step 1 a bit earlier than you guys and I'm grateful that my score was also in the 250's. Congrats and kudos for being a mom and killing step 1 and kudos for your supportive husband
 
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This one is for all the moms who r preparing for step 1. Studying with a kid is not an easy task. I am an IMG and I started preparing for step 1 when my daughter was just 8 months old. As both my parents and inlaws are working I couldn't get much help. So enrolled my kid in a playschool for 5 hours and studied during that time and whenever she sleeps. My husband was also preparing with me but he worked from 8 to 4 and could hardly study after that. Then he took leave for last two months (feb and mar) and both of us gave exam on march 31st. Received our scores two days back.

Me 255 and he 254. Needless to say we r excited...

Materials used:
Myself- Kaplan notes for biochemistry, micro, immuno, pharm, behavioural sciences, physiology
Pathoma lectures twice and text once
First aid- thrice
Uworld- first pass 77% ,
Second pass could do only 60% of the questions and overall 89%.
I also went through FA and Kaplan qbanks fast just to practice questions. Didn't read explanations.

Himself: just FA twice, uworld once, and pathoma just lectures once. (He did not get time to read text and other stuffs like I did).

Nbme 13(8 weeks out)- 245
Uwsa 1 (4 weeks out)- 247
Nbme 15 (3 weeks out)- 249
(Couldn't do more nbme due to more leave from my daughter's school in the last weeks.)

All self paced as I never got 4.5 hrs at a stretch coz of my kid. ( I felt real exam very tough coz of inadequate practice) I strongly encourage you to practice well as the exam is very long and tiring as u know.

Himself:
Uwsa 2 (4 weeks out)- 256
Nbme 16 (2 weeks out)- 243
He was freaking out (as both us aimed for a 250+) and went through pathoma lectures for the first time and FA second time only after that.

Exam day:
I hardly slept the night before. I had just 3 hours of sleep. Surprisingly I didn't feel tired the next day. I was tensed during first two blocks and didn't manage time well. Then i was so completely into the exam.
The exam was way tougher than I expected. If I think I knew everything about cystic fibrosis, I am wrong! They r asking weird things and other stuffs which is not in FA or uworld. I got many trickier questions. Just made a good guess and moved on.
I felt very bad coming out of the exam hall feeling I didn't do well. My husband was the one who assured me that however tough the exam is we will get the scores we deserve. And it happened.
All the best to u all and especially to all the moms out there.
Congrats to both of you. approximately how many months did you study altogether??
 
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