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I'll make this brief, as it's late, and I have classes early tomorrow.

My name is Juan José Sánchez Ramírez, and I'm an international medical student from Costa Rica. You'll probably see me around a lot the next few weeks and months.

My brother is a Psychiatry resident in Minneapolis, and I wish to study Internal Medicine in the US, also in Minneapolis.

As a matter of occurrence, it seems as though I have nothing to do from June to December 2012. My clinical rotations are throughout 2013.

I thought I'd take advantage of the gap in school to take my the Step 1. In fact, I've already signed up for Kaplan Deluxe program with 7 weeks of live lectures and 4 months of Kaplan Center, and I've already bought the First Aid and the Med Essentials.

Please help me. I'm kind of at a loss here. When should I start studying? How do I plan my studying schedule? When should I do the exam? What else do I have to do, including the ECFMG? What advise does anyone who's gone under some similar circumstances have for me?

Anything at all, guys. Anything can help.
 

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First of all, nice to have you as a member. This forum is great and I only wish that I had found it while I was in Medical School.

Anyways, I think you've started on well foot. Study as much you can with Kaplan and other top sources such as, First Aid, Goljan, USMLEWorld, etc. Annotate your First Aid. I just recently found what's best (even though I had read it a million times on this forum); study Kaplan with FA by your side. In the final portion of your prep you can do DIT.

Monitor your progress towards the end with NBME's. If the time you have is not enough for completing the step 1, you at least will have completed the hardest part; mastering the concepts. Thereafter, you can focus on the memorizing and recall part of the step.

When to start studying? As soon as possible.
When should you do the exam? Once you feel ready predicted by a good NBME exam score.
ECFMG? Go to there website and download the booklet and get all your documents in order to have a form 186 valid with them as soon as possible. Once you have that with them, you can apply to take your test for any day available. Your med school should assist with this part.

It's a fun journey with it's ups and downs. You'll get tired of studying and reading. Just maintain focused and you should be good.

Welcome Aboard.
 

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Don't be nervous (at least not yet).

Glad I could help.

Many others would've posted to offer help but the forum has been very active today with the new USMLE 2 digit score changes. It's a mess. No more 99's.

But any question you may have is already answered somewhere in the forum. If not, you can always ask. The moderators, the staff and the rest of the crew is great at providing support. It's a very nice environment, especially for IMGs.

Good luck with the studying....Happy-2
 

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Advice needed

I'm also an IMG and i need advice.
I've been studying off and on for almost 2 years because i have been working and in grad school concurrently.
3 months ago i became a bit more focused and have almost finished first aid the second time. my uworld average(2nd pass) is 68% and today i did the free 120 from the nbme website and had a 73.3% average.
I am really burnt out with studying for step 1 and need advice on how to proceed.
I'm almost through with first aid second pass, i have done pathoma 2x and also use memorang. I did kaplan haphazardly in the beginning.
Please help me!!
I feel so overwhelmed :eek::eek:
 
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