step1 experience 256
Salam , this forum was very helpful for me so thought about contributing .
background : IMG , finished one year of clinical rotations .
prep duration : 2 months on and off (during the end of my clinical year) , 2 dedicated months( summer vacation ) .
sources : first aid & UWORLD mainly .
schedule : started with studying subject from the first aid then answering corresponding blocks in UWORLD , didnt spend much time trying to fully comprehend concepts from first aid , any blurry thing i believed would be further explained in UWORLD , and it was .
40 days before exam : i had finished first aid &uworld , found the behavioral science concepts and organic chemistry to be blurry so supplemented them with :
>100 cases of khan : short , good book , covers all ethical and law issues , didnt do me much in the exam but built my confidence .
>last 30 or so pages of HY behavioral science ( proved much helpful ) .
>kaplan videos for metabolic biochemistry : my weakest point , videos are great , ideas stick in the mind , overly explained .
>lange flashcards biochemistry : did the metabolism section only , short yet more than needed in the exam .
>2nd messenger pathways from BRS physiology ( 10 pages , helped in the exam )
> also according to the myths , neurology are said to be deficit in first aid so i studied cross sections of the cerebrum and brain stem from kaplan GENERAL anatomy .
NBME 16 : 247 .
Next 20 days : reviewed the first aid back to back , supplemented the following subjects which were weak at my NBME results :
reproductive : pathoma &kaplan physiology questions ( 50q)
dermatology : pathoma .
Anatomy : kaplan qbank ( 300 q , no new ideas but strengthen the anatomy of the upper and lower limbs , proved much helpful in the exam )
*consider reading the immunity questions in kaplan q bank , helpful for me they were (100 q ) .
NBME 17 (20 days to exam ) : 256
NBME 12 ( 10 days to exam ) : 260
NBME 13 ( 4 days to exam ) : 256
during this period , all i did is first aid & a random slide i found online called " 100 concepts of anatomy " , proved much helpful in the exam .
-dont wait till the last day b4 exam to correct ur sleeping schduale , the 4 hours i got was not enough to maintain high concentration during the 8 hours exam ( which is needed ) .
-reading new information is more important than repeating the UWORLD Xtimes .
-FA doesnt cover everything , yet nothing does , a good first 3 years are very helpful , u will get Qs not mentioned in the UWORLD or FA but was trivially mentioned in some lecture in the past .
-surgery Qs -from surgical recall - & ped Qs showed up in my exam , so a clinical year can be helpful .
-totally doable , sincerely , 260+ with enough prep.\good background is achievable .
exam : it is said that every exam is different , so what i will write is probably not worthy ur time , nonetheless , for those interested :
> most questions are easy , no need to exclude or guess , retaining the first aid is enough to answer them .
>biochem is mainly retaining general concepts of a pathways .
>anatomy generally covered most subjects , had no neurology sections , drilled with upper limbs muscles and perineum innervation questions !
>immunity , memories its section by heart !
>pharmacology is straightforward , really .
>3 or four pathology questions were weird and not discussed in the UWORLD .
>according to my report , i did bad at behavioral science and anatomy .
good luck .
can you send me link to this one please
100 concepts of anatomy
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