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Preparing for USMLE Step-1 exam

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Preparation for usmle step 1  can be made easier if you have a proper goal in your mind and the will to stick to it. It is better to start with the subject you were most comfortable with in your graduation period. It makes it easier to initiate your process and you are able to complete that particular subject easily without wasting a lot of time in thinking how to best start your preparation.

In most cases with my friends, it was Physiology, and I think it is best for everyone to start with because it is entirely theoretical and you do not need to hunt for facts, which ultimately saves your time and helps you in making a solid start. However, you can select any subject that best suits you. What matters is your own comfort and understanding of the subject.

Make sure you give proper time to your first read. For foreign medical graduates it will take you a bit of time acquainting yourself with the style of Kaplan, don’t be discouraged by it. I would advise a period of about 2 to 3 months. Don’t waste too much time on the first read and make sure you do your MCQ’s after your first read. The ideal number of revisions varies. But the general consensus is 3 or 4. Make sure you keep last 15 days. Give each subject two days equally (you can do behavior in 1 if want to). Because you don’t want to leave a subject that you haven’t studied for more than a month before the exam.

Besides, preparation requires a lot of patience. If one day does not go well enough, you still need to keep your spirits high and continue with your preparation. Next day might turn out to be the best one. And it is not that only those students who have studied well in medical schools excel well in USMLE. With well planned and efficient preparation anyone can get high scores. Common sense and calmness can help you get better results.


Author: Dr.Danish Perwaiz. Dr.Perwaiz is a graduate of Rawalpindi Medical College, Pakistan.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 November 2010 17:46  

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