Taking the USMLE Step 1

Taking the USMLE Step 1

Advice on the USMLE Prepared by a CSA Monday11th November 2013 The test 7 blocks of 46 Best of 5 MCQs = 322 Qs Break = 45 min, used between blocks

+15 minutes if you skip the tutorial Much more in depth than UCC exams Decide you want to do the exam! Time and money Pick a date and stick to it

Set a target and organise yourself early Give yourself 8 weeks of free time prior to the exam Set yourself a study plan USE A CALENDAR Start using a question bank early (January) Dont panic when you start attempting the questions Practice hour long blocks of questions Complete simulated exams - NBMEs

Make arrangements for the day of the exam early Youre never fully ready Stick to your original study plan as much as possible You only get one chance though! Dont be put off by some online information Timeline - 2014

January - February Register with ECFMG http://www.ecfmg.org/ Book test date and center: https://www.prometric.com/ NBMEs: http://www.nbme.org/Students/sas/sas.html

March - June Go through any extra resources, annotate Complete read through of First Aid June August (earlier for DEMs) Full time Last two weeks: Go through everything again, tons of Qs

Strategies Qbanks Repetition TAUS method NBMEs Structure!

Subjects covered in Exam General Principles Organ Systems Pathology

Cardiovascular Pharmacology Endocrine Microbiology

Gastrointestinal Biochemistry Haematology and Oncology Immunology

MSK and Connective Tissue Behavioural Science Neurology Psychiatry Renal

Anatomy & Embryology Reproductive (covered in organ systems) Respiratory Score Report Main resources

+ Goljan audio lectures DO NOT FORGET ERRATA How to deal with extra textbooks Finish FA before the summer Condense and annotate any extra text

books and Qbanks into FA so that you have one main resource Super leet Dont condense RR Path Videos PATHOMA

Similar to Goljan Audio Kaplan USMLE Step 1 videos (long) Focus on your weaknesses Doctors in Training Websites

http://www.ecfmg.org/ https://www.prometric.com/ http://www.nbme.org/Students/sas/sas.html Ignore most of the forum comments After the exam

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