USMLE Step 1 – IMG Experience – 267 – Pooja

USMLE Step 1 Experience

USMLE Step 1 Experience



Dr. Pooja Patel

Gujarat, India

Preparation time: 15 months

Materials used:

Kaplan Lecture Notes and Videos except Pathology

First Aid USMLE Step 1

HY Gross Anatomy

HY Behavioural Science

Kaplan Medical USMLE Medical Ethics: The 100 Cases You are Most Likely to See on the Test

Fundamentals of Pathology – Pathoma


Goljan Images

WebPath for Images

Heart sounds app on android

ECG (only topics related to USMLE)


I started out with Kaplan and also did UWorld offline with it. This lasted around 4-5 months. After this i started doing UWorld offline with Pathoma and First Aid. Then in the interim period i started doing offline NBME from NBME 1 onwards.. I soon found out that my Behavioural science was very weak.. so i did HY Behavioural and the 100 cases book. This was helpful in improving my offline NBME scores. I was doing these NBME along with understanding every question and also understanding the incorrect options along with the correct ones. I had heard that Anatomy was very tough in USMLE and hence i also did HY Gross Anatomy. This was helpful in doing the ropics which i was weak in MBBS years. Actually in india anatomy is very heavy subject of first MBBS.. so i was quite good at it..though some things weren’t so solid..those got solid after doing HY Gross Anatomy.

I also was afraid of multimedia on the test and hence i did: Goljan Images, WebPath for Images, Heart sounds app on android, ECG (only topics related to USMLE). These helped me a lot on the test as i had ECGs and Heart sounds and also abunch of questions with MRI and CT Scan and histopathology and gross pathology images.


Overall the exam is doable but i recommend you do Behavioural science study partner did almost same stuff as me except the 2 behavioural science things and he scored 11 points lower than me. Actually his online NBME score used to be more than mine but his Behavioural was very very low in the exam score card. So i recommend special attention on Behavioural Science.

Best of luck !!

September 28, 2018
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