USMLE Step 1 score – Dr. Akanksha Sharma – 265



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USMLE Step 1 preparation timeline:

First Read: 6 months


Kaplan Lecture Notes + Kaplan Videos

Uworld Offline

First Aid USMLE Step 1


Boards and Beyond

NBME 1-7 offline

In this stage i was still in last 6 months of my internship so i had to go to college for the internship posting too and hence i did not have a ton of time and i had to manage my studies with my duties many a times a they would be night duties and they would also be 24 hour duties sometimes. This hampered my preparation..but that is the life of a USMLE aspirant in India who has to go to villages and work in areas without electricity and study simultaneously.

In these prep materials i would do each subject with following materials: Kaplan Lecture Notes (OR Pathoma for Pathology) + Videos + FA + Uworld subjectwise + Boards and Beyond. In the subjects i did all of them from Kaplan except for Pathology which i did from Pathoma exclusively. Sattar Sir is love <3 .. Lolz. His teaching style is amazing as he explains everything so conceptually. If you have not done Pathoma then i strogly recommend you to do so.

My NBME scores were decent. When i converted to 3 digit score by multiplying the correct question with 1.38 i used to score 240s to 250s. I did all the NBME along with answers and explanations.

Second Read:

All books again revision

Online Uworld

Offline Kaplan Qbank (never did online.. dont have money)

100 cases of ethics book (i.e. Kaplan Medical Ethics – 100 cases you are most likely to see on your test)

NBME 11, 12, 13, 15

In this read i was doing the remainder of NBME long with the other question sources like Online Uworld (i got 93% correct as i had done offline). Also did Kaplan Qbank offline mainly for Immunology, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Anatomy. I was also reading the main books again while doing this.

Final Read:

NBME 16, 17, 18, 19 ===> Offline
NBME 20, 21, 22, 23, 24 ===> Online

Tough topics i revised again. I also did ECG and Heart sounds and XRay, MRI and CT scan head to toe.. as i was getting questions wrong on the NBMEs with multimedia.

Finally in last 1 week, i rounded it all up and did the wrong Uworld questions, wrong NBME questions and wrong Kaplan Qbank questions. I read my annotated FA one last time and then prayed and went for the exam.

Exam was do-able. I recommend you use the FB USMLE Step 1 Preparation Forum groups. They are very useful. I discussed Step 1 NBME questions in the group which was very very helpful to me as i got many topics from there. There are sites like nbmeanswer, testpiratyes and others. But in my opinion they are not very good and have incorrect answers so dont use those. Use these gorups instead.

September 24, 2019
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