USMLE Step 1 Study Plan

Kelsey Richardson MSIII klrichar@usc.edu Louis Hirsch MSIII lhirsch@usc.edu

Overview • • • • Week 0: Spring break (rest and have fun) Weeks 1-7: ICS class + first aid Week 8: Study for the cumulative (ICS) Weeks 9-12: Practice Q’s and review of everything FYI: Most people take the exam 2-6 weeks following the cumulative .

behavior/psych GI. respiratory Renal. genetics. gross anatomy Cardio.Study Plan Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Neuro. repro Heme/immuno. catch up time Study for cumulative USMLE World + review Kaplan Qbank USMLE World Week 5 Week 6 Week 7 Week 8 Weeks 9 -12 . path Endocrine. MSK Biochem. embryology.

to supplement each system • Use flash cards throughout (pace yourself) . etc.How we made our study plan • • • • Follow ICS topics Difficult subjects early (Biochem) Lighter near the end to allow for catch up Recently studied topics near the end • Use Goljan audio.

Essential Books & Materials • • • • • • First Aid for the USMLE Step 1 Goljan’s Rapid Review Pathology Goljan Audio Lectures Kaplan Qbank (don’t need Qbank PLUS) USMLE World (better than Qbank!) Flash cards for microbiology and pharm – We used BRS cards (very concise) .

Kels vs. Lou • First Aid for the USMLE Step 1 – K: read it a billion times – L: read it twice • Goljan’s Rapid Review Pathology – K: read it 1.5 times – L: read it once • Goljan Audio Lectures – K: once – L: twice • Kaplan Qbank (don’t need Qbank PLUS) – K: finished it – L: did half • USMLE World (better than Qbank!) – K: finished it – L: did a little more than half .

Kelsey’s Extra Books • Goljan’s Rapid Review Biochemistry • Costanzo’s BRS Physiology • Step Up to Medicine was popular during ICS • If you love tables and charts. Kaplan Med Essentials is useful .

Extra Tips • • • • • • • • • • • Switch to USMLE world around the cumulative Take breaks!!! (weekend off after cumulative exam) Don’t push back your date (know your “peak”) Stick to your plan. Electronic books? (handy during ICS class) Assess your test taking strategy Review the equation page towards the end Study with or near people Take the practice test at your site You can listen to all 4 heart sounds on the test! Spiral bind your First Aid . Don’t listen to other people.

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