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~ 236: average score in the K50M c/o 2011 ~ 73%: students satisfied with their score - 23: Average number of days between the comprehensive final and taking the U5MlE (most students took the exam 2-3 weeks after the camp). - 97.8% percent of students used "First Aid for the USMLE Step 1" - 88.2% of students thought First Aid was essential!
from the KSOM c/o 2011 on how to rock the USMLE Step 1.
Making a study plan:
We recommend you create a general long-term study plan at the beginning of 1(5, by assigning specific subjects to each week. At the beginning of each week, define daily goals with specific page n umbers and number of questions you plan to complete in question banks. Be careful not to make your study calendar over ambitious or too vague.
- 89% of students had some sort of study plan that led them up
to test day.
Distribution of Step 1 scores for KSOM c/o 2011 20.0% 15.0% 10.0% 5.0%
- 10% of students studied material randomly, with no specific
daily or weekly goals. - 100% of students that studied material randomly now hate themselves. - 48% of students defined weekly objectives and study goa Is with no daily organization. - 41% of students had focused daily goals defined more than a week in advance. -11 % of students left one day a week open to study difficult or troubling topics they encountered during the week.
When to begin studying: -10% of students began their studies early in the spring semester. - Another 10% of students began studying at the beginning of spring
break. - 75% of students began studying at the end of spring break/beginning of 1(5. - Only 13% of students annotated their first aid during organ systems in the second year. Don't worry if you didn't!
In the weeks leading up to the exam, how much did you study? (average) 30.0% 20.0% 10.0% 0.0%
Purchased USMLE World and never used Kaplan.If you reschedule your exam. . . it's worthless. At home after class."I thought of study time as separate from ICS. -Focused on more questions and less on small details.Done USMLE world in random mode. It would be golden if you didn't waste study time just reading without really ingesting the material. You might "get it" when it's written in front of you. Deleted my facebook account.Forced myself to stay on campus on after ICS. . but I forgot material that I studied earlier. which could be a better use of your time. . you will spend a lot of time reading things. ICSis good preparation for third year.Tackled the difficult topics earlier. because I never reached my peak. .Studied harder toward the end. . . Zone out and listen to Goljan as applicable to what you are studying. Use the afternoons to prep that material.Taken the test earlier. Rescheduling your exam: ."Use ICSas a framework of what to review.Studied harder earlier and finish my question banks ." . but poor preparation for Step 1. keep notes of topics you don't know well. but you'll start to see what areas you're weak on. but if I had set a higher goal I might have done better. During IC5.22% of our class rescheduled their exam. at least at first.Skipped the NBME. .Postponed the exam.Aimed for a higher score."00 the bare minimum needed for ICS.Made a study schedule and stuck with it. and made notes in first aid earlier. Pay attention." dos .Done more practice questions and focused more on my problem areas. Special Recommendations for ICS: . thinking "I get that. I met the goal I set for myself.Started studying earlier. . He can be annoying. I felt like I peaked the week before on practice tests and did worse on the real thing. -Studied earlier. were later satisfied with their decision. . .Relaxed the day of the test. realize that it is difficult to move your test date within the three week period. . . . solely study for the USMLE using First Aid and/or Goljan. ." and moving on. .Allowed more time for biochemistry. it's a good chance to review." . as most testing centers are booked at least a month in advance. make sure you take time to take long hikes or go running.Studied more in the first two years."I wish I would have ••• " . . .Thoroughly finished both Kaplan and USMLE Q banks. but try to be sure you really KNOW the material and can work with it. One quarter of these individuals scheduled their exam later. for earlier or later. .Minimized my distractions.Most people who rescheduled their exam. and had time to review the questions I answered wrong. participate. . I tried to do questions specific for one organ system early on. and did not spend much time outside of ICS working on it.Exercised more to relieve stress and maintain my sanity.Taken the test earlier. . . you should feel ready to teach that stuff to someone else if you had to. and I think it negatively impacted my score.Memorized pharm better and purchased pharm flash cards. But be sure to plan out loosely blocks of what you will study when so you do not skip things. You'll be surprised how much info you can fit in your head if you just sit down and do it. It may be possible to sneak in Step 1 studying during ICSsessions. This is what taking practice tests will really help you with: the q-banks will show you if you truly understand the material.Listened to all of the Goljan lectures at least twice.Taken a vacation between second year and third year. . For Step 1. I was very nervous.Utilized ICS more. . I still learned from it but also covered material at home. Three quarters of these people scheduled their exam earlier.
wait and see which areas you need help on and then get them. But when you go home in the afternoon. 5."Make a schedule to go through all of FirstAlD (starting day 1 of ICS)by a week or two before the cumulative. Here was my schedule: Week 1: Headache (Neuro + Psych). Don't study for ICS itself until a week before the cumulative. Week 3: Fatigue (Endo + Heme). pick a fact book (ie first aid). volume of 4 books (too much info) BRS Review Pathology Medical Microbiology and Immunology (lange) Microbiology Made Ridiculously Simple (too much info) Tips on books: . plus a question bank is enough." . there will be at least one notetaker. Preventive Medicine) Week 5: SOB (Respiratory + Cardiovascular)." Top 5 recommended resources for studying: 1.e."Don't but too many books at once."Don't just pick the book with the most facts. loose ends from core) Week 7: ER (MSK. Having a group of friends (5 or so) on the same study schedule can be very helpful for both asking questions."I made my study plan correlate with the weekly topics of ICS. otherwise you may not make it through all the books. You can be studying the same topic as ICS but there is no reason to study specifically for ICS until before the comp. 3. Week 6: Fever (Microbiology." . 4.First Aid for USMlE Step 1 2nd place . pick a book with paragraphs (ie step up)." ." . pick the book you can actually read/study from. Derm. and embryo)" . 4." . and supporting each other.Kaplan Q bank tres .USMlE World 3rd Place . . NOT ICS (really no reason to study for ICS). Biochem. 3. 5. Week 4: Dizziness (Repro."Share books and switch off with classmates. Integrate ICS into your study schedule by matching up chapter in First Aid with weekly ICStopics. First Aid for the USMlE 2. Pharm." . Goljan Audio Rapid Review Pathology (Goljan Book) Premade flashcard for Pharm and Micro Costanzo Physiology Five resources we do NOT recommend: 1. If not. Gross Anatomy) For the cumulative exam just reread the notes someone types up in your MOL the day before exam." . " . keeping yourselves motivated.and just paid attention in ICSand learned as much as I could during ICS class time. and I bet you will too. then studied according to my own schedule after class. Pay attention during ICSand schedule your boards studying around each week as much as possible (i."Everyone freaks out and buys too many books.Special Recommendations for ICS (continued): . 2."Buy books on subjects our school is weak in (ie Biochem."Take good notes and be present during ICSso that you have concise notes to study from for the comprehensive test.A majority of our class purchased First Aid online using an internet coupon to Borders. except you should purchase the latest version of first aid."I did not coordinate my study schedule with ICS. study for the boards." Award for "SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT RESOURCE": 1Stplace . review first AID section of neuro during the headache week). lecture Notes from systems Kaplan Review. If you absorb facts."Buy used books to save money."Don't use too many resources: 2 books. behavioral sciences. Week 2: Abdominal Pain (Renal + GI).
. . one third of the class used the qbanks to simulate real exam conditions (performing 7 blocks of 48 questions). -73% of individuals said that they studied questions they got wrong in detail and would usually take notes on why they got the wrong answer. NBME Practice Exams: -NBME test are actual board exams that have been retired. Information about question banks: . .83% of students purchased a subscription to Kaplan Qbank. .How to organize your First Aid: . .There is a PDF version of First Aid.which allows you to quickly search fo r keywords. The margins are wide and provide sufficient space for notes. .45% of the class used some color scheme in their note taking. -90% of the class used tabs to divide the chapters of their book to allow for quick reference.13% of students used Kaplan Qbook. that you organize your text in an easy to use fashion .These exams are for sale at :nbme. a hand full of students used just the PDF version .le who purchased USMLE World were able to finish all of the questions available.95% of students purchased a subscription to USMLE World. -12% of Students used USMLE Rx question bank.you'll be spending h und reds of hours with it! . .93% of people believe USMLE World was most like the real exam. Your book will get pretty beat up over this ten week period.org. consider getting the cover laminated or protecting it in some way. -95% of the class made notes in thei r book.Only 40% of peop. .If you opt to get your First Aid spiral bound. Most people underestimated the amount of time it takes to answer and study practice questions .Closer to the exa m. .plan ahead.Your First Aid book is the skeleton of everything you need to know to ace Step 1. It's essential. but most people added extra pages at the end of each chapter.You can get your USMLE First Aid spiral bound at Kinko's for a couple of bucks. .
but poor preparation for Step 1. Having a group of friends (5 or so) on the same study schedule can be very helpful for both asking questions. .Make a schedule to go through all of FirstAlD (starting day 1 of ICS) by a week or two before the cumulative. at least at first. I still learned from it but also covered material at home. thinking "I get that.and did not spend much time outside of ICSworking on it. During ICS. It may be possible to sneak in Step 1 studying during ICSsessions. Don't study for ICS itself until a week before the cumulative. and just paid attention in ICSand learned as much as I could during ICSclass time. Gross Anatomy) . But be sure to plan out loosely blocks of what you will study when so you do not skip things.Use ICS as a framework of what to review. At home after class.Take good notes and be present during ICSso that you have concise notes to study from for the comprehensive test. You might "get it" when it's written in front of you. which could be a better use of your time. Preventive Medicine) Week 5: SOB (Respiratory + Cardiovascular).spend some time reviewing what you learned that day and then study some USMlE stuff as well whatever you feel like. Derm.Do the bare minimum needed for ICS. Pay attention. cinco .The KSOM curriculum prepared me well for: 1) Pathology 2) Gastrointestinal 3) Endocrine 4) Hematology 5) Reproductive 6) Cardiovascular 7) Biostatistics The KSOM curriculum did NOT prepare me as well for the following subjects: 1) Embryology 2) 3) 4) 5) 6) Behavioral Science Biochemistry Psychiatry Pharmacology Microbiology Special Recommendations for ICS: . Biochem. . and supporting each other. but try to be sure you really KNOW the material and can work with it. For Step 1. . Week 3: Fatigue (Endo + Heme). participate. . then studied according to my own schedule after class. . It would be golden if you didn't waste study time just reading without really ingesting the material. But when you go home in the afternoon. Use the afternoons to prep that material.I did not coordinate my study schedule with ICS. keeping yourselves motivated. you'll spend a lot of time reading things. solely study for the USMLE using First Aid and/or Goljan.I made my study plan correlate with the weekly topics of ICS. Pay attention during ICSand schedule your boards studying around each week as much as possible (Le. Loose ends from core) Week 7: ER (MSK. Pharm. This is what taking practice tests will really help you with: the q-banks will show you if you truly understand the material.Do what feels right . ICSis good preparation for third year. Week 6: Fever (Microbiology. you should feel ready to teach that stuff to someone else if you had to. Integrate ICSinto your study schedule by matching up chapter in First Aid with weekly ICS topics. study for the boards." and moving on. . keep notes of topics you don't know well. review first AID section of neuro during the headache week). Example schedule: Week 1: Headache (Neuro + Psych). make sure you take time to take long hikes or go running.You can be studying the same topic as ICSbut there is no reason to study specifically for ICS until before the comp. NOT ICS (really no reason to study for ICS). Week 2: Abdominal Pain (Renal + GI).I thought of study time as separate from ICS. Week 4: Dizziness (Repro.
etc. Q banks. I went to a wedding. hung out with friends. . the best thing I ever did was take weekend off after IC5. Early on. I don't care how smart you are or how well you test. find someone who you can study next to so that you will stay motivated. Remember: By this point you will have made it through two years of med school. It's a different breed of exam. Do as much Q-Bank as possible. .Take breaks and days off. it is a huge amount of material. . remember. six . it is a hard test. This is a one-time thing.some of the qbank material is too detailed and esoteric to bother memorizing. try to be thorough and diligent. Reduce drama in your life as much as possible around the test. . . . We'll be looking forward to seeing some friendly new faces around the hospital shortly. .Try to make a good schedule but don't over do it with too much to cover each day. Make sure to study something everyday. Also.In general. you won't know it all. I came back refreshed and ready to go for next two or three weeks before my exam.This is a marathon. but don't beat yourself up. especially for people who are not natural studiers. So just give it your best shot and be proud that you honestly set a new standard for yourself in this test of endurance. Try to guess what's important to know . For me this was as key as First Aid. You will get two months into it and start to go crazy. you will be so nervous the day before but you just need to take it!! Most people didn't do any better by postponing. listen to Goljan multiple times. stressed and doubting everything about yourself. but in general this test is not designed to weed people out. I cannot emphasize this enough. You don't need to care about every Qbank question you get wrong (especially Kaplan). etc. . Use First Aid as an outline. Focus on Pharm and Microbio early and continually come back to it for review. transition to more and more practice questions as you go. but remember it will not cover all of the content. This is a test you can't get by without putting in a lot of hard work. but just try to use it in a smart way. and do practice questions and practice tests whenever you're tired of reading. remember that you are in a school that historically scores high on the boards because they teach you for the test and remember that the your score really will end up similar to your med school exam scores.General Advice from the c/o 2011: . try hard to stick to the schedule so you don't get behind. A small percentage of hard-working people have to take the exam more than once.your study strategies obviously ARE working and you're allowed to stick to an independent study plan. You will knock this puppy out of the park. use review books.The test is a lot harder than many of the NBME practice tests so don't be fooled by those high scores! Do questions early and be disciplined about going through First Aid in its entirety. and work hard. use friends to help motivate you but don't let their goals or study styles drive you crazy. Use a program where you can create your own flash cards (and which you can customize to quiz you more on the ones you missed.) Do it every day along with reading and Q banks. Its important to sometimes just take the night off and relax. it gets tough to spend soooo many hours in the library.Study 12 hours a day for 6 weeks straight then take the test and you'll get a 240 or above.Allow yourself a weekend off after the comprehensive. try to review as many topics in more depth as you can. And. Plan a trip or something very soon after your date for the boards so you can't change it.Use a flashcard software such as iFlash for Mac. This is a hard time for everyone. and did nothing for two days. you can't memorize everything.When you are miserable. and you'll survive (you'll excel) just like hundreds of your Keck predecessors have and colleagues around the country will. and you will be able to do well. If you like studying around other people. Focus on understanding the material rather than getting through it.Remember to exercise/take daily breaks to do things that make you feel good. You will not be very productive if you feel too down on yourself. and get excited about the more fulfilling world of clinical learning ahead of you. . let it consume most of your time (for a few months) but not your enthusiasm for medicine or your outlook on life. Even if you don't study with other people. Our school will give you the time to prep. so give it your best shot. pace yourself. Going the extra yard during ICS really helps for both Step 1and clerkship years.
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