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USMLE Step 1 Study Plan. Kelsey Richardson MSIII [email protected] Louis Hirsch MSIII [email protected] 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

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USMLE Step 1 Study Plan

Kelsey Richardson MSIII

[email protected]

Louis Hirsch MSIII

[email protected]


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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


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Study Plan

Kaplan Qbank

USMLE World


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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, etc. to supplement each system

  • Use flash cards throughout (pace yourself)


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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)


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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


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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


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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. Don’t listen to other people.

  • 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


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