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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

USMLE Step 1 Study Plan

Kelsey Richardson MSIII

[email protected]

Louis Hirsch MSIII

[email protected]

overview
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

study plan
Study Plan

Kaplan Qbank

USMLE World

how we made our study plan
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)
essential books materials
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
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
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
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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