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TimestampWhen did you start studying for Step I?What resources did you use?What was your study technique for Step I.If you studied for STEP I during the school year, how did you study for school tests?Did you get AOA?STEP I ScoreWhich medical school do you attend?
10/6/2012 17:38:44January of MS-IIFirst Aid, Goljan Rapid Reviw, Goljan Lectures Audio Files, USMLE World QBank, Kaplan QBankEntirety of MS1/MS2: did not "study for boards"...tried to learn as much as I could and tried to do well in school. Didn't start thinking about boards until Jan of MS2 (our second year ended in March). I listened to Goljan audio on random roadtrips I would make throughout the preclinical years, and probably listened to the whole set in its entirety ~2 times.

January of MS2: started casually working through the Kaplan Qbank. Didn't end up liking it all that much so I only made it halfway through. Leisurely acquainted myself with the First Aid edition that had just come out. Had been using Rapid Review to supplement my pathology studying the whole time (but never limited myself to it).

5 weeks of dedicated study time: worked through USMLE World once, read a chapter of First Aid every day (around 2.5 passes). Annotated World things into FA. Really didn't use that many other sources. Studied about 6-8 hours a day. Took four NBMEs and the two UWSAs.
I studied the material broadly throughout MS1/MS2, not thinking about boards and not trying to limit myself to just what the test would be on. Basically I read as much as I could and took lots of notes and the tests were what they were. We have P/F grading but we took formative custom NBME tests as we went and I was consistently 1-2 standard deviations above the mean (which was based on past student performance at my school I believe).We have not found out yet.263
10/6/2012 18:41:06Summer of Step IFirst Aid, USMLE World QBank, Doctors in Training2 videos of DIT a day while annotating FA. After lunch study the information from the morning and other info on the corresponding FA pages. After dinner qbank random timed 46 question exam on all subjects. Review all questions and annotate information in FA. 1 month before the exam I took NBME 11 and qbank exam 1. 1 week before STEP 1 I took qbank exam 2. I waited until the semester was finished before I started studying for STEP 1.No253St. George's University
10/6/2012 19:28:31January of MS-IIFirst Aid, Goljan Lectures Audio Files, USMLE World QBank, USMLERx, Kaplan QBankGunner Training, QbanksQbanksWe have not found out yet.253Harvard
10/6/2012 19:47:37Summer of Step IGoljan Lectures Audio Files, USMLE World QBank, Doctors in Training, USMLE WeaponI did the question sets that DIT emailed out from January-April, usually around the time they sent them out (the exact timing depended on what else was going on that week). When I had time or was feeling motivated, I used the information to annotate First Aid.

While studying for the shelf exams at the end of second year (Path, Pharm, Micro, Physical Diagnosis, and NBME), I reviewed the information and then did practice questions from USMLE Weapon. By the end of the 3 weeks of shelf exams, I had completed the entire USMLE weapon question bank and used many of the concepts to annotate First Aid.

For the shelf exams, I had 2-3 days to prepare for each subject. For pathology, I listened to almost all of the Goljan Lectures Audio Files. For pharmacology, I mostly just reviewed the pharm topics in First Aid. For Micro, I had an amazing book (Review of Medical Microbiology and Immunology) that I read almost in its entirety; the only section I didn't finish was the only section I didn't totally nail on the shelf. By the physical diagnosis test I mostly spaced out, and did a few more questions on USMLE Weapon.

From the end of the shelf exams til Step 1 was about 6 weeks. I followed the suggested order of the lectures from DIT, watching them while following along with the question book they sent. I took notes from the lectures becuase writing helps me retain information. I did the entire USMLE world question bank over the first 5 weeks or so, ending up with 80-90% on random blocks of new questions. After finished U-world, I tried some Kaplan questions but didn't like them. The last week or so that I had was mostly not so productive because I had already finished all the things I wanted to look at, but I did make some lists of associations that kept popping up and reviewed those.
I was just trying to pass my classes - despite my kick-ass final score, I was right on the line of pass/fail for the first half of my second year. The second half of the year went a lot better, but I was primarily focusing on passing before I worried about Step 1. We have not found out yet.250
10/6/2012 20:16:58Summer of Step IFirst Aid, Kaplan Video Course, Goljan Lectures Audio Files..No242sgu
10/6/2012 20:51:43January of MS-IIFirst Aid, USMLE World QBankSecond semester of 2nd year, I started doing usmle Qbank. My goal was to finish the Qbank by the end of the semester. I did that. Then in the month before the exam, I went through the Qbank a second time and hammered through First Aid a few times. My first read through First Aid was slow and thorough, really trying to memorize everything. Then I read through a few more times, each time more rapidly than the previous.I would study for tests from our course materials. I would also do Qbank questions for those modules.No251San Antonio
10/6/2012 21:00:30N/AFirst Aid, Kaplan Video Course, Goljan Rapid Reviw, Goljan Lectures Audio Files, BRS Pathology, USMLE World QBank9am - 6pm x 4 monthsN/ANo235India
10/6/2012 23:48:40January of MS-IIFirst Aid, Pathoma, USMLE World QBank, USMLERx, Kaplan QBank, Doctors in TrainingStudy pathoma and QbankH and HP school testsWe have not found out yet.263UTHouston
10/7/2012 1:32:13Freshmen year of highschoolHarry PotterFlash CardsI didn't, I had my friend take my school tests for meWe have not found out yet.250Princeton Medical School
10/7/2012 2:29:31January of MS-IIFirst Aid, Kaplan Video Course, Goljan Lectures Audio Files, Pathoma, USMLE World QBank, Kaplan QBankrepitition and questions from day 1minimal step studyingWe have not found out yet.259ku med
10/7/2012 2:55:47Summer of Step IFirst Aid, USMLE World QBankMainly first aid, but I also used kaplan notes and lectures for physiology and pharmacology.I did not.No244
10/7/2012 8:34:03Summer of Step IFirst AidaaWe have not found out yet.240
10/7/2012 9:03:05January of MS-IIFirst Aid, Kaplan Video Course, Goljan Lectures Audio Files, USMLE World QBank, USMLERx, Kaplan QBankI watched the kaplan review course throughout the spring semester. I read through first aid a few times. I would listen to the goljan audio lectures if I was in the car or doing something mindless. Other than that I just did a ton of questions. I finished the Kaplan Q bank first. I would use USMLERxx for whatever subjects I had tests on in my classes. I did uworld last and finished it then went back and did most of the questions I marked going through the first time.I would study the course syllabus and do the USMLERx questions on the subject.We have not found out yet.250UT Houston
10/7/2012 10:41:59Summer of Step IFirst Aid, Goljan Rapid Reviw, Goljan Lectures Audio Files, USMLE World QBank, USMLERx..No242Cornell
10/7/2012 10:49:09Beginning of MS-IIFirst Aid, Goljan Rapid Reviw, Goljan Lectures Audio Files, BRS Pathology, USMLE World QBank6 weeks. 2 days of relaxing. 4 days physio (BRS phys). 5 days path (BRS path). 1 half day to sleep in, relax and review. 4 days microbio. 1 day immuno. 1 relax and review half day. 4 days biochem. 1 day cell bio / histo. 2 days neuro. 1 day behavioral. 1 day anatomy. 1 day embryo. 1 relax and review half day. 6 days of first aid review / finishing qbank questions. 1 day to review physio. 1 day to review path. 1 day to review microbio and biochem. 2 days for general review of weak subjects. 2 days of wrong / marked Uworld questions and NBME forms. Last day was the free 150 questions in the morning and relaxation for the rest of the day.

Only do Uworld questions on subjects that you've already studied. If you're on your first day of physio, there's nothing to be gained from getting a question about alkaptonuria wrong, since you probably don't even remember what the hell that is and you're not going to take anything away from it without already having reviewed biochem.
I spent all of 2nd year studying as if I was studying for step 1. I had first aid and BRS path open on my desk while I went through my syllabus, and cross-referenced the texts constantly to help me get an idea of what concepts were important for step 1. Goljan RR path is good for learning and understanding difficult concepts - use it as a lookup reference, not as a primary study source. BRS path is much better use of your time, much more condense, much higher yield stuffYes, Senior YearIn the 270-279 range
10/7/2012 11:27:49Summer of Step IFirst Aid, Goljan Rapid Reviw, USMLE World QBankStudied for about 6-7 weeks. I took longer since I can only manage 8 hours max a day and usually only 6 or so. I used Cram Fighter to make a schedule. I read all of first aid over the first two years and again during my study period. I only did blue text and pictures from RR since it's so long. Made it through all of UW. I think untimed tutor mode is the best. Also took both UWSAs and an NBME. On average all those scores lined up well with my real score. Just used FA during each block to make sure I paid attention to Step 1 material. No247Ohio State
10/7/2012 12:49:21Beginning of MS-IIFirst Aid, Goljan Rapid Reviw, Goljan Lectures Audio Files, BRS Pathology, USMLE World QBank, Doctors in TrainingI used FA and BRS Path/Rapid Review for classes, and then listened to Goljan Audio on the way to/from school, while working out, etc. I listened to it about 3-4 times the whole way through. Bought Qbank over Christmas and did DIT with a friend to keep us on it. School tests were different because of the school I'm at, but watched video lectures for the most part, took notes over them, typed the notes near the end, and then for path I wrote out on a big white-board text descriptions of the major slides, the hinted slides, etc. We knew how many questions/slides were going to be on the test so of the 30-35 slides, it was always easy to pick 20 slides that "had to be" on the test. After that, hints, intuition, research projects the professor does, etc. can guide you quite a bit.No218Indiana University
10/7/2012 13:35:46Summer of Step IFirst Aid, Kaplan Video Course, USMLE World QBank, USMLERx, Kaplan QBank, Doctors in TrainingQUESTIONSLearn the important stuff from First Aid, and temporarily retain the bullshit for the test.No253Saba
10/7/2012 21:24:05March with test in JuneFirst Aid, Goljan Lectures Audio Files, USMLE World QBank, BRS Physiology1. Went through first aid
2. Went through first aid basic science areas again
3. Read organ system chapter in BRS physiology, listen to corresponding organ system Goljan lectures and take notes in first aid, go through that organ system chapter
4. Uworld questions 1 block/day (all questions tutor mode) - take notes from questions into first aid
5. Go through first aid again while focusing on doing more blocks/day
6. In the weeks prior to the test doing up to 5 blocks/day and reviewing random first aid stuff
7. Week of test doing 7 blocks/day everyday
8. Day before test review first aid
I studied much less for school tests because first and second year grades are really unimportant compared to step1. No240miami
11/4/2012 22:43:53Summer of Step IUSMLE World QBankTake about 30 days to go through the USMLEworld Qbank in it's entirety. Taking good notes and reviewing them daily.

USMLEworld does a very good job matching the style and content of the USMLE questions, and an even better job explaining right/wrong answers.

I'm ranked in the bottom 10% of my DO school. I probably shouldn't have even taken the USMLE (as I didn't have to). Not trying to be self deprecating, just saying that I put all my money on USMLEworld and I think it paid off for me.
I did no such thing.No236Rocky Vista COM
11/4/2012 22:45:47Summer of Step IFirst Aid, Goljan Rapid Reviw, Goljan Lectures Audio Files, USMLE World QBank

Time frame: 6 Weeks (Sunday was study free)
Study time: 8am-12 with small breaks on the hour. Exercise. Repeat studies 2-6pm.
For mental health, took the night off or did light reading like biostats/ethics.

Practice Tests: I did one after week 3, 4 and 5.
Questions: 2 blocks daily
I did not study at all during the school year. I focused on my classes, got the grades and I can say it truly helped out come step 1 time. We have not found out yet.250University of Minnesota
11/4/2012 22:53:537 years after gradFirst Aid, Kaplan Video Course, Goljan Rapid Reviw, USMLE World QBank, Gunner TrainingMainly questions and First Aid and other books to supplement things that weren't in depth enough in First Aid.My school didn't require USMLENo246Universidad Central del Este, Dominican Rep.
11/5/2012 2:34:09January of MS-IIFirst Aid, Goljan Rapid Reviw, Goljan Lectures Audio Files, Pathoma, USMLE World QBank, Doctors in Training, HiYield Neuroanatomy, BRS Physio, Clinical Microbio made ridiculously simple, Hi yield behavioral science, Levinsons ImmunologyModified TAUS method, however in retrospect I would have done it differently. A friend of mine scored 267, he did so by using only first aid and Uworld and using 'active' reading. Meaning he wrote a little synopsis on every passage as he was reading FA or uworld. He never reread his synopsises, he just continued writing them. For tables and factoids he used rote memorization. I believe this to be a superior way than mine. School > Step 1

However, alot of school overlapped with step 1 so question is kinda stupid.
We have not found out yet.241
11/6/2012 21:11:36Beginning of MS-IIFirst Aid, USMLE World QBankFew questions per day of USMLE world during the 2nd year of school. 1 page per day during the 2nd year of school.I studied for school tests with materials from my school.We have not found out yet.257U of M -- TC