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    Timeline for January matriculant?

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    Sorry if this has been answered before but I tried searching. Assuming I do a 5 semester straight shot, when would I take my Step 1 and start my clinical rotations? Ideally, I would want as much time possible for the Step 1 and the earliest rotation start date if possible.

    Here's my timeline so far..
    2012: Spring Semester -> Summer Semester -> Fall Semester
    2013: Spring Semester -> Summer Semester - Done with the basic sciences and the island on Aug 23, 2013.

    Step 1 date ?
    Clinical Rotation start date?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jpnugs View Post
    Sorry if this has been answered before but I tried searching. Assuming I do a 5 semester straight shot, when would I take my Step 1 and start my clinical rotations? Ideally, I would want as much time possible for the Step 1 and the earliest rotation start date if possible.

    Here's my timeline so far..
    2012: Spring Semester -> Summer Semester -> Fall Semester
    2013: Spring Semester -> Summer Semester - Done with the basic sciences and the island on Aug 23, 2013.

    Step 1 date ?
    Clinical Rotation start date?
    Timeline is basically the same for everyone. You have to take back-to-back semesters - there is no other option. Hopefully you only need 5 to finish basic sciences, but you can have up to 7. Then you study for Step 1. You must take Step 1 by the end of the following semester. Once you get your scores, then you can be scheduled for rotations. I think "most students" are set up in rotations by the end of the semester after they leave the island, or very shortly thereafter, i.e. you don't exhaust your 6 month grace period on your student loans. You may have the option of waiting for a rotation if there is something special you are willing to wait for, but you don't want to wait too long. Clinical rotations must also be completed within 7 semesters.

    There are advantages and disadvantages to any given start date and hundreds of students have done it before you, so don't sweat the small stuff. So much can happen once you start basic sciences that can change a timeline, there is no need to be worried about it; however, it is a good idea to be well informed early so you can avoid some pitfalls.

    Good luck!

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    Starting in January 2012 puts you in the position of being in the 2016 match. Having said that, you will have a lot of time to play with. You will just have missed the 2015 match and so you can take lots of time to prep for step, lots of time between rotations and can even wait for rotations of your choice. You can do research. If you do everything back to back you will graduate with about 10 months to spare before starting residency. If you end up repeating a class you will still have lots of time to play with.
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    How much time does AUC give for Step 1 Prep? I assume it is a Kaplan class? Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Futuredoc777 View Post
    How much time does AUC give for Step 1 Prep? I assume it is a Kaplan class? Thanks
    We pay for access to Kaplan for the entire time we are in basic sciences. This includes all the review books, the on-line lectures, and the QBank plus an additional 2 months post leaving island. There are two one-week long live reviews that are conducted during your 5th semester.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dreileen View Post
    We pay for access to Kaplan for the entire time we are in basic sciences. This includes all the review books, the on-line lectures, and the QBank plus an additional 2 months post leaving island. There are two one-week long live reviews that are conducted during your 5th semester.
    Did they change something? Didn't we only have 1?
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    Quote Originally Posted by AUCMD2013 View Post
    Did they change something? Didn't we only have 1?
    One week of physiology live review (optional attendance) and one week of integrated review (mandatory attendance), but I think both are provided via our tuition and/or Kaplan charges.

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    Oh yeah! the optional part made it nonexistent for me
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    MEAS told me that starting in January 2012 would put me in the same residency match as if I started in September 2011. It would just give me less time to prepare for the match. Is this not correct?

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    Quote Originally Posted by medicallearningahead View Post
    MEAS told me that starting in January 2012 would put me in the same residency match as if I started in September 2011. It would just give me less time to prepare for the match. Is this not correct?
    that is correct. you probably have to do all your cores back to back and start clinicals right away assuming you take step 1 immediately after you get off the rock.
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