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    When is the best time to take USMLE step1?

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    Peoples usually take the USMLE Step 1 after finishing their basic science classes and before starting the clinical clerkships , usually in the summer between the second and third years at most programs.

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    You are literally not allowed (by ECFMG) to take Step 1 until you have completed at least two years of medical school.

    With that said, if you are in a six year program it would be foolish to take it before you have completed the third year of medical school, because you have not taken all of the subjects covered in the exam until that point.

    If you are in a four year program, then you can certainly take it after the second year. Waiting longer is ill advised, because the further you get from the basic sciences, the more of a pain in the butt it is to get back into it.

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    I strongly recommend taking step 1 after atleast one year of clinical experience.

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    Whenever you're confident you can score 230+.

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    Does having clinical experience help with STEP 1? Or is it just better taking it right after completing the Basic Sciences?

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    Step 1 is all about clinical vignettes. A year of clinicals helps you make the connection between the basic sciences and a clinical type question.

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    Step 1 is all about clinical vignettes. A year of clinicals helps you make the connection between the basic sciences and a clinical type question.

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    Great... in theory.

    Except that nobody in the US is taking Step 1 with a year of clinical experience... unless they failed it and have to re-take it. Additionally, none of the better Carib schools will allow students to advance into clinical rotations without passing Step 1 to begin with.

    Frankly, if one cannot learn the material from the presentation in UWorld and the other question banks (which is ALL clinical vignettes ALL the time), then it would be worth asking what the hell the problem is.

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    It's not only Carib schools. Be aware that some US med schools will not allow you to do clinical rotations (M3/M4) without having passed Step 1, also. Unless you want to lose a year, take Step 1 right after finishing your 2nd year, and Step 2 right after 3rd year. Step 2 CS spots fill up quickly. So, sign up early, otherwise you may not have your results in time for the Match. This may be a good thing or bad thing. However, if you wait too late and fail, it's going to be even harder to get it re-scheduled, passed, and ready to start residency come July after your 4th year. So, you're better off getting it over with sooner. The above advice is for those in the 4-yr program. Not sure what the best strategy is for 6-yr, but again, the sooner the better.

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