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    kaplan Early Start?

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    I've arrived at the notion that the USMLE Step I is what any school is all about (certainly not a "brain-storm" but rather obvious).

    Does MUA-Belize utulize Kaplan from the onset of the didactic process?

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    MUA-Belize utilizes Kaplan during the last two semesters; The students are required to listen through the tapes and the books are bought through Kaplan for the student. The students need and to do the following:

    1. the latest edition of First Aid, and start integrating the lectures into the First Aid; then review from the First Aid;
    2. the second review book should be the latest edition of Step Up which integrates into systems, and is especially helpful during the last two semesters of medical school; should be integrating the lecture notes then review;

    Both review books give you excellent mnemonics and are high yield!!

    By doing the above, it will help the student to do better on exams and also make the kaplan lectures with a better understanding, and integrating the kaplan notes into First Aid and Step Up easier.... (I had an old edition of First Aid but the latest editions (2006) make it easier to integrate notes).

    Once you have studied and reviewed, do questions (Tommy K is an excellent source, the First Aid questions listed on this site under USMLE);

    Once you have completed the first two years of medical school, then your main job is to review and do more questions such as qbank and NBME. Depending on well you do on the NBME, you should be ready to take the actual exam. The NBME is a close account on how well you will do on the actual Step 1 (www.nbme.org). The NBME exams must be taken within 30 days after registering for the exam. Also you test yourself in the same environment as the test by the taking the sample test (need to apply through www.usmle.org and they will send you a ticket, and you will pay at the prometric center. It can be taken only once.

    The GOAL is to be disciplined, focused, relax and have fun, and to have a schedule... and stick to it!!! That may sound contradictory, BUT it is possible.

    Good Luck!!
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    step I

    No You can take it many times. However, different states have different rules and it does not look good when applying for a residency if you take it say...3 times

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    sample exam ONLY once..

    Read the post.. the sample exam can be taken only once; the USMLE EXAM can be taken until you pass... but it does not appear good if you had to take it several times in order to pass...

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