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    USMLE 1

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    Just curious as to what some of the people who have passed the 1st part of the USMLE think about what is the best way to study for the exam. After 5 semesters of studies at ROSS should you take the exam ASAP and just use the various books accumulated during the 5 semesters, should you wait a few months, take a reveiw course with Kaplan, buy additional books etc. etc.

    The answers might benefit all those current and future 5th semester students.

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    Re: USMLE 1

    Quote Originally Posted by singer
    Just curious as to what some of the people who have passed the 1st part of the USMLE think about what is the best way to study for the exam. After 5 semesters of studies at ROSS should you take the exam ASAP and just use the various books accumulated during the 5 semesters, should you wait a few months, take a reveiw course with <a target=new href=http://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/click?id=c97WUMRO5hY&offerid=47491.10002441&am p;type=3&subid=0 >Kaplan</a><IMG border=0 width=1 height=1 src=http://ad.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/show?id=c97WUMRO5hY&bids=47491.10002441&ty pe=3&subid=0 >, buy additional books etc. etc.

    The answers might benefit all those current and future 5th semester students.

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    My advice:

    Finish 5th (study for step while in 5th)
    Do Kaplan (live or video course)
    Take step when ready!

    Do Kaplan Q bank online during kaplan course.

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    i agree

    the longer after 5th you take, statistically the greater the odds of failing(despite the extra study time!)

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    so it sounds like it's best to take 3 months off before 5th semester to study and take step 1.

    how many US schools have the equivalent of our Semester 5? Better yet, how many US schools make their students take an "AICM" course before taking step 1?

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    never heard of it

    I have never heard of any US school doing so. also, at most, they set your test date,a nd its generally within 2 weeks of the end of the semester. They do that wheer I am a resident now. taking time off to study is looked at as a weakness by US programs, just to warn you all. they dont do it, why shoudl you need to? is their attitude.

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    dfsd

    Step I - Student Doctor Network Forums best resource for step 1 info I have found. Make sure to search forums before asking questions though. Lots of stuff gets asked over and over and over and over and over and ...well you get the point.

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    asdf

    i thought everyone took time off to study for step 1......


    I think the trade-off is worth it. possibly get a higher score and screw what the programs think.


    zedpol, did you take time off to study for step 1?

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    Re: asdf

    Quote Originally Posted by link626
    i thought everyone took time off to study for step 1......


    I think the trade-off is worth it. possibly get a higher score and screw what the programs think.


    zedpol, did you take time off to study for step 1?
    you should not need much time to prepare for step 1, if you worked hard and learned during the basic science courses. all the folks that i know that did well basically took 2-4 weeks of dedicated prep (ie, no class) and then took the exam.

    i am sure kaplan courses and all of that are helpful, but they are not neccessary, for the most part. if you did not pay attention, or had your basic science courses a few years back, than they are great. but, most of the better schools cover all of the info well enough over the first two years of class.

    to all newbies at all schools: the BEST step 1 prep is to prep for your ENTIRE basic science courses. that is 2 years of prep! after that, simply do as many practice questions as you can, and take the stupid test ASAP. delaying usually is not as helpful as you may think.

    lord, how i wish i could go back and take my own advice...

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    I know that Dr. F. talked about there being two prep classes offered in Miami. One is through Kaplan and the other is through UNBME(sp?). Typically there is such a huge Ross crowd that if they get 40 or more students to sign up for live prep, Kaplan will fit a program to the Ross AICM schedule. I know that Dr. F. runs the UNBME thing, so it’s fit into the Ross program as well. I don’t think I remember people saying that they haven’t had enough time to study, but that was when AICM was only 9 weeks. Regardless of how long AICM is, you still have to take your boards within 6mos (I think) of finishing fourth semester. So that means if someone stays on island for BMSI, then they will have to take the boards on the same timeline as their 4th semester counterparts who have moved on to AICM.

    If the student has completed fourth semester in good standing, has above a 3.0 gpa, and has taken step one, he or she may take a “special” clinical rotation whereby they start a clinical rotation without having their step one scores yet. If they fail the step, they complete the clinical and take time off to take the step again.

    The USMLE is offered every day except Sundays and some holidays. Test centers seemed to have very few dates from after Christmas until two weeks into Jan. It is 7 blocks of 50 questions timed at 60 min each. There is 45min of break time for the whole day and a 15 min tutorial. If you finish a block or the tutorial early, the time gets added to your break time. You can’t go back once you’ve finished a block. A passing score is a 183. The avg US med student gets a 220 with a +/-20pt std deviation.

    A good strategy at getting answers to USMLE questions like these is to have the class rep (ie: one person) compile a list of questions and email them to Dr. F in Miami (for AICM and board review stuff), or to Nancy Perri in NJ (for all other USMLE and clinical stuff). Generally they’re responsive if the group appoints one person to ask questions, otherwise they’re answering the same question for each student. A lot of answers to people’s questions may also be found at the university’s main website at www.rossmed.edu leave off the .dm part, otherwise it will take you to the Dominica campus website.

    Good luck to all taking USMLE, and I hope this helps.
    Moderator - Ross University Forum

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    Re: asdf

    Quote Originally Posted by link626


    zedpol, did you take time off to study for step 1?
    No, i didn't take any time off. I got home from 5th sem nov 9th, and took my test dec 20th. More time spent studying does not mean you are going to get a higher score. There is defiantly a point where you are losing stuff as fast as you are gaining it. It was my experience, and the experience of lots of people that I advised is that peoples score on practice exams plateaued around 2-3.5 weeks. You will get much more out of a few weeks of very intense studying than you will out of taking months off.


    The mean on the recent step 1 exams has been 217, with a SD of 23

    Z
    Drexel (4th year)

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