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    How much time are u taking to study for USMLE Step I?

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    Just curious to see what's ppls timelines were. I was wanted to take a few more weeks and extend it to 12 but from what I've been hearing, that may be overkill and counterproductive.
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    I know a lot of people that are taking the 8 week Kaplan course in deleware. its about $5K and u get housing and 3 meals a day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RussianJoo
    I know a lot of people that are taking the 8 week Kaplan course in deleware. its about $5K and u get housing and 3 meals a day.
    3 meals? are you sure- we only got 2 meals in atl (and ugh was it awful!!!)

    if you take the kaplan course, you may have to take 2-3 weeks after that to catch up - its really difficult to keep up with the place(but then we were on a 6 week schedule- if its 8 and there are a number of 2 day breaks, you may be able to stay on track- think the people in NJ are having a better time with that)- I added in 20 days to catch up and synthesize the info- most people i i know are taking in March 17th.

    There's but so much time you can be on top of things- heard 7-8 weeks is best- after that you sart to lose info and motivation.
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    step 1

    i'm going to take it either the end of april. i started studying january 1st. really depends on you and how much time you want to study.

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    My Plan

    8 weeks total; 6 for review course, 2 to study.

    Rokshana is right; investigate the structure of the review course in advance because they are not the same. USMLE Step 1 or 2 board reviews in different cities can be 5/2 (five days on, two off) or 6/1 (six days on, one off). They will email you the agendas so you can compare. I rejected the 6/1's because I knew there wouldn't be enough off hours to study.

    The secret is keeping up, just like in St. V and Grenada. When I got to the end of the course, I had studied everything (nothing backed up). All I had to do was look over my notes, memorize a few lists from First Aid, and do questions.

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    Did you guys all start in January? I started in the August class and I don't think we have nearly that much time to study.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mojojojo
    Did you guys all start in January? I started in the August class and I don't think we have nearly that much time to study.
    actually you do- you finish the 2nd week in may and although its not announced, going by the previous start dates for the fall, you won't start your rotations till the end of august - beginning of sept, so somewhere around 10-12 weeks of break. What you don't get so much is off time between step I and start of rotations. So you can start studying soon after finishing SVG and take the exam mid july and still be good to go for starting even in NJ.
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    Kaplan Course correction

    Just FYI, the kaplan course in DE is 6 weeks and has two meals a day-breakfast an lunch.

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    prep

    Hey...just creating a little back pressure.... but remember this exam gets you the job you wanted in the beginning. US schools have pass fails....the only real comparison programs can use is the standardized exams...... so take as long as it takes to rock it. Good luck.
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    re:

    Quote Originally Posted by geoff
    Hey...just creating a little back pressure.... but remember this exam gets you the job you wanted in the beginning. US schools have pass fails....the only real comparison programs can use is the standardized exams...... so take as long as it takes to rock it. Good luck.
    geoff
    great reply

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