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    I did a search on this, but nothing came up so I'm just starting a new thread. What time do students typically take step 1 and what happens after you take it? The career guidance website states that you cannot start rotations until after you get your results back. So does that mean you get some time off and how long does it take for the results to come back? Thanks in advance for your input, guys.

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    ok this can be a bit tricky on when you take step 1. basically the date that you want to start your clinical rotations, which can be different dates for different hospitals, count back 6 weeks from that date and that will be the latest date that you should take your step 1 by. so it on avg takes about 4-6 weeks for your step 1 score to be reported, thus why the 6 weeks count backward
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    not true- only true for NJ, which requires passed step I scores, any other state you can take stepI pretty much the day before your rotations start. The problem with that is if you don't pass stepI then you will have to leave rotations(you're allowed to complete the rotation you are in) retake the test and pass before you can start rotations again.
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    rok, correct me if i am wrong
    but for NYS, technically the way i understand it is that you can start your rotations in NYS hospitals w/o having your step 1 scores back, BUT you then will not be allow to do any electives outside SGU affiliated hospitals. so if a student is planning to do away electives in NYS, it is best to have step 1 scores back before starting any rotations in NYS
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    Quote Originally Posted by uliv1s View Post
    I did a search on this, but nothing came up so I'm just starting a new thread. What time do students typically take step 1 and what happens after you take it? The career guidance website states that you cannot start rotations until after you get your results back. So does that mean you get some time off and how long does it take for the results to come back? Thanks in advance for your input, guys.
    Gosh - there is tons of info on this site and SND on this.

    About getting your scores - You can do the OASIS trick on Wednesday night three weeks after you test on the USMLE to find out if you passed. The score takes 5-6 weeks to get to you.

    What time do students typically take step 1 - Most US students start taking it in May and June after the end of basic science. Some weaker students may take a review course before to help with their prep. Most of the better testers start the count down to Step 1 count down in November about 6 to 7 months before they take exam. What they do is get First Aid, a q-bank book (either Kaplan or Lang) - they then do 50 question blocks logging or noting their % correct on each pass. About ten weeks before, most people take the NBME form 1 exam $45. Best taken in 50 questions timed blocks (200 questions). They use the score to see where they are score wise and what their weakness are. Also the questions are similar to the USMLE Step 1 exam. Then in the next ten weeks they take the other three NBME forms and chart their progress till they are close to the score they want to test at. Using the rest of the time to review and work weak areas. Hope this helps - check out VMD USMLE areas and SND's areas. You will also see Meg's advice and the champion of the USMLE on SND BIGFRANK.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jaywalk81 View Post
    rok, correct me if i am wrong
    but for NYS, technically the way i understand it is that you can start your rotations in NYS hospitals w/o having your step 1 scores back, BUT you then will not be allow to do any electives outside SGU affiliated hospitals. so if a student is planning to do away electives in NYS, it is best to have step 1 scores back before starting any rotations in NYS
    yes you are correct- in NY you need a certification to work as a med student . there are 2 different ones- the 1st one is free and clear of any conditions- but you need to have a passed step I score. the other will allow for a student to start rotations, but essentially the weeks you do prior to the receipt of your scores takes up the 12 weeks of unaffliated time you are allowed by NY state (hence why sgu allows for 12 weeks of unaffliated rotations) so any other rotations must be done at affliated programs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jameslynton View Post
    Gosh - there is tons of info on this site and SND on this.

    About getting your scores - You can do the OASIS trick on Wednesday night three weeks after you test on the USMLE to find out if you passed. The score takes 5-6 weeks to get to you.

    What time do students typically take step 1 - Most US students start taking it in May and June after the end of basic science. Some weaker students may take a review course before to help with their prep. Most of the better testers start the count down to Step 1 count down in November about 6 to 7 months before they take exam. What they do is get First Aid, a q-bank book (either Kaplan or Lang) - they then do 50 question blocks logging or noting their % correct on each pass. About ten weeks before, most people take the NBME form 1 exam $45. Best taken in 50 questions timed blocks (200 questions). They use the score to see where they are score wise and what their weakness are. Also the questions are similar to the USMLE Step 1 exam. Then in the next ten weeks they take the other three NBME forms and chart their progress till they are close to the score they want to test at. Using the rest of the time to review and work weak areas. Hope this helps - check out VMD USMLE areas and SND's areas. You will also see Meg's advice and the champion of the USMLE on SND BIGFRANK.
    i think the OP was asking about timing specifically for sgu for step I and clinical rotations not how to study for it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rokshana View Post
    i think the OP was asking about timing specifically for sgu for step I and clinical rotations not how to study for it.
    Your right - I just put a bit extra in.

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    thanks for the replys, guys. originally i was asking just about the scheduling, but the study plan that you outlined, jl, is very relevant also. the reason i'm asking is that i was originally thinking of having my wedding after the boards. after reading your responses, i'm starting to see that both studying for the boards and the planning part of the wedding is about six months.... bad, bad timing... i definitely don't want to overlap the two. so if students start in november, that would be at the same time with micro and path during your fourth term i take it?

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    yea, but path and micro are not the last 2 classes u take, it will be pathophys and pharm
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