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    Step 1 advice for Xavier students

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    I haven't been on this site for sometime now, but wanted to give some hope to current Xavier students about to take step 1.

    I started at Xavier from MD1 (May 08) and finished MD5 last December. I took a semester off to get my finances together and continue studying for step 1. I recently got my result back and passed. I have spoken to some of my classmates and heard they all have passed too.

    The point here is don't worry about what school you go to or what teacher you have or what the school is lacking etc.. these factors only go so far. You have all the medical books, you will go through a prep course, the only person that is stopping you from succeeding is yourself.. put the extra time and effort into studying throughout basic sciences and you will be fine.
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    More advice..

    On the island: MD1-MD4

    Most of the required textbooks for each class are huge and contain material that may not be very high yield. During each course try and go through these books anyway, after each concept is covered then go through the complementary review books like BRS, Rapid Review etc multiple times to master these concepts.. repetition is the key, use these books actively with each class.

    Donít just focus on the powerpoint slides and expect that to be good enough for step 1, you will be making a huge mistake.

    Before you leave MD4 take one of the online NBME forms (try form 1), which will give you an idea of where you stand and what areas you need to work on.

    MD5:

    You should have the Kaplan lecture notes at this point, make sure you go through the concepts thoroughly; these books are good if used correctly. Kaplan pathology isnít that great so it would be good to supplement this book with rapid review pathology instead. It will be more familiar anyway because you should have used it during MD3-MD4.

    After going through these books, get a subscription to usmleworld, start working through the questions (about 2077 questions). If you feel comfortable in doing questions do them random/timed/unused, if you are struggling do them in tutor mode. Make sure that you go through all of the explanations, not just the ones you got wrong. This bank should be used as a learning tool not mainly for assessment, don't worry if your cumulative % is not that high.

    Also, at this time it would be good to take another NBME form (try form 2) to see if you improved on your weak areas from the last one.

    Post MD5: (should only need 1-2 months)

    This is when you can start going through the first aid book efficiently. Once you have reviewed all of the material it is easy to go through this book and is the most helpful. Make sure you cover it a couple times, everything in this book I found to be high yield.

    If you finished the usmleworld qbank you could also get a 1 month subscription to Kaplanís qbank (about 2400 questions) just to go through more questions. Make sure you go through these random/timed/unused. Kaplan qbank is not as good as usmleworld, so again, make sure you go through that one really well. The goal # of questions before the actual exam should be around 5000.

    You should also take 2-3 NBMEs (out of forms 3-7) during this time to make sure you are improving and where you want to be. These NBMEs, in most cases, are very accurate to where you will score on the actual exam. It would also be helpful to do these forms back to back, they are each only 4 blocks where the actual exam is 7 blocks.

    This study schedule is not meant for everyone but is a decent guide to get you where you should be, change it to best fit your learning style. Good luck.

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    NBME forms
    https://nsas.nbme.org/nsasweb/servlet/mesa_main

    Usmleworld qbank
    USMLE Step 1, USMLE Step 2 CK, USMLE Step 2 CS, USMLE Step 3 - Qbank | CCS | Self-assessment

    Kaplan qbank
    Kaplan Medical Test Preparation Qbank | Guaranteed Results with Kaplan Medical
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    Congrats! Glad to see you are doing good. Kick it in clinicals.

    Josh
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    Chris

    The generous and informed way you shared your recommendations to your fellow students speaks volumes about your character. Throughout a medical career you will be called upon for "hallway consults", informal case discussions and off the record advice concerning patient management. This sharing is formalized in the Hippocratic Oath that will be administered at you graduation ceremony. Thank you for your sharing and encouragement.
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    Thanks for all the info. I'll be starting in August at Xavier. Definitely going to print this out

    Good luck with clinicals!

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    great info, grats on the usmle pass and good luck in your clinical years

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    Hello.

    I just have a few questions and hopefully you will be able to answer them.

    I am actually a student at Saint James Medcial school and I have completed my basic sciences, however I would like to transfer to Xavier Aruba for my clinicals. I was just wondering if you knew anyone is clinicals and what they think about the clincial set up? also where you they place you for cores and is it easy to set up ur own electives? also are Xavier Aruba grads able to get licensed in nre york? loactions for clinicals?

    any other information u can provide in terms of clincials or school would be great! thankss!

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    I know for a fact that they are TRYING to get approval for New York, so you would have to wait and see.

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