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Member Profile

Keerthi Ranganath (2014)
Member Type: Student, Senior Member Campus: Chicago
Specialty: Internal Medicine Program: Northwestern University
Advice
It’s been over a year and a half since I took Step 1, but here is what I have to share:

1. Do not allow yourself to be influenced by your classmates, everyone studies differently and there are so many resources that there is no way you would ever get through everything that’s out there!

2. I highly recommend getting the binding taken off your First Aid book and putting in a 3 ring binder. This way you can add your own notes throughout.

3. Make a study plan and try to stick to it if that works for you. I studied with my best friend everyday and we had the same schedule, I know that’s not for everyone. I made up a 5 week calendar and gave each subject 2-3 days, did 3 Qbanks per day on timed tutor mode, and then read through all the answers and annotated FA as I went through. I took 3 NBME practice tests. I left the last week for review.

4. Have all your additional resources by January, don’t try to add any new books too close to the exam because I found that repetition was key for holding on to the material.

5. I watched DIT during practicum because the schedule was so unpredictable (mine was in the ER) and this way I could passively watch videos and still feel like I accomplished something. I did not get through the whole series and don’t think it’s necessary.

6. I listened to Goljan but used Pathoma as my pathology review text.

7. If I could go back and do it again I would have made my own Pharm cards throughout the year. This was my biggest regret because the ones you can purchase have way too much detail and I didn’t learn a thing from them!

8. I studied at my place downtown for the first 2 weeks and for the last 3 weeks I stayed in the suburbs with my family and this was AMAZING. Everyone went to work during the day so I was free to study at home. I also worked out every day between my afternoon Qbanks. At night I had company, home cooked food, and lots of encouragement and support ☺

9. I’m a huge snack person – dates, dark chocolate, and almonds during test day anyone? That is solid brain food.

10. Goodluck!