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Member Profile

Jay Patel (2016)
Member Type: Student, Junior Member Campus: Chicago
Specialty: Internal Medicine Program: Stanford University Programs
Advice
STEP 1 STUDY ADVICE:

This was my step 1 study plan. Obviously you all know that step 1 studying in an individualized process, but it is always nice to have examples of what other people did that seemed to work.

Fall semester: Study for classes in your usual fashion. For me, I would go to lecture/watch lectures throughout the school week and then flag all relevant topics on Firecracker over the weekend to restudy what I learned in class that week.

Start: Winter Break; First thing I did was rewatch all the pathoma videos covering material we went over in the fall semester, so it wouldn't look so foreign to me at a later point of studying. Then, I started formal Step 1 studying with a video series (Kaplan, but DIT also is good) that guided me through my first pass at FA. In watching the entire video series, I managed to get through all of FA. Even though we hadn't covered a lot of the pharm and path in class by Winter Break, I gained a surface level understanding of the unfamiliar information through reading FA and listening to the lecture series. This was an excellent setup for the spring semester.

Spring semester: I started spring semester having gone through FA once, so I felt comfortable starting UWorld in January. From the beginnng I was doing timed, 46 Q, random topic, random subtopic blocks. This way I was simulating the test from the beginning. Sure, the scores I was receiving on the first several blocks were terrible. I hadn't learned much of the material in depth, but I was making educated guesses and learning from my mistakes through U World explanations. When we got to the material in class, I had an easier time understanding it because I had already attained a semi-solid grasp of it. I continued doing U World through March, which is when I bolstered my U World with USMLERx. Additionally, I was continuing my firecracker strategy from Fall Semester. This way I was reinforcing the material in class as well as studying overall for Step. After having finished U World for the first time (timed it to finish around the end of classes), I read through FA a second time. This time, I read it with just a highlighter and a pen to annotate, but it was a much quicker read. This took me through April.

Dedicated studying time: I rewatched Pathoma twice in its entirety during the month of studying. This put me at 5 total times watching pathoma, as I had watched it during school weeks, before exams, and over winter break already. I finished USMLERx and went through U world a 2nd time. Also, I went through the incorrect questions from U world a 3rd time. I started from the top of firecracker and worked my way down, flagging several topics a day and doing the questions associated with those. That same day, I would read about whatever was flagged on FC in my FA and annotate. By the end of dedicated studying time, I had gone through all of FC for the 2nd time (did it all once slowly throughout the school year) and FA for the 3rd time. Also, I did one NBME practice exam every week during the dedicated study time, so I think I had done about 5 by the end of it. Add to that Pathoma 5 times, USMLERx 1 time, and U World 2.5 times and you have a boatload of questions, a lot of time spent, and many friends lost. However, it will lead you to the promiseland.

Test Day: the test for me (and a lot of my colleagues) ended up being much more difficult than any of the practice blocks I had done. The prompts were longer, questions were harder, and the lights were brighter. I never had an issue with time during U world blocks or the practice NBMEs, but I struggled to review all the questions marked on 2/7 blocks on my actual exam. This was scary for me, but my score ended up being in alignment with the NBME prediction. Go in knowing it'll be harder and you won't be as shocked as I was when you sit down. This will help mentally.

If you have any questions dont be afraid to shoot me an email (jpatel87@uic.edu) or text (8473099532).