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Theodore Schoenfeldt (2018)
Member Type: Student, Junior Member Campus: Rockford
Advice
General advice for Step 1 prep:
-The most important thing you can do to prepare for Step 1 is complete a lot of practice questions from qbanks

-For step 1 studying it is important to be efficient and thorough at the same time. While annotating First Aid and integrating all class material into FA is thorough, it is not efficient. Your best bet is to actively read select material(Pathoma, FA) multiple times, and do questions to solidify concepts and identify gaps in knowledge. These resources will cover 99% of whats on step 1...don't waste your time using other resources to chase that last 1%

-Repeating my first point...Between Kaplan, USMLERx, and Uworld qbanks, it’s like having a sneak peak at 90% of the question bank for Step 1. I CANNOT EMPHASIZE THIS ENOUGH! More questions equals better performance. I did Kaplan qbank throughout the year by subject, did all of USMLERx qbank randomized over the course of the final unit during M2, then did 4 blocks of UWorld a day during dedicated studying(took about 18 days for one pass)

-Being successful on step 1 comes down to working hard. Doing UFAP(Uworld, First Aid, Pathoma) multiple times through(4-5 times through first aid and pathoma, and 2x through UWorld) has worked for many people. I added USMLERx and Kaplan to that method because I felt like seeing new questions was better.

I wish you the best of luck, and when you get burned out think about your long term goals.