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When I was studying for step 1, I was overwhelmed. There is a lot of material to cover and you need to know a lot.

Books needed for USMLE Step 1

[caption id="attachment_638" align="aligncenter" width="422"] Books needed for USMLE Step 1[/caption]   Here are the Useful Books needed for USMLE Step 1. However, keep in mind the ISBN numbers are the editions I used in 2009 so there probably are updated   Online 1. Kaplan Q Bank Online 2. Webpath Online   Books [caption id="attachment_623" align="alignright" width="150"] First Aid Cases for ...

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Clinical rotations: Fourth Year Electives

[caption id="attachment_616" align="aligncenter" width="600"] clinical rotations[/caption]   Make the most of your clinical rotations. Remember that all rotations serve as month long interviews. Do not leave your guard down. Remember that residents have a say in who they work with it. At a minimum, a resident can prevent you from getting an offer so remember to keep them happy. Keep the program coordin ...

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Matching/Graduating Loose Timeline/Deadlines 2011 for NRMP

[caption id="attachment_490" align="aligncenter" width="371"] NRMP Matching/Graduating[/caption]   Matching/Graduating Loose Timeline/Deadlines 2011 for NRMP- July 1 - Get ERAS token July - Start entering data into ERAS August 15 - NRMP registration opens Sept 1 - ERAS post office opened for transmitting applications. Programs can begin to download your applications. Oct-January Interview for residenci ...

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Confirmation of Certified ROL

[caption id="attachment_508" align="aligncenter" width="423"] Certified ROL (Rank Order List)[/caption]   I was paranoid about certifying the rank order list (ROL). The NRMP site was designed poorly in my opinion. When you create your rank order list, you have to certify the list for the system to actually consider it valid. To certify it, you have to hit a button near the top that says: Certify. Once ...

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How are the exams?

[caption id="attachment_514" align="aligncenter" width="315"] exam[/caption]   I do not think the exam questions you take during the basic sciences portion of your Caribbean medical school experience differ much from your LCME-based student population. The textbooks used are similar to the recommended ones for US schools. The big difference is that I do not think the Caribbean students cover as much ma ...

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Why Caribbean Students Fail Step 1

Here is Why Caribbean Students Fail Step 1 : Caribbean students typically do not do well on the USMLE step 1 exam. I know the stats show 60% of IMGs pass step 1 but I think this number is raised by true foreigners who take the exam after studying in their respective countries and lowered by Caribbean students who are American or Canadian citizens who studied abroad. I rarely meet a person who was raised in ...

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Year 3: USMLE Step 2 Clinical Skills studying

[caption id="attachment_246" align="alignnone" width="380"] USMLE Step 2 exam[/caption]   I am scheduled to take this USMLE Step 2 exam at the end of the year.      This is probably the easiest of the 4 exams but perhaps the most nerve-wracking because it is done live in front of actors and doctors. My English is superb since I grew up in the States and my bedside manner is good so that takes care of 2 ...

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Year 3: First Clinical Rotation

My first medical school rotation is internal medicine. Half the time is spent in my attending's private clinic and half the time is spent in the hospital rounding. I was scared since I did not know what to expect and what I needed to know or what I would be doing. I started in early September at his clinic. [caption id="attachment_239" align="alignright" width="200"] first clinical rotation[/caption] Intern ...

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