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1 Cracking the USMLE!! FARAZ KHAN LUNI M.D. University of Toledo, Ohio Internal Medicine USMLE Step 1 score 99 (266) USMLE Step 2 score 99 (263) USMLE Step 3 score 99 (234)

2 DISCLAIMER! No fixed formula of success No fixed formula of success Listen to others Listen to others Do what suits you Do what suits you

3 Avoid Stress Sort out family issues Sort out family issues Decide what you want Decide what you want Long process Long process

4 Avoid Stress Sleep well Sleep well Take out time to relax and exercise Take out time to relax and exercise Dont postpone exams unnecessarily Dont postpone exams unnecessarily - Maximum of four reads

5 How to study Hard work pays off but smart studying pays off even more Hard work pays off but smart studying pays off even more Study Partner or group Study Partner or group Make a timetable and stick to it Make a timetable and stick to it

6 Time Table Have 8 Hours of Sleep - Fixed sleeping schedule Time to relax Time to exercise Study in breaks

7 Time Table 9 AM Wake up 10-2:30 Study (4.5 Hours) 2:30-3 TV 3-6 Sleep 6-6:30 Tea Time 6:30-9 Study (2.5 Hours) 9-9:30 Exercise 9:30-10 Eat-TV 10-2:30 Study (4.5 Hours)

8 How to study Library Library Dont over prepare Dont over prepare

9 How to study Not many Buzz words Not many Buzz words Clinical scenarios Clinical scenarios No Rattas please No Rattas please - No need to memorize every line

10 Step 1 subjects (in order of importance) Pathology (Highest yield) Pathology (Highest yield) Microbiology (Bacteriology high yield, Viral Groups) Microbiology (Bacteriology high yield, Viral Groups) Behavioral Sciences (Our Achilles' Tendon) Behavioral Sciences (Our Achilles' Tendon) Pharmacology (Personal Classification Notes) Pharmacology (Personal Classification Notes) Immunology (Immune deficiency diseases high yield) Immunology (Immune deficiency diseases high yield) Physiology Physiology Biochemistry (First Aid is our aid) Biochemistry (First Aid is our aid) Genetics Genetics Anatomy (YES!!! Lowest yield topic. Only Neuroanatomy is high yield) Anatomy (YES!!! Lowest yield topic. Only Neuroanatomy is high yield)

11 Which books to use Kaplan Lecture Notes (Along with DVDs) Kaplan Lecture Notes (Along with DVDs) Kaplan 100 cases of ethics Kaplan 100 cases of ethics Epidemiology and Biostatistics for the USMLE (Appleton and Lange) Epidemiology and Biostatistics for the USMLE (Appleton and Lange) Goljan Pathology (Old Edition) Goljan Pathology (Old Edition)

12 Which books to use Original First Aid Original First Aid Kaplan Q bank (Not Q book) Kaplan Q bank (Not Q book) UWorld MCQs (ONLINE!!!) UWorld MCQs (ONLINE!!!) DONT use High yield series, Greys, Harper,Guyton, Ganong!!! DONT use High yield series, Greys, Harper,Guyton, Ganong!!!

13 First Read Orient Yourself Dont panic if you dont remember Slowest read Should take ~3 months ~ more days if DVDs

14 First Read Kaplan Series Kaplan Series Kaplan 100 cases of ethics Kaplan 100 cases of ethics Epidemiology and Biostatistics for the USMLE (Appleton and Lange) Epidemiology and Biostatistics for the USMLE (Appleton and Lange) Goljan Pathology (Some recommend Lectures) Goljan Pathology (Some recommend Lectures) - New edition too detailed!

15 First Read DVDs DVDs - Alternate way of studying - NOT necessary for good scores - Make additions to Kaplan - Do not write every word

16 First Read DVDs DVDs - Watch once - Increase speed, Capture (Power DVD) - Behavior sciences is a must! - Decide for yourself

17 Second Read Revise Revise Should take ~ 2 months (with Q Bank) Should take ~ 2 months (with Q Bank) Dont waste time on DVDs Dont waste time on DVDs

18 Second Read Original First Aid Original First Aid - MUST use it! - NOT a replacement for Kaplan - Great retention and revision tool

19 Second Read Kaplan Q bank (Book Format) Kaplan Q bank (Book Format) - Understand question pattern - Topic by topic - Identify high yield topics - Note new information

20 Third Read Should take ~15 days Should take ~15 days U World ~ 13 more days U World ~ 13 more days Kaplan + First Aid Kaplan + First Aid U World Online ( ) U World Online ( )www.usmleworld.com

21 Third Read Sample exam (www.usmle.org) Sample exam (www.usmle.org)www.usmle.org NBME NBME - Predictive Value

22 USMLE World Always Online (Dont use book) - - $99 package - - Smartest $99 ever spent! - - Can also give self assessment (Extra $30)

23 USMLE World Learning tool (Not Evaluation) - - High 60s ~ High 90s - - Exam day matters Identify Weaknesses

24 USMLE World Extra Information - Make notes Gives feel of the exam Schedule near the real exam

25 USMLE World FAQs Not getting good scores U World Vs Real Exam My friend got a low score My friend got a low score

26 Day before the Exam Stop studying by 6 pm Stop studying by 6 pm Relax Relax Stay away from position holders Stay away from position holders Sleep early Sleep early

27 Day before the Exam Dont use long acting sedatives (Valium) Dont use long acting sedatives (Valium) Go see Prometric centre at least a day before Go see Prometric centre at least a day before Exam Tutorial Exam Tutorial Dont cross question yourself Dont cross question yourself

28 Step 1 Exam Format 8 Blocks st Block Tutorial Block MCQs (46 MCQs per Block)

29 Exam Format 15 Min Tutorial 45 min Break 1 Hour per Block If you finish earlier time added to break time Block time is CONSTANT (1 hour)

30 Exam Day Reach early Reach early Use restroom Use restroom Dont study on exam day or in exam break Dont study on exam day or in exam break Take juices, snacks Take juices, snacks Panadol Extra (A lifesaver!!) Panadol Extra (A lifesaver!!)

31 Exam Day Skip tutorial Skip tutorial - Check mouse, sound, monitor Time management Time management Breaks Breaks

32 Exam Day Have a positive attitude Have a positive attitude All blocks WONT go well All blocks WONT go well Dont evaluate yourself Dont evaluate yourself It seems crazy but ENJOY your exam It seems crazy but ENJOY your exam

33 How to attempt questions? Read the last line first Read the last line first Look at the options Look at the options Then read the whole question Then read the whole question Highlight Highlight

34 How to attempt questions? Dont waste time Dont waste time Use mark option Use mark option Tick any answer Tick any answer Dont leave any unanswered question Dont leave any unanswered question All the information is in Kaplan and UWorld All the information is in Kaplan and UWorld

35 Under Grads Time for Concepts - - Proper Text Books - - Kaplan - - Dont compromise your Med School

36 Under Grads Should I go for the Steps? Pros - - Information fresh - - Save time to residency Cons - - Only 1 USMLE attempt (Unless you Flunk) - - Neglect of college studies - - Stressful

37 House Job Pros - - Backup - - Learning - - Pakistan Option - - PMDC - - Financial

38 House Job Cons - - Does not affect scores extra year - - Less Study time - - Not a big boost to your match chances

39 House Job Do or not? - - Visa Status - - Family Issues AKU or Civil How to study? - - Time - - Wards

40 FAQs Should I give Step 1 first or Step 2 Old edition or new one

41 FAQs Is USMLE Step 1 studies good enough to pass FCPS Should I delay my exam

42 FAQs Audio Visual Questions Slides

43 USMLE Step 2

44 USMLE STEP 2 Attempt within 3-4 months of step 1 Attempt within 3-4 months of step 1 Questions from step 1 syllabus Questions from step 1 syllabus Shorter syllabus Shorter syllabus

45 USMLE STEP 2 Studying smartly is the key Studying smartly is the key Beware of mistakes in Kaplan Beware of mistakes in Kaplan Time management very important Time management very important

46 Subjects Medicine (Highest Yield) Medicine (Highest Yield) Pediatrics (Medium Yield) Pediatrics (Medium Yield) Obstetrics and Gynecology (Medium Yield) Obstetrics and Gynecology (Medium Yield) Surgery (Lowest Yield) Surgery (Lowest Yield) Psychiatry (Lowest Yield) Psychiatry (Lowest Yield)

47 What to focus on? What is the next best step What is the next best step What is the next best test What is the next best test What is the most accurate test What is the most accurate test What is the most likely diagnosis What is the most likely diagnosis How to manage How to manage

48 What to study? Recommended Recommended Only Kaplan Series Only Kaplan Series UWorld Mcqs (Either online or Book) UWorld Mcqs (Either online or Book) Master the Boards (Not used by me) Master the Boards (Not used by me) Not Recommended Not Recommended No Dvds except Cardiology and Gynaecology No Dvds except Cardiology and Gynaecology No First Aid No First Aid No Qbank No Qbank

49 How to study? Three reads more then enough Three reads more then enough Timing Timing 1 st read ~ 2 months with UWorld 2 nd read ~1 month 3 rd read ~ 13 days

50 How to study? U World with first read U World with first read Everyone gets whipped in U World Everyone gets whipped in U World Understand pattern Understand pattern Identify high yield topics Identify high yield topics

51 Step 2 Exam Format 9 Blocks st Block Tutorial Block MCQs (44 MCQs per Block)

52 USMLE Step 3 2 Day Exam First Day MCQs Second Day MCQs + Clinical Case Scenario Best time as soon after Step 2

53 USMLE Step 3 UWorld Kaplan Step 2 Or Step 3 Master the Boards

54 Result and Etiquettes Result comes after 3 weeks on Wednesdays - - 9AM EST DONT call person to ask result Anything less than 99 is NOT a disappointment

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