Daitong

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I know that this has been done to death, and I don't want to be that guy, but I really want to kill the step.

I'm currently an M1 in an organ-based curriculum (biochem/path/pharm/immuno/micro as foundations first, then organ systems) and I want to do as much step prep work as I can during the first 2 years since we have a relatively short dedicated step prep time (3 weeks).

So far I'm on firecracker and FA, but do you think I could supplement my coursework with something else like a qbook/bank (that's not UW/USMLERx/Kaplan) to do alongside class?

Obviously doing well in M1 and esp M2 is the best thing to do for step, but what are things I could do now that yields high dividends for when it comes to my actual, dedicated prep time?

Thanks so much in advance!
 

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Nothing. Focus on classes. This has been said over and over because it's the truth. Don't try and get cute with it.
 
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As stated above, a great step score starts with a great foundation in the basic science coursework.
 

BamaNicole

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Best thing to do is figure out how to be a successful medical student and do well in your classes.
 
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Take step one early, as in at the end of the year. that way, you'll make room for research and get step 2 out of the way before anyone even takes step 1. you'll be way ahead of the game.

just joking...yeah, i agree with the above. Focus on classes. For M1 material, you can use outside sources to help you get things. Make sure the scope of your resources is appropriate.
 

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... I'd say First Aid is a piece of shyt to try to use alongside classes. Even during M2 its not all that. The main convenient thing about it is that it has the bare bones physio + path + pharm ( + embryology, histo, and whatever else) in a very condensed number of pages.
 
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... I'd say First Aid is a piece of shyt to try to use alongside classes. Even during M2 its not all that. The main convenient thing about it is that it has the bare bones physio + path + pharm ( + embryology, histo, and whatever else) in a very condensed number of pages.
yep!...good luck trying to understand what the "you know what" is going on by reading first aid.