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How much Step1 material is covered in med school?

TheMightyAngus

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How much Step 1 material was actually covered in your med school curriculum? 60%, 80%, 95%?

When I go through first aid, I'm familiar with maybe 2/3 of the material. Probably less. Primary deficiencies are in path and pharm. But I catch holes in every subject.

I feel like I'm gonna have to teach myself a ton of material before test day. I'm still an MSI, but my school is on a condensed curriculum and I use FA as a way to figure out what's important. Lately, it seems I'm doing a substantial amount of "extra" work to make sure I cover it all.

Anyone else felt the same way?
 

TheMightyAngus

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Path and pharm are traditionally M2 topics, so I wouldn't start worrying yet.

Our curriculum is organized by organ system, so we do path+pharm+phys, etc. all at the same time.

What do you mean by condensed curriculum?

1.5 year basic sciences. Take boards in Feb.
 

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Yes, I know what you mean, our curriculum is pretty crammed too but not as tight as yours. We finished in February and get 6 weeks off for the boards.

Biochem and Molecular are where I'm noticing the largest deficiencies but there are definitely others here and there during the organ based curriculum.
 
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I feel exactly the opposite. My school teaches everything listed in FA and then ten times more. We are in neuro and our syllabus for the 3 week block is well over 600 pages. First aid neuro is like 40.

Imagine if a school adopted a "Two year step 1 board prep" mentality. Their students would clean up. Instead I am stuck reading page after page of useless detail. (and then trying to remember it when they test on it)
 

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Anyone else felt the same way?

It depends. Our Phys is pretty excellent, as is our Pharm and Biochemistry.

Anatomy leaves a bit to be desired, and our systems-based path flat out sucks. I could have memorized every last bit of detail in our systems path and if it wasn't for Goljan, Robbins, and Cecil, I'd have no shot at passing boards.

Every time I see a % sign or data from a randomized controlled trial cited, I feel another neuron die.
 
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