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Discussion in 'General International Discussion' started by TAZPOTE, Jan 9, 2002.

  1. TAZPOTE

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    Hi everybody.I m a 4th year medical student in hungary.I m planning to take the usmle step 1 next november.Since my school has a much mre conservative approach than US schools, i d like to know if it s better to concentrate on question books or to review alla the main subjects.Are the A graded books in 1st aid worth buying?And do u know if the score in step 1 counts in being accepted for a residency?If yes, to what extent?I m asking this because some students that i know have been accepted in highly rated programms, like neuorology in yale, with about 75 scores.Thnx for reading. :confused: <img src="confused.gif" border="0">
     
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    Several points:

    1) your best approach is to study "High Yield" information. Going over your textbooks will give you too much detail. Therefore I suggest using review books and doing lots of questions. Starting on page 1 in your Pathology book will NOT be High Yield.

    2)IMHO, the "A" rated books in First Aid are worth having - if you use them. No book is worth the money if you simply let it collect dust on your shelf. I liked the High Yield series and found First Aid right on in most of its assessments.

    3) Step 1 is generally fairly HIGHLY weighted, but it depends on the program and the field. In the example you've given, Neurology is not a very competitive field and Yale has several satellite programs, some of which are also not very competitive. So while a 75 might get you a community program residency in Neurology, it will likely get you laughed at for Orthopedics, for example. There are no hard and fast rules, but most programs look at Step 1 scores, especially for IMGs (because its the only true comparison they have between you and US grads). Don't take the exam lightly, even if you apply for a non-competitive field.

    Best of luck and I hope this helps.
     
  4. TAZPOTE

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    Kimberli, thnx for taking the time to write to me.Your advice is a small relief, since i couldn t figure out how i would manage to review the 3 first years while also struggling for my current subjects.I need all the info i can get.Thnx again.
     

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