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Plan to take both USMLE I and II this summer...any advice?

Discussion in 'Step II' started by Peace&Health, May 11, 2008.

  1. Peace&Health

    Peace&Health Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Feb 29, 2004
    San Diego, CA
    I'm a DO student and just realized that it is important to take USMLE if applying to residencies in California, which is where I am from. I am also taking COMLEX II.

    This is my study plan and I'm wondering what other folks in my situation did. Any thoughts or advice would be appreciated. Standardized testing is not one of my strengths.

    I plan to study for USMLE II and COMLEX II for 3 wks, take USMLE II , then COMLEX II 3 days later. Then study for and take USMLE I 10 days later, focusing on the details. Unfortunately, I don't have too much time off.

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  3. Skills of House

    Skills of House 2+ Year Member

    Jan 12, 2007
    If you pull that off...and well (i.e. not just barely pass) should write review books! Good luck:thumbup:
  4. turkdlit

    turkdlit Superstar DJ 7+ Year Member

    Mar 21, 2003
    Thats gonna be very...very...very difficult. You could be setting yourself up for a big let down once you make it to Step I, which will hurt you more than help you.

    Maybe just take and do really well on USMLE step II. Thats what most of my DO buddies have done/are doing.

    DOCTORSAIB Ophtho or bust! 10+ Year Member

    Dec 15, 2000
    Baltimore, MD
    I see, you didn't take USMLE Step 1 as a 2nd year...

    Ok, listen up. Do NOT walk into the USMLE Step 1 "hoping" to pass/do well. There is no reason to be so blind when there are no less than 6 NBME practice tests that have great predictive power (some more than others -- forms 2, 3, 4 >> forms 1, 5, 6) waiting to be taken ($45/each).

    My advice: take at least TWO of the NBME practice tests. If you score above the national average (~220) on both of them, then go ahead and take Step 1.

    If not, then I would advice you to NOT take Step 1! A lackluster score will only hurt you my friend.

  6. Peace&Health

    Peace&Health Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Feb 29, 2004
    San Diego, CA
    Hi all,

    Thanks for your feedback. Always nice to get a second opinion. I'm becoming more practical and realistic about the whole thing. I'll probably take COMLEX II and USMLE II, and not take USMLE I or allow more time before taking USMLE I. I do plan to make use of all the NMBE tests before I take the USMLE to see where I stand.
  7. Terpskins99

    Terpskins99 Fear... The Stig 10+ Year Member

    Mar 8, 2005
    Hi Peace. If you are absolutely determined to do your residency in California, you might want to consider taking a year off to study for Step 1. Unless you are positive you wouldn't fail, since tanking the USMLE would put yourself into a considerably more difficult situation.

    Anyhow, barring a competitive specialty, is it THAT necessary to take Step I? I think you would still be able to match for a residency SOMEPLACE in San Diego without Step 1.

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