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Discussion in 'Step I' started by camjakb, Jul 24, 2002.

  1. camjakb

    camjakb Member 10+ Year Member

    Apr 5, 2001
    buffalo, ny 14215
    How exactly do MSII's time the USMLE? I've seen them reviewing for the exam during the regular school year (I assume to take the USMLE as early as possible) and in the summer as there were quite a few med students at the Kaplan center where I had an MCAT review course.

    Other than gaining more studying time, are there any advantages to taking the the test later in the year...any disadvantages?

    I'm probably getting ahead of myself (I'll be an MSI in August), but I was just curious.
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  3. Darth Vader

    Darth Vader Banned Banned

    You should ask the MSIIs at your school when they take the USMLE, because it is different at different schools. Generally, MSIIs take it after they finish their classes at the end of their second yr before 3rd yr starts.
  4. mamadoc

    mamadoc Old Member 7+ Year Member

    May 17, 2002
    Your school will make some of the decision for you - there's usually a requirement that you must take it before you start third year. You definitely don't want to put it off very long after completing second year anyway. So there's just a small window of time when most MS-IIs take the USMLE, from late May til late June in most cases but almost always by end July.

    During the school year, MS-IIs are using First Aid and NMS board review books as aids for their course studying that *also* help in early prep for Step 1. So it's not "Step 1 studying" in and of itself, but studying for school exams and shelf exams too - and all that leads up to Step 1.

    Anyone who doesn't like the notion of taking exams for the rest of his/her life should reconsider medicine ;) it often feels like one big test!
  5. sng33

    sng33 Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Jun 17, 2001
    what are shelf exams and what is the difference from school exams?

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