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I received my USMLE Step 1 score report today: Pass/238/85

I will start preparing for CK.


Exam date: April 10th



Kaplan Qbank


First Aid

Edited by P4a99 on Nov 17, 2012 - 1:46 PM


Just FA? Did u take a look at FA? What is QMax? Could u please give me more detail about ur plan? You don't want read Kaplans?


Step 1

My 3 digit score: 238
My 2 digit score: 85
American mean: 224
SD: 22
My calculated  z-score: 0.636
Then my percentile would be: 75%

Edited by P4a99 on Nov 11, 2012 - 12:20 PM


Did u read my post??!!

On Nov 10, 2012 - 1:45 PM, P4a99 responded:
I moved to a new place in a different country. I will try to settle and start preping as soon as possible. My plan is not concrete yet. However, unlike with for step 1, most of my reading will be from question banks. The three big banks.

Qmax = Rx = FA question bank

You could find it here:


Diff country!! ...oh immigration a major stress. Try to accommodate ASAP...nice plan. Actually kaplans have no more things than step1. I just want to read them because some of my friend suggest. The main issue is to distinguish steps in management and treatment of a disease...
Good luck with moving smiling face

On Nov 11, 2012 - 12:18 PM, P4a99 responded:
Thanks smiling face

How are you doing? Have you scheduled your exam? What's your eligibility period?


Goal for first 30 days:

-FA for CK. (500 pages)

-USMLE Rx. (2600 Qs)


How many pages per day?

On Nov 11, 2012 - 2:16 PM, P4a99 responded:
8th edition. I guess 20p/day. I havent decided when Ill actually start though.


I told u before. My eligibility period is dec-jan-feb. Do u know if I have to choose a date before my eligibility period start?
At the beginning I hoped to take the exam on Dec end. But now, I think that I couldn't take it before end of Jan sadsad... I wasted too much time to find a strategy for studying..
Let's see how will be my progress...

On Nov 11, 2012 - 2:18 PM, P4a99 responded:
No, you don't have to choose a day before your eligibility period. However, the later you do, the less places you'll find.


Warming up with Fischer Comprehensive Cases.


U mean Fischer IM videos?

On Nov 13, 2012 - 12:45 PM, P4a99 responded:
No, there is a newer set of videos called "Kaplan USMLE Comprehensive Cases by Conrad Fischer". 20 cases total.


Hi buddy
I saw ur post in IM thread about observership, Do u need visa for us? Are u graduated completely??

On Nov 14, 2012 - 12:09 PM, P4a99 responded:
I do not need a visa. I have graduated but my final diploma has not been issued yet. Do you have any USCE or research? I dont and that is worrying me.


Its great, if u don't need visa, u have to just come here, observership is free, but u have to go to hospital urself( no email). show ur CV and ur scores. another option is to find volunteer position in research groups or work in clinics or private office as a physician assistant. as u don't need visa, apply for physician assistant. the income is not too much 10$/h but they provide u LORs.

I don't know exactly about electives. the only things I know is that if u are officially student, u can participate in electives. u have to search more.

Yes I need visa, I just have 1 conference paper in Vision science(perception). but i don't like neurology so it doesn't work smiling face...  i was working as thesis consultant when I was at medical school 2 year (writing proposal+thesis+statistical analysis)+ 1 year teaching: May this things help me. but I also have plan to go for observership after CK before CS.

good luck smiling face


Oh those are things ill definitely look into. I guess we'll need to concentrate on CK now. Then, we must secure some USCE because its making a lot of difference for applicants these days.


Where do you live buddy right now? i have same schedule for CK


Finally pushed myself and started reading FA. Hopefully tomorrow Ill start doing Qs too.



which subject did u start with? 

On Nov 16, 2012 - 3:41 AM, P4a99 responded:
Ill be reading it in order from front to back, so I read cardio. Will do Qs now.


FA: p58

USMLERx: 1 block


How was ur evaluation about ck? Is FA enough? I have 7th edition FA. Do u want to read MTB?

On Nov 17, 2012 - 1:44 PM, P4a99 responded:

I know IMGs love MTB but I dont have it. I am sticking with my initial plan. If I add anything to my reading list I will post it here.

Based on our Step 1 scores, you are the smarter and more hardworking one among us. I should be following your footsteps wink



I read Derma chapter today from FA.

Did 1 block of USMLERx too.


Endocrine chapter FA.

Now to Qs...


Im smarter for just 2 point More smiling face)) loool. Good progress as always. Good job buddy smiling face...

On Nov 20, 2012 - 2:20 PM, P4a99 responded:

Of course! Every extra point means a few extra hours of reading! wink

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