Tuesday 17 May 2016

USMLE Strategy for an IMG

As an IMG who has been away as a researcher for a while now, it is imperative that I put in more hours in studying for the steps. The subjects are detail-oriented and although one retains the broad concepts and general philosophies, it is almost impossible to recall the nitty gritty that often determines the outcome in the examination.

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I am, therefore, on a bit of a prolonged, IMG track preparation plan. My strategy has several phases to its implementation (the policy researcher in me is at work - you know it!), and I have broken down the next few months into dedicated blocks for preparing from different materials. I intend to write the exam in the last fortnight of the year and as such, my plan is as below:

Phase Number
Phase of…
Duration of Phase
Study Plan
Phase I
Introductory Phase
50 days
May 16 to July 4
Study Lectures + First Aid + Standard Texts + Make notes in FA or notebooks
Phase II
Consolidation Phase
50 days
July 5 to August 23
First Aid + Kaplan Lecture Notes + Standard Texts + Reference Texts + UWORLD + Make notes in FA or notebooks
Phase III
Major Revision Phase
50 days
August 24 to October 12
First Aid + UWORLD + NBME + Make notes in FA or notebooks
Phase IV
Rapid Revision Phase I
25 days
October 13 to November 6
First Aid + UWORLD + NBME + Make notes in FA or notebooks
Phase V
Rapid Revision Phase II
25 days
November 7 to December 1
First Aid + UWORLD + NBME + Make notes in FA or notebooks
Phase VI
Pre-Exam Prep Phase
15 days
December 1 to December 16
First Aid + Notes + UWSA + Diiagnostic NBME


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