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Aim USMLE Step 1

USMLE step1 time line help for first year MBBS student
Hi! I could't find a topic for students in their initial years of mbbs in this forum so I have two questions!
I just got into my medical college this week and I know it sounds farfetched but please could anyone tell me a rough time line as to when should I start preparing for my Step 1? I have no knowledge of the future years with respect to the volume of workload but I know first year is ruthless in terms of giving us no time. When in the life of a typical MBBS student can he find enough time to study for the step 1? As in which year is relaxed etc? I know the basics of usmle and the steps but I'm pretty blank about my future years in terms of curriculum.
secondly, what can I do right now to aid my USMLE endeavours?


Aim DNB Part 2

standard books which you need to study in your graduation years:-
• Ganong and Chaudhary for physiology.
• Kaplan notes and videos with B.D chourasia for easy learning of Anatomy.
• Robins for pathology.
• Katzung for pharmacology.
• Sabiston and Schwartz for surgery.
• Harrison for Medicine
• oxorn and foote for Obstretics.
• Shaws for Gynaecology.
go deep and detailing in every subject concept wise .


USMLE's are easy exams and they expect you to have an understanding of concepts and learn how to apply them clinically.
First couple of years of MBBS try to read the standard reference books and learn clinical acumen from your teachers. Medical School's in India teach you really well. Once you start residency you focus on evidence based medicine and have battery of tests/resources on your disposal never get the time to build basic knowledge and skills back.
I think one question that you need to decide at the end of your 2nd year is when do you plan to take step-1? 4th year or internship.
In nutshell
Step-1 is 1st and 2nd prof subjects with a lot of emphasis on physiology and pathology. I personally liked Goljan for pathology a lot, so might add that to your reading list with Robbins in 2nd year.
Step-2 focuses on medicine a lot, so do review basics of path/physio/pharm for diseases you read while you read medicine in final year

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