Saturday, March 1, 2014

PREPARING FOR STEP 1: A READERS EXPERIENCE!

So, one of the most commonly discussed topics on the forums are about how to prepare for Step 1. Here one of our readers has posted his Step 1 experience and  we hope you will find it useful !

Happy Reading!!!


Studying for step 1…..

USMLE Step 1 preparation methods and materials:

•     Kaplan Lecture Notes + DVDs

•     First Aid for the USMLE

•     Goljan Rapid Review of Pathology

Friday, February 28, 2014

DONE WITH THE RANK LIST!!! NOW WHAT??


Well, after the end of a hectic season and travelling all around the USA and forum discussions and scratching your head till there is nothing to left to scratch you said a small prayer and submitted your ROL!!! Gave a sigh of relief and now you play the waiting game till MATCH DAY!

Thursday, June 6, 2013

THE NEW CS EXAM PATTERN EXPERIENCE!


As most of you applying for the 2014 match are aware, this is the season for giving USMLE Clinical Skill exams for those who have already not given it :P
Here is a latest step 2 CS experience by one of our guest authors!!! Hope this helps!!
Hi guys... I'm an IMG, 2012 grad. Took the CS in the second half of Feb at Philadelphia; got my result on April 24th, and passed, thank God! Just thought I would share my experience, as I've gotten a lot of help and advice from various people through similar posts in the past.

MY PREPARATION

I started my preparation exactly 13 days before my exam. This is my first USMLE exam (for those who ask if CS should be taken only after step1 and CK).
Materials used : only First Aid for CS, latest edition
(For people who are wondering, the latest edition only has 3 additional long cases and 3-4 additional pages of short cases more than the previous edition. If you have the old book, you can photocopy the extra cases, as one of my friends did - just a money saving suggestion)
I used some of the mnemonics from Neeraj notes and Khalid notes (These are pdf files compiled by previous test takers, that are in circulation; they can be googled and downloaded easily)
For the examination part, I watched examination videos on youtube, of the signs and tests of which I was doubtful. 
I did not take any prep course or online subscriptions. 

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Q & A WITH BASSATOM: EPISODE 1 !!!

Hello. It has been quite sometime since I posted anything on this blog. For that matter, it has been
some time since any of us has posted anything on this blog! Well, life has been fast for the past one month. Busy with visa work, writing my book. And the internet here is quite slow. So, it makes it difficult to make videos and upload them!!

Still, as promised I have come with my video answering your questions. In this first episode I have answered 5 of your questions.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

WHAT TO DO IF THE NAME IN MY PASSPORT IS DIFFERENT?

Does your passport look like this?

SURNAME:
GIVEN NAME: GEORGE SRINIVASAN REDDY

OR

SURNAME: GEORGE SRINIVASAN REDDY
GIVEN NAME:

If not, then this post is not for you :)

If so, you are in big trouble. The thing is that this name as it is has no problem in India, but the USA people have a problem with it. They contend saying that its not possible for a person not to have a surname or not having a given name!( the logic is sound of course :))

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