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I get asked all the time about what I studied to score 266 on my Step 1. So I decided to write this blog post on my USMLE Step 1 preparation and experience.

Well, it depends on how much of the basic sciences knowledge you have. If you are from a Carribean medical school or a  foreign doctor who haven't studied in a while chances are your basic sciences are pretty weak. So if your basic sciences are weak, you should not start with First Aid unless you have a tutor or supplement that with major book source like Kaplan. And after you get a strong base fr...

I received a numerous email to write a post on the important USMLE Step. To tell you what every step is important. However, recently the residency directors are looking more into USMLE Step 2 CK score and no failing on USMLE Step 2 CS. What does that mean?


I have seen many students never cared about Step 2. They only work hard for Step 1 and think that all they need. However, let's say if you scor...

You get your score, and it shows that you failed the USMLE Step 1. And you feel as if the world just fell on you. The feeling of disappointment is deep. But don't worry, it's not the end of the world. You still could get residency and practice as a doctor in the US. After you see that you didn't pass, don't try to get back up and start studying right away. You first need to get out of the house an...

Physiology is one of the most important subjects for USMLE Step 1. Without physiology, you wouldn't understand the pathology properly. Now, Physiology is all about concepts, which means there is less memorization. And the board loves conceptual questions so make sure you know your physiology well. Preparation for the physiology depends on what stage you are at. If you are really weak, new to physi...

Pharmacology is one of the easiest subjects for the Step 1. I mean its easy to get the questions right, they usually make them straight forward. Now, you have to study the right material and memorize the drugs to get almost all of the pharmacology questions right on the exam. You are going to get 3 to 4 questions per block on pharmacology. Trust me they don't ask anything crazy. Everything they as...

Pathology is one of the highest yield sections in Step 1, so make sure you know it inside and out. Not only it will help you in Step 1 but it will keep coming back in the future Steps. So, what materials to use for this big guy? Here is how you should organize your pathology preparation:

Doctor Najeeb - If you have zero knowledge in Pathology make sure you start watching Dr. Najeeb for pathology....

I received few emails recently about Neuroanatomy. You guys wanted to know what is the best way to study Neuroanatomy.


Now, Neuroanatomy is extremely high yield. Most of the neurology questions are jam packed with images, labels, and concepts. Here are the sources and techniques that will get you high score on Neuroanatomy:



Dr. Najeeb's Video on Neuroanatomy - These are super amazing videos on Ne...

Microbiology is one of the most important topics for Step 1, and I will be honest the board loves Microbiology. And it is one of the easiest topics to get easy points. You will get 7 to 8 questions per block on your exam. I have seen a lot of people studying so many sources for Microbiology. But today I will tell you exactly what you need to do to get all the Microbiology questions right on the ex...

First Aid for the USMLE Step 1 is one of the most popular sources for Step 1. It helped so many medical students to pass the board. Now if you read many forums and blogs people might have different opinions. But, you have to realize that First Aid improved so much over the years, and now it is pretty much a complete guide to passing the board. So if someone said that First Aid is not enough, then...

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