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    Is anyone taking the USMLE's while doing their medical degree? If so, is it hard? Can you tell me the difference between the two? And does any of the material that you need to know for the degree and USMLE's cross over?
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    Heya, I'm studying for my USMLE step 1 atm (albeit very slowly), just doing behavioural science (starting with the easiest and smallest chapter ). It seems to be of a completely different breed to my current exams. Step 2 should be reasonably easy to sit with finals as it is just clinical knowledge and Step 2 CK is basically an OSCE (really strange to the americans). Step 3 is more clinical medicine with emphasis on practical skills.

    Step 1 is like a plethora of intense preclinical (pathology, biochemistry-two big hitters) combined with relatively complex clinical medicine. The questions are pretty tough, they make our PBLs look like a joke. To start with, you should get First Aid for the USMLE Step 1 2010 and learn it cold. Also get BRS Pathology and memorise it.

    Look at www.wikitestprep.org for example questions.
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    Heya, I'm studying for my USMLE step 1 atm (albeit very slowly), just doing behavioural science (starting with the easiest and smallest chapter ). It seems to be of a completely different breed to my current exams. Step 2 should be reasonably easy to sit with finals as it is just preclinical knowledge and Step 2 CK is basically an OSCE (really strange to the americans). Step 3 is more clinical medicine with emphasis on practical skills.

    Step 1 is like a plethora of intense preclinical (pathology, biochemistry-two big hitters) combined with relatively complex clinical medicine. The questions are pretty tough, they make our PBLs look like a joke. To start with, you should get First Aid for the USMLE Step 1 2010 and learn it cold. Also get BRS Pathology and memorise it.

    Look at www.wikitestprep.org for example questions.
    Are there particular steps for you to do it? i,e, would you have to do step after x year of medical school or can you do it whenever.

    I'm a long way off this (currently working for my grades to meet my offer) but i would like the idea of working in the U.S. (minus the suing )
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    Are there particular steps for you to do it? i,e, would you have to do step after x year of medical school or can you do it whenever.

    I'm a long way off this (currently working for my grades to meet my offer) but i would like the idea of working in the U.S. (minus the suing )
    Step 1= After preclinical school (i.e. 2nd year)

    I think Step 2 CK is fourth year, but don't quote me on that.

    Most people do step 2 alongside finals.
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    (Original post by digitalis)
    Step 1= After preclinical school (i.e. 2nd year)

    I think Step 2 CK is fourth year, but don't quote me on that.

    Most people do step 2 alongside finals.
    Cool. Do many people actually do them? Obviously i doubt most do but just wondering what perecntage out of interest?
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    (Original post by The Megatron)
    Cool. Do many people actually do them? Obviously i doubt most do but just wondering what perecntage out of interest?
    Not many at all...I know of maybe two other people seriously considering them in my year.
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    (Original post by digitalis)
    Not many at all...I know of maybe two other people seriously considering them in my year.
    Fair enough. Thanks for the info. If i get my offer i'll PM you in 2 years for what to expect :rolleyes:
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    (Original post by digitalis)
    Heya, I'm studying for my USMLE step 1 atm (albeit very slowly), just doing behavioural science (starting with the easiest and smallest chapter ). It seems to be of a completely different breed to my current exams. Step 2 should be reasonably easy to sit with finals as it is just clinical knowledge and Step 2 CK is basically an OSCE (really strange to the americans). Step 3 is more clinical medicine with emphasis on practical skills.

    Step 1 is like a plethora of intense preclinical (pathology, biochemistry-two big hitters) combined with relatively complex clinical medicine. The questions are pretty tough, they make our PBLs look like a joke. To start with, you should get First Aid for the USMLE Step 1 2010 and learn it cold. Also get BRS Pathology and memorise it.

    Look at www.wikitestprep.org for example questions.
    Is the work load for the USMLE's big?
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    Is the work load for the USMLE's big?
    Yes, very much so. I got a merit and first quartile in second year, got first quartile second year after attending no more than ten lectures in the year and I'm finding the amount of stuff I have to learn for the first time and the sheer volume is horrendous. The US students defo have it harder.

    It is also much more challenging exam questions. It is always two step answer processes, I.e. you will have to say make a diagnosis and then explain the biochemical pathway defect, or suggest a drug class that doesn't have x side effect. All my med school exams have been single step.
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    Medical statistics and ethics. Shoot me now, so boring!
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    (Original post by digitalis)
    Medical statistics and ethics. Shoot me now, so boring!
    Before i shoot you, i should consider the pros and cons of your future impact to society within your current mental...
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    (Original post by digitalis)
    Heya, I'm studying for my USMLE step 1 atm (albeit very slowly), just doing behavioural science (starting with the easiest and smallest chapter ). It seems to be of a completely different breed to my current exams. Step 2 should be reasonably easy to sit with finals as it is just clinical knowledge and Step 2 CK is basically an OSCE (really strange to the americans). Step 3 is more clinical medicine with emphasis on practical skills.

    Step 1 is like a plethora of intense preclinical (pathology, biochemistry-two big hitters) combined with relatively complex clinical medicine. The questions are pretty tough, they make our PBLs look like a joke. To start with, you should get First Aid for the USMLE Step 1 2010 and learn it cold. Also get BRS Pathology and memorise it.

    Look at www.wikitestprep.org for example questions.
    Out of curiosity, how much is it looking like costing you to take the exams?
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    Out of curiosity, how much is it looking like costing you to take the exams?
    550 quid for Step 1, another 70 quid for books.
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    550 quid for Step 1, another 70 quid for books.
    whoa....
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    (Original post by Magician)
    whoa....
    http://mdsalaries.blogspot.com/2006/...-salaries.html

    Small price when you consider these median, mid career salaries
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    (Original post by digitalis)
    http://mdsalaries.blogspot.com/2006/...-salaries.html

    Small price when you consider these median, mid career salaries
    Isn't anesthesia really really competitive? Is it realistic to expect to be offered a residency in it?
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    (Original post by AnonymousPenguin)
    Isn't anesthesia really really competitive? Is it realistic to expect to be offered a residency in it?
    Radiology
    Dermatology
    Opthalmology
    ENT
    Core surgical training

    are the competitive ones. Anaesthetics isn't so bad.
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    im going to do to the USMLE and leave this stupid country , unless may be they get rid of MTAS
 
 
 
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