Check out this experience of Dr. Gowri Korpal


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Check out this experience of Dr. Gowri Korpalss

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Books used:
Pathoma (Fundamentals of Pathology)
First Aid USMLE Step 1
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Books used:
Pathoma (Fundamentals of Pathology)
First Aid USMLE Step 1
NBME 15 -22 incorrect – 247
I gave these from the start of my preparation and i finished NBME 15 – 4 months before my test. I
then prepared for 3 months and i gave the following NBMEs in the last month just prior to my
exam. In these 3 months of preparation i did the things i was more weak in.i.e. Behavioural and
Anatomy. This caused my score to jump from high 240s to low-mid 260s. With God’s grace i
scored even higher 270 in my real test.
Advanced Preparation:
Now after doing the offline NBMEs…it was time to do the topics which i was weak in PRIOR to
doing the online NBMEs. And those topics were Behavioural Science & Gross Anatomy.
In Behavioural Science there are multiple parts and each one needs to be done in a specific
manner. Following are the sections in Behavioural Science:
– Core Behavioural Science (stuff like conditioning)
– Psychiatry and Psychotherapeutics
– Patient – Physician Relations
– Biostatistics
The first 2 are pretty easy and i will concentrate on the last 2 as that was what i was getting wrong
in my NBMEs. To improve this i did UWorld Biostatistics Subject Review, BRS Behavioural Science
and Conrad Fischer’ 100 most likely questions of Ethics.
Apart from this i saw that in my NBME performance i was also weak in Anatomy and i was not just
weak in Gross and Clinical Anatomy, i was also weak in Embryology. These sections i was at a
point in time planning on ignoring and doing just UFAP for it. However, i am incredibly thankful to
god that i did not ignore it and did it well. The reason is that it was heavily tested in my exam. I
had concentrated on the questions in the following books more than the text. I would recommend you to do both, text + questions… however, the questions are very helpful in actually memorizing
the text and they are a must-do. I used:
BRS Gross Anatomy
High Yield Gross Anatomy
BRS Embryology
After doing my weak sections from these books for these 2 subjects, i went on to give online
NBME and my score in th
Following i gave online:
NBME 16(24 days before exam): 261
NBME 17 (17 days before exam): 265
NBME 18 (13 days before exam): 269
NBME 19 (6 days before exam): 261
Final Preparation:
After these NBMEs i was sure that i am going to do well in the exam…so in the final 5 days before
the exam… I did wrong questions from UWorld, wrong questions from NBME and First Aid USMLE
on last time. I made sure i knew each and every word in FA when i went in to give the test, I could
literally visualize every nook and corner of the textbook.
Exam Day:
I slept well on the day before the exam. On the exam i was calm and confident and it helped me a
lot. Being neurotic and anxious will not help…you did what you had to… you prepared for a long
time… Its all done now. Be confident and win the race… Go in with your 100%