USMLE Step 1 Experience – 265+ American Student

worked my tail off during those 18 months to master content for the long haul and to score well
on every exam, not just pass. Prepped about 4.5 weeks, couldn’t imagine anything longer than
that. Typical study approach, UFAP. Reviewed FA throughout my basic sciences from day one of
med school. Likely did 3 passes overall. I did Pathoma twice through. Did Anki from day one for
my courses, did Bros deck for the basic stuff (biochem, micro, pharm, immuno) over summer of
MS1. UWorld twice through with annotation and thorough review of all answers. All done in 40Q,
timed random mode. First pass 78% (final 15-20 blocks ~80-85%) , second pass 93%. Didn’t feel
like I could master the UFAP material enough to justify looking at any other resources.
Disclaimer, for what its worth, I have already earned my Pharm.D. and am a Board Certified
Pharmacotherapy specialist with residency training. Medicine is a second career for me. That
being said…the pharm on my test was pretty darn basic, even without any background.
CBSE 2 weeks before finals of MS2 (mid Dec): 97 (>265) -didn’t think much of this. I felt like I had a
lucky draw of questions I just happened to know
NBME 15: Baseline 4.5 weeks out 251 (14 marked)
NBME 17: 3.5 weeks out 257 (11 marked)
NBME 18: 2.5 weeks out 267 (9 marked)
UWSA 1: 10 days out 275
UWSA 2: 5 days out 257
Step 1 taken 2/2/17: 265+ (pleased with this, not sure I could have done much better to be honest,
maybe guessed better on unknowns?)
FYI, I have two young kids at home that are a welcome distraction to this thing called med school.
If I can do it, you all can too. Crush it and move on. Best of luck.