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Picmonic USMLE Step 1 Study Plan 2016

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Each subject is broken down into categories based on First Aid 2016. Each day is broken down into 2-4 hour sessions using the time frame one can reasonably expect to spend on each resource. If you finish early, you can review the material presented, or move on to the next day.

By following this guide, you will complete 620+ hours worth of study, review 559 First Aid pages, and master 935 First Aid specific Picmonics.

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The 3 Prong Approach

REVIEW
the applicable pages in
a specific chapter. Do
not skip any portions
of the content. Revisit
unfamiliar topics and
understand
mechanisms and
concepts of disease
processes.
MASTER
the Picmonics that
correspond to each
of the listed First Aid
pages. Based on user
experience, it
generally takes 3-5
views per Picmonic to
understand it in its
entirety.

 

ASSESS
your knowledge with
Kaplan® and/or
UWorld® Qbank
questions. Each set
of questions is
spread evenly
throughout the study
days, so you won’t
risk being
overburdened.

 

How to Access Qbanks

To Access Kaplan Qbank:

After purchasing your Kaplan Qbank subscription and registering your account, follow these
directions to access the Kaplan Qbank software:
 
  1. Go to www.kaptest.com
  2. Click on “Sign In” in the top right hand corner
  3. Sign in using the email and password you used when purchasing your subscription
  4. Once signed-in, you will see your “My Account” page
  5. Under the tab “My Courses” you will see the name of your selected subscription (e.g. Step 1 Qbank - 1 month).
  6. Click the drop down menu link “Access My Online Resources” and select “Step 1 Qbank” to view the resource options
  7. Click “Qbank” to launch the Qbank software
 
After launching the Kaplan Qbank software, follow these directions to generate a specific topic
question block:
 
  1. You will see five purple tabs on your main page. Select “Create Test.”
  2. Under Test Mode, you will have the option to choose a variety of settings to customize the question block.
    • For the most similar to test day experience, select the following: Timed Test, Category - Unused, Difficulty - All, Question Type - All.
    • We encourage assessing your knowledge under realistic conditions to gain experience and build confidence for test day.
    • After using the Qbank for multiple subjects you may have to include used questions to have an adequate amount for practice.
  3. Under Organ System and Discipline, checkmark the boxes that pertain to either organ system or discipline being currently tested.
    • In order to ensure inclusion of all possible questions, if testing an organ system such as “Cardiovascular,” make sure that “All” under Disciplines is selected. However if testing a discipline like “Microbiology,” make sure that ‘All” under Organ System is selected.
  4. Under “Create Test,” you may select the number of questions you want included per question block.
    • On test day, each question block will contain no more than 40 questions to be completed in 60 minutes per block.
    • If the selected topic does not have 40 questions, then enter the maximum amount of questions available into the Test Size field.
  5. Once you click the “Create Test” button, the test block will launch. Be prepared to start answering questions immediately!
    • Once you create a question block, it cannot be reset. However it can be suspended at any time throughout its duration and resumed later.
  6. At the end of your test block, your score and statistics will be calculated and available for viewing at anytime under the main page tab “Test Analysis & Review.”

 

To Access UWorld Qbank:

After purchasing your UWorld Qbank subscription and registering your account, follow these
directions to access the UWorld Qbank software:
 
  1. Go to www.uworld.com/sign_in.aspx
  2. Sign in using the email and password you used when purchasing your subscription
  3. Once signed in, you will see “Step 1 Qbank” under your Subscriptions. You will need to activate it in order to launch the software.
  4. Click “Launch.” In order to use the UWorld Qbank software, you will need to download the program to your respective platform using the links on this page.
  5. After download is complete, launch the software like any other application.
  6. Sign in with the same username and password used on your account page.
  7. Activate the subscription if it has not already been activated.
  8. Click “Launch” to open the program.
After launching the UWorld Qbank software, follow these directions to generate a specific topic
question block:
 
  1. You will see seven tabs at the top of your main page. Select “Create Test.”
  2. Under Test Mode and Question Mode, you will have the option to choose a variety of settings to customize the question block.
    • For the most similar to test day experience, select the following: “Timed Test” and “Unused Questions.
    • We encourage assessing your knowledge under realistic conditions to gain experience and build confidence for test day.
    • After using the Qbank for multiple subjects you may have to include used questions to have an adequate amount for practice.
  3. Under Test Divisions, check the boxes that pertain to the subject being tested.
    • ​​In order to select a sub-division, at least one main division must be selected.
  4. Under “Specify No. of Questions,” you may select the number of questions you want included per question block.
    • On test day, each question block will contain no more than 40 questions to be completed in 60 minutes per block.
    • If the selected topic does not have 40 questions, then enter the maximum number of questions available into the question amount field.
  5. Once you click the “Generate Test” button, the test block will launch. Be prepared to start answering questions immediately!
    • Once you create a question block, it cannot be reset. However it can be suspended at any time throughout its duration and resumed later.
  6. At the end of your test block, your score and statistics will be calculated and available for viewing at anytime under the main page tab “Previous Test.”