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Thursday, May 04, 2006
  Words to stir
From Aedh wishes for the Cloths of Heaven (with minor alterations)
HAD I the heavens’ embroidered cloths,
Enwrought with golden and silver light,
The blue, the dim and the dark cloth
Of night and light and the half light,
I would spread the cloth under your feet.
But I being poor, have only dreams;
I have spread these dreams beneath your feet;
Tread softly.
For you tread on my dreams.

From a Robert Frost poem
The woods are lovely, dark, and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.
How old are you? Granted you are an IMG, but I'm sure your education is very solid. Most US students dont spent more than 4-8 weeks studying for the boards after their second year of school. Naturally, the focus of med school in Asia is going to be geared to the local population, but I doubt you would have many gaps in your education. My question is why are you wasting so much time studying the Step 1? An average student who puts in a few months of studying can easily score 95+ (after all, the test is not an intelligence test but more of a knoweldge test). Even if you need to get that 99, it doesn't require more than a 3-4 months. I suggest you take the test and get on with your career. I'm sure you'd get a 99 if you took it now!
There's actually a fundamental difference in the approach to the step 1 b/w and IMG and a US med student. For one, IMGs are usually all graduates and since my dumbass school took 6 years to graduate us, a lot of the basic sciences is 4 years in the past.

Furthermore, good US med students buy their FA and other board materials from day 1 of med school, while many IMGs, me included, haven't even decided where they'll try their luck after graduation.

Good, hardworking IMGs, who score 99s, study for AT LEAST 5-6 months. Now, I'm neither good nor hard working, so my dumbass has to take longer. I had initially planned to take the exam in June, but lazy as I am, I couldn't move fast enough in my studies.

I've also got my fiance on board. We're taking the exam together and we being IMGs, and Pakistani IMGs at that, need the best scores we can get. After our steps, we'll hopefully be able to get some USCE as well as pass the CS and Step 3 before ERAS opens in Sept 2007. I figure with great steps scores, USCE, CS and Step 3 pass by the time ERAS opens, we should both be able to land a good residency in the same program. We one of us gets left behind, or we end up matching in different cities it would really mess things up.

Thanks for the vote of confidence though. I'm aiming for a high score. I'll obviously be posting my score here one day and I hope I don't let the regular readers of this blog down. Good luck in your steps!
You seemed to be interested in Pakistan's disappointing ranking in the new annual FSI report. Please visit Safrang for a brief on this. I look forward to comments.
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Recent med school graduate from Peshawar, Pakistan. Started blogging when in throes of final year exams. Currently studying for USMLE Step 1. Aiming for the 2008 Match. I blog about my studies, my worries, and my thoughts on life. I live in Islamabad.

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