Problems of the Old IMG: Have Not Studied for an Exam for a Long Time

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A lot of times, people presume that with my double 99, prepping for me was a breeze. That I did not go through the same problems every Old IMG went through in my own prep. Nothing was further from the truth.

When I was starting my prep, one of my biggest problem was that not only have I not sat for an exam for a long time, I have not done any kind of long term studying for some time already. It was very hard to get into studying mode and read for long hours.

I went thru a lot of false starts. Studying a few days to weeks, then sputtering to a stop. This went for about a year before things finally began to settle down into a routine. The fact I had to work at the same time did not help the situation. In the end I was able to get into focus and finished my prep.

Is there really a short cut to get back into studying mode? I don’t think so. You have to get back into the habit of studying for long hours before you can seriously prepare for the USMLE. And like all habits, it takes sometime before it becomes routine to you. It will probably be easier if you are in a group where all of you are older grads and in the same boat. That would keep you motivated.

I have been thinking of forming an old IMG club, where old IMG’s gather together weekly, keep each other motivated, swap experience, until they get to the point that they can study for long hours on their own. If you feel you want to join up, post your name in the comments section. If we get at least 10 people, I will set up a forum for Old IMG members to meet up.

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17 thoughts on “Problems of the Old IMG: Have Not Studied for an Exam for a Long Time

  • February 3, 2012 at 5:21 pm
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    that’s a great idea
    keep going, we need it

  • February 4, 2012 at 6:55 am
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    I think it’s a good idea, but it will be really difficult to leverage all the people with so many different backgrounds. Maybe a basic read is needed BEFORE people [like me] join. I deeply respect Askdoc’s initiatives to go to most unknown/difficult territories! He sounds like a passionate person…

  • February 4, 2012 at 6:56 am
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    P.S. I physically fear that First Aid book – lol

  • February 16, 2012 at 5:02 am
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    Definitely need it and up for it!

  • March 25, 2012 at 8:08 pm
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    yup. definitely need one for motivation…

  • April 12, 2012 at 11:13 am
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    hi, i’ve been studying and i haven’t visited the site for a while. are you still on the old IMG club? i’m interested and would like to join-i am actually using your guidelines to study.

  • May 6, 2012 at 4:28 pm
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    Hi mara09,

    Still waiting for the magic number of 10 before starting it.

    Askdoc

  • June 9, 2012 at 6:03 pm
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    Hi, found your site today! Please include me in the bunch! Thx…

  • June 20, 2012 at 1:54 pm
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    hey askdoc,
    keep up the good work! please your new book- how to prepare for USMLE step 1 can you tell if it is available in hard cover, i prefer to buy books, than just the e-book. appreciate a quick reply.

  • June 26, 2012 at 8:20 am
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    Hi marao9,

    It will take one to two months to get it on hardcover and be available in Amazon. I still have to submit the book to Amazon’s publishing arm but hope to do that within the next 2 weeks. Then it will take a month or so before it gets published.

    Askdoc

  • July 4, 2012 at 3:13 pm
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    Need to form a study group here in Melbourne for step 1

  • July 5, 2012 at 6:47 am
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    hi i am also a old img ,you can join me in this.

  • July 11, 2012 at 11:45 pm
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    It’s a good idea. I m in. YOG – 2006, planning to appear for step 1 in jan feb 2013

  • July 30, 2012 at 2:31 pm
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    Consider me in, I am preparing and planned to appear in 2013. My grad. year is 1999

  • January 25, 2013 at 8:08 pm
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    Same boat as everybody else…need help focus…YOG 2005

  • February 8, 2013 at 1:47 pm
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    Is some one still here . i am an old fmg .yog 1997 . need help.

  • February 20, 2013 at 3:40 am
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    H Shanze,

    Yep, I am still here. Just busy trying to finish the Comprehensive Anatomy Online Course for my prep site. Already on the finishing stages so hopefully will have more time to write new blog posts and answer comments.

    Askdoc

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