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

By askdoc / February 3, 2012
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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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  • helen says:

    that’s a great idea
    keep going, we need it

  • EN says:

    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…

  • EN says:

    P.S. I physically fear that First Aid book – lol

  • zaineb says:

    Definitely need it and up for it!

  • virtualdoc says:

    yup. definitely need one for motivation…

  • mara09 says:

    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.

  • askdoc says:

    Hi mara09,

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

    Askdoc

  • Orlene says:

    Hi, found your site today! Please include me in the bunch! Thx…

  • marao9 says:

    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.

  • askdoc says:

    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

  • John says:

    Need to form a study group here in Melbourne for step 1

  • dr patra says:

    hi i am also a old img ,you can join me in this.

  • Manish says:

    It’s a good idea. I m in. YOG – 2006, planning to appear for step 1 in jan feb 2013

  • Abdul rehman khan says:

    Consider me in, I am preparing and planned to appear in 2013. My grad. year is 1999

  • Punj says:

    Same boat as everybody else…need help focus…YOG 2005

  • Is some one still here . i am an old fmg .yog 1997 . need help.

  • askdoc says:

    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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