Frequently Asked Questions
Why did USMLESarthi create a study plan for Step 1?
- USMLESarthi is a reputed industry-leading organization when it comes to materializing International Medical Graduate’s (IMG) dream of entering a Residency program.
- We understand the struggle and amount of sacrifice that goes into preparing for the Match. We also appreciate the amount of hard work that goes into securing competitive scores on the USMLE exams.
- To alleviate some of the stress, we have embarked on this journey on creating a study schedule specifically designed for the IMG community.
How USMLESarthi created a study plan?
- We sought feedback from over 100+ IMG students on how they studied, what kind of resources they chose, and mistakes to avoid while studying.
- Analyzing the data collected, we handpicked the resources we believe will help you achieve that 240+ score on Step 1.
- Based on the number of hours you are willing to study on any given day of the week. We generate a study plan that is best suited for your needs and revolves around your busy schedule.
How USMLESarthi uses study hours?
- The number of pages a student must complete is based on the average collected from our Sarthi students (over 200+ student worth of data). The same goes for the number of minutes a student is required to spend learning a question from UWorld during tutor mode.
- For every two pages from First Aid, we expect a student to spend one hour.
- For every ten questions from UWorld (Tutor mode), we project a student to spend one hour.
What resources does USMLESarthi use?
- Our core resources are
- First Aid 2020
- UWorld Qbank
- Boards and Beyond (Video Lectures)
- UWorld Self Assessments
- NBME Self Assessments
Does the planner schedule questions from uworld?
- Yes. We have incorporated UWorld questions into our study planner.
- To solidify a concept from First Aid we recommend watching video lectures from Boards and Beyond. We recommend going over the assigned number of questions in your planner in the allocated time.
How does Boards and Beyond video lectures been assigned?
- Dr. Jason Ryan is a well-reputed teaching physician in the field of Medicine with numerous accolades in teaching.
- His video lectures are the most sought-after video lecture series when it comes to an understanding of a concept from First Aid thoroughly.
- We have incorporated his video lectures with the assigned page from First Aid, allowing a seamless learning process.
How to track my progress?
- Upon completion of the task and allocating the number of took to complete said task. We represent your progress as a graph plotted against other students.
- This will allow you to gauge your performance and keep track of your progress.
- We also send weekly reports summarizing all complete and incomplete tasks.
What is Milestone based study planner?
- A milestone is a marker in your journey (studying) that signifies a crucial stage in your preparation for Step 1.
- Milestones are potent components in a study plan because they show key events and map forward movement in your study plan. Milestones act as signposts through the course of your journey, helping ensure you stay on track.
- We provide you with reminders of your achievements to help ensure you stay on track and never give up. We are there for you and understand the struggles of studying for Step 1.
What makes the USMLESarthi planner best suited for IMGs?
- Years of experience in fulfilling IMGs dream of a Residency in their desired specialty, we are ideally placed in a position where we thoroughly understand the struggle and sacrifice that goes into pursuing a Residency in the States.
- We provide an efficient and affordable study planner so you may achieve your desired score on Step 1.
What to do when you are falling behind?
- Unable to complete a task, no worries.
- Our planner has an inbuilt feature that allows you to move the task to a different date of your choosing.
Does the planner include self-assessments like NBME or UWSA?
- After completing the core resources once, we assign a student a self-assessment (NBME 18) to gauge their performance.
- The initial self-assessment will form the benchmark, and a student progresses through the revision phase we project the self-assessment scores to only get higher.
- Our planner ensures you do all the self-assessments provided by NBME and UWSA.
How often are the self-assessments?
- Upon completion the first self-assessment is NBME 18. This is then followed by a self-assessment every week. We have kept UWSA 1 and 2 close to your exam date as we believe UWSA score closely predict your actual 3-digit score.
- The objective is to use these assessments to estimate readiness for the actual exam, get a feedback on performance, identify weaknesses, and assess test taking skills.
Does the planner consider review of the self-assessment?
- Yes. A student must spend time to review all the concepts covered in the self-assessments.
- Spend time on learning from your mistakes and familiarize yourself with your weak subjects/topics.
What if I do not want to do the self-assessment on the assigned date?
- Move the task to a different day and tackle the exam at your convenience.
Does the planner include a second review of resources?
- Yes. We incorporate a second review of First Aid and UWorld (Timed Random Mode).
- The second review plays a crucial role during your revision phase. Please visit (link) for more information.
Does the planner have a subject wise plan?
- Yes, study each subject at your own pace thus allowing you more flexibility and power.