Steps in the Right Direction

The title is a little play-on for something that is consuming my life now and for the next six months. At the end of the second year of medical school, students take their first board exam, the USMLE Step 1 exam, to be graded on their competencies in the basic sciences before beginning clinical rotations. This is the most important test I will probably ever take because it truly dictates my future. What specialty I can go into, the places I can do residency, my competitiveness as a med student– all determined by this little 3-number score. Needless to say, I am studying like a fiend in preparation for June. However, I feel like I have started the semester with a little momentum and I am thankful to already be at this point in my medical education. Time flies.

For anyone who stumbles on the blog in search for medical school advice, the resources I am using while studying for Step:

  1. First Aid, 2016 Edition
  2. Pathoma
  3. Cram Fighter
  4. Picmonic
  5. Kaplan Q Bank
  6. USMLE Rx Questions
  7. UWorld Questions
  8. Goljan Audio

The items in italics are my most heavily used, and in my mind, most important resources.

A dry post, but the goal of this blog is to document my life. The glamorous and the not-so-glamorous. I will leave it up to you to decide where this post belongs! Be expecting more real-life in the next few days, but in the meantime, I will leave you with our Christmas card picture!christmas card final