Improving medical students

USMLE Step 1 – Insider’s Perspective

Posted by medliorator on May 24, 2008

Even if you do not get the score that you hope to get, remember that there are many ways to compensate for the score on your residency application, i.e. good grades on clinical rotations, strong letters of rec, and rotating away at a place you want to go and doing well there.

try to have some semblance of normality in your life for a couple of hours each day while studying. Take breaks to exercise, spend time with friends/family, and eat well. It will keep your mind clearer and make your studying more effective. No matter how far behind you feel in your studies, do not reschedule your test date! From what I saw from others who did, the extra time was not that helpful and just led to more stress. Get this beast over with and take a real vacation for at least a couple of weeks before you start 3rd year. And avoid stressful situations while you study. This may mean leaving school and heading elsewhere to study if you find other medical student studiers to be more anxiety-producing than motivating.

Step 1 Revisited [Medical Student Musings]


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