The Most Important Factor for Board Exam Success

Time. It is the most important variable for Step 1 preparation. It is the great equalizer. Everyone has the exact same amount, but how one spends it will determine his or her board score. For the most part, people who get into medical school possess the raw intelligence and test taking ability to do wellContinue reading “The Most Important Factor for Board Exam Success”

How to Study Anatomy During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Anatomy is one of the more difficult subjects during the pre-clinical years of medical school. It involves endless rote memorization and tongue-tying Latin words. Anatomy is often the first-time medical students realize that there is often a big difference between the classic, textbook description and what is seen in reality. During normal times, anatomy isContinue reading “How to Study Anatomy During the COVID-19 Pandemic”

How to prepare for surgical cases as a medical student

Like most students in medical school, I was excited to leave the classroom behind when I started clinical rotations. While being in the hospital is certainly more exciting than the library, this new setting requires a shift in learning style. The clear framework of the classroom-based pre-clinical curriculum (syllabi, lectures, PowerPoints, book chapters, labs, etc)Continue reading “How to prepare for surgical cases as a medical student”

How to set up Anki

Anki is a commonly used application for medical student studying. Anki relies on the principle of spaced repetition to assist you in learning an enormous amount of material. Particularly beneficial to you, is that there are tons of pre-existing Anki decks that are freely accessible that have turned commonly used resources into flashcard format. Here,Continue reading “How to set up Anki”

The Benefits of Exercise in Medical School

I have valued exercise most of my adult life and found it particularly beneficial in medical school. While we all know this, it is important that I remind you of the benefits of regular exercise and its importance for your physical and mental well-being.  Making physical activity a part of your routine also establishes aContinue reading “The Benefits of Exercise in Medical School”

Five Habits to Establish as a First Year Medical Student

Over the next several weeks first year medical students all over the country will be embarking on the beginning of their medical education. Getting accepted into medical school is huge accomplishment that denotes a level of commitment and perseverance over several years. With the daunting task of medical school facing you, it is important toContinue reading “Five Habits to Establish as a First Year Medical Student”

The Importance of the Right Study Partner(s)

Having (or not having) study partners is a key decision in medical school. If you are a lone wolf studier, as many are, that is great. If you prefer the company of others or learn better as a part of a team, then carefully consider who you choose to be your study partners. “Spend timeContinue reading “The Importance of the Right Study Partner(s)”

How to Use First Aid for the USMLE Step 1

Hopefully you ordered your copy of First Aid for the USMLE Step 1 early in your medical school career.  If you haven’t, I would get a copy sooner rather than later.  This is the ideal study companion for your pre-clinical coursework and using it in the correct manner will help you maximize the utility the resource will haveContinue reading “How to Use First Aid for the USMLE Step 1”