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Ammar Al-Saraf (2013)
Member Type: Student, Senior Member Campus: Chicago
Specialty: Radiology Program: Rush University Medical Center
Advice
Everyone studies and learns differently, so how I studied may not work for others, and vice versa, but here is my advice.
Understand the material, rather than bullet points. For me, during 2nd year, I used pathology course syllabus using Robbins Pathology textbook as a way to organize my studying, and integrated material to understand relationships between pathology, pharmacology, anatomy, biochemistry, histology, neurology and in the process get good review of the details of M1 year subjects. I used textbooks that were recommended by course directors for my study for each subject. I added notes along the way to First Aid and Goljan’s Pathology to keep information organized.
I also used USMLE world to structure my studying toward the last month, and supplemented that with the textbooks above in order to get a good overview of the concepts covered in each question of USMLE world. I tried to do about 92 questions per day, sometimes less, sometimes more. I did the Qbank once, and did it in the last month before exam with about 1.5-2 weeks left over for review.
Goljan’s Pathology and First Aid are nice high yield resources for looking up information quickly and I used them for adding notes and organizing information.
Do not overwhelm yourself with too many resources for each subject, and do not get overwhelmed by what other students are using, use what works for you. Set a time frame for finishing USMLE world, it is a very useful resource, and then based on how you study and learn, try to integrate information together.
Hope this helps, if there is any additional advice or questions you have, feel free to email me: alsaraf2@uic.edu.
Good luck,
Ammar