Αξιον Ωφελειν τους Αλγουντας.” --Be Worthy to Serve the Suffering.

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Yoonyie Cho (2013)
Member Type: Student, Senior Member Campus: Chicago
Specialty: Anesthesiology Program: University of Massachusetts
Advice
I will keep it short!

**Limit the number of resources***
First aid and UWORLD qbank are enough for you to master the material. By limiting the resources you have to go through, you can go over more questions and first aid multiple times.

1) First Aid:
----Yes, first aid does not include all the details. It provides a great outline/structure serving as a foundation where you can add more of your own knowledge. If you need more clarification or brush up on a certain topic, refer to your favorite review books such as goljan/high-yield/brs/lecture notes/UWORLD explanation, then make notes on first aid so that you only have ONE book you need to master. And I believe that it was the publisher's intention to leave so much of margin/empty spaces for each page of FA for that purpose.

2) UWORLD qbank
---- If I had to do it over...? Questions! Questions! Questions!
I started using uworld questions beginning of my 2nd semester of M2, incorporating a bit by bit along with CPP/path courses (by organ systems). It definitely helped with my grades in both courses and it was nice and gentle introduction to step 1 studying.

3) commercial resources
----I used DIT because I have no will power to make myself to sit down and study. If you are someone like me who needs some external motivation and organized structure, DIT or pathoma can help tremendously. By completing a lecture, you get a sense of accomplishment and that always feels good :)

Also, make a very reasonable/flexible plan. Remember it is okay to take a break and you are not a studying machine. It is more of mental game and how much you can tolerate it. Don't let yourself burn out - exercise, hang out with friends, enjoy the sun. I am sure you will do just fine!

What I mean by a flexible plan is from my own personal/unexpected experience. 3 wks before my step 1, my dad got very sick. I had to stop everything to take care of him, postponing my exam to right before the 3rd year started. If I didn't have a reasonable schedule and/or an early test date, I probably wasn't able to postpone and start my 3rd year on time. Sh*t happens - so give yourself some room to juggle things around as life goes on whether you have step 1 or not.

GOOD LUCK!