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Member Profile

Ronald Roiz (2013)
Member Type: Student, Senior Member Campus: Chicago
Specialty: Orthopaedic Surgery Program: Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Advice
The general keys to completing my study plan were:

1. I made a plan (see below) that I put into my google calendar months before I started studying. It delineated the subject, hours per subject, and number of questions to do on a given day. Once I began my focused study I stuck to the plan, with only minor changes, even when I was worried it was not working.

2. I had a study partner who helped me stay on track with our schedule. It was a challenge to study daily as the weeks progressed and making a commitment to another person helped tremendously.


Some detail about my study method:

My study plan came from "The Tau Method." You can google it or ask your classmates for a copy; someone should have a copy that has been handed down. It provides a guide to suggested study materials and a breakdown of how to distribute your study time amongst the different subjects you need to review. One of the keys of this method is that you buy the First Aid early, have it 3-hole punched/bound and add some detail to as you study during your M2 year. This way you are able to have most of your information in one place when you begin the focused study. Also starting USMLE World early could be beneficial.

I began my studying at the beginning of January. I re-read review guides of material from M1 year, completing them every 1-3 weeks; you could do it faster if you start later than January. Then my focused studying began in mid-April. I took a total of 6 weeks, 12-hour days to complete the method. Essentially I reviewed everything in my First Aid x3, and did all of USMLE World Q bank, reviewing any question I got wrong or was not certain of the answer. I also took the NBME practice tests, though I am not sure how much they help beyond building up stamina.


Other key resources for prepartion/M2 year:

Goljan Audio for Pathology - you can find this online for around $20 You will want to put the audio lectures on an ipod and listen to them through out the year while you are studying corresponding areas of Pathology.

Goljan Rapid Review for Pathology - this is essentially an outlined version of Robbins' Pathology (standard Pathology book for US schools), and it is comprehensive; moreover, it correlates with the audio lectures I mention above. Know this book cold.... at least everything in the blue margins and write in details into the margins as you read.

PharmCards by Eric C. Johannsen - if you know all of the drugs in First Aid, you will be fine. Just remember to know the important side effects/antidotes. The flashcards are comprehensive and maybe a useful resource for M2 year.

Microcards by Sanjiv Harpavat - if you want a resource you can carry around. However, getting Clinical Microbiology Made Ridiculously Simple is key for Microbiology. The cards and the book correlate fairly well.