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Member Profile

Gillian Treadwell (2013)
Member Type: Student, Senior Member Campus: Chicago
Specialty: Ophthalmology Program: Wayne State University
Advice
Step 1 Advice:

Know what works for you! You didn't make it this far in life by being bad at studying. If you're like me and need something regimented, I highly recommend DIT. With the help of DIT study recommendations, I made a detailed Google calendar with a daily study itinerary to help keep myself accountable.

This is what I did:
During practicum, 5-7 weeks before test day:
1-2 hrs/day of review books: Rapid Review Path, Clinical Micro Made Ridiculously Simple, HY Neuroanatomy, BRS Physio. 1 DIT part 1 question set/day. 25 pages/day of First Aid, and a UWorld question block if I had time.

After Practicum, 1-4 weeks before test day
This is when I started getting serious and studying 12+ hours a day. I did 3 DIT lectures/day,and actually did the quizzes before he read the answers. Then 2-4 Qbank blocks/day. I would do 5 days in a row of DIT+qbank, 1 day for a NBME or UWorld Self Assessment, and one day off for 3 weeks.
About NBME scores, they vary a ton, so don't get complacent or stress out about one self assessment. I took one a week before test day that was 37 points below my actual Step 1 score. However, if you're failing SAs close to test day, discuss with an advisor what to do.

The final week:
Lots of UWorld questions. As many as I could tolerate without going crazy. I did 150 questions in a row in timed mode to get used the monotony of the exam. When going over answers, I read the entire explanation for ones I missed, but only the final paragraph for ones I got correct. Still, it's super time consuming. I didn't manage my time well here and left over 20% of my qbank unused.

After the test - celebrate! But I'd schedule flights for a couple days after the exam. Several days before my test, Chicago Prometric had a service outage and turned people away on their test day. They had to reschedule for different dates and/or locations. Awful!

Good luck! You'll be so happy when it's over!