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Emmett Culligan (2014)
Member Type: Student, Junior Member Campus: Rockford
Specialty: Anesthesiology Program: Stanford University Programs
Advice
BIGGEST TIPS:
1) Create a realistic study plan, giving ample time to cover each subject tested and allowing for catch-up time
2) Spend the first 1/2-3/4 of your total study time condensing all study resources into one comprehensive location
3) Know your comprehensive study material cold
4) Sleep a lot.

I think it is important to start studying early (Jan/Feb) so you can space things out and get through as many questions as possible. I would start by making a realistic calendar scheduling certain sections (cardiovascular, biochem, pharmacology, etc) from now until about 4 weeks before your planned exam date. The key is to make it realistic, so you ensure coverage of all the topics and leave additional time to run through everything numerous times before the exam. It also might be a good idea to schedule these sections during the time you will be covering them in your M2 classes.

For each section:
1) Read through the whole section slowly in first aid, highlight and underline
2) Timed sections in UWorld, spending time to add all information into first aid
3) Listen to goljan audio / consult goljan path book for additional information if needed
4) WIKIPEDIA. Because its reliable.

First Aid was the best source for me. I recommend getting the binding of the book chopped off, three-hole punching it, and putting it in a binder. This can be done at most print or office supply stores. You can easily take out pages to write on them, or insert pages that you have created. I think its a really good idea to put everything into one source (First Aid). Makes things a lot easier towards the end.

During the last month, I went through the entire Kaplan Qbank and watched all of DIT videos (DIT in about 4 days on 1.7x speed). I thought the DIT videos were a good review.

Some section specific tips:
Biochem: kaplan videos + costanzo biochem
Anatomy: kind of a crapshoot. the anatomy questions seem to be either really random/specific or really obvious. I didn't study that much for it, but that is up to you.
Micro: kaplan videos were pretty good for antibiotics
Embryo: first aid is extremely high yield for embryo. I wouldn’t use an additional source.

Depending on the type of studier you are, might be a good idea to do all of this scheduling with a partner. It keeps you on track and you can schedule times to shoot questions back and forth.

As far as Q-banks go, I thought Uworld was most like the exam. Kaplan seems to be more specific and low-yield but I think it helped. You are given a different perspective with the kaplan explanations (v UWorld), and you might snag a few points from the “low-yield” material.

I watched the DIT videos (2010 version) on a faster speed, which helped me stay focused, and I was able to watch all of them within 4 days. The DIT guy goes through quizzes in the videos and there are PDFs that you can complete for each section, but I thought that was too much work so I would just pause the video after he asked each question and think about it or just listen to his answers.

During the last couple weeks, I slowly read through first-aid a bunch of times trying to remember each and every detail.

I recommend scheduling the test for an earlier date. Vacation time gives you something to look forward to and will help keep you motivated.

Resource Summary:
First Aid, Goljan path, Goljan Audio, Uworld Qbank, Kaplan Qbank, Kaplan videos, DIT videos, costanzo biochem, random BRS books, wikipedia, other students

Feel free to email me with any questions: ecullig2@uic.edu