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Mary Kathryn Duncan (2014)
Member Type: Student, Senior Member Campus: Chicago
Specialty: Internal Medicine Program: Northwestern University
Advice
During my M2 year, I studied hard for my classes and didn't start looking at First Aid until April. I think it is important to learn the M2 material thoroughly, and treat First Aid as a review book, not as an all-encompassing text. During April practicum I made note cards for the things that would require memorization and review (pharm, micro, some biochem). During the 5 weeks of Step 1 study time I focused mainly on USMLEWorld Qbank and First Aid. About once per week I would take a practice exam through the NBME website to track my progress and see what areas needed the most review.

My biggest piece of advice is to do your best to relax and be confident in yourself. Don't take anyone's advice too seriously. We all have different ways of studying and managing our time. Don't get intimidated by your classmates. Try to get lots of sleep and reward yourself in small ways to keep your morale up. Make time for things that keep you sane. Your studying will be most productive that way.

Good luck!