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Member Profile

Jonathan Yin (2014)
Member Type: Student, Senior Member Campus: Chicago
Specialty: Orthopaedic Surgery Program: Boston University
Advice
I went into Ortho and couples matched with my wife. We were shooting for New England programs but applied broadly. If you have any questions, feel free to email me at yin.jonathan@gmail.com.

Other than saying there is no shortcut, I'm not going to rehash too much of what everyone else has already said. Going to M2 lectures and trying to do well on UIC M2 exams is important. Do those Pharm and Micro flashcards while you're taking those courses. The first half of Big Robbins is also very good.

For Step 1:
I annotated Pathoma video lectures (GREAT resource) into FA throughout M2 year. I began reviewing material from my annotated FA around February.

I started UWorld in March (which was later than most since I was a bump on the log and didn't realize how detailed and time consuming UW was if you do it right). Did about a block every other day.

By late April, I was losing concentration reviewing FA all the time, so I picked up Goljan's Pathology book and started reading that in addition to FA and doing UW. Good resource in that it makes you think about stuff you've seen in FA and UW a little differently. It's also good prep for third year.

Did fairly well on Step 1, lower 250s. During my month of dedicated studying, I had huge regrets about not starting UW earlier in the year. But keep at it with the time you have. Don't lose confidence in your plan because of others' progress. That last week can still be immensely productive.


M3 grades are just as important though. Don't coast after doing well on Step 1. Doing well in M3 is all about being engaged. Show your face often and volunteer to help the residents out. Don't be afraid of presenting to attendings. Shelf exams are weirder and less structured than Step 1, I found it hard to just study solely from review books and do well (85+). You need to be actively googling and looking up meds, diagnoses, indications throughout the day.

Research in your field is also clutch for competitive specialties (if at a minimum to give you something to talk about on interviews). I started Ortho research really late in second half of M3 year since I decided on Ortho late, but if you commit to it, you can still get a couple of posters and abstracts submitted before applications are due. Get involved with residents who are proliferate (ask the residents around, they know who publishes like a fiend). AOA helps a little, but it doesn't guarantee anything; the interview is extremely important and is the only thing that really makes or breaks you even when you have everything else lined up.

You can enjoy a pretty good life in medical school and still do all this. Cherish those vacation weeks and actually use them to go somewhere (we did a lot of cheap road trips). You'll remember those times later (a lot more than cardiac physio) and be really glad you didn't sit in Edelstone during every break.