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Leland Gossett (2015)
Member Type: Student, Junior Member Campus: Chicago
Specialty: Orthopaedic Surgery Program: Grand Rapids Medical Education Partners
Advice
General advice:
-Start studying early and emphasize learning the coursework material well during the year. It's not all high yield but it's a good way to ensure that you're staying on schedule and learning every subject well.
-When choosing study materials, emphasize quality over quantity. Learn the well established resources very well rather than trying to read through everything.
-Try to maintain a balanced routine as much as possible. You'll need to study long hours every day during step 1 prep, but it's very important to make time for exercise and of course sleeping.
-Try to consolidate information into a single resource if possible. Most people take notes into first aid which seems to work. My strategy was to flash card everything I studied and review some flashcards every day to stay fresh on every subject. Either way, it saves a lot of time to have condensed notes so try to start adding to a collection of notes early and then learn them by heart in the month before the test.
-I wasn't great with sticking to a study schedule but the more you can the better. In terms of timing try to learn major concepts early in your study time work towards minor details (equations etc) closer to the test. Spend the day before the test relaxing and resting as much as possible. It's a really long test and hard to focus the whole time if you're worn out going into it.

Materials and subjects:
-Micro: Micro cards were my major resource. I used CMMRS a little bit too.
-Pharm: kaplan videos and pharm cards. Pharm was the only subject I didnt watch the lectures for
-Pathology: Top 5 path lecturers of all time: Goljan, Goljan, Goljan, Goljan, Goljan. He spits hot fire. I used pathoma to learn each subject first, then watched uic lectures and did Uworld and Robbins questions. Goljan is great for integrating topics, but his audio is a little out of date so don't go crazy with the details. I didn't use his book much - it's good but goes a little beyond whats needed for step 1. Path is the most important subject so learn all of these subjects very well
-Physio: Actually a pretty important topic, gets integrated into a lot of other questions so make sure you have a solid understanding. I used the BRS which was good review but Im not sure if it's in depth enough if there are topics you need to learn fresh
-Anatomy: it comes up but is hard to predict. Review clinical correlations from M1 notes. I didnt use any specific review resources
-Neuro: actually a pretty big subject. I did some of the kaplan videos, and then used FA and looked through the atlas. Be comfortable with identifying the major structures on slides and dissections
-Bchem: Kaplan videos and Lange cards
-Immuno: first aid's pretty solid
-Histo: nothing, pretty minor subject
-Psych/behavioral science: I used the BRS and FA which I think was good enough
-In general I didnt use FA much, but it was useful as an overview to make sure I didn't miss any major topics
-The "big books" like Robbins and Grays are good for clarifying unclear / incorrect info in the review sources. I didn't read through very much of Robbins but some people swear by it
-Review tests: I did the one provided by the school in march and then one per week during May. Do the last one at least a week before the real thing. Try to do some from NBME and some from UWorld. The real test is somewhere in between the 2 in style


Remember that people do very well with very different study habits and strategies. Don't get too stressed out if other people around you have a different approach, just study hard with whatever style works well for you.