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Jeremy Slivnick (2015)
Member Type: Student, Junior Member Campus: Chicago
Specialty: Internal Medicine Program: University of Michigan Hospitals
Advice
Bit busy; I'll upgrade this more later.

I'm gonna start by saying good luck! As a disclaimer, I'll say my advice might not work for everyone.

So, I'll start.

One of the things that made a huge difference for me was tutoring. I really made an effort to tutor classes that I knew were high yield (physio/immuno) or that I totally forgot about in a haze of post-final celebration (neuro). It's cliche, but the saying "if you want to know something really well, teach it" is totally true. By step month, I really didn't have to review these subjects much, which made it a lot easier.

I really made an effort to focus on M2 material while classes were in session. I'm a high volume studier, and I like to use a lot of resources. I also found a good order of using resources that worked best for me:

-Pathology: I always started with Pathoma to get the basics down. He explains things really well. I also would always listen to Goljan audio whenever I worked out. If I went for a run, you better believe Eddie Goljan was with me dropping knowledge bombs. After that, I'd read rapid review (Goljan). I'd try to take what I learned from Pathoma to get an idea of what was more important in Goljan. Goljan is really nice and broad but he also kinda shoots from the hip. Pathoma helps you focus. Lastly, I read Robbins. This was as much an exercise in masochism as anything. It is actually a good book; it did help fill in some blanks. Was it time-efficient? Hell no. Still, if you read it, you can tell people you read Robbins. That's worth something.
-CPP: If you're doing path right, you're studying CPP while you're doing path. Understanding how things works is as important as knowing the disease. There's too much stuff to remember for step without having mechanisms and pathophysiology to link it together.
-Pharm: Kaplan Pharm + Lange Pharm cards + Deja Review Pharm = money in the bank. Annotate your notes from these guys into your First Aid
-Micro: Microcards + kaplan Micro + Deja Micro: Didn't honor the class, but it was all I needed to do really well on the micro section of step.
-Psych: Rapid review behavioral sciences is an ungodly good book. All you need to know for behavioral sciences and psychiatry and nothing more. Uworld good to fill in the blanks

You're going to ask yourself, "how did he have time to do all of this?" Well, I hate to say it, but I never went to class. I didn't really watch many lectures either. You'd be surprised how much time this buys you to look at high-yield step resources.

I also tried to review my weaker subjects from M1/M2 over breaks. This wasn't super intense; I'd just spend a few hours a day at a coffee shop going over flashcards or what-not. Pharm, Biochem, and Micro were the ones I reviewed the most since they're super memorization'ey and slip out of your head as fast as they go in. Over time, I found that they came back easier and easier. By the time my step month came around, it was just about looking them over.

The main advice I'll finish with:
-Don't lose focus on M2 classes. They make up most of the boards. Study for them and do well on them
-Don't waste your time with resources that aren't giving you anything. Learn which to use and cut bait fast
-When you get a moment, review your toughest subjects from 1st year. If you can't remember how you passed biochem, pull out some flashcards over winter break. That goes for earlier M2 topics
-Path/pathophys are the cornerstones of basic science. Learn them and learn everything else through the context of path/pathophys
-Hit UWorld early and often