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Garrett Schwarzman (2016)
Member Type: Student, Junior Member Campus: Chicago
Specialty: Orthopaedic Surgery Program: University of Illinois at Chicago
Advice
First two years work hard to learn as much as you can. It may seem pointless at times, and like memorizing minute facts, but a lot of it comes back down the road. Especially for Step 1 the most important thing is to do well the first two years. If you put the time in during that period then you will be fine. Studying from scratch for the last 6 weeks will not cut it.

Step 1: Take it one day at a time and dont worry about it. There will be material on there that you dont know, so just accept it and move on. If you prepare well it wont be an issue. Make sure to go through pathoma, goljan, and first aid for sure during the dedicated study time. I made it through all of those at least twice, and it was crucial. Of course Uworld as well as many questions as you can. Every day I would be at least 2 blocks of questions. Other than that just supplement anything that you dont understand with outside resources. Goljan does a pretty good job covering everything though.

On test day just relax and knock it out. If your feeling good just keep going through sections. There is no reason to stop unless you start feeling fatigued. I did 4 sections, then 2, then the last one. This keeps you in the "zone" and not distracted when leaving the exam room. Also, as the day drags on your more likely to be tired.

good luck!