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Member Profile

Aaron Case (2016)
Member Type: Student, Senior Member Campus: Chicago
Specialty: Internal Medicine-Emergency Medicine Program: University of Illinois at Chicago
Advice
Overall, find what ever study materials or methods work well with you and stick with them.

M1 Year
-Med school is completely different from Undergrad. You have to relearn how to study. Work on your time management and recognize your strengths and weaknesses. Determine if you work better in groups or solo. Learn the material the best you can!

M2 Year
-Work hard to understand the class material the first time around. I know every one says just pass your first year classes, which is ok. However, for your 2nd year, really work hard to learn this information.
For the fall semester, study for your classes and use the necessary supplemental material (Pathoma and Kaplan Pharm is what I used)
I also used the USMLE RX Question Bank question bank to go along with the class material. I also used the First Aid book to get used to looking at the material more.

During winter break, I review Pathoma and annotated my notes. I also did more questions with USMLERx. I also finished all the First Aid sections that had been covered so far in my medical school career.

In the Spring semester, I opened UWorld and started doing more questions, mostly related to the current class material. Start early with the questions; at first, it would take me an hour to do 10 questions. I think its important to take notes on the material, but make sure you don't spend too much time doing so. I would put my notes in the First Aid sections so I wouldn't lose them.

After the semester ended, I finished uWorld and First Aid for a second time before practicum. I then used DIT, and completed the course in 21 days (which goes hand in hand with First Aid and has its own work book). I would do 2-3 blocks a day, made sure I reviewed them before the day ended. I also did micro and pharm review daily. I did an NBME every weekend leading up to the exam to make sure my pace and endurance we up to par. Before the exam, I finished UWorld for a second time and First Aid again.

On exam day, I felt a little off guard. The questions seemed much tougher, the question prompts were much longer. I felt like I had never seen these questions before. However, I think it is very important to be ready for this. Don't let this scare you. Take a deep breath, read through the question, and answer to the best of your ability. I took a break after every two blocks. The NBME scores were pretty accurate for me.

For your M3 year:
-Enjoy this year! You are finally out of the classroom and seeing patients clinically. Make sure you study for each rotation. It can be tough; some rotations have long hard days, but force yourself to come home and study. I used UWorld for each rotation and it was quite helpful. I also used the NBME's for each subject.
On your rotation, act and dress professionally. Come early, leave late, and help out anyway you can. Come interested to your rotations even if you don't see yourself in that specialty. Truly be a team player. Come ready to learn each day

Best of luck in your medical school career! Enjoy this awesome career.
Email me with any questions at case1@uic.edu