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Member Profile

Timothy Gossett (2017)
Member Type: Student, Junior Member Campus: Chicago
Specialty: Orthopedic Surgery Program: University of Michigan Hospitals
Advice
General advice:
-I watched lectures more than most people, except for pharm.
-Can't read everything, so pick the things that feel effective for you and learn them well.
-It is a marathon, so try to avoid getting too stressed by tests during the year.
-A lot of people liked using study scheduling apps, which seems to help. I always studied whatever would make me focus the most that day
-Important to plan how youll study. some people leave town, go home, etc. some people study on campus, some go to coffee shops. decide that before your dedicated time so you have an idea of how to be efficient
-Also, exercise, watch TV, eat right, sleep, especially in the last month.

Materials and subjects:
-Micro: Deja review, FA have good quick reviews. also the micro cards, and the lectures were good
-Pharm: kaplan videos and pharm cards. Lectures may be improving here. Also, I liked deja review here as well
-Pathology: Pathoma is good to read first, then UIC lectures, and the robbins question book. Also, Uworld obviously is pretty good for path
-Physio: Lectures were sometimes useful, and BRS was pretty good.
-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, and lectures are useful
-Histo: nothing
-Psych/behavioral science: first aid probably has all you need to know
-First aid is good to look through before class exams, and also as an outline, but is a very poor primary source
-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 about 5 total practice exams. Uworld grades on an easier curve, and is useful to have explanations. NBMEs are somewhat annoying because they supposedly use retired Qs that might not look like what youll get, and you cant find answers to them very easily.


Different styles work well differently for different people, and so it is important not to have study anxiety based on other people's methods.

Tim Gossett
UIC College of Medicine
M.D. Candidate Class of 2017