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Member Profile

Richard Silbert (2017)
Member Type: Student, Senior Member Campus: Chicago
Specialty: Internal Medicine Program: Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education
Advice
Overall study advice
-I tried to study in a variety of different ways: watching videos, listening to Goljian, looking at powerpoints, doing practice questions, and a very small amount of reading. Studying gets boring otherwise.
-Exercise regularly, it’ll help you think clearer
-M2 year and beyond is about steady improvement. Try to get better at something everyday
-I personally didn’t use a study schedule but instead set daily study goals each morning and monthly goals
-I watched most lectures during M1/M2 year and attended about 20% of lectures
-Try to find a study environment that works for you. Personally I was less efficient on campus and in groups. I ended up studying at home in intense bursts and doing household tasks for short breaks
-Seeing friends, family, significant others will recharge your batteries. Use in moderation

Step 1 Prep
-M2 year: paying attention and working hard in M2 classes is the best Step 1 prep
-Pathoma: I watched as needed to build and reinforce my fundamental understanding of the material. Close to the test I rewatched most of the videos
-Goljian Kaplan audio lectures: A great resource for learning ways to approach disease and entertaining. Wish I had started listening earlier. Great study resource when driving, running, cooking, etc
-UWorld: Great questions, even better explanations. I went through Uworld once during M2 year (most of it Jan-March) and went through it a second time starting in April. I mostly used timed full blocks to get used to the test format and improve time management.
Rx Qmax: An ok set of questions without as robust explanations. Helpful to have another good set of questions. Often goes on sale for around $100. I’m 50/50 on whether I would choose to use it again.

M2 Courses
-Micro: lectures, first aid, Kaplan videos, Uworld
-Pathology: pathoma, lecture powerpoints, goljian, robbins question book, Uworld, any other questions I could find on the share drive
-Clinical pathophysiology: Zar reviews, lecture powerpoints, Uworld
-Pharmacology: Kaplan videos, Uworld, Rx Qmax
-Psychiatry: quickly going through the lecture powerpoints and doing Uworld questions

Everyone studies and learns differently; everything is above is just one quirky student’s journey

Also, become a PEP tutor and give back to the years behind you! You can really help students and reinforce what you’ve learned.