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John James Parker (2017)
Member Type: Student, Senior Member Campus: Chicago
Specialty: Internal Medicine - Pediatrics Program: Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Advice
My strategy and my advice to M2 year.

1) 1st semester
a) Have fun!!
b) General point about questions: The test writers always have a reason for testing you on something. Often it is a disease that is common or if it is missed clinically a patient can die quickly. Or specifically for step 1, the writers want to include disease that have a lot of basic science/ physio that ties into disease progression and management. Often, it is helpful to think about why the topic/question is high yield and why the test writers are including it.
c) to help study for classes: I did was firecracker and picmonic for Pharm and Micro
- I took screen shots of picmonic and put them into firecracker
- I kept up with these firecracker questions the whole year
- these subject are more memorization than logic so it is helpful to use FC + picmonic
d) for path- do Pathoma 2-3 times during each unit of path. Do pathoma before lectures

2) 2nd semester
a) Path -for each unit:
- pathoma before lectures
- then do UW for path and physiology of each unit (i.e all the UW path and physio questions for Cariology)
- if you are struggling with physio UW, refer to BRS or kaplan physio for each unit
- this will help you for step, path and CPP
- the best thing to do if you have time, is do all UW questions for the given unit during that unit of path/CPP/pharm. This way you will have gone once through UW by the end of M2 coursework.
- for UW focus on the main point in each question. Don't read into the wrong answer choices too much unless you are really confused. The chance that you see something similar again is high, especially if it is an important point.

b) pharm and micro- keep up the FC + picmonic

3) dedicated Step time
- do UW a second time (in scrambled order)
- I used pathoma to guide the order I studied body systems
- go back through pathoma and take notes from pathoma in first aid while you go through each section of UW
- read the non-path sections of first aid as you go through pathoma (I found it helpful to do first aid at the end to help me memorize stuff I hadn't seen. But as a text itself it doesn't supply the description you need to understand the material)
- if you have time, use other Q banks
- do some NBME practice tests
- clear your schedule but make sure to do something fun everyday to clear your mind. I like to exercise and I still exercised everyday of step studying. I also spent lots of nights with my friends and family. It is a marathon and it is important to not burn out while you are studying.

4) GOOD LUCK!!
- you are all super smart to be in medical school and to get through the first two years. The most important thing to remember is we are all fortunate to be in the position we are, regardless of the outcome of the test we were blessed with the opportunity to help others in need. Keep everything in perspective and you will go into the test relaxed and you will crush it!