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Thomas Wubben (2013)
Member Type: Student, Junior Member Campus: Chicago
Specialty: Ophthalmology Program: University of Michigan Hospitals
Advice
I used a variety of sources and followed an outline very similar to First Aid. But most importantly, I studied hard M1 and M2, making life much easier come crunch time. Every weekend during M2 year spring semester, I would do full reviews of systems (i.e. Respiratory, Cardio, Renal, etc.) which included physiology, pathology, pathophys, and pharm. I would also do a small block of questions thereafter using Kaplan Qbank, USMLE Rx, or Goljan's Board Simulator Series (older series, but great pathophys/phys explanations).

When it came time to study for the exam in mid-April roughly, I started with Biochem, which I had not touched since the very beginning of M1 year. Used High-yield Biochem, great resource, perfect amount of information. I then hit Biostats/Behavioral science, again High-Yield is more than enough. Then touched on anatomy (we got a lot of that at UIC so didnt spend more than a day thumbing through BRS). Micro and Immuno were next; I used a combo of High-yield and Made Ridiculously Simple. Finally, I went over general pharmacology, receptors functions, general class functions, etc.

After the more general topics had been covered,I followed the systems outline in 1st Aid. I would go through BRS phys and path for that system, Pathophys for the Boards and Wards, and then any specific pharm. I also would listen to the Goljan path lectures for that system. Finally, I would read the first Aid section and do UWorld questions pertaining to that system. As you can see, I learn via lots of repitition. Also, as I added systems, I would continue to include the old systems I had studied in my UWorld question blocks as a continued refresher.