You — who has put so much time and sweat, so many tears, and maybe even some blood into your tenure as a medical student — deserve to match into a residency program that will not only teach you the ins-and-outs of your specialty, but also foster a positive learning environment. But how does one pick the best program for oneself?
Let’s be realistic – not everyone has the perfect application. Plenty of people reading this blog are anxiously anticipating how a failed USMLE score, poor clinical evaluation, or low grade might affect their chances in the match. Moreover, I’m sure a lot of you are wondering exactly how this might come up in an interview and what you should be prepared to say if it does. So, let’s take some time to address the elephant in the room.
Most of the students who come to us at Med School Tutors for help with USMLE Step 1 exam preparation have already been studying for the exam on their own for some time before they reach out to us. When I first meet new students, I start by asking them what they’ve been doing to prepare for the exam so far. In addition to asking them what kind of resources they’ve been using, I also ask them to give me an example of an ordinary study day from when they wake up in the morning until the time they go to sleep. This is the typical response I get:“It all depends how I’m feeling on a given day. Some days, I read from First Aid for 6 hours and then I do some questions. Other days, I’ll watch videos all day, and some days I’ll just do questions all day.”
This type of approach is doomed to fail. As we’ve mentioned before, planning is everything. Just as it’s important to have a detailed study timeline, it’s also crucial to have a detailed study schedule for each day of your USMLE Step 1 preparation.
I have a good friend who applied to plastic surgery for residency. As is often the case for plastics, he applied to all 70-something programs in the country. He was a competitive applicant and ended up receiving multiple interviews.
Strokes! They’re a devastating and very prevalent cause of morbidity and mortality. According to the CDC, they are the fifth leading cause of death in the United States. In your medical school and professional tenure, you will undoubtedly care for a patient who is suffering from an acute stroke, or who is living with the residual consequences of cerebrovascular disease. Obviously, your neurology rotation is where you’ll likely face these brain attacks head-on. But fear not! We’ve prepared a handy guide for you to help make sense of what to do during these stressful, crucial moments where TIME = BRAIN.
In my last post, I laid out my advice for DOs studying for both Step 1 and Level 1 – though it certainly applies to students just studying for one or the other as well. To be honest, much of what makes for a successful Level 2 CE and Step 2 CK experience is the same. That shouldn’t be very surprising.
In my last post, I listed five apps that helped me excel throughout both med school as well as residency – and promised there would be more on the way. Without further ado, here are five additional apps that saved me in med school and beyond.
Last week I sat through a lecture about opioid choices and their IV/PO dosing equivalents in different forms. At first it was an amazing lecture, because I realized how little I know about the overlap in these medications. But after 30 minutes, I realized… there’s an app for that! During medical school (mostly 3rd and 4th year) I started accumulating apps – and these are one that not only saved me most, but that I continue to use in residency.
I've gone to a few weddings in the past few years. Each time I put a lot of effort into picking out a very thoughtful gift, carefully wrapped it to look like a storefront display, and dropped it off with pride at the gift table. Then I watched as two, four, six months went by without a single thank you note! And even worse: when I finally did get that thank you note, it was so generic that I'm not sure the wonderful couple even knew which carefully wrapped gift I had given them. For all I know, they may have even hired someone to unwrap their gifts and generate a thank you note. Ugh! I was so off put by those few experiences that I rarely put in the same effort to pick out the perfect gift and card anymore.
In my previous post, I shared how my pulmonologist changed my whole perspective on my condition, Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia, with a simple statement. While my PCD didn’t magically disappear, it truly felt like a moment of healing.