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Now, That's What I Call High-Yield: Hematology
Posted by Dr. Brian Radvansky

Gather round, brethren. And bring a bleeding desire to master Hematology. I can imagine the hematologic system advocating for itself, explaining that “without me, what are the heart and lungs really doing? The blood is everything!” All the body’s systems want to do (other than score some dopamine by allowing you to enjoy pizza and watch Netflix) is get oxygenated and deliver oxygen to the tissues that need it. Your blood is there for just that. Carry oxygen to where it needs to go, sustain oxidative phosphorylation, make ATP, and keep you alive.

Now, That's What I Call High-Yield: Gastrointestinal
Posted by Dr. Brian Radvansky

When it comes time to sit for USMLE Step 1, you really have to go with your gut. The test can be a difficult thing to stomach, but by focusing on the high-yield aspects of GI physiology and pathophysiology, your efforts will be worthwhile, and your brain will continue to secrete correct answers. While always a challenge, I’ve done my best to distill the subject into a singular blog post. I attempted to winnow this down to a single post, but like so many huge topics out there, one post simply wouldn’t do. Stay tuned for part 2.

Now, That's What I Call High-Yield: Oncology
Posted by Dr. Brian Radvansky

If any subject needed the high-yield teased out of it, oncology would be the one. We go through medical school under the repeated mantra that, “You don’t need to know chemotherapy regimens,” and this leaves us wondering…”Well, what do I need to know then?”

Now, That's What I Call High-Yield: Biochemistry
Posted by Dr. Brian Radvansky

How would you describe studying for Step 1? Is it internalizing data? Or would you call it pattern recognition? Is it retaining facts, or applying knowledge? Likely all the above. But at some level, studying for Step 1, or any exam for that matter, is about triaging information. In your 800 pages of First Aid and 2000+ UWorld questions (leaving aside hundreds of flash cards and possible second question bank), your task is to learn as much as possible. Hanging onto the entirety of this information is an impossibility; at some point you need to be happy enough with having an “acceptable” handle on the material. While aiming for “good enough” might feel like selling yourself short, many students will express the feeling of having “hit capacity,” and find it difficult to put more info into a fact-laden noggin.

USMLE Winter is Coming: Prepare with NBMEs
Posted by Dr. Brian Radvansky

You're prepping for the USMLE. You have your UWorld subscription, a shiny new copy of First Aid, a subscription to Boards&Beyond, and a tattered, well-loved copy of BRS Physiology. But have you taken an NBME?

Five Biggest Mistakes Students Make with UWorld
Posted by Dr. Brian Radvansky
At Med School Tutors, we rely heavily on UWorld in our work with students. Over the last ten years, UWorld has been widely recognized as the gold standard Qbank for all USMLE exams. This is due primarily to the quality of its questions and rigor of its explanations. 
UWorld content is updated throughout the year, which keeps the Qbank incredibly current in the changing world of medicine and medical testing. Students who use UWorld achieve consistently topflight results, but where do they go wrong? What are potential pitfalls that second year med students should make sure to avoid in their own prep?  
We've identified the five biggest mistakes that med students make with UWorld for Step 1 prep (and also posted five more big UWorld mistakes here).
October 2020 USMLE Step 1 Updates: Everything You Need to Know
Posted by Dr. Brian Radvansky

OMG, they are changing USMLE Step 1 again! Why now, during your medical school tenure, do all of these changes have to happen? The two things you thought you could bank on when starting medical school were:

1. Step 1 has been and will remain unchanged for years and years, and 2. A good Step 1 score equals the residency of your choice. These two assumptions have totally gone out the window. What does it all mean?

A Guide to Shock and the Cardiovascular System for the USMLE
Posted by Dr. Brian Radvansky

If you had to reduce the function of your cardiovascular system to one goal, how would you describe it? What is the primary purpose of the heart and blood and vasculature?

How to Get a Strong ERAS Letter of Recommendation
Posted by Dr. Brian Radvansky

Accruing ERAS letters of recommendation is one of the greatest sources of stress for students during residency application season. In the dozens of students I’ve coached through their ERAS residency applications, I’d estimate that over 80 percent of them saw this as a large cause of anxiety in their application.

Now, That's What I Call High Yield: Psychiatry
Posted by Dr. Brian Radvansky

Psychiatry! Finally a topic with information that might be condensed into a single high-yield treatise!

But don’t tell that to the psychiatrists. The information needed to get through Step 1 is much less than what’s necessary to be a psychiatrist. No matter what your chosen field, you will definitely need a basic understanding of depression, suicidality, personality disorders, and psychiatric medications. You will definitely need to know all of these to rock Step 1!

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