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Family Medicine Board Review
Posted by Leila Javidi, MD, MPH

As family medicine residents, we are used to adapting to a wide range of situations during rotations. Med School 2.0, as I like to call it. Our specialty is, well, all specialties, which is rewarding but extremely challenging in practice, and most annoyingly, during standardized testing.

Sure, we have an advantage during Step 3 because we never got away from “general medicine” and still do pediatrics, obstetrics, and even surgical specialties. But when it comes to board exams, the test is its own beast.

If you are studying for the ABFM Family Medicine Board Exam, you realize that there are a lot of different ways you might approach medicine. That is the unfortunate truth of medicine today: we aren't always able to practice perfect evidence-based medicine, and we have to deal with real world expectations of patients. 

But it’s important, for the board exam, that you stay up-to-date with guidelines and recommendations and get into the “vibe” of the Family Medicine Board Exam.

3 Mistakes to Avoid When Working with a USMLE Study Buddy
Posted by Leila Javidi, MD, MPH

Updated 11/2019: 

My, how time flies.  A few years ago, I was just your average third year medical student reflecting on my experience with using a Tutor for Step 1 studying. It’s so incredible to sit here as an attending and reflect on how different my perspective is now on Step studying and really the whole medical school experience.  As it happens, I am no longer looking at this as a student, but as a tutor and mentor, myself.

So what, if anything, has changed? Well… I suppose everything and nothing has! Despite being done with literally ALL of the most difficult, dreaded parts of medical school, I still need and seek support and guidance, I still need someone to tell me I’m making the right decisions for my future, and I still need someone from time to time to just ‘give it to me straight’. 

Six Last-Minute Ways IMGs Can Improve Their ERAS Before September
Posted by Leila Javidi, MD, MPH

It usually is around June that the ERAS panic sets in: “CRAP. I have 3 months to figure out how I’m going to sell myself during interview season!”  While there are many wonderfully involved medical students that have spent the past 3 years cultivating a winning Residency application, some of us have spent the last 3 years just trying to stay afloat and get through these exams. 

If you are a Caribbean medical student, you probably have had extra pressure during this time to perform well scholastically with little to no emphasis on extracurricular activities or well-rounded life experiences. Regardless of where you fall in your readiness to submit your application, I can’t underscore enough how important it is that your Residency Application is ON POINT.

Downloads on the Downlow: Five More Life-Saving Apps for Med School, Residency, and Beyond
Posted by Leila Javidi, MD, MPH

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.

Downloads on the Downlow: Five Life-Saving Apps for Med School, Residency, and Beyond
Posted by Leila Javidi, MD, MPH

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.

The Advice Nobody Gave You for Residency Interview Season: Part II
Posted by Leila Javidi, MD, MPH

In my last post, I shared the first two of my five pieces of advice for residency interview season. Without further ado, let’s dive into my final three tips!

The Advice Nobody Gave You for Residency Interview Season: Part I
Posted by Leila Javidi, MD, MPH

When I look back on starting the ERAS process a year ago, I remember all the things I worried about – and all the things I should’ve worried about, but didn’t bother to consider. Now that I’m on the other side, it’s only fair that I share with all you eager ERAS-ers the five points of advice I wish I had going into interview season.

Don't Fear September 15th: Breaking Down ERAS Applications
Posted by Leila Javidi, MD, MPH

Every year on the same exciting pre-autumn morning, 4th year students compete for a slice of the AAMC’s precious bandwidth to express their deep desires to attend residency programs across the nation. One of the biggest chores leading up to this day is the preparation of the application itself. The piecemeal entering of all of your extracurricular activities, who supervised you, when they started and ended, etc. grows old quickly. However, this can be a good problem to have! How to make sure you adequately populate this section as the time comes for submission? This simple guide can help you decide what’s worthy, and how to help craft your application as the big day approaches.

10 Essential Tips for Surviving Your First Clinical Rotation of Third Year
Posted by Leila Javidi, MD, MPH

Having just finished the first 6 weeks of my Intern year of Residency, I’ve become more reflective than ever. I can’t emphasize enough how different medicine is from what I had imagined it to be in the first two years of medical school preparing for my exams, in both great ways and sometimes less than great ways.

Beginning in a new hospital system in a new role these days opened the floodgates to the memories of how terrifying it was to begin in the hospital in my third year of medical school. I remember only knowing one route to the Emergency Department (no matter how long it was) and only taking that route because if I didn’t, I would get lost. I remember not knowing acronyms, workflow, the electronic medical record system, or even my role in this whole system. Did I mention the goofy short white coat...?

4 Fool-Proof Ways to Incorporate Accountability into your USMLE Studying
Posted by Leila Javidi, MD, MPH

I know this is a medical school blog, but I think it’s about time we talk fitness. No, I’m not about to start telling you how to get into shape. Let’s be honest, I’m still working on that myself. In fact, in recent weeks, I have found it harder and harder to accomplish my fitness goals and it got me thinking. Preparing to ace the USMLE is a lot like trying to get into shape. Both have a relatively straightforward “formula” for success. Most people know what they “have to do” for both of them, and both can be very frustrating, emotional, and full of setbacks. Let's talk about them and then go over 4 foolproof ways to hold yourself accountable while studying.

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