I have about 12 more days left before the big day. So, what have I learned so far?
The worst advice I’ve been told:
1.Memorize every word of First Aid (what crackheads)
2.You’ll burn out after 2 weeks (are you kidding? I’m peaking with motivation after 2 wks)
3.Buy groceries for the months (how big is your fridge darling?)
4.Pick a date and stick with it (ummm, take it when you’re most ready, I could use 1 more month if I could)
5.Study 15 hours a day (how long have you lasted on this one?)
Picture: Dr.Tao Le, the author of First Aid.
Step 1 Q: Why is Dr.Le bald?
Ans: Dr.Le is bald due to late effects of DHT
For those who are not in medicine, the USMLE step 1 is the first step of the medical licensing exam that all med students have to take. Students in US take it at the end of their 2nd year of med school. My test day will be on 6/24 (breathe….). It kinda, sorta determines what range of specialties you can potentially get into. It’s a really important test, like the MCAT for med school, or the SAT for college. But unlike those 2 tests, the stuff on the USMLE exams are actually important fundamentals for patient diagnosis and care.
My Step 1 prep has officially started and I am 5 out of 31 days in my schedule. So what does a typical day look like for me?
3:50pm – 6:30pm study
During this 11 hour study period, I mainly have a one way love affair with my First Aid book, click through about 140 UWorld Questions, drink mountain dew (36mg caffeine/8oz) to stay pumped.
Of course, I have my daily workout squeezed in there. I went home to mommy in LA, mainly for the food (she took me to have Pho tonight). There’s nothing like home cooked meals for board studying.