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Transition from M2 to M3: Learning from Books to Learning from Patients
When I was preparing for USMLE Step 1, I distinctly remember my anxiety building as the exam approached. This anxiety, though unpleasant, was met and balanced by another powerful emotion: excitement. I was excited by the prospect of finally putting the exam in my rearview mirror, and by the idea that, once it was overREAD MORE
Clerkship Pitfalls: What Is Situational Awareness in Healthcare?
Situational awareness is defined as conscious knowledge of the immediate environment and the events that are occurring in it—or, as stated in Endsley’s situational awareness models, “the perception of the elements in the environment within a volume of time and space, the comprehension of their meaning, and the projection of their status in the nearREAD MORE
Which “Scrubs” Character Are You in Your Clinical Rotations?
Scrubs is consistently described as the most accurate (and fun) medical show out there. If you’re a fan of the series, then kick back and read on to find out which character you mirror the most! Dr. Cox If another medical student asks you a question, and your first reaction is unbridled rage, you mightREAD MORE
3 Tips to Help You Study For Your Internal Medicine Shelf Exam
As a med student, shelf exams serve as important milestones for you to measure your learning progress and identify areas where you need improvement before Step 2. Shelf exams are often seen as a dry-run for the USMLEs and provide you with valuable experience in taking standardized exams. By evaluating your understanding of the material,READ MORE
How to Get Standout Letters of Recommendation for Your Residency Application
The other night, I got a text from a number that I didn’t have saved: “Hey Brian, I don’t know if you remember me but I was a student who rotated with you last year. I wanted to ask some questions about anesthesia if you have a moment.” I always end my teaching assignments withREAD MORE
How to Ace the Surgery Shelf Exam
The general surgery clerkship is known for being one of the most challenging rotations for third-year medical students. You spend long hours in the wards and operating room, navigate a hectic schedule with frequent calls, and find yourself left with little time to study in between. After weeks of this busy schedule on different surgeryREAD MORE
Best Shelf Exam Study Resources: A Comparison & Breakdown
Balancing your clinical responsibilities with studying for shelf exams can be daunting. What’s more, there are so many resources it can be equally intimidating to figure out how to study. However, your shelf exams are crucial for setting yourself up for success on Step 2 (especially important now that Step 1 is pass/fail), so it’sREAD MORE
Medical School: Expectation vs Reality
I don’t know about you, but before starting medical school, I was excited. Having not grown up with a medical background (no one in my immediate or extended family worked in medicine in the U.S.), I gained all of my initial perceptions about the medical field through media. It may sound silly, but my firstREAD MORE