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Self-Care in Medical Education
Self-Care in Medical Education

Self-care is an individualized process of promoting one’s internal wellness. It  involves discovering one’s personal self-care activities, reducing stressors, maintaining realistic expectations and pursuing gratitude. We share four ways to implement self-care into busy experiences as a medical student or clinician. Many promote the same brand of self-care, which includes applying a face mask, eating

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Rock the Shelf: Family Medicine
Rock the Shelf: Family Medicine

The Family Medicine (FM) shelf exam is a challenge, especially for students who have yet to rotate through IM, OB, or Peds. With most FM rotations limited to four short weeks, the broad scope of exam questions and lack of time make this shelf particularly difficult.  But there is good news! Most FM rotations themselves

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Didn’t Match as an IMG: Next Steps to Take
Didn’t Match as an IMG: Next Steps to Take

Practicing medicine is a privilege, and doing so in the US is a coveted one. To practice in the US, medical graduates have to take a long and difficult path. They typically complete their residency in the US to become board certified in their field. Though international medical graduates (IMGs) undergo a similar application process,

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How to Study for USMLE Step 3: Best Books for Step 3 Prep
How to Study for USMLE Step 3: Best Books for Step 3 Prep

We all study differently, and each method has its pros and cons. Computers can convey information efficiently, but they can also be easily distracting. You might be trying to absorb some intricate details of ear anatomy just to find yourself surfing another website about the koala life cycle 20 minutes later. Or you may be

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Productivity Life Hacks for Med Students
Productivity Life Hacks for Med Students

Are you struggling to balance academic, extracurricular and scholarly work? Do you constantly feel like 24 hours in your day are not enough? You may not be able to reduce your workload, but you have the power to change your approach toward your daily responsibilities. Intentionally delineate the time you use. Forcing yourself to concentrate

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So You Haven’t Matched, Now What: an Action Plan
So You Haven’t Matched, Now What: an Action Plan

If you are a fourth year medical student, March marks the beginning of the next chapter of your medical journey. You have been anxiously awaiting for the Match results. Even if Match Day ended up not being what you expected and you did not match this cycle, keep your head up! There are plenty of

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USMLE Step 1: Types of Resources and their Strategic Uses
USMLE Step 1: Types of Resources and their Strategic Uses

As a Step 1 tutor, I commonly witness medical students dabble with Anki cards, slog through a third of UWorld, watch most of the Sketchy Micro videos, start Pathoma, answer half of the AMBOSS questions, take two NBME practice tests… and then lack the time to finish all they have started. There are many resources

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How to Interpret the New NBME Score Reports
How to Interpret the New NBME Score Reports

The Clinical Basic Science Self-Assessments (CBSSA), released by the NBME, are integral practice tests in any USMLE Step 1 exam study plan. These tests are traditionally referred to as NBME practice tests. They consist of retired exam questions reformatted into practice tests and provide a reliable prediction of how you will do on test day.

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