conditions that affect this nation. If a disease is in the news it is likelythat it will be on the USMLE.. see: H1N1, E. coli, prostate cancerscreening etc. Thus, adjust your focus to master the common topicsand then move on to topics like Loa loa.
Steps In Knowledge Retention:
- I think there are 3 steps unique levels in how we comprehend asubject. One stage leads to another and eventually we will retain theknowledge.1. Memorizing: Coronary Artery Disease is associated withAtherosclerosis2. Learning: The pathogenesis of atherosclerosis3. Understanding: The relationship of carotid artery stenosis and thework-up of syncope.- If you can explain a concept to another individual that means youhave a good understanding
Do Not Waste Time. Each Day is Valuable!
1. USMLE prep actually begins on the first day of medicalschool and ends the last day of your second year. What you doafter is just a review
. Studying for the quizzes, midterms, exams isUSMLE prep and not only for your classes.
2. Your general plan should be study hard during your basicsciences and try to write it as soon as possible. I think it isbetter to write the exam sooner rather than later, because thestress builds over time.
3. If you cannot learn a concept by the end of basic sciences and 3 to 4months of preparation than you are likely at your limit.8.
Make the connections between the courses
, ex: do not viewbiochemistry cycles in isolation of the patient’s glucose levels indiabetes for example. All the courses are linked together, the body isnot divided into physiology, microbiology, etc.. it is a system.
USMLE= making the connections
, the questions link concepts fromdifferent courses. So it is not right to say, don’t study this or that. Theycan put anything on the test. So the best strategy is to understand thematerial.12. This whole process is about
. In the "realworld" no one cares about excuses, "my school didn't teach me this,we didn't do that." You are going to have to teach and push yourself.
13. Medicine is maybe the most competitive field, every day thenumber of potential applicants increases. The past few years has seenthe number of residency applicants increase at a faster rate than thenumber of new residency positions. Thus, the requirements to obtain aresidency are slowly increasing.