By Fady Akladios
“Do you smoke, Mrs. Z?” I asked my patient. She was recently diagnosed with small cell lung cancer.
“No,” she replied without hesitation. Her answer sounded very unlikely though.
“Well, have you ever smoked?”
“I quit after they saw the cancer in my lung.”
The National Board of Medical Examiners® (NBME®) has developed a new way to implement the USMLE Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) examination. To test the new formats and measurements, the NBME® is looking for students willing to participate in a field trial.
Although you will not be compensated, and you have to pay for your own travel and lodging, you would have an opportunity to “practice a clinical skills examination administered under standard USMLE conditions” at no charge.
You have to have taken and passed the USMLE Step 1 exam and you must be a senior/4th year/6th year student or graduate, but there are certain restrictions.
Find out more about the trial and how to participate by visiting the NBME® website.
Congratulations, you have matched!
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On March 17th, 2011, I read the words that served as the culmination of all that I had worked for since my first biology class as a pre-med. I matched into my dream program and was floating on cloud nine.
If you don’t know where your money is going, you can’t make it work for you. There is no more important financial advice I could give you as you traverse through medical school. I remember when I received my first loan check at the beginning of medical school, it was by far the most money I ever had in my hand at one time. But even though it has your name on it, it is not your money…it’s the government’s money, and they will want it back sooner than you think. Therefore, the less you borrow the better, and the better you manage your money, the less you will need to borrow.
For most newly minted medical students, the loan money they received for living expenses may possibly be the most money they’ve ever managed at one time. As the popular saying goes, “more money equals more problems,” and this could not be truer than for a MS-1 with a $2,000 loan check. So how do you keep track of where your money is going? How do you use your money wisely? Below I will answer those questions based on my experiences.