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.
Of the three USMLEs, the Step 1 is perhaps the most intimidating. The Step 1 exam requires a revisiting of basic anatomy, physiology, embryology, pharmacology, and biochemistry. For a medical student attending an institution where the majority of others are not taking the Steps, it can be difficult to juggle your home institution’s exams with the USMLE tests. Moreover, for an IMG who is already out of medical school and working, it can be difficult to find the time to relearn everything. Here are a few tips for success:
By Molly Lewis
We’ve all had mini “anatomy panic attacks.” Maybe you’re in an anatomy practical and have only 30 seconds to identify the flagged structure, or maybe you’re in the OR and your attending asks: “What’s this?” Regardless of the situation, using mnemonics to remember anatomy can turn panic into confidence!
Recently, Luke Murray wrote the first post in his series “Med School Done Right,” which is all about maximizing your experience in medical school based on your broader goals and aspirations. One of the key tenets to his approach to med school is determining what you want to get out of each individual experience in your training and why that will help you achieve your broader goals. When it comes time to start thinking about your approach to preparing for the USMLE Step 1 (or COMLEX Level 1), I recommend you consider these two questions:
- What do you want to get out of Step 1?
- Why will that help you achieve your broader goals?
This is the first post in a series called “Med School Done Right,” which will look at not just succeeding in medical school in the narrow terms of “getting good grades,” but at shaping the kind of experience you want to have during these (usually) four very important years of your life.
The decision to move to a different country and work in a different medical system can be daunting. When one trains in a certain system, one is prepared for working within that system, often having mentors and a sophisticated understanding of what is expected of them. However, specialist training in the U.S. provides a multitude of benefits that help to reconcile the complications of moving out of one’s comfort zone.