As an osteopathic student, the decision to take the USMLE, COMLEX, or both is one of the hardest decisions to make as a second year student. While I wish this post could provide an algorithm to give you the answers, sadly that just does not exist. The decision to take both exams is an extremely personal choice, but I hope to give you some insight to help you make your decision.
By Walter Wiggins
Everyone should have a study schedule when preparing for any of the USMLE Step exams, particularly Step 1. No matter how soon or how long before you take the actual exam, you should take some time to organize your thoughts about how you want to proceed with studying. In general, you should plan to dedicate some amount of time to each of the subjects tested on the exam. However, there are a few things that are helpful to consider when generating a schedule.
By Molly Lewis
Kawasaki disease (AKA mucocutaneous lymph node syndrome) may sound like a rare entity found only in Japan, but it happens more often than you might expect- in the US, 19 children per 100,000 each year! It is a systemic vasculitis that most often affects young kids, and is idiopathic (no known cause). It can be surprisingly difficult to distinguish it from scarlet fever and erythema multiforme. So, here is a helpful mnemonic to remember the criteria for diagnosing Kawasaki’s!
You’ve made it….you have passed your med school classes, aced your USMLEs and sub-internships, received amazing recommendations, bought expensive plane tickets, and now you are sitting in front of the program director and are being asked a question that is very simple in nature but that is also really simple to mess up. Here are two common IMG-specific questions and some short tips on approaches to your thinking when answering these and others.
By Luke Murray
This post is part of 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 experiences you want to have during these (usually) four very important years of your life.
Contrary to popular belief, you actually do NOT have a lot more time than you realize for all the random things you’d like to do. So while it may open your eyes to try to account for what you actually do in the 144 hours that exist in a week, trying to put into practice a life in which you DO account for all of them is not going to work.
What will fill up your life in medical school in a meaningful way are a small number of the right type of significant goals. What should they be? To find out how to do medical school right, let’s ask…the CEO of a metal company.
Pumpkin pie – one of my absolute favorite things!
Memorizing biochemistry pathways – um, not quite as high on the favorites list….
Joining the two = a palatable combination!