Please visit the resources below, which have been selected based on the research on successful medical students and frequently asked questions from College of Medicine M3 students.
To find learning and study strategies focused on specific topics (e.g., note-making, creating study aids, developing a study plan, test-taking, or time management) and relevant research, visit the content in Learning and Study Strategies.
- Recommendations and Resources for NBME Subject Exams. Access this document to learn strategies for studying during busy rotations as well as important information about various shelf exams, recommended resources, question banks, and available practice tests.
- Instructions for Working Qbank Questions – Step 1 Method Adapted for USMLE Step 2 CK – Pre ISP. Review the resource to revisit effective strategies for using questions correctly during rounds.
- Effective Strategies to Responding to Questions during Rounds. Access this document to help you prepare for and answer questions correctly during rounds.
- Studying for NBME Subject Exams during a Busy Rotation. Review this resource for tips and resources to help you identify study resources, make use of downtime, pace yourself, and manage time more effectively.
M4 comments, suggestions or advice for medical school colleagues (October 2016)
- Starting studying early, plan out what you will do when, use flashcards for what you can't remember, and focus on practice questions.
- Study hard for your shelf exams because that information is also on CK.
- My Step 1 to Step 2 score was a 36-point increase. This was very doable and easily achieved through working hard on the clerkships, excelling on the shelf exams, and narrowing my focus on my study materials to just a few resources (UWorld, Online MedEd, Master the Boards).
- Use what works for you, not what works for everyone else. Try something, and if it doesn't work, don't waste your time hoping that it will. Don't compare your progress to other people, everyone learns differently and advances at different rates. Put the time and effort in and adjust as necessary. It's important to be adaptive as well as recognizing the need for help if you're lacking or progressing slower than expected. Unfortunately, our careers are judged on 2 3-digit numbers, so there is no reason to take a gamble with your future.
- Treat CK like Step 1 – take it seriously and take the time off you need.