Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Feeling Good about Step 1 Next Week

I have one more week to go until I take Step 1. Today I took the last practice NBME exam, and this is the best score that I have gotten yet. It's way higher than I needed or wanted to get. If I do this well on the real test, I am going to be super happy. I'm still not doing as well as I'd like to be in anatomy, embryo, and neuro. So those are going to be the subjects I focus on now, along with cramming all those last-minute stupid details that the NBME likes to ask about. I am too burned out to study any more today though. Also, I hate First Aid more than I can possibly express in words.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Core Rotations at Case

I finally got my rotation schedule for next semester today. I'll be doing three weeks of family medicine, then three weeks of outpatient internal medicine, then five weeks of surgery, and finally five weeks of inpatient medicine. I start on July 14 and finish on October 31. (I also have a Bridge Week that starts on July 8.) I'm really excited about starting my rotations.

I am also starting to get sick of studying for Step 1. It was fun at first to sit around and study all day without having to get dressed or go anywhere if I didn't feel like it. But I am starting to reach a point now where I am getting sick at the very sight of my First Aid review book. I think this means that it's time for me to take the test already. I have a week and a half left to go, so it's getting close now.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Step 1 Study Update

I just wanted to post a quick note to thank the people who are wishing me luck. Things are going well. I'm still studying full-time and taking full-length practice tests. (The NBMEs are not full-length, but I am doing an extra three sets of practice questions after I take them so that I complete the full length of the test.) It's a grueling schedule, but I'm still improving, which helps me feel more motivated. I'll post again soon.