The USMLE Step 1 is widely considered to be the most important exam in a physician’s career. It has a significant impact on determining specialty options and residency competitiveness. Step 1 is primarily focused on material covered during the first two pre-clinical years of medical school. There is a strong emphasis on pathology, pharmacology, and pathophysiology (the three P’s) which are often tested through clinical vignettes.
Preparing for Step 1 is a longterm process and having a mastery of the concepts covered during the preclinical years goes a very long way. Fortunately, most medical schools give approximately six to eight of dedicated study time before the exam. This intense study period is understandably stressful. Staying organized with a process that drives continuous improvement makes all the difference in making the most out of this time. It is also essential not to take shortcuts around maintaining an exercise routine and a healthy sleep cycle. High endurance is required, and burnout should be avoided at all costs.
Despite the importance of the exam, it is critical to keep everything in perspective. Lower than ideal scores or even a failed attempt is not the end of one’s medical career. Many physicians go on to fruitful careers in medicine despite failing a USMLE exam. If the exam is failed, however, it becomes imperative to demonstrate a strong improvement on the next attempt. Having an expert help guide this process is imperative.
At Medlearnity our mission is your success. If you are preparing for the USMLE, NBME, COMLEX or an equivalent examination, we’d love to share our expertise. Tutors at Medlearnity are exceptional. We have a rigorous training process for our tutors, and our average USMLE scores are 260+. Beyond our experience and knowledge, we also structure our sessions to be highly interactive. You will apply several high-yield concepts during each session, so you are bulletproof prepared for test-day. To help you stay organized we built our customized online task-manager. Together, we help you stay on target and towards the goal. Contact us for more information, or sign up for a trial so you can see our tutoring in action!