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Hey everyone.

I just finished OMS-1. Struggled a decent amount. Had to remediate a class fall semester and another one this past semester. Really upset about it.

Questions are

1) How am I supposed to effectively study?

2) Will I still be able to match competitive specialties? Wanted Derm or Ortho

3) How can I best use my time this summer, (in terms of prepping for boards, OMS-2 classes etc.) to ensure that I don't struggle like I did first year?

Thank you!

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Questions are

1) How am I supposed to effectively study?
First off Im sorry youre going through this.

Reach out to your schools academic department and ask for help. Its hard to give you advice when we dont know how you were studying for the first year and what you tried/didnt try.
2) Will I still be able to match competitive specialties? Wanted Derm or Ortho
I mean this in the nicest way. Stop worrying about specialty right now. Start worrying about doing well in medical school first. Study like you are applying to the most competetive specialty and do everything you need to and when the time comes if youve done this then youll have a solid application. On the other hand if you study your hardest and fall short of what your goal was then thats just life and you gave it your all. However back to my point, stop worrying about if youll be able to match this or that and start only worrying about how to do well and pass my classes.
3) How can I best use my time this summer, (in terms of prepping for boards, OMS-2 classes etc.) to ensure that I don't struggle like I did first year?
So normally I would say to take this summer off because its your last "real" summer. I still advise you to relax and enjoy yourself however, start reviewing topics you are struggling with using boards and beyond or some other third party resource.

I hope you get through this. Just keep your head down and grind.
 
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First off Im sorry youre going through this.

Reach out to your schools academic department and ask for help. Its hard to give you advice when we dont know how you were studying for the first year and what you tried/didnt try.

I mean this in the nicest way. Stop worrying about specialty right now. Start worrying about doing well in medical school first. Study like you are applying to the most competetive specialty and do everything you need to and when the time comes if youve done this then youll have a solid application. On the other hand if you study your hardest and fall short of what your goal was then thats just life and you gave it your all. However back to my point, stop worrying about if youll be able to match this or that and start only worrying about how to do well and pass my classes.

So normally I would say to take this summer off because its your last "real" summer. I still advise you to relax and enjoy yourself however, start reviewing topics you are struggling with using boards and beyond or some other third party resource.

I hope you get through this. Just keep your head down and grind.

Thank you for your response. Is it OK if I DM you?
 
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Will I still be able to match competitive specialties? Wanted Derm or Ortho
I will be honest with you. Even MD students who have failed multiple classes do not typically match Derm (arguably the single most competitive specialty in medicine) or ortho. As a DO…. I’d start looking at less competitive fields and deciding what you like out of those.
 
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I will be honest with you. Even MD students who have failed multiple classes do not typically match Derm (arguably the single most competitive specialty in medicine) or ortho. As a DO…. I’d start looking at less competitive fields and deciding what you like out of those.

Sigh. you're right. Thank you for your response and honesty.
 
Hey everyone.

I just finished OMS-1. Struggled a decent amount. Had to remediate a class fall semester and another one this past semester. Really upset about it.

Questions are

1) How am I supposed to effectively study?

2) Will I still be able to match competitive specialties? Wanted Derm or Ortho

3) How can I best use my time this summer, (in terms of prepping for boards, OMS-2 classes etc.) to ensure that I don't struggle like I did first year?

Thank you!
1. Read my post on success in medical school

2. Seriously doubt it. One needs to be at the top of the pack fir the uber-specialties.

3. Relax and enjoy the summer. You shouldn't be thinking about Boards your still struggling with med school.
 
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