5+ Year Member
- Sep 10, 2015
- Medical Student
October 6, 2021 at 2 PM Eastern/11 AM Pacific
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How did you find paid research positions? I’m an incoming M1 so I would like do that too for next summerNone. That summer was one of the best of my life. Did research, got paid, had evenings and weekends off, hung out with friends, visited some new cities, worked out 4-5 times a week, went home too.
Pretty much everyone I know who did well on Step 1 did no studying then. There's really no need.
Kept up with my zanki reviews and made it a point to finish lolnotacop by the end of the summer. It really only took ~2 hours a day, and being in dedicated right now, I'm glad I was proactive in finishing new cards which helped spread out the number of new cards I had to do over M2.
I go to a 1.5 year Systems based preclinical w/ USMLE Step1 after Core rotations. Furthermore, we get an entire summer off between M1 and M2. I just finished my M1 year so i am ~2 weeks into summer right now.
I have close friends who have been doing Zanki since Day 1 and for these guys they will keep up with their reviews and perhaps even learn new cards over the summer. Personally, I haven't used Flashcards in Med school but I want to familiarize myself with it since our next 2 blocks are pure rote memorization. Just really not in love with the idea of doing flashcards. Plus I am really not convinced on the yield of Step studying now with the way our curriculum is set up since we will be on the wards before taking it.
Plan for summer so far has been doing research and going through clinical cases w/ podcasts such as CPS, Curbsiders, EMCrit, IBCC, and others. I find this style of learning for me works best. I also plan on reviewing my notes especially from beginning of Med school and developing schema for how to think about clinical cases for the systems we have completed. Might even make Anki cards for Anatomy, and Embryology.
How the hell did you get that? We have a 1.5 year curriculum but no summer (we get 2 weeks). When do you start rotations?
Edit: now that I think about it, if it wasn’t usuhs we probably would have a full summer even with the 1.5 year preclerkship. We get a 6 week break between M1 and M2, but 4 weeks of it is mandatory military stuff.
Yeah I thought this was the norm but was surprised when I read about your school and others on this forum with hardly any break. My instate school is on a traditional curriculum and even then they have a summer semester. I wish i had an answer.
I will say (and this is not a flex or whatever) but we get A LOT thrown at us with Prework for almost everything including CBL, TBL, and small groups, actual lectures. Many times we also get post lecture "homework" that is all testable material, along side clinical stuff, weekly quizzes + in house exams and NBMEs every 4 weeks or so etc etc. Basically we get a ton of information shoved down our throats so I am not sure whether they are leaving out any content for us to have this break, or if we just get it all in one super large bolus during the school year to make time. But i have only attended one med school so I don't know.