I would appreciate some advice. I am a second year at the Univ. of TX Medical Branch (Galveston), which was pretty much pulverized by Hurricane Ike. I'll spare you the details, but things are not going so well here--lay offs to the tune of almost 4000 people, $710 billion in damage (most of which was not covered by insurance), and our clinical training is very much in the air. The phrase "going down the tubes" comes to mind. (I hope it rises again...but that'll be decided by the legislature, etc...There are a myriad of problems.) So, here is my problem: We just had a meeting today with the deans, and they handed out our schedules (revised) for basically the next 6 months. It's a compressed schedule, that does not leave much time out of school for board study. It's not my favorite schedule, and I could complain, but I don't really think they honestly had much of a choice in what they did. (The reason the schedule's compressed is because we had over a month "off" of school after the hurricane--we weren't in class, so we lost all of that time. Some folks could study, but because our house was flooded, most of my time was spent dealing with mold, not studying. I'm just barely getting settled now.) So, the deans had to make up the lost time somehow--so they've compressed things, and pushed things around in the following ways: -Most classes are compressed -Our final class is a week and a half long (instead of a month), and the remainder of the material for that class will be sprinkled in with other classes. -During our last class, we'll have a "Step Prep" class intertwined -Then we have several weeks of another board review class -Then we have 2 weeks in which to take Step 1 (and, for my husband and me, move to wherever place they can actually find for clinical rotations to start.) -To the school's credit, they have arranged for us to have USMLE world and Kaplan Q bank access. And, I think they are offering some practice exams during the semester. (ARe there more commercial things I could pay for? Or would I run out of time anyway?) -Our school has no pharm class, so that's all done "on our own"/integrated in to the curriculum (somehow!) They did say they'd try to do a few lectures for us on drugs, which would be nice. I am kind of concerned about the fact that we will have so little "free" time (as in, without another scheduled activity) in which to study. Normally, I think for our school, the 2nd years get many weeks off to study for boards. I know this is just the way it is, and so I have to find a way to work with the situation I'm in. I would truly appreciate any advice you have on how to approach this. How did you approach it? How would you approach this? How do you cover everything and keep up in class at the same time? (etc) Thanks in advance for your help. I would really like board scores not to be yet another casualty of the storm.