Just get adjusted to first year first. Do well in your classes now. IF you were to do anything, get a review book, I suggest First Aid Step 1 and use it a guide to follow along during your studies. But really, just concentrate on learning the basics now, its sets up the foundation for your second year and board study. Good luck.fizzbot said:
You can't study for your boards yet if you haven't learned the material that is covered in them. Don't focus on that at time time. Learn as much as you can during your first two years. You can always do research if that interests you (it'll help beef up your CV, plus you'll get elective course credit for it, which means free time at the end of senior year if all goes well). The problem with getting a board review book is that chances are, there will be a new edition by the time you take your boards. Take some time off between first and second year, even if it just a couple of weeks. You won't get another opportunity to take a break like that in a while.fizzbot said:
Just try to do well in your first year classes. That will serve as a good foundation for your second year classes, which is where most of the material most useful for Step 1 is found. Studying things like First Aid in first year is probably premature (like trying to run before you know how to walk), although if you find BRS or other board oriented synopses of the courses useful for exam review, go for it.fizzbot said:
NonTradMed said:Hm, good question. I was wondering about that too. It's just so hard to stand idly by and wait for school to start knowing that right now, I have plenty of free time and I won't have any freetime once school starts----makes me want to start studying for the boards to help alleviate some of that time crunch for the coming two years.
This is the biggest myth of med school. I've never had as much free time as I did during 1st and 2nd year. It helps to read at home instead of going to lecture, but even if you don't...med school isn't that bad.NonTradMed said:I won't have any freetime once school starts
You have gotten some very good advice from some really good USMLE testers here. Main issue most people have the first year is how effective is their studying and learning. I would say look at your reading speed. Get a book like Moore's Anatomy and set a kitchen timer for 15 minutes. Start reading chapter one - page one and when the buzzer goes off - stop count the pages and see how far you got. Figure the words per page. How did the material feel to you. What do you remember?fizzbot said: