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  1. Didn't discover this method until the last semester of pre clinical but of the different things I tried this was by far the best method for me. Wish I did it from Day 1. I didn't use the in house deck though. For others reading this I'd recommend giving it a go! They beauty of the pass fail system is that you have leeway to experiment a little and if you don't like this method you can abandon it easily. It may seem like a lot of work up front figuring out how the pre made deck works etc but I think it's a very effective and efficient way of studying. I ignored alot of those Step 1 resour
  2. Thanks both of you! I think I have a tendency to overthink things so your posts really helped calm me down haha
  3. Thanks a bunch! I'll definitely keep IM on my mind while also keeping an open mind as I rotate through more non-surgical specialties this year. I imagine that as a resident you probably show rapid growth and become much more efficient. I suppose I was more so worried about hypothetically picking electives and then arriving in 4th year feeling like a fish out of water after my diluted 3rd year experience (since I was rounding in the same patients who weren't acute, so saw less variety in pathologies, maybe not used to carrying the amount of patients that elective students do etc). Unfort
  4. Thanks a bunch! I think you're right about putting up with the more "boring" cases. I guess my concern was that since I haven't been exposed to higher workloads or more complicated cases i'm just worried about doing electives in it and then getting a more complicated consult overnight and then feeling overwhelmed or that i'm not cut out for it haha. Thank you! Your advice is always super helpful here. I'll keep an open mind over these next few months to see if I like anything else as well! Thanks Rrmorelan! I guess I have a tendency to sell myself short I was just worried tha
  5. Hello, I'm in the first half of Clerkship nearing the end of CTU, and previously had 3 months of Surgery. CTU has been my favourite rotation by far, and surgery wasn't really my jam but I get the feeling that my CTU experience wasn't very typical. Ours was run a bit more on the informal side, I was never carrying close to as many patients/tasks as the MSI4s and residents and the patients I were assigned tended to be quite stable and had prolonged hospital stays for other reasons so I didn't get much variety and was sort of just rounding on these patients over and over again for weeks. Si
  6. Could try to find one of those online lecture series (osmosis, boards and beyond, pathoma etc) and watch the associated videos alongside whatever you're learning in class. Might not cover everything your school is, but will at least help you learn some key points. Can pair that up with one of those pre made flashcard desks for the american USMLE exams (although not necessary by any means)
  7. I'm only 1-2 months into clinical but realistically i'm not sure how much one would use it. I've honestly already lost so many little things from running around from change room to change room etc so i would hate to carry around an iPad too. Pre clinical is honestly totally doable without one too, although if it's something you want definitely treat yourself
  8. Hello, On my first block of 3rd year right now which is surgery and thankfully it hasn't been as brutal as what seem of my peers seem to be going through (still not over though so I guess shouldn't get too excited lol). I'm still pretty unsure what I want to do but currently thinking family or internal or something diagnostic (radiology, pathology). Definitely not comfortable in the OR and don't plan on pursuing a surgical field. Let's say I go into one of those non surgical fields that sees a wide range of pathologies/presentations, are there are any key learning points I need to
  9. You know yourself best but I personally studied for it while working full time and scored in your goal range. I spaced out my studying over many months though, and since it was my first time taking it, and I wasn't in a rush to apply I used this one as a "test run" and depending on how I did I told myself I'd study full time for a re-write if need be (luckily didn't have to rewrite). Since you are rewriting, and sounds like you want to apply this cycle your situation might be different. You'll hear different stories though for people who studied full time and those who did not, so it com
  10. Ahh ya you raise a good point... canadian students interested in writing it may want to consider taking it after it becomes Pass/Fail (whenever that is). Thanks and kudos to you on passing it! I'm sure it took a lot of work.
  11. Hi everyone, I'm entering 2nd year at a 4 year program and was just curious about how how important taking Step 1 is. From what I've been reading (and I could be wrong!) it's mostly important for: Keeping residency programs in the states open (in that case, try to score competitively) Keeping fellowship training in certain states open (score might matter, but not as much as residency?) Working in certain states It seems that the classmates who have been considering writing it are interested in surgical specialties. The only problem is that I still don't know what t
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