This post is out of a request from one of the readers. I probably wrote several topics in different angles. You finished AICM 5th semester so, now what do you do? Most of the students may feel that they were not fully prepared to take the USMLE Step 1 by the end of AICM 5th semester and they need to go over their weak areas and improve their basic science foundation.
After you finished AICM this is what you need to do:
- Take NBME and see where you are at in terms of your knowledge.
- From the NBME, evaluate which topics you are weak in.
- Plan out how you are going to cover the weak areas, such as using videos, First Aid book, and question banks (Kaplan, USMLE World).
- Take NBME again, a different version, to see where you are weak at.
Keep one thing in mind, if you hear that a fellow student studied for several months after AICM and passed the USMLE Step 1, that doesn’t mean that you can study for the same amount of time and pass. Everyone is different and everyone from the island studied differently. You are not ready to take the USMLE Step 1 until the NBME test tells you that you are above the passing range.
As you know the USMLE Step 2 CS has gotten harder. Before the candidate just has to list 5 differential diagnosis and 5 diagnostic workup. Now with the new change, candidates must now list 3 differential diagnosis and give the reason of why those differential diagnosis were chosen. Due to this change even American medical students are failing.
Here is a Cheap Solution
One of the SJSM students, who is living in Hyde Park, is offereing hands on teaching for students who need help studying and practicing for the USMLE Step 2 CS. He said the first hour is free and it’s $20 per case to practice. He will be the SP and he will go through each case thoroughly with the students.
He passed USMLE Step 1, USMLE Step 2 CK, and USMLE Step 2 CS; therefore, he is fully ECFMG certified. He is finishing up his 4th year. Instead of paying $1000+ to Kaplan and other institutions, get hands on experience from a fellow student will help the teaching a lot better because he was in the same position as us. He did all his core rotations in Chicago and he is currently finishing up his electives. Remember this is open to ALL MEDICAL STUDENTS, regardless of which school you are from. He can also Skype with you if you are not living in Chicago.
If you are interested then please contact us
, and you’ll get a reply back with his contact information.