How to Prepare for the USMLE: Know Your Enemy

After two years of work, I am now semi-qualified to square off against a cumulative hell-test known as the “Boards.” I have to figure out what I’m fighting and how I’m going to fight it, so first things first.

Besides being a one-stop-shop for all things USMLE, the greatest strength of this site is their forums. You can talk with thousands of other students about their strategies, their book choices, enourmous pools ranking review books in every category, etc.

Several online quizzes in each subcategory that you will see on the Boards, complete with a description of the question breakdown by percentages that you will see on test day (rough estimate). (Orientation Materials)

Information from the horse’s mouth. Information on recent changes to the test, preview of the materials provided on the test day, sample test questions, instructions on taking diagnostic tests and a very helpful FAQ. A necessary bookmark.

There are also helpul descriptions of the test and how to mentally steel yourself in the First Aid for the USMLE review book and Kaplan’s QBook. So now that you I know a little more about my test, how should I prepare for it? Medstudents (like me) love to think that their advice is important and they like to write about it. So where is all of this great advice?

The Step 1 Blog

This blog was set up and maintained for the express purpose of cataloging one student’s adventure with the USMLE. The author is an FMG (like me) and the observations he makes on the process are great, making for an easy read. His story has a happy ending; he finishes with a 248/99. You can read the entire blog in under twenty minutes.

Alpha Omega Alpha

This is the nationwide medical honors society and University of Illinois chapter has some dedicated members. USMLE Study Tips is a feature that is updated often with several members’ impressions and advice about what it took for them to prepare. Many of these entries are very useful.

Over My Med Body!

Graham Azon, medical student extrodinaire, wrote a short post about the very basics that he used in prep for the Boards. I agree with most of his suggestions.

Return to USMLE Step 1 page.


3 Responses to How to Prepare for the USMLE: Know Your Enemy

  1. mrinalini jemburi says:

    hiii… nice site!!!!

  2. Denise says:

    Thanx man…. I’ll definitely look up at these and bookmark them all. :-) You’re nice.

  3. relojes says:

    Heya i am for the first time here. I came across this board and I find It truly useful & it helped me out much.
    I hope to give something back and aid others like you helped me.

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