Step 1 Prep (January schedule)

Hello and happy Sunday! 

If you are in medical school (or planning to be) then you probably have heard of something called “Step1” before. 

Step1 is the first of three board exams that students need to take in order to become a licensed physician in the US. 

Typically medical students take Step1 at the end of their 2nd year of medical school before starting clinical rotations. Step 2 during the last year of med school and Step3 during the first year of residency.

Even though there are 3 Step exams—Step 1 is definitely the MOST important. This test is SUPER DUPER important because your performance on this exam basically determines what type of physician you can become!!!!

If you have aspirations to become an orthopedic surgeon (or any other competitive specialty) and don’t do extremely well on Step1—that dream is NOT going to happen. It’s harsh—but it’s true. Since Step1 determines how many different options you have for residency positions and fields—it is something that most med students spend A LOT OF TIME preparing for. 

I have officially scheduled my exam for May 17th, 2021 which means I have already started studying everyday for it!!!!! 

I wanted to share some of the things that I am doing to study for this exam—-when i’m still 4 months out!!!!!! 

Daily tasks: 

1 or 2 40-question Qbanks ( i am using Kaplan and Amboss) 

Reading First Aid for ~45-60 min per day

Watch sketchy/pathoma/boards and beyond videos 

I know it doesn’t seem like a lot of stuff—but this is my daily plan ON TOP of doing school for 4-8 hours per day too!!  

I am anticipating that my schedule will change a lot each month leading up to my exam!!! 🙂 

Let me know if you guys have any questions about how i’m preparing for this exam!!!



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