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Want a high USMLE Step 1 Score? 

I scored a 270 on the USMLE Step 1 by following the method below – the secret to scoring high isn’t what you think

Scoring Well on Any USMLE Does NOT Require:

  • Superhuman intelligence (I’m NOT a genius)
  • Reading First Aid 15x (I didn’t even finish it once)
  • Living with your mother (I did all my own cooking)

Instead, there are 3 key skills that everyone is capable of developing, but few actually do:

1. Integrate and Apply

USMLE Step 1 will test your ability to apply and integrate your knowledge.  

Memorizing will NOT get you far, but that is what so many students resort to, derailing their chances before they’ve even started.  Why do they memorize?  Because learning for understanding is difficult.

Test yourself on the following, to see how much you’ve been memorizing vs. truly understanding:

2. Never Forget What You’ve Learned

It’s great to invest the time to understand the body, but what good is it if we forget everything in a week?

If you get nothing from this website, you should know that it is possible for anyone to remember everything they learn INDEFINITELY.

How?  Through the power of spaced repetition, specifically the use of a program called Anki. In short, spaced repetition is a way to never forget what you’ve learned.  Most students and commercial test sites follow the short-sighted approach of memorizing straight facts, allowing them to forget all of their hard-earned integrated knowledge.  The key to using Anki most effectively is to turn your hard-earned integrated, applied knowledge into a question that will allow you to remember it forever.

3. Apply Your Knowledge to Clinical Vignettes

There is a section in First Aid called “Rapid Review,” where you learn “buzz words” for conditions.  Aortic stenosis is boiled down to “ejection click,” and thyroid cancer becomes “papillary carcinoma.”  While these associations are an understandable starting point, many students rely on them at their peril.  As Step 1 becomes based on longer and more complicated clinical vignettes, students who consistently move beyond buzz words to understand the entire clinical vignette as they go, will be thrilled when they finally open their score report.

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