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Addressing Burnout During Step 2 CK Preparation

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Stressed medical student studying for USMLE Step 2 CK, surrounded by textbooks, notes, and a laptop in a cluttered study space.

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Why Are Medical Students at Risk of Burnout?   Research indicates that up to half of medical students encounter burnout, as medicine is an intrinsically demanding profession. If you find yourself among these students, know that there is hope. You are not alone, and strategies are available to alleviate the...

A Guide for Medical Education Learning Specialists: Navigating the Residency Application Process

A medical education learning specialist helping a student through the residency application process.

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The role of a Medical Education Specialist in supporting students through the residency application process is invaluable. The journey toward securing a residency position can be complex, and your expertise plays a crucial role in ensuring students are well-prepared and organized. In this blog post, we will provide a comprehensive...

COMLEX to USMLE Conversion: Insights for Osteopathic Medical Students

An Osteopathic DO medical school student taking the USMLE Step 2 exam.

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Students who have taken the COMLEX Level 1 may wonder how they can use this score to predict their USMLE Step 1 score. While the administrators of the COMLEX are currently developing a study plan for the development of a valid and reliable conversion formula of

Observations and Trends After the Switch to USMLE Step 1 Pass/Fail: What Learning Specialists Are Saying

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2024 Update: This blog was originally posted on April 19, 2022. In 2024, an additional subheading was added to reevaluate the advice given within the context of the 2024 USMLE Step 1 landscape.   One of the hottest topics among medical education learning specialists (MELS) is the behavior, motivation, and...

The Good Doctor: Tips and Tricks for Medical Students with ASD

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A doctor resting her hand on her patient's shoulder demonstrating her bedside manner.

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This past month I was fortunate enough to attend a lecture by Dr. Rebecca Güler, senior learning specialist at UTMB, on working with students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). As a fan of the tv show, The Good Doctor, I found that this is a topic that I wanted to...

How to Learn the Most from Your Pre-Health Advisor

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A pre-med student meeting with her pre-health advisor.

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For a pre-medical undergraduate student, or anyone studying for the MCAT, perhaps the most important place on campus is the Pre-Health Advising Office. The Pre-Health Advising Office is a great destination for getting to know like-minded peers and learning more about the pre-health journey, but it is also the place...

How to Make Memory Palaces in Medical School

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A medical student studying during medical school.

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Let’s talk about using memory palaces to memorize information for your medical school exams! The idea here is to create a visual vocabulary that is distinct and fun – something you enjoy making, something that will stick in your mind, something that clearly represents the information you’re memorizing.

What are Memory Palaces?

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Medical school students studying for the USMLE using memory palaces.

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Many medical students have heard of of used Sketchy Medical and the concept of making “memory palaces” while building their knowledge foundations in medical school. Understand the origins of memory palaces and how they can be effective for medical students.

Dealing With Test Anxiety During Medical School

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A student with eyes and ears covered dealing with test anxiety.

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Testing anxiety is probably the single most common problem students report to us, and it can be a real bear to deal with. Here are few practical changes to your studying that we recommend you make in order to reduce stress and improve memory.

What is Spaced Repetition and Why it’s SO Important for USMLE?

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A medical school student studying for USMLE using spaced repetition techniques.

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On its most basic level, spaced repetition is spacing out new concepts that we are learning over time to more efficiently remember various things. Furthermore, it involves progressively spacing out concepts that we are relatively strong in further and further into time while re-introducing topics that we are relatively weaker in a shorter interval in between.

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