Resources for the Surgery Shelf

High Yield Topics The single highest yield topic for the surgery shelf is easily GI; it comprises anywhere from 25 to 30% of the exam. Pulmonary and cardiology topics are the next highest yield topics. The lowest yield topics are immunology, dermatology, and obstetrics. Roughly half of the exam is diagnosis; almost one-third is management,…

Resources for the Family Medicine Shelf

High Yield Topics Half of the family medicine shelf is management and health maintenance, at ~30% and ~20%, respectively. Pathophysiology is less than 10% of the family medicine shelf, and establishing a diagnosis is about one-third of the exam. The highest yield topics are cardiology, pulmonary, and GI. Relatively low yield topics include immunology, hematology, obstetrics…

Resources for the Medicine Shelf

High Yield Topics The highest yield topics for the medicine shelf are cardiology and pulmonary. Together, they make up anywhere from 30 to 40% of the exam. Other high yield topics include renal and GI. Gynecology is relatively low yield for the medicine shelf. Diagnosis is less than 50% of the exam, management and pathophysiology…

Resources for the OB/Gyn Shelf

High Yield Topics As expected, half of the exam is obstetrics and half of the exam is gynecology. Diagnosis is about one-third of the exam; mechanisms are about a third of the exam; a quarter of the exam is management, and health maintenance is up to 20% of the exam. High Yield Resources 1. UWorld 2….

Resources for the Psychiatry Shelf

Keep in mind that anywhere from 10 to 20% of the psychiatry shelf is actually neurology. About two-thirds of the exam is establishing the diagnosis; management constitutes about one-fifth of the exam. Pathophysiology is little more than 10% of the exam, which makes sense considering how little is known of the molecular mechanisms underlying psychiatric conditions.

Resources for the Pediatrics Shelf

High Yield Topics The highest yield topics for the Pediatrics Shelf are cardiology, GI, pulmonary, and renal. The lowest yield topics are psychiatry and dermatology. A little under half of the exam is diagnosis, and a little under a third of the exam are mechanism questions dealing with underlying pathophysiology. Management is little more than 10%…

Music to Study and Work By

For some, the quiet can be deafening. In such circumstances, it is preferable to have music or some form of background noise to study, work, or write by. Having ambient noise helps keep my ADHD brain better engaged, promoting productivity, focus, and concentration. It is important, however, to choose sounds that are not too distracting, so as not to…

How to Take Notes (& Study Them) in Medical School

In spite of the title, this is not intended to be the definitive discussion of how to take notes in medical school; this is simply a run-down of the method I use. It is a mix of typed notes and hand-written notes; finding the balance between these is essential. It’s important to hand-write certain important…

Studying for Standardized Exams

Whether you’re a pre-med studying for the MCAT, a second year studying for Step 1, or a third year studying for shelves or Step 2, the same rules apply for any standardized exams. Standardized exams require two things: a little bit of background knowledge and a lot of practice. Passive Studying: Building a Base It’s essential…

Exams in Medical School

Exams, exams, exams. If I could summarize medical school in one word it would be this one: exams. We have written exams, which assess our clinical knowledge, and physical exam exams, that is exams which assess our clinical skills. One after another, it’s just more and more exams. I have the good fortune of being…

Time management in medical school: Pre-clinical years

There is more to weight lifting than simply lifting weights, and there is more to medical school than simply studying. Muscle building is not entirely different from memory building. While lifting weights, we’re not actually building any muscle. In fact, any potential gains are not made until our bodies have sufficient time to recover. It is not…