It can be nerve-wracking on the wards, especially when you’re just starting rotations. But, despite the practical inexperience, at this early stage you already have a valuable asset to offer both patients and the teams you work with. University of Colorado MS4 Reade Tillman has been there and offers her insight and encouragement to all MS3 students.
You’re in the on-call lounge one night and overhear the following report on the IM:
“I've already admitted three bounce-backs to the floor. Two are frequent flyers and one is a swallower. The last one is full code, by the way.”
But what could it possibly mean? Allow us to explain the meaning behind medical argot.
The expectation to do well on the USMLE Step 1 exam is high. While you’ll likely do as much research as you can figuring out how to properly prepare, the best way to truly understand what taking it is like is by turning to a fellow classmate who has gone through the experience herself.
Ugo Udogwu, a fourth-year student applying into Orthopedic Surgery at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, remembers Step 1 well. She shares her studying process, as well as its ups and downs, with us.
Think Step 1 sounds scary? It doesn’t have to be. The right resource will help you navigate the topics at hand as well as equip you with what you need to succeed in the long run.
AMBOSS is that resource, offering you a powerful combination of tools that includes a comprehensive Qbank, a cross-linked medical Knowledge Library, smart study aids, high-yield images, an interface that simulates exam day conditions and progress-tracking capabilities.
Medical school dedicates a lot of time preparing you for everything you will encounter as physician—even what you can’t anticipate.
Yet, just as there are many things in medicine for which there is a playbook, there are just as many things which can’t be scripted. Palliative care is one of those things. Fourth-year medical student Tim Dang shares his experience.
You did it! You made it through the first month of your internship. Now the dust is finally settling; you can take a breath and reflect. With so much new information—mostly practical and some theoretical—picked up day after day, you can really settle into and embrace your new role. Here are the biggest takeaways from your first month.
A big proponent of auditory, kinesthetic and visual learning, Dr. Karen Rayos, social media volunteer at Inside the Boards and graduate of the University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Medicine and Surgery in the Philippines, shares her motivation for medical education and individualized learning styles with us.
Your medical education is so much more than what happens in the classroom. Beyond the standardized tests and late-night cram sessions, it’s a time when meaningful relationships are made with physicians, students and even patients. With that in mind, we at AMBOSS have strived to take our support system beyond the digital space and dedicated study sessions with the AMBOSS US Roadshow Team.
Before you enter your fourth year of medical school, you’ll be faced with the unique challenge of having to choose and commit to a medical specialty. Harvard medical student Michael Dykstra, who is currently going through the decision-making process himself, shares how advice from a trusted mentor and some self-reflection are helping inform his decision.