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.
What are program directors looking for in potential residents? There’s no question—they want to be wowed! To knock their socks off, you must go in with confidence and simply be yourself. Show them how you’ll be a good fit in their program and that your demeanor would perfectly suit all those patient encounters. Dr. Johanna Hase, who completed her internal medicine residency at NYU, shares her advice on nailing your interview and matching into the program of your dreams.
Ready for your Surgery Shelf? You can properly prepare by following Adriana Wong’s lead, a MS3 at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Adriana shares her Surgery rotation experience, how she manages her study time, and how she is preparing for her upcoming Shelf exam with AMBOSS.
Did you know that our comprehensive Qbank is crosslinked with an extensive medical library? This means that every question within our Qbank directly corresponds with an integrated Learning Card, giving you the option to dive deeper into any medically-related topic. You’ll never have to leave our app to expand your knowledge – a feature no other medical learning resource offers. See how it works!
The USMLE™ Step 2 CS is a day-long exam consisting of 12 clinical encounters with standardized patients. As you may know, each clinical encounter starts with a patient history and physical examination – which is outlined in the doorway information – and finishes after you type up your patient note. If you are preparing for your CS exam, here is how AMBOSS can help.
To learn more about the flipped classroom environment and its impact on medical education, we spoke with Tim Dang, a 4th year medical student at Stanford University School of Medicine, and Sheryl-vi Rico, a graduate of Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Stanford and Johns Hopkins are two of many US-based medical schools implementing this non-traditional approach to learning.
To pass the Step 2 CS exam, you must essentially get through three components separately. If you do well on the ICE, you can still fail the SEP if you perform poorly. Therefore, balanced preparation is crucial. We spoke with Gina, an IMG who recently passed the Step 2 CS exam. This is how she prepared for the exam.
U.S. medical students who are soon graduating and have successfully matched into residency programs are anticipating new challenges, including the recently reinstated 24-hour shift. It is imperative that first-year residents learn how to cope with these long hours as effectively as possible. Here are five suggestions on how to manage this challenge!
Becoming a doctor requires more than countless hours on the wards, an endless amount of standardized exams and years spent in training. For the most part, this involves a huge number of positives: lifelong friendships with classmates and colleagues and memorable interactions with patients. Unfortunately, for some medical students, verbal and physical harassment by peers and superiors is part of this process too.
Imagine the scenario. You're a medical resident logging between 80 and 100 hours per week. You tackle additional commitments at night, including answering emails, working on required research projects, studying, and, oh yeah, raising a child. For Lacey Vence, a resident at the University of Louisville and mother of one, her hours spent at the hospital go hand-in-hand with the challenges of being a mother. Like many residents, Lacey matched far from home, away from her support system. To fulfill her residency duties, she moved three hours away, raising her two-year-old by herself during the week, with weekend visits from her husband, who works full-time in West Virginia. Here are some valuable tips on balancing the rigors of the medical profession with raising a family - from a mother’s perspective.