Jefferson Medical College Alpha Omega Alpha
Guide to USMLE Step 1
A Final Word
There is no magic bullet for success on the USMLE Step 1. Successful
preparation boils down to three things.
- Work hard and learn well in your M-II courses.
Students report that material tested on the USMLE exam was learned
in class, not crammed at the end. Keep up, go to class, and stay
mentally and physically healthy. A good M-II year is your best
insurance policy for USMLE.
- Use board review books along with your classes.
For most subjects, this means faithfully reviewing physiology
and previewing pathology and pharmacology. For microbiology, neurology,
and behavioral science, use their respective review books.
- Be strategic in your Step 1 preparation.
For the intense USMLE study period in May/June, select standard
board review materials that are well-regarded, make a reasonable
schedule based on your goals, and stick to it.
We hope this guide will be helpful as you make your first step
of three to freedom!
Last updated: April 2011