The Step 1 Diaries

I would consider apologizing for my absence the last couple of weeks, but I have been too busy trying to crawl out from under the weight of my course work. First year was sort of nice because they kind of took it easy on students for the first couple of weeks (at least at my school). However as an MS2, the first day consisted of an hour orientation followed by 4 straight info-dense lectures. The information overload hasn't stopped since. Interestingly, one of the few things covered during orientation was an introduction to the first step of the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE), which will now forever be known on this blog as Step 1 or the Boards. The most popular posts I have ever written are about the MCAT, and now with less than 10 months to go before I sit for an even bigger exam, I want to officially start a new feature on this blog: "The Step 1 Diaries."

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How I Spent the Summer Between MS1 and MS2

First off, you all should know that at my medical school, the summer between MS1 and MS2 is the last "free" summer of my working life. I am writing this about a month before starting my second year, which then begins the long and arduous road towards Step 1 and the wards. It is hard to believe that soon June, July, and August may never have such a sweet connotation to me. Being a student and having my summers off is the only thing I know! However, I am not bitter (or at least not too bitter). This summer has been productive, amazing, preparatory, and relaxing. There is no consensus about how to spend the summer after the first year of medical school, but I think I did it right.

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The Rod of Asclepius

I am a big fan of Greek mythology and stories. I remember my dad and mom reading me the classic stories before bed when I was a kid, and recently I reread the adult versions of some of these tales. References to Greek mythology are everywhere, especially in medicine. Which reminds me...if your college offers it, take a course on medical terminology (you're the man Dr. Pluta!) - learning prefixes, suffixes, and root words of diseases and body systems is incredibly useful come medical school.

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Why You Should Blog as a Pre-Med or Medical Student

I started The Hero Complex when I had some free time towards the end of 2010. My then-girlfriend was studying abroad, school was winding down for the semester, and I needed something to occupy my mind and time. I knew that MCAT studying was quickly approaching, and so I wanted something that would keep me "accountable."  At first, things didn't work out exactly how I had planned

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The 5 Things To Do Before Starting Medical School

This post is fairly well-timed as I can imagine there are readers on here that will be starting medical school this coming fall, and there are many more that will be applying soon. This list could be a thousand items long, given unlimited resources, but let's be at least a little bit realistic (and practical). I am writing things down that are fun, and others that are pretty much necessary for a rising medical schooler. So without further ado, here are The Hero Complex's 5 things to do before starting medical school.

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