Tomorrow, I start my second year of medical school (MS2). I can't believe how fast the last summer of my life went, and I am not sure I am quite ready for the incoming humongous workload. I am desperately trying to get organized, take an extra nap or two, and finish the first season of "Orange is the New Black" before tomorrow morning at 8:00 am sharp. Upperclassmen tell me that the second year of medical school is even more intense than the first. However, I am kinda pumped for it mostly because I don't have to go into the anatomy lab at all (I hated that course). As always things are different in my neck of the woods. I want to do well in my courses, but more importantly I want to dominate Step 1 of my Boards. My score on that will determine my future residency way more than whether or not I "honored" or "passed" my classes. Coming up with a realistic study plan for that is something I worked hard at this summer. Now I just need to implement it, and stick with it all year long.
I am going to say it here first...my target score for Step 1 is 260+. I figure that if I put it in writing I am more likely to achieve it. I want a score that can get me into any residency that I want. This is my number one goal for the second year of medical school. However, it is going to require a ton of work. Here are my scores from the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) custom exam that my school provides at the end of first year (did I mention I hate anatomy?):
I am pretty pumped about my Physiology, General Principles, and Biochemistry scores. I also knew that my understanding of the CNS is not where it should be, so my scores are probably reflective of my overall knowledge. For Step 1, the most important thing will be dominating Pathology, which is also the primary focus of the second year of medical school at my institution.
After browsing through SDN and reading reviews about various resources, I decided to take the plunge and purchase Dr. Sattar's Pathoma book and videos. After briefly looking through it, I really think that it is going to help me learn Pathology like the back of my hand.
Tomorrow is another new beginning. I want to take advantage of it, and learn everything I can to rock the Boards (and more importantly be a competent doctor one day). I am ready for the challenge. Wish me luck.