USMLE Step 1 Success Stories
Episode 16: A 263 via 8,000+ Practice Questions, Daily Anki, and Ditching First Aid with Ian Christensen

Episode 16: A 263 via 8,000+ Practice Questions, Daily Anki, and Ditching First Aid with Ian Christensen

August 23, 2019

In this episode we interview Ian Christensen who describes how he approached classwork during years 1 and 2, which did not include doing the recommended pre-reading suggested by the lecturers. Interestingly, he did not use First Aid much at all as part of his board preparation. According to Ian, the foundation for success is doing practice questions. And he did over 8,000 questions, so he clearly practices what he preaches.

Episode 15: From Lightyear + BnB to Zanki + Physeo (a New World for an MS2) with Travis Norseth

Episode 15: From Lightyear + BnB to Zanki + Physeo (a New World for an MS2) with Travis Norseth

August 15, 2019

In this episode we talk to Travis Norseth, a 2nd year medical student at the University of Utah School of Medicine. Most of our guests have been, and will be, those who have successfully completed Step 1. However, much like episode 13 with Carol Foote, in this episode we take a different approach and get the inside scoop on what a rising 2nd year medical student is currently experiencing. Travis discusses his success through his first two semesters and what resources he used during that time. Although he's grateful he had Boards and Beyond during first year, Travis plans on using Physeo and Anki moving forward.

Episode 14: 250+ Using an Excel Spreadsheet to Track Productivity and Improve Performance with Bronson Fong

Episode 14: 250+ Using an Excel Spreadsheet to Track Productivity and Improve Performance with Bronson Fong

August 8, 2019

This podcast interviews Bronson Fong. He is a third year medical student at Louisiana Health Sciences Center in New Orleans. Bronson really struggled during his first few months at medical school, and nearly left it behind to return to investment banking. He decided to stay and tough it out and discovered some really unique ways of studying. Bronson focused on using Physeo, Boards and Beyond, Pathoma, SketchyMedical and Rx to study for his coursework. He would then sporadically use Anki in long bursts to review. He used a spreadsheet to keep track of the material he’d covered and how it was working for him. During his dedicated study time, he switched tactics and used mostly UWorld: trying to cover 120 questions random and timed, keeping track of what questions he’d done using a word document. He also took an official practice test at the Prometric testing center, which he felt helpful to simulate the exact circumstances of the actual Step 1. Bronson also proves that it is possible to improve your score from your NBMEs to Step 1 by more than 40 points. Another Step 1 success story!

Episode 13: A second year medical student’s perspective on coursework and Step 1 with Carol Foote

Episode 13: A second year medical student’s perspective on coursework and Step 1 with Carol Foote

August 1, 2019

In this episode we talk to Carol Foote, a 2nd year medical student at the University of Utah School of Medicine. Most of our guests have been, and will be, those who have successfully completed Step 1. However, in this episode we take a different approach and get the inside scoop on what a rising 2nd year medical student is currently experiencing. Carol discusses her focus on classwork during the first semester and her transition to gradually using other board preparation resources during the second semester. She also discusses her plans going forward for upcoming coursework and beyond.