USMLE Step 1 Success Stories
INTRODUCING COVID-19: Commonsense Conversations on the Coronavirus Pandemic

INTRODUCING COVID-19: Commonsense Conversations on the Coronavirus Pandemic

March 20, 2020

COVID-19, the disease caused by a novel coronavirus, has created a global pandemic. This show aims to educate the public via interviews with leaders in healthcare, public health and policy. You’ll hear from former Kaiser CEO, host of the Fixing Healthcare podcast, and author of Mistreated: Why We Think We're Getting Good Health Care and Why We're Usually Wrong, Robert Pearl; critical care physician and frequent guest on The Doctors, “Dr. Raj” Dasgupta; Patrick C. Beeman, Ob/Gyn and founder of the medical education platform, InsideTheBoards; microbiology professor, Ken Rosenthal; and more.   

Your host is Dr. Ted O’Connell, family physician, educator, and author of numerous textbooks and peer-reviewed articles. He holds academic appointments at UCSF, UC Davis, and Drexel University's medical schools and also founded the Kaiser Permanente Napa-Solano Community Medicine and Global Health Fellowship, the first program in the U.S. to formally combine both community medicine and global health.

Submit Your Questions for the Podcast

Send an email to info@arslonga.media or check out covidpodcast.com

What Can You Do? 

You can help spread commonsense about COVID-19 by supporting this podcast. Hit subscribe, leave a positive review, and share it with your friends especially on social media. We can each do our part to ensure that scientifically accurate information about the pandemic spreads faster than rumors or fears. Remember to be vigilant, but remain calm. For the most trusted and real time information on COVID-19 and the coronavirus pandemic, both the CDC and WHO have dedicated web pages to keep the public informed. 

The information presented in this podcast is intended for educational purposes only and should not be construed as medical advice. 

An Update and Overview of COVID-19 for Medical Students from InsideTheBoards Featuring “Dr. Raj” Dasgupta

An Update and Overview of COVID-19 for Medical Students from InsideTheBoards Featuring “Dr. Raj” Dasgupta

March 16, 2020

This is a special episode we're posting across the InsideTheBoards network to educate med students on the clinical issues surrounding COVID-19 like how ventilators work, how patients are assessed and some potential questions students may have about the coronavirus pandemic. 

Dr. Ted O’Connell, ITB’s chief content officer, and author of Crush Step 1 and USMLE Step 2 Secrets interviews Dr. Raj Dasgupta.

“Dr. Raj” is a Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine physician and assistant program director for the University of Southern California’s Internal Medicine residency program. Dr. Raj is actively involved in media and has appeared on The Doctors, Bill Nye Saves the World and many others. He is one of the hosts for TNT’s Chasing the Cure and author of author of Morning Report: Beyond the Pearls, which you can learn more about at beyondthepearls.net

Dr. Raj is well worth following on social media. Check him out on Instagram (@dr_raj_), Facebook (@doctorRajD) or Twitter (@DoctorRajD)   

The Audio Qbank by InsideTheBoards Mobile App

The Audio Qbank by InsideTheBoards mobile app has both free and premium features and is available on both Android and iOS

To get started, first, create a Boardsinsider Account on our website insidetheboards.com

Free Features 

  1. All of our podcasts in one place organized into playlists for easy studying (also with less ads and exclusive content) 
  2. Mindfulness meditations designed specifically for medical students 
  3. A monthly offering of high yield content (questions dissections, audio qbank samples) available only on our mobile app. 
  4. Early Access and exclusive content like a preview of the soon to be released "Crush Step 1" podcast and the "Inside ITB" podcast where we "get real" about the challenges of building ITB and the day to day behind the scenes stuff. 

Premium Features

Subscribe to an ITB premium account and get additional features 

  1. Access to 500+ audio optimized board style practice questions in our Audio Qbank. The Step 1 version is powered by Exam Circle and the Step 2 Version is powered by OnlineMedEd. New questions added each month. 
  2. High Yield Pharmacology (powered by Lecturio) with 100 of the top pharm questions you need to know for both Step 1 and Step 2 
  3. Audio Flashcards (coming soon) 

Our audio qbank is THE PERFECT companion for studying for the boards on the go. And we're adding content and improving it all the time. Learn more about the Audio Qbank by InsideTheBoards mobile app here

What Can You Do? 

You can help spread commonsense about COVID-19 by supporting this podcast. Hit subscribe, leave a positive review, and share it with your friends especially on social media. We can each do our part to ensure that scientifically accurate information about the pandemic spreads faster than rumors or fears. Remember to be vigilant, but remain calm. For the most trusted and real time information on COVID-19 and the coronavirus pandemic, both the CDC and WHO have dedicated web pages to keep the public informed. 

The information presented in this podcast is intended for educational purposes only and should not be construed as medical advice.

Episode 24: The AnKing Team - Why you Should be Using Premade Anki Decks with Forrest Hamrick

Episode 24: The AnKing Team - Why you Should be Using Premade Anki Decks with Forrest Hamrick

January 13, 2020

In this episode Michael and Rhett talk with Forrest Hamrick, one of the stellar members of the 4-person Anking team. Operated by four 2nd year medical students from the University of Utah, Anking demystified the flash card program for med students all around the world and became a Youtube sensation. In the interview, Forrest explains his commitment to Anki starting in the first few weeks of medical school and how its helped him ever since. He also emphasized the importance of using stellar premade Anki decks such as Zanki and Physeo.

Episode 23: A 258 and Not Finishing UWorld with Nick Curran

Episode 23: A 258 and Not Finishing UWorld with Nick Curran

December 13, 2019

In this interview Nick Curran, an MS3 at the University of Illinois College of Medicine, discusses how he was able to identify what strategies he needed to employ in order to succeed. Nick makes the argument that one should stick with a strategy that works, even though it may defy conventional wisdom.

Episode 22: A 262 and Overcoming Weak Areas with Neil Mehta

Episode 22: A 262 and Overcoming Weak Areas with Neil Mehta

November 25, 2019

In this episode we talk with Neil Mehta, an MS3 at St. George’s University. He did exceptionally well on Step 1 (and humble about it) and shares his pearls of wisdom for anyone else trying to achieve that type of score. Not all of us love every part of medical school and Neil shared his personal experience coming to the conclusion you don’t have to love everything to be a solid doctor. He also shared insight into how he navigated topics that didn’t come easily to him and ultimately succeeded!

Episode 21: 263 - A Straightforward Study Plan with Danny

Episode 21: 263 - A Straightforward Study Plan with Danny

November 4, 2019

In this episode, Danny talks about how he managed to figure out a super-simple study schedule right out of the gate. He shares some time-saving insights that helped his time management and retention.

Episode 20: A 262 - Six Phases of Studying with Rajshree

Episode 20: A 262 - Six Phases of Studying with Rajshree

October 21, 2019

In this episode, resourceful Rajshree speaks from Nepal about studying for Step 1 as an international medical graduate. She discusses how she balances her school and social life, work and studying for step 1 while dealing with unexpected setbacks. She shares some innovative study strategies, including audio lectures and a color-coded post-it note system and her personal 6 phase plan for tackling such a daunting test.

Phase 1

   a.Materials: Kaplan books, Pathoma, 1st round First Aid (FA),

   b.Color code on FA: Bluesticky notes or blue pen

   a.Time duration: 3.5 months during internship

Phase 2

   a.Materials: 1st round Uworld system wise (73 %), 2nd round FA, BRS physiology, 100 clinical cases of medical Ethics by Conrad Fischer, Goljan Audio lectures from Spotify (1 week when I had Keratitis)

   a.Color code on FA: Yellow sticky notes and black pen

   a.Time duration: 2.5 months

Phase 3

   a.Materials: 2nd round Uworld Random (89%), ANKI cards (24K cards), 3rd round FA (removed low yield sticky notes)

   a.Color code on FA: Yellow sticky notes and black pen

   b.Time duration: 2 months

Phase 4

   a.Materials: Uworld marked questions, 4th round FA with circling high yield texts, Physeo videos in weaker topics of physiology, Boards & Beyond (B&B only difficult topics), ANKI 7K cards (couldn’t finish)

   a.Color code in FA: Green pen or Green Sticky note for NBME & UWSA, 6-B Pencil for circling (glossy papers need darker pencil), Red pens and red sticky notes for Physeo, B&B, internet/forum resources

   b.Time duration: 20 days

Phase 5

   a.Materials: 5th round FA reading only the circled text, Qmax 7 day free trial –8 blocks/day for endurance

   a.Color code in FA: Subject-wise color coded index sticky notes to marking topics to revise day before test

   b.Time duration: 10 days

Phase 6

   a.Materials: 6th round FA reading selected topics in indexed sticky note

   b.Time duration: 10 hours

Episode 19: Step 1 Advice from a Physeo Founder with Michael Christensen

Episode 19: Step 1 Advice from a Physeo Founder with Michael Christensen

September 26, 2019

In this unusual episode, Michael, one of the content creators and co-founders of Physeo, talks about how he would study for Step 1 if he had the chance to do it all over again. Michael talks about specific strategies from your first semester all the way to your dedicated study time, distilling information from the numerous interviews he's conducted, the hundreds of Step 1 videos he’s created, as well as his own personal experience preparing for Step 1.

Episode 18: Figuring Out What Works with David Ortiz (an MS2)

Episode 18: Figuring Out What Works with David Ortiz (an MS2)

September 14, 2019

David Ortiz is a second year medical student at the University of Utah from Kansas City. He shares his experience navigating figuring out how to study for medical school after taking a year off after undergrad. He shares some great metrics for how to determine if a study strategy is working for you, and Rhett and Michael share their own advice on memorizing vs. understanding the material.

Episode 17: A 254 - Studying for Step 1 and Clerkships at the Same Time with Andrew Goates

Episode 17: A 254 - Studying for Step 1 and Clerkships at the Same Time with Andrew Goates

September 3, 2019

In this episode Andrew Goates, a second year ENT resident at Mayo Clinic, shares the strategies he used to dominate his preclinical years as well as the USMLE Step 1. Interestingly, his was the first medical school class at the University of Iowa to move to a new curriculum. He had to navigate an 18 month didactic curriculum followed immediately by 3rd year clerkships prior to taking Step 1. The strategies he implemented to conquer these challenges can be applied to any circumstance, regardless of the curriculum at your school. Plus, Dr. Goates loves to mentor anyone and answer questions on virtual anything.

 

Feel free to connect with him in the following ways:

Twitter: @goatesworld

Instagram: @goatolaryngologist

Doximity/Linked In: Andrew Goates, MD