USMLE Step 1 Success Stories
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.

Episode 12: A 256 – Letting Question Banks Dictate your Study Plans with Chizitam Ibezim

Episode 12: A 256 – Letting Question Banks Dictate your Study Plans with Chizitam Ibezim

July 25, 2019

In this episode we interview Chizitam Ibezim, a 4th year medical student from University of Missouri-Kansas City. Chizitam shares how he juggled course work and his method for determining which outside resources to invest time in. He completed 3 question banks and would use dive deep into concepts he routinely struggled with by returning to video resources like Pathoma and Physeo.

Episode 11: Juggling 3rd Year Rotations while Studying for Step 1 with Nimrah

Episode 11: Juggling 3rd Year Rotations while Studying for Step 1 with Nimrah

July 19, 2019

Being a third year medical student is grueling work. Needing to study for the USMLE step 1 is even harder. Nimrah explains how she worked long days in the clinic and would study for step 1 at night. And she didn’t read a single page of First Aid. How did she make it work? Staying focused on fundamentals with uWorld, Sketchy and Physeo.

Episode 10: A 260 USMLE and 880 COMLEX - Using DIT, Physeo and Pathoma with Greg Rodden

Episode 10: A 260 USMLE and 880 COMLEX - Using DIT, Physeo and Pathoma with Greg Rodden

July 11, 2019

Greg Rodden is a 1st year pediatrics resident at Dell Children's Hospital in Austin, Texas. He graduated from Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine in Blacksburg, VA. In this interview, Greg detailed the study method he and his study group developed to learn and retain information from class lectures. Also, he explained how he scored off-the-charts, literally

Episode 9: A 258 - Leveraging Clinical Experiences and Volunteer Work with Kara Allen

Episode 9: A 258 - Leveraging Clinical Experiences and Volunteer Work with Kara Allen

July 4, 2019

In this episode, we talk to Kara Alan, a first year general surgery resident at Indiana University. She talks about her clinical experiences and volunteer work during her preclinical years really helped her study for courses and ultimately succeed on step 1.

Episode 8: A 258 using Rx Qmax to Dominate Courses and Saving uWorld for Dedicated with Ryan Hirschi

Episode 8: A 258 using Rx Qmax to Dominate Courses and Saving uWorld for Dedicated with Ryan Hirschi

June 28, 2019

Ryan recently matched into Radiology at Wash U in St. Louis, Missouri. During this interview, Ryan explains how helpful Anki was during his MSII year, and the unique way he balanced his coursework with Step 1 preparation. Contrary to conventional wisdon, Ryan didn't start using uWorld until his dedicated period. He also emphasizes the role that his super smart study partners had on his overall success.

Episode 7: A 255 using Image Mnemonics with Hnia Usman

Episode 7: A 255 using Image Mnemonics with Hnia Usman

June 19, 2019

Hnia Usman is an international medical graduate (IMG) from Pakistan. She graduated from the prestigious King Edward Medical University. Hnia discusses the particular challenges of taking the USMLE Step 1 as an international graduate and how she got a great score by studying in the way that she learns best. She explains how she was able to succeed in spite of not being able to follow the study schedule prescribed by her peers. Memorizing image mnemonics was one of her favorite learning methods.

Episode 6: A 248 - Embracing Coursework and Creating Handwritten Notes with Guinn Dunn

Episode 6: A 248 - Embracing Coursework and Creating Handwritten Notes with Guinn Dunn

June 12, 2019

In this episode, Michael and Rhett welcome Guinn Dunn to the show. She's a 4th year Medical student at the University of Utah. She matched into Internal Medicine at the University of Utah and shares about how important it was to stay where she was and her Step 1 experience to help her do so.

Episode 5: A 239 - Identifying your Weaknesses with Question Banks with Brian Bird

Episode 5: A 239 - Identifying your Weaknesses with Question Banks with Brian Bird

June 5, 2019

In this episode, we talk with Brian Bird, a third year medical student from Utah attending University of Nevada Reno. He shares in detail his resources and study strategies that led to his success.