USMLE Step 1 Success Stories
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.

Episode 4: A 270 via 450 straight days of Anki with Josh and Laura Harmer

Episode 4: A 270 via 450 straight days of Anki with Josh and Laura Harmer

May 29, 2019

During this Episode Michael and Rhett interview 4th-year medical student, Josh Harmer and his wife Laura about the journey into and through Medical school, and ultimately Josh matching into Orthopedic surgery at the Mayo Clinic. They share what it's like having a family and balancing that family life while studying through medical school.

Episode 3: The Dominating Power of Study Partners and Couples Matching with Chelsea and Marcus Vranes

Episode 3: The Dominating Power of Study Partners and Couples Matching with Chelsea and Marcus Vranes

May 29, 2019

In this episode, Michael and Rhett interview to Marcus and Chelsey Vranes, who are both 4th-year Medical students at the University of Utah.  They share about their different experiences going through the same program just a year apart.

Episode 2: Success After Failing Step 1 with Camila Robles

Episode 2: Success After Failing Step 1 with Camila Robles

May 29, 2019

In this episode, Michael and Rhett talk with Camila. Camila is a 3rd-year medical student at Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine.  She shares her inspiring story of perseverance. She talks about her struggle with Step 1 and how she persevered and ultimately succeeded.

Episode 1: A 252 Using One-word Flashcards with Pete Sundwall

Episode 1: A 252 Using One-word Flashcards with Pete Sundwall

May 29, 2019

During this 1st Episode Michael and Rhett interview Pete Sundwall, a 1st year Family Medicine Resident from Coeur d'Alene, ID. He attended the University of Utah.  He shares about his simple, straight forward strategy and routines to be successful through Step 1.

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