United State Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE) is an examination for medical licensure in the U.S.A.
This three step examination evaluates students on two parameters: understanding of concepts and the ability to apply them practically.
Therefore, a candidate has to work on all theoretical and practical skills.
Let’s look at some tricks. These tricks can be an important aspect of your preparation strategy.
Here are 3 tips that can help you pass the exam with flying colors.
1. Set Realistic Targets
Syllabus is vast. Time is less. Application is not easy.
Setting targets and deadlines is important for everything in life.
You should plan what you would do in a day, in a week and in a month.
These targets should be as realistic as possible. Push yourself for more. But do not be unrealistic.
Three stages of the USMLE exam often take a total time of 1-1.5 years.
Take out time for yourself everyday.
Give time for things you love doing. 1.5 years will require patience and a fresh mind.
Practice meditation regularly. This will keep your mind calm and enhance the ability to absorb things.
2. Consistency And Discipline
Start studying early and study daily.
Begin with your preparation as early as possible. Start with the preparations in the first year only if possible.
This is the best time as concepts are fresh and it takes less time to brush them up.
And remember, consistency is the key to perfection.
Since you would be preparing during your graduation, there will be a lot of distractions.
You can’t be consistent if you are not disciplined.
6-7 months won’t be free from unexpected events. Consistency will prepare you for the same.
3. Focus During Internship/Clerkship
A clerkship helps you with learning by doing.
CS test of step 2 measures how you work. A clerkship helps you learn that.
Practical exposure helps you deal with patients empathetically and patiently.
This part of the exam is about checking your ability to practice in the U.S.A. Clerkship in the U.S.A. is a good platform to learn and understand the ground work.
This is also an opportunity to handle sensitive situations. Preparing you for the time when you’ll be a doctor.
Getting LOR’s, references and contacts of some doctors is an added bonus. An internship would add to your competency for applying to residential programmes.
If you have decided to do it, half the war is won.
Strategize, study, analyze and re- strategize.
The best time to start is NOW.
The best way is to KEEP WORKING.
The best motivation is that you will be a DOCTOR IN THE U.S.A.
Now, can we get started?
Victoria University of Barbados, School of Medicine (VUB) is one of the well-recognized and fastest-growing medical universities in Barbados, North America. Among other recognitions, the University is listed in World Directory of Medical Schools (WDOMS), chartered by Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Innovation, Government of Barbados, approved by Medical Council of India (MCI), and offers US-Based International-Standard MD Program (equivalent to MBBS).