Wondering if the USMLE-Rx Qmax is really worth all that time and investment? Trying to figure out how best to incorporate your First Aid text into your board preparation? Check out how one USMLE-Rx subscriber prepared for his boards and ended up scoring a 260/99 on the USMLE Step 1!
Hoon Choi was a medical student at Auckland Medical School in New Zealand. He made choices just like you did, or will do, about how to prepare for his board exam. Initially, Hoon chose to use First Aid for the USMLE Step 1 as his primary resource for Step 1 preparation, assiduously underlining the information he felt was particularly high yield. “However, [I found it] difficult to retain the information just by reading and underlining,” says Hoon. So he purchased the USMLE-Rx Step 1 Qmax to help him cement the information he had underscored in his First Aid for the USMLE Step 1 book.
Hoon began preparing for the Step 1 exam five months before he was scheduled to take it. His preparation actually began when he first entered medical school and started to attend his classes and lectures. He studied approximately five hours each day for those five months. And with the help of his classes, lectures, First Aid text, and Step 1 Qmax, Hoon walked into the exam feeling truly prepared.
“The exam was not easy by any means,” Hoon said. “However, the questions were definitely reasonable, and the level of difficulty was not unexpected. I finished the exam feeling like I gave it all I had.”
Here are some of Hoon Choi’s words of wisdom for those of you preparing for the Step 1 exam: “Attend your lectures, and learn the school material well. Purchase your [First Aid] book six to nine months before your set exam date, and start annotating in your book. Make it your own! Do as many questions as you can get your hands on. When you feel like you’ve done enough questions, do some more. You won’t have time to work through questions when the clock is ticking. You should be familiar with the material enough to be able to ‘react’ when the clock is ticking.”