ERAS applications due September 1st!

By Vamsi K. Kancherla The last several months spent figuring out what you want to do when you graduate from medical school have undoubtedly been difficult. In a few weeks, you will be just one button away from making your application to residency official. September 1st marks the […]

The Successful First Year Medical Student

As a first-year medical student, you already know med school is going to be hard, but in all honesty, there probably isn’t anything you’ve done up to now that will have prepared you for what you’re about to experience. You’re excited, nervous, and understandably wondering if you’re going to […]

Pediatric NBME Shelf Examination Resources

By Haley Masterson While I take into account the opinions of several other students at Columbia, please remember that, in the end, these reviews are the words of only one student.  Opinions will vary.  However, I used all of these resources during my Pediatric shelf examination preparation. One […]

A Message from the Editor

By Walter Wiggins I want to first thank Dr. Jaysson Brooks for his leadership as the Editor of the First Aid/USMLE-Rx Web Team this past year. I’d also like to thank Dr. Tao Le for giving me the opportunity to take the helm for the coming year. My […]

Get Started on Your Residency Application

By Vamsi K. Kancherla This time of year marks the annual start of the residency application process through ERAS (electronic residency application service) for every 4th year medical student pursuing a residency position in the specialty of his or her choice. Like your application to college and medical […]

OB-GYN NBME Shelf Examination Resources

By Haley Masterson The difficulty of the OB-GYN shelf exam lies in the fact that it contains the most “new” material out of any shelf – after all, the Step 1 examination doesn’t so much as mention pre-eclampsia, and the pre-clinical curriculum at nearly every school is limited […]