Tips for Studying for USMLE Step 1

Tips for Studying for USMLE Step 1

This post is part of the series “2 Gals Take on Step 1” in collaboration with Caroline from Just Being Franke. Check out her Step 1 post here!


Well, friends, it’s time to talk about the Test That Must Not Be Named. Since “Fear of a name increases fear of the thing itself,” though, I’ll go ahead and call it what it is: USMLE Step 1. This exam marks the end of the pre-clinical years of medical school and passing it is required to move on to the clinical years. Step 1 is meant to be a pass/fail exam, but since residencies are getting more competitive, program directors often use Step 1 scores to determine who they will interview for residency spots. This fact puts a lot of pressure on medical students to do well on the exam, and thus the national exam average increases every year. At the beginning of my second year of medical school, I scoured the internet searching for advice about how to tackle Step 1. Reading all of the advice was initially overwhelming, but it eventually helped me refine my study plan. I hope you will view this post as a jumping off point for figuring out your Step 1 study plan!

Itinerary: 4 Days in Victoria, British Columbia

Itinerary: 4 Days in Victoria, British Columbia

On Monday I shared all about the Washington part of our trip, and today is all about our Victoria, British Columbia itinerary. Victoria is absolutely beautiful, and it reminded me of a slower-paced European city. It was the perfect getaway! Read on to find out how we spent four days in Victoria.

Itinerary: 5 Days in Washington State

Itinerary: 5 Days in Washington State

Hi, friends! It’s been awhile! Just a quick update about where I’ve been: At the beginning of May, I started a 6-week long process of studying for Step 1 of the US Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE). I took my exam on June 12th, and Jacob and I headed to Washington on June 14th. I’ll be posting more about Step 1 next week, but for now, I want to tell you all about my vacation! Our vacation had two destinations: Washington state and Victoria, BC. Today’s post is all about the Washington leg of our trip.

Lunch Meal Prep Ideas

Lunch Meal Prep Ideas

Over the past few years, my lunches have been fairly boring. Always a turkey sandwich, wheat bread, and no mayo (because it’s gross). Recently I decided to give meal prep a try to make lunch time a little more interesting. Since I started studying for my board exam a couple of weeks ago, I have been setting aside time on Saturday afternoons to cook my lunches for the week. It has worked out really well so far! I’ve found myself snacking less because the meals are so much more nutrient packed than a plain sandwich. Here are some recipes I have tried or will try in the near future (links direct to recipe author’s website):

Roasted Veggie Bowls

Honey Lime Chicken and Asparagus

Italian Chicken Bowls

Greek Chicken Bowls

Chicken Fajita Bowls

Rainbow Peanut Noodles

Southwest Quinoa Salad

Shakshuka with Feta

Breakfast Stuffed Peppers (I’m a proponent of eating breakfast foods at any time of day.)

Moroccan Chickpea Quinoa Power Salad

Bonus: A meal prep subreddit

Do you meal prep? What are some of your favorite recipes? Let me know in the comments!

Step 1 Studying Begins!

Step 1 Studying Begins!
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Outfit Details:

Chinos | Blouse (similar) |Shoes (old) | Necklace (similar)

Wow! I can’t believe it’s only been half of a week since I finished my second year of medical school. It seems like so much has happened since then. On Friday evening I attended Cadaver Ball, which is basically med school prom for the 1st and 2nd-year students (see my dress here). It was a blast! There were light up tambourines! And pretty dresses! That was enough to keep me amused. In true prom fashion, the class submitted superlatives. Mine was “most likely to look adorable, slay med school, and then blog about it.” I spent the rest of the weekend doing chores, meal prepping, and relaxing before my dedicated study time for the dreaded Step 1 exam. 

Lexi Sebren

Hi y’all! I’m a wife, second year medical student, and puppy momma from Louisiana. Welcome to Life, Love, & Medicine, your dose of outfit and lifestyle inspiration, with my journey through medical school mixed in!

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  • Quality time with my sweet pupper 😍
  • Got to see these lovely ladies today before they move away from me. I'm not crying, YOU'RE CRYING! 😭
  • Happy Friday, friends! It's been a crazy week, but I'm hoping to have this outfit post up on the blog this weekend! I'm headed to take a test for my Neuro rotation, and this afternoon I'm shadowing one of the Neuro residents at a private hospital in town. Then it's going to be a relaxing weekend! Let me know what you're looking forward to this weekend!
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  • It's official, friends! I passed Step 1 🎉 (Also, I took this picture with my name on the door for my mom).

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