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!
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.
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.
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):
Breakfast Stuffed Peppers (I’m a proponent of eating breakfast foods at any time of day.)
Bonus: A meal prep subreddit
Do you meal prep? What are some of your favorite recipes? Let me know in the comments!
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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.