The 99-Day Study Schedulefor USMLE Step 1There is no elevator to success.You have to take stairs.(Zig Ziglar)
This eBook is Presented by LecturioSupplement your Classes & Prepare for BoardsUSMLE Step 1 & 2 CK COMLEX Level 1 & 2VIDEO LECTURESLearn & Review ConceptsEffectivelyConcise, easy-to-follow, and high-yieldvideo lectures taught by teachingaward-winning educators from topranking medical schools.SPACED REPETITIONMemorize Key InformationSmarterImprove your ability to recall keyconcepts with the aid of an adaptivealgorithm, which tells you exactly whenand what you need to repeat.QUESTION BANKApply Concepts with ConfidenceQBOOKMATCHERTurn Textbooks into Video LecturesThe Lecturio Bookmatcher offers the fastestway for you to find relevant video lectures fortopics in your medical textbooks (First Aid ,Robbins Basic Pathology, Rapid Review, andmany more) or any learning material.2 The Question Bank conforms to NBME standards and contains supportingexplanations that help you becomefamiliar with actual test situations.
About this ScheduleNever settle for low scores. Everyone iscapable of great scores if preparation isdone the right way.Despite the upcoming changes to USMLE scoring, the USMLE Step 1 is still very important. Your 3-digit score is currently used as a gatekeeper for competitive and sought-afterresidency programs; when Step 1 switches to Pass/Fail, this marker will fall to Step 2 CK.Starting as early as March 2021, you will have to pass Step 1 in order to even take Step 2CS. Don’t let the opportunity to shine on Step 1 slip through your fingertips.You want to do the absolute best now!Moreso, don’t let any other medical student or anyone for that matter tell you that youcannot dominate the USMLE Step 1 exam. Every year, students around the world achievetop scores and match into their residency programs of choice. ANY medical student cando well on the USMLE Step 1 exam; it’s all about how you strategically plan and carefullystudy for the exam.Traditionally, students spend roughly three months studying in a dedicated fashion for theUSMLE exam. This 99-day intensive study schedule will teach you how to structureyour time and your study plan to make the most of your dedicated USMLE study periodand dominate the exam. Simply stated, if you carefully follow this study plan, you will beequipped with everything you need to earn a high score on the USMLE Step 1 exam.Over the course of the next 99 days, you will: Actively watch about 270 hours of high-yield video lectures Test your knowledge with 9,000 recall questions Review more than 630 pages in the First Aid for the USMLE Step 1 book Complete 2,500 challenging USMLE -style questions using the Lecturio QbankRefer to our Medical School Survival Guide to learn more about proventest-taking strategies, crucial facts about the USMLE exams, and helpfuladvice for studying at the highest efficiency and with the greatest recall.The Medical School Survival Guide is your companion: Rely on it to helpyou survive from the first day of medical school until you match into yourtop-choice residency program. You need to transition to this studyguide once you start your dedicated USMLE Step 1 preparation – andonce you transition, make sure to follow this study plan closely.3
How This Schedule Was CreatedEvery medical student has his or her own techniques for learning, studying, and test taking.It goes without saying that medical students are excellent at time management andstudying effectively, and demonstrate it by performing well on examinations.Preparing for the USMLE Step 1 exam is extremely different than studying for a traditionalmedical school exam. The main challenges of studying for the USMLE Step 1 are pickingwhich resources to use, knowing how to study effectively with those resources, and implementing test taking strategies unique to the USMLE exam.For decades, students have received words of wisdom from upperclassmen at their medical schools regarding how to perform well on USMLE Step 1. Lecturio has taken this traditional principle of asking advice from upperclassmen and elevated it to the highest level:evidence-based recommendations. Lecturio has worked directly with medical students,residents, and attending physicians across the nation who have done well on the USMLE Step 1 exam. Through this intensive research process, Lecturio has learned the studyingand test taking strategies that consistently lead to great USMLE Step 1 scores and thisinformation will be shared in this study schedule.The evidence-based strategy presented in this schedule is based on the the threephases of gaining knowledge, reviewing, and applying knowledge. The tricks andstrategies for each of these phases will be described in detail below. Furthermore,with this schedule, you can closely follow along with your First Aid book.About Lecturio:Walk into any Lecturio meeting and the focus is onproducing the highest quality educational resourcesthat lead to student success. Lecturio has worked withmedical education leaders across the nation to producean evidence-based comprehensive medical school andUSMLE preparation platform.4
How To Use This ScheduleThe 99-day study schedule is built around a repetitive cycle of gaining knowledge, thenreviewing and applying that knowledge for each subject or organ system. This study planclosely parallels the order and structure of the First Aid for the USMLE Step 1 book.Let’s discuss the components of this repetitive learning cycle:Gain knowledgeLecturio provides high-quality video lectures given by world-classprofessors. These lectures impart in-depth knowledge that helpsyou understand the relevant medical concepts required to masterthe USMLE Step 1 exam.The video lectures are supported with recall questions that let yougauge your attentiveness and check your comprehension. Feel likelooking something up to reinforce your knowledge? Lecturio articlesprovide textbook-style chapters for this exact purpose.ReviewAfter you learn the relevant high-yield concepts for USMLE Step 1,you then need to review and start memorizing the material. With thatin mind, you’ll study the relevant pages in First Aid that correspondto the Lecturio videos you have watched. You’ll review thesehigh-yield facts and work hard to memorize as much content as youfeasibly can.Apply knowledgeAt this stage in the learning process, you will draw upon what youhave learned about the relevant concepts and what you havememorized with the final goal being that you’re able to successfullyanswer USMLE -style questions using Lecturio’s Qbank.The Qbank provides you with expertedly designed USMLE -stylequestions. Best yet, each question has high-yield and detailedexplanations for each correct and incorrect answer option.The Qbank features include the ability to configure by subject andby organ system, filter questions, mark questions, view lab values,repeat previous tests, and enter tutor mode, test mode, timed mode,review mode, and much more.5
How To Use This Schedule1.Develop a routine and simulate test-like situationsWe cannot emphasize enough how important it is to adhere to your study routine. Make sureyou maintain a disciplined, steady study-flow at all times. Though each day the number ofQbank questions you review will change, try to utilize study methods such as the PomodoroTechnique to block your time and to maximize your efficiency. But don’t treat every day like anexam day – there are dedicated recap days and practice test days for that.2.Develop a routine and simulate test-like situationsWith this schedule you are not only studying test materials, you are also learning the testtaking strategy required to pass the USMLE exam. The physical and mental environment inwhich a question is delivered is just as important as its content.Lecturio’s unique Qbank Walkthrough Tutorials course & eBook will take you through 30USMLE -style questions step-by-step, teaching you how to correctly read a question stemand isolate each key component. They will also guide you through the multi-step reasoningrequired for each question before reviewing that question’s specific high-yield information. Start Course Now Download Free eBook 3.Test and apply your knowledgeOnce it’s time to start practicing clinical case questions, start your first Qbank block, which isautomatically configured in “tutor mode.” As you go through each question, read the answerexplanations. You’ve already looked at the First Aid references and watched the associatedvideo lectures, but you can do this again when needed to fully understand the conceptspresented. When completing your recaps (Days 28, 29, 98, and 99), the Qbank is preconfiguredin “test mode” to simulate the USMLE testing environment. It is also recommended youcomplete a Self-Assessment before you start the 99-day schedule and at least one full PraticeExam at the end (or add a few days in the middle to achieve this).6
How To Use This ScheduleA substantive understanding of medical concepts is crucial when mastering the USMLE Step 1 exam. In the actual exam, time is very limited; however, using the concepts you havecome to understand during your studies can lead you to the correct answers every time.You will also need to memorize certain facts and buzzwords in order to efficiently manageyour time during the USMLE exam.For example, if you have been told that a patient is a cave explorer, you need to think histoplasmosis. This is simple association. Another example is knowing that Hemoglobin A1c isthe 3-month average of a patient’s blood sugar levels.The list of high-yield must-know facts goes on and on. The point we want to make is thatin order to get a high score on the USMLE exam, you need to not only have an in-depthunderstanding of the content, but you also need to memorize plain facts.Using evidence-based learning strategies is easy with Lecturio – in fact, ifyou’re using this study schedule, you’re already using some of these strategies! Interleaving, or learning by alternating the materials being studied, iseasy with the following tips.Interleaving Tip 1: Review content with the help of explanationsAfter each question, always opt to review and carefully read the explanations provided.Make sure to read both correct and incorrect answer explanations; there is just as much value in understanding why an answer is wrong as there is in understanding the right answers.Interleaving Tip 2: Review with the help of Lecturio’s related videosSupplement your understanding of the material by consulting Lecturio’s related videos.Each video reference has been handpicked by board exam experts and explains the relevant concept needed to answer each specific Qbank question.Interleaving Tip 3: Take notes and review with the help of First Aid referencesBefore answering questions, review the topics in First Aid . When first studying with yourcopy of First Aid for the USMLE Step 1, knowing how to use the book in the most efficientmanner may be confusing. The First Aid book is not written like a traditional textbook, withparagraphs. Instead, it is full of bullet points, charts, and pictures. The most efficient way toimplement First Aid is to use it as a reference and for note-taking. When you watch Lecturio videos and want to jot down some notes, do it in First Aid . If you’ve just worked througha Qbank block and want to add some notes or read the topic highlights, use First Aid . Lecturio is your digital learning platform; First Aid is your physical pen-and-paper platform.7
How To Use This ScheduleYou know the material, now make sure you‘re ready for exam day itselfAs you’re studying, you’ll be generally familiarizing yourself with a testing environment, asthe Lecturio Qbank mirrors what you’ll experience when you take the exam. However, whatis not included in every day of this schedule is the time pressure you will feel on exam day.Enter the NBME . The National Board of Medical Examiners plays a role in creating the USMLE exams, so you’ve likely heard the name already. You may have even heard of NBME Subject Exams (for which Lecturio also has subject exam prep). As part of your USMLE Step 1 prep, we recommend you take the NBME ’s Comprehensive Basic Science Self-Assessment (CBSSA). This self-assessment examination is highly regarded by medical students as a score forecaster for the actual exam. Most students report that they score veryclosely to the results received on their CBSSA. The comprehensive self-assessments startat 60 per exam, and there are a variety of versions available. Additional features, such asperformance profiles, are available at an additional cost.When you take the CBSSA and/or one of Lecturio’s Practice Exams or Self-Assessments,make sure to set aside dedicated time and remove all distractions. Do your best to simulate your future testing environment: put away your cell phone, turn off notifications on yourcomputer, and sit at an empty desk with paper and pencil and nothing else. Make your testing environment as close to the real deal as you can. Choose the “standard-paced” optionto mimic the timing conditions of the USMLE (this is automatically configured on Lecturio’sself-assessments and practice exams, but you can also use “timer mode” when you create acustom test in the Qbank for yourself).After you have completed the CBSSA or a Lecturio self-assessment/practice test, take thetime to make notes of the questions you got wrong and the correct answers. Unfortunately, the CBSSA does not provide answer explanations; it simply shows the incorrect answeryou selected, and the correct answer. It is up to you to figure out why the correct answer iscorrect. In order to do this, go back to your First Aid book and read the relevant section.Repeat any of the steps explained in this guide if needed.Also: Make sure to consult the USMLE website for the most up-to-date information onwhat you can and should bring with yo