The Final Push
Two years of medical school, 3000 practice questions, four weeks of intense review, multiple passes through study materials, numerous white board topics and more information than I can fit in my head have come down to this. Working on 5-6 hours of sleep after studying 14-16 hours a day gets difficult with all those facts rolling around in my short term memory. From biochemical pathways and pharmacologic principles to microbiological tendencies and pathologic maladies the pieces are starting to come together.
In just a couple days I will be sitting for the first of two exams and every waking thought seems to bring me back to topics I don't have memorized. Feelings of anxiety and trepidation are fought by the thought of having all of this behind me. I can't decide what I am going to do first when it is all over, take a nap, exercise or celebrate. The catch is that when I finish the first exam and recoup, it will be time to dive back in for another week of COMLEX preparations. As if the sundae were not big enough, its cherry topper is the start of rotations the day before my exam. Fortunately I still have an appetite, does anybody have a spoon?
Board Prep Question of the Week
An aspiring medical student opens up his Step 1 score report and is elated to find that his score is 230, a 92 on the 1-100 scale! The score report indicates that the mean on the exam was 215 and the standard deviation is 15. Assuming a normal distribution, in which percentile is the student's score?