Honestly, while learning the material on the island, the information doesn't make any sense. Talking with the doctors made us understand that all those little details matter. Often, I have been told that I should be careful not to "over-study" but I beg to differ. Is there a such thing as over-studying for the Step 1? If anyone has an answer to that, I beg you to comment below so my friends can get some information from you.
So I am sure you are dying to find out what is going to happen next with me. Well, right now, I plan to just study like crazy. I honestly don't have anything coming up that is spectacular unless you mean my birthday in February and a cruise in March. Plus, when I get back from that, I plan to take the qualifying exam to take the Step 1 with school. I must agree that this is a really bad idea but it was something that was planned in advance and I didn't think that this would be how it worked out but unfortunately that is how my schedule is flowing right now.
Also, I am continuing to teach some BLS/HeartSaver courses here and there now that my partner in crime, James, is back around. If you would like more information about some of the trainings we offer, just visit www.trainchicagoheart.org. We are still working in conjunction with the Anguilla campus so you can expect some overlap. We successfully turned the Anguilla program over to two other lovely students who are doing wonderful with the program despite also being responsible for their coursework as well. I must say that I am extremely proud of them. They are featured in the Newsletter featured on the SJSM website.
Also, not relevant, but I am pictured in the January 2017 newsletter on page 5 reviewing an exam with some other classmates. I still remember that day and I must say that it was interesting to get my picture taken while discussing my exam with the professor. To recap, the picture was during my third semester which is considered the most difficult semester for students to master.
But other than these tidbits, what else do I have to show for myself? Umm.....would you like to see some of my Step 1 notes? I'm just kidding but if anyone still has any questions about anything, I am still happy to answer. I can take a 5-10 minute break every few hours to answer any burning questions that one would have about school.
Maybe before I end, I should explain what my hold up is right now so that people understand my path and where I am going. So right now, I am studying for the USMLE Step 1 which is a test taken by foreign medical graduates and American medical students alike. It is a test that determines your fate of what you are to become it seems like the good book does when we get to heaven. (Give me props for that analogy if you can!) My school has us (its students) take a qualifying exam (NBME) to determine if we are ready to sit for the Step 1. Upon passing that, we are allowed to sign up for the Step 1 and write that exam. The current passing score for the Step 1 is currently 192 with the average being in the 220s. Of course me, being the overachiever that I am, strive to be a little above that.
I already mentioned before that I plan to take the qualifying exam at the end of March. Based on the results of that exam, determines my next steps. My ultimate goal is to successfully pass the Step 1 by August so that I am able to participate in Match by 2019. So I asked for continuous prayers of my success in those endeavors. I also don't want to have a never ending cycle of repeating learning the same things over and over which also explain my sense of urgency. So if anyone is wondering why I am becoming a hermit, this should explain it all. So peace and quiet it shall be!
I extend hope and prayers for all the students that are currently studying with me and pray they all pass with the scores that they desire. Just know that my journey is far from over and it is continuing on. I am just at a mountain currently but I am climbing and I have the equipment necessary to reach the top. I will try to update you monthly throughout the journey with details of celebrating my birthday and going on the cruise plus the qualifying exam. Thank you all for your many well wishes.
|Although Christmas has passed by a month, here's a family picture including my brother that was in the motorcycle accident on my iPad. Please continue to pray for his recovery.|
Let’s not get tired of doing good, because in time we’ll have a harvest if we don’t give up.
Galations 6:9, CEB