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Med Educ Online. 2010 Feb 24;15. doi: 10.3402/meo.v15i0.4880.

Impacting student anxiety for the USMLE Step 1 through process-oriented preparation.

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Department of Neurology, Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC, USA. rstrowd@wfubmc.edu

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Standardized examinations are the key components of medical education. The USMLE Step 1 is the first of these important milestones. Success on this examination requires both content competency and efficient strategies for study and review. Students employ a wide variety of techniques in studying for this examination, with heavy reliance on personal study habits and advice from other students. Nevertheless, few medical curricula formally address these strategies.

METHODS:

In response to student-generated critique at our institution, a five-part seminar series on process-oriented preparation was developed and implemented to address such concerns. The series focused on early guidance and preparation strategies for Step 1 and the many other important challenges in medical school. Emphasis was placed on facilitating conversation and mentorship opportunities between students.

RESULTS & CONCLUSIONS:

A profoundly positive experience was reported by our medical students that included a decreased anxiety level for the Step 1 examination.

KEYWORDS:

USMLE Step 1; medical education; medical examination; student preparation

PMID:
20198129
PMCID:
PMC2830045
DOI:
10.3402/meo.v15i0.4880
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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