We understand that every student is different. No single study plan will work for everyone.
This is where our experience allows us to customize and personalize an in-depth study strategy for each student.
During our complimentary Skype consultation we will discuss your needs and wishes for the tutoring program. Then, we will design a complete studying plan for you to achieve your goal score. This plan will contain an in-depth schedule on how to efficiently use each resource during your study period.
We use a variety of resources, tailoring the resources uniquely to each student, which will allow each student to rise to their maximal potential.
Check out our resource guide for a in-depth analysis and recommendation list for each high-yield resource.
We know, through experience, that our customized plan will best allow our students to exceed expectations and achieve the score of their dreams!
Structure of Tutoring Sessions
At the beginning of each session we will review any difficult material from the prior session and week of studying. This is the time where we can work together to make sure you are adequately retaining material over an extended period of time.
Then, we will continue the session covering new material or completing questions together. This allows us to progress in both your medical knowledge and the arduous skill of taking the exam.
We will not only help you understand the massive amount of information for the exam, but also how to take the exam, which can be the most difficult portion of the USMLE exams.
With purchase of a multiple hour package, we are also available 24/7 for you to email us any questions you have about material reviewed between sessions. We will answer all questions in a timely manner.
Shelf Exam Resource Tutoring Style
The third year of medical school is a critical time for any medical student; with the transition to the clinical years comes a new set of responsibilities. Students must learn to care for patients, collect information from patient interviews and historical charts, analyze labs and imaging, and understand the next steps in diagnosis, and treatment. All the while, they need to be able to communicate this information clearly to their supervising residents and attending physicians. Grades in third year are of critical importance; residency program directors frequently cite grades in the clinical years as a primary decision point when it comes to granting residency interviews. If you wish to be competitive in your residency applications, special focus needs to be paid to performance in the third year. There are generally two components to third-year grading: performance on the wards, which is often subjective and based on clinical decision-making, medical knowledge, and patient presentations, and performance on written/multiple choice examinations (for example: NBME or NBOME “Shelf” exams). At MedBoardTutors, LLC, our tutors can assist you with both elements of success in third year.
Presentations: Our tutors will practice patient presentations with you, improving your ability to synthesize your clinical rationale into a coherent and succinct presentation. This will be done off of standardized presentation formats. While one size never fits all, since every attending physician is different, the general framework of a presentation holds true across specialties. We will use a standard framework to work with you to improve your style. You can then adapt it to your particular clinical situation.
Clinical Decision-Making: Predicting next steps in terms of diagnosis, treatment, and complications is important for more than just shelf exams and Step 2 CK – it has practical, real-world use. After all, if you expect your ventilated patient with ARDS to develop a pneumothorax, you won’t be surprised when breath sounds become unilateral, oxygen saturation drops, ventilator pressures rise, and the patient crashes. Rather, you’ll be prepared for this with needle decompression and placement of a chest tube. You’ll know to analyze the situation with an ABG and chest x-ray, but not to delay delivery of such therapy in favor of diagnostic tests that won’t change management. Think ahead…it will save you on the shelf exams and will save the lives of your patients.
The Shelf exams are the standard examination at the end of a clinical rotation. Generally, most schools have a shelf exam for the ‘Core Seven’: Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Neurology, Psychiatry, and Surgery. Some schools also have exams for extended clerkships, such as Geriatrics and Emergency Medicine. These examinations follow the same format and style as Step 2 CK, and the best way to prepare for these (and for Step 2 CK later) is to prep for both in parallel. Specific to each exam, there are time-tested and reliable, quality resources to use, just like for Step 1. Our tutors will recommend resources based on your knowledge level, capability, and learning style, and will arrange a schedule and study plan for you to follow to keep you on track during your busy clerkships.
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