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Judging a Facebook by its Cover

What should be your presence on social media sites as a medical student? Jess and Jenny cover how some medical students have gotten into trouble with how they present themselves on the web, and what you should do to protect yourself.


1) Chretien KC, Greysen SR, Chretien JP, Kind T. Online posting of unprofessional content by medical students. JAMA. 2009 Sep 23;302(12):1309-15.

2) Thompson LA, Dawson K, Ferdig R, et al. The intersection of online social networking with medical professionalism. J Gen Intern Med. 2008 July; 23(7): 965-957.

3) ABC Eyewitness local news from Stony Brook:

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Step Prep “How I Raised My Score 40 Points”

One of the most frequently asked questions by med students is how to prepare for the USMLE board exams — that is, Step 1 and Step 2. Rather than just giving you our opinion, or one person’s opinion, we’re going to bring you a series of episodes interviewing different students about their study approach, what worked well, what they would do differently, and their best advice for you. We’re kicking it off with Guy Carmelli — our classmate who increased his Step score by 40 points from step 1 to step 2 (that’s huge!). Listen to find out how he did it.

Our advice to you:

1) Listen to everyone, then choose what makes sense to you. There is no cookie-cutter approach that works for every student. Don’t fall into the trap of just copying someone else’s plan — it probably won’t work for you.

2) Reflect! Acknowledge your strengths and weaknesses as a learner, play to your strengths, and compensate for weaknesses.

3) Think about how you studied for the MCAT and use a similar approach. These exams are not like your med school exams. They are standardized tests under a tight time frame. What did you do for the MCAT? Practice questions, prep course, review books, etc.

4) Self-assess frequently and know where you stand.

5) Remember that USMLE is not the end-all-be-all. It’s only one part of a bigger picture. While you should do everything you can to score high because this will only help you, don’t beat yourself up if you are not a USMLE super-rockstar. There is no correlation (that we’re aware of) between very high scores and being an excellent physician. You can be an average standardized test taker and a super-rockstar physician.