I'm going to make this quick. Honestly, for the next few days at least, I want to have nothing to do with medicine. I've dedicated enough time, and I think I need to get back the world that doesn't revolve around crushing qbanks all day. I don't want to think about Step 1 either until I find out how I did. Doing otherwise is a sure-fire way to induce some needless anxiety.
So here's my impression: I feel fairly good about the test. What I've studied and what I know, I got those questions right. Most were very straightforward, bread and butter stuff. There were a couple of "what the heck" questions with terms or facts I had never seen before. I didn't expect that. Not many, but maybe 4-5 q's. I reasoned them out and think I got them right, but it was still surprising.
- Many questions looked just like UWorld. It's unreal actually how good UWorld is at identifying topics that Step likes to ask about.
- Questions stems are a bit longer than my practice qbank questions
I'm going to refrain from being too specific until after I find out how I did.
I was physically and mentally drained by the exam, I have to admit. I'm not used to sitting for 8 hours. I use a standing desk at home, so I can move around. Sitting for that many hours was definitely painful. Made my neck tight too.
When I walked out of the test center, I felt strange. I had just finished a marathon that had loomed for so long, and now it's all over. I had expended quite a bit of energy on it, and now it was done. Time to figure out what to do with my time now :)
And so, that is what I will begin to do today. I'm not starting lab rotations until the first week of November. I'm taking this week and the next for some R&R. I have a lot of projects and books I want to read, and I'll do that in the next week. Then will take a road trip to a wedding the following week.
Over the next few months, I'm going to transition this blog to talk more about science and grad school than med school.
For the next few days, here's a list of stuff I'm going to do:
(2) clean the house
(3) spend time with my wife, whom I've neglected for too long because of my studies
(4) learn some computer science and programming
(5) work on AgoraMed, the med education startup I'm doing with my buddy Peter
(6) start reading books for grad school - I'm going to take a general study of scientific method, experimental design, practical programming for bio-ish stuff, biostats, etc. Stuff that I could use no matter what I'm doing in the lab.
(7) Develop my productivity workflow. I've been tinkering with some programs like Omnifocus, Papers, Devonthink, Anki and Scrivener, and I want to develop a clean workflow that helps me integrate these tools and make them work for me. I'm going to write more about this as I do it.
(8) Do some fall stuff - pick pumpkins, apples, etc. I'm really liking fall these days and want to enjoy it while it's here
That's it for now. Thanks for following me in my Step 1 journey. Hopefully my reflections have been useful to you all. That is my main reason for keeping this blog in fact. I enjoy getting stuff off my chest, but I like even more when my words help others.