I see it all the time — a client will read the prompt and vignette for a board exam question, and as they do, they’ll notice one, two, three, or even four clues that they recognize and have associations with. It seems like everything’s going well. But then — the Mystery Clue appears! So, here’s some of my best advice for board exams: let the mystery be.
Over the past decade, we’ve seen the students and physicians we work with make a lot of mistakes on tests. But we’ve come to realize that the types of mistakes they make are surprisingly consistent. So much so, in fact, that we’ve been able to identify 13 common errors medical students and doctors make that cause them to miss points on board exams and other tests.
This happens with our clients sometimes as they are working with answer sets in their boards exam questions. They will tell me (after having attempted and missed a question) “Answer B is completely true, when I think about it. But it wasn’t what I was looking for!”
The way you read board exam questions may be killing your test scores. We break down ways to read these questions to optimize your approach.
In this video interview, STATMed founder Ryan Orwig and instructor David LaSalle discuss a unique theory Ryan has developed over more than a decade spent working with medical students and professionals who’ve failed the boards or other tests.
Have you failed the boards? You’re not alone. Even super-smart med students and doctors often struggle with these tests. In short, bad test-taking is a thing.
“Last year prior to STATMed, I barely passed my Step 1 exam with a score of 194 (5th percentile). I took Step 2 CK on July 27th and just received my score. I earned a 243 (50th percentile)! I am so thrilled that I have the tools and newfound skillset to tackle these daunting exams. Thank you for your help!” – K.M., University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Bad test-taking doesn’t make you a bad physician. And it doesn’t need to spell the end of your career.
In this video, we help untangle five key issues “bad test-takers” encounter during medical boards exams.
One such quote, from the film’s quintessential teacher, is something you’ve probably heard often: “Do or do not. There is no try.” It’s short, it’s memorable. And it’s terrible advice.