A lot of people already learn better from watching videos than reading a book. I feel like I was one to get a little out of both. However, once you start clinical your rotations, your ability to sit and read medical textbooks and sit at a desk and study for 14+ hours just goes down the drain. You wonder how you ever studied for first and second year…or boards.
Studying for shelf exams and Step/Level 2 is definitely a lot different than studying during the first to years of med school and for Step/Level 1. You already have a foundation. The pathology and physiology aren’t new…for the most part. Now you have to focus in on what tests to order and how to treat these disorders.
Online Med Ed is hands down the best resource that I have been using to study for shelf exams and Step/Level 2. It is a free video resource with a ton of relatively short videos on virtually every topic that will be covered on the boards. They are organized really well and help you keep diagnosing and treating the different disorders straight in your head. The best part is that these videos are free! They also have a premium subscription with flashcards, lecture notes, and a whole lot more. I definitely recommend checking them out!