In less than a week, I will be taking an NBME (National Board of Medical Examiners) exam at a testing center. I took a few NBMEs in basic sciences based on specific subjects, but I am taking the comprehensive one that covers all subjects covered in basic sciences. It’s honestly a little overwhelming trying to review each subject and remember all the key points. Instead of stressing out, I have been taking it day by day and reviewing what I can without overloading myself. I’ve been doing a LOT of practice questions and reviewing the concepts that come up within them to refresh my memory. I personally feel that this is the best way to comprehensively review for an NBME, especially if you completely randomize the subjects and disciplines in the question bank. It shows me where I need to improve subject-wise, and it also shows my strong subjects.
The NBME is a great assessment tool to show you where you are in regards to your Step 1 preparation, so I’m excited (and extremely anxious) to get it over with and to see my results. I’ve also done a lot of resting and relaxing to prepare for the exam – slept in, got my hair done, did my nails, caught up on episodes of The Office on Netflix…the constant, all-day studying caught up with me after just a few days, and it’s really important to clear your mind and refresh yourself, so you can go back into studying better than ever.
Have you had to take an NBME exam during your med school career? How did you study?