It’s been a busy week with paper writing and literature review, so I’m answering a question in lieu of a favorite!
1. Internal Medicine Shelf Exam Resources. Someone recently messaged me about this exam, check out my recommendations below!
- Step Up to Medicine: This is probably the most talked about book for third year, especially for Medicine. I had a hard time getting through it because it’s so dense, and in my opinion contains a lot of extraneous information we didn’t need to know as third years. Renal and GI were my worst systems so I made sure to read up on those!
- OnlineMedEd: A series of lectures created by Dr. Williams who is an IM attending. He does a great job breaking down difficult concepts and organizing the information in a way that is easy to digest. Really recommend starting out with these videos, not just for IM but for all rotations. If you sign up as a Premium member like I did, you also get access to download the audio (helpful for long commutes) as well as PDFs of the notes. The question bank also comes with the premium membership and while it doesn’t reflect the shelf exam questions, it does a great job of making sure you have the information in the videos down cold. There’s a lot of videos for IM, but I definitely recommend the following: Cardiology, Nephrology, Infectious Disease and Gastroenterology.
- USMLE Step 2 Secrets: This is more for the Step 2 CK exam but since it was in Q&A format, I found it helpful for sections I was weaker on. Not really necessary for the IM shelf in my opinion. I used the older edition here but a newer one came out this summer.
- UWorld: Definitely the most high yield of all these materials. I thought the shelf exam questions were a little bit trickier but UW is definitely as close as it gets!
2. Surviving Medicine Podcast. A Podcast from School Acceptance, featuring medical professionals in different stages of their medical training. I like to download their interviews and listen to them on my drive to research. From talking about why they chose medicine to advice they would give to pre-meds, their interviews are really applicable to anyone in the field! More recently, they’ve added short clips of motivational pieces, which is something I’ve been really enjoying. All it takes is 5-7 minutes during a walk to the grocery store or my care where I pop my earbuds in and I’m reminded of what a great field it is we’re in. Really recommend checking out both the interviews and the motivational stories!
3. Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Poured Crème Highlighter – on sale for 50% off! Can be found here or here or here – certain colors are sold out depending on the store, so be sure to check them all out.
I’ve become obsessed with highlighters and had some Sephora store credit to use up. I previously talked about the pressed highlighter in last’s weeks favorites so I felt silly trying these out but the sale price got to me. I am so glad I did. Instead of a bold highlight, these give a soft glow to your skin that can only be described as “glowing from within”. I grabbed Rose Gold and Champagne Pop and love how it brightens my face without being a mega-watt highlighter. The Rose Gold is especially flattering on my pale skin tone! Definitely less glittery and noticeable than the pressed powder highlighter. I’m excited to finally have something subtle enough to wear in the hospital.
**Most of these posts are written at night, when there’s no natural lighting. Will do my best to show you guys a swatch soon!
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Hope you enjoyed this week’s favorites!