Each year a small percentage of medical students in the U.S. find the challenge of Board exams overwhelming and struggle to make the grade. The initial Board exam, also called Step 1, is designed to test the student’s knowledge of the first two years of their professional medical education. This exam, and the student’s score, has become a critical marker when deciding on a speciality in medicine. For example, if a student would like to become an orthopedic surgeon, he/she would need to attain a high score on the Step 1 exam to even be considered for a residency in that specialty.
There are many potential factors that contribute to a student struggling in medical school. One major factor is the study habits and overall mindset of the student. The transition from college to medical school is significant when it comes to studying. In college, many students cram just before an exam and most times can do well. In med school, most students learn that cramming rarely works, especially when the exams become cumulative and integrative.
Another factor is the student’s learning style and the teaching style of their medical school. If a student learns mostly through kinesthetic means, and their school does not value the importance of physical activities in the learning process, then that will most likely be a conflict.
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