How to Prepare for the Medical Boards: Secrets for Success on USMLE Step 1 and COMLEX Level 1 How to prepare for the Medical boards book was written for you. Studying for major medical exams can be a confusing and stressful task. In HOW TO PREPARE FOR THE MEDICAL BOARDS, Adeleke T. Adesina and Farook W. Taha present a useful guide for medical students studying for both the United States Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE) Step 1 and the Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Exam (COMLEX) Level I. Using a system-based learning method, HOW TO PREPARE FOR THE MEDICAL BOARDS provides a plan to study for the major topics tested on the board exams and suggests a unique approach to reading and keeping mental notes. It discusses the use of First Aid for the USMLE Step 1 and question banks in the preparation process. A bonus chapter addresses how to survive medical school’s rigorous education requirements and the most eﬃcient ways to maximize education while still enjoying life. Based on personal experience, Adesina and Taha help medical students discover the secrets, learn the rules, and avoid common costly mistakes when preparing for and taking important national medical board examinations. These students have developed a unique stepwise approach to help students score above 95 on their medical boards. If you are an allopathic or international medical graduate, you only need to focus on the USMLE section. Osteopathic students need to also understand how to study for the COMLEX Level 1, so a chapter is dedicated to that exam. The Road to Residency Although our book focuses on how to succeed on USMLE Step 1 and or COMLEX Level 1, this is only one part of your residency application. Residency directors focus on several factors when you apply to their residency programs. Most medical students assume our Step 1 scores are the most important factor that will get us a residency. This idea is not the complete truth. Your Step 1 score is only one part of the application process. Other requirements, such as clinical rotation grades, your personal statement, letters of recommendation, Step 2 scores, research and publications, and the interview process all factor into the equation. GRAB YOUR COPY HERE Getting to know the right people is another important piece of the puzzle. If you rotate at a hospital as a fourth-year medical student and work very hard, becoming a solid team member, you can make a strong impression on the attending physician, which might encourage the staff to consider you for a spot in their program. Therefore, the impression you make on your attending physician may allow you to be recognized as a great asset to their program. So is it all your scores? No! Is all about who you know? No! It is a combination of everything. Your entire application counts. Do not ever give up your dreams for whatever specialty you are interested in because of your scores!