Improving Student Experiences During USMLE Step 1 “Dedicated Preparation Period” via a Course Designed to Holistically Support Academic and Wellness Needs

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Abstract

Common medical school practice includes an independent “dedicated preparation period” for the USMLE Step 1 exam during which students have reported considerable stress and anxiety. Carle Illinois College of Medicine sought to improve their students’ experience during the dedicated preparation period via a unique course, Phase 1 Synthesis and Summary, designed to provide support for academics and wellness. The strengths of the course were elements that maximized student flexibility, autonomy, wellness, and targeted self-study. The course design reported here may provide a model for other schools to design courses to holistically improve students’ preparation for Step 1 and other board exams.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)653-658
Number of pages6
JournalMedical Science Educator
Volume33
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2023
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Dedicated preparation period
  • Review course
  • Self-regulated learning
  • USMLE Step 1
  • Wellness

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Medicine (miscellaneous)

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