Tuesday, 23 October 2012

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Behavioral Sciences. From hate to loathing.

I know! I know! I hated it, too. When I first started with USMLE World, my scores were bad, but they were far worse in Behavioral Sciences. The truth is that most IMGs loathe Behavioral Sciences. Why? Because we are not used to treat patients in the US and have pretty much no idea what the technicalities mean. It's all about learning from scratch how the system works. 

I've talked to US students and they, too, hate Behavioral Sciences. But guess what? You need to master this subtopic. Sure, books will tell you that it compromises only what, 10% of Step 1? that's about 33 questions of the exam. If you get 33+ questions right on Step 1, just because you mastered Behavioral Sciences, wouldn't that mean a lot to you? 

Ok, so let's break it down.

You're strong in Pathology, Physiology, Pharmacology, and some other branch of medicine. Your strong and feel confident. But what if I told you that mastering Behavioral Sciences could boost your score from, say, 230 to 240? Would you learn to master it? Hell yeah!!

I surely plunged into Behavioral Sciences. I wasn't a master at it, but I could defend myself midst the questions.

There is one excellent source of information about Behavioral Sciences. His name is Steven Daugherty. He has a great website called USMLE Thoughts. Give it a look, I'm sure you'll like it. 

Remember, it's not about being grand in one area, it's about being well rounded in all the eight areas you're being tested in. So get going and study those fields where you're lacking. 

Other posts you may enjoy:

1. USMLE Step 1. A great challenge.
2. Priorities. It's all about priorities! Your scores mean everything to you.
3. How to Utterly Defeat the USMLE