Why we created this schedule
Every year, students across the United States achieve top scores and match into their residency programs of choice. We are convinced that ANY medical student can get an excellent score on the USMLE Step 1 exam. It’s all about how you strategically plan and carefully study for the exam. Traditionally, students spend roughly three months studying in a dedicated fashion for Step 1. This is why we created this 99-day study schedule for the USMLE Step 1. Simply stated, if you carefully follow this study plan, you will be equipped with everything you need to score high on the exam.
How this schedule was created
Preparing for the USMLE Step 1 exam is extremely different from studying for a traditional medical school exam. The main challenges of studying for the USMLE Step 1 are picking which resources to use, knowing how to study effectively with those resources, and implementing test taking strategies unique to the USMLE exam.
For decades, students have received words of wisdom from upperclassmen at their medical schools regarding how to perform well on USMLE Step 1. Lecturio has taken this traditional principle of asking advice from upperclassmen and elevated it to the highest level: evidence-based recommendations. We worked directly with medical students, residents, and attending physicians across the nation who have done well on their exams. Through this intensive research process, we have gathered test taking strategies that consistently lead to outstanding USMLE Step 1 scores and compiled this information into the guide we’re sharing with you now.
How to use the schedule
The 99-day study schedule is built around a repetitive cycle of gaining knowledge, reviewing, and applying knowledge for each subject or organ system – in only 99 days. This study plan closely parallels the order and structure of the First Aid® for the USMLE Step 1 book.
If you follow all of the advice in this 99-day study schedule, you should be in great shape on test day. Oh, sure, you might be nervous, but the confidence you have built up in yourself over the course of 99 days of intensive study can go a long way towards helping you overcome any amount of jitters. This is a test you can dominate because you’ll be ready for it. This is an exam you can score outrageously well on because you made the commitment of time to hone your knowledge and to excel. You have what it takes to achieve the USMLE Step 1 score of your dreams!
Good things are coming. Just keep going…!