As I sat there, I knew something had to change. While I had done well on my shelf exams, and knew my stuff, my first NBME score was nowhere near the average for internal medicine. Worse yet, when I looked over my exam I realized that the mistakes I made were stupid and not even […]
About Dr. Stephen Franco
Dr. Stephen Franco, M.D., is a graduate of St. George's University School of Medicine. He is currently a resident at Mount Sinai West Hospital in Manhattan.
Dr. Franco's personal experiences in medical school, where he transformed from a struggling student into an honor society member, have informed his study methods. His tutorials have helped hundreds of other medical students improve their study tactics and their exam scores.
Dr. Franco has been featured in multiple news outlets, including the New York Times.
Entries by Dr. Stephen Franco
It’s ironic, the post-bacc class that had the least to do with medicine ended up being the most relevant to medical school. That class was called Learning Strategies, and it began with a graph, with memory on the Y axis and time on the X axis. What it showed was if you do not review […]
It was the 1970s, and along with Disney World opening and the Dolphins going undefeated, a machine was invented that would change the face of medicine forever. This machine was the MRI or Magnetic Resonance Imaging Machine. While this would go on to be one of the greatest things to happen to medicine, there was […]
So you booked your USMLE, you’ve been studying using the top resources, and you think you might be making progress, but then this silly guy named Dr. Steve comes around and gives you this great method *cough humblebrag cough* and you’re wondering what to do. To answer this, we have to think about why we […]
Okay, so you now know my story (awful college student who climbed to the top of his medical school class by using odd but effective tactics); you know why the USMLE Step 2 CK should be treated as just as important as the USMLE Step 1 exam for residency (has greatest correlation with board pass […]
At this point, it’s pretty darn unanimous that USMLE World is the best question bank out there, and for good reason. It has realistic questions, it’s updated constantly, and it has detailed answers that cover a large breadth of information. For this reason, people often correlate higher UWorld %s with higher USMLE scores and do […]
So, you booked your USMLE exam, and you have your resources that everyone has told you are the best: a book that covers the information and a Qbank that is just like the test with high-yield explanations. As you start reading the book, you realize there is a ton of stuff you don’t know, and […]
I’ve heard it many, many times: “Study the most for USMLE Step 1, it is the most important exam of your life.” Reading through forums, blogs, and listening to advisors, I came to the early conclusion that Step 2 CK was easier and less important than Step 1. That is, until the program director of […]
In college, I was a scholastic disaster. I had a science GPA below 3.0 and an MCAT in the mid 20s. I applied to an overseas medical school and was put in a post-bacc program, with entrance contingent on receiving a 3.5 GPA on five nearly medical school level classes. Fast-forward to the end of medical […]