If you are like most medical students, calling the first 2 years of medical school “Basic” science is offensive.
Yet, when you get to the clinical literature later in medical school, you will begin to understand. By the time you are half way through your internship, you will miss the simplicity of the Basic Science Years.
The reason for this isn’t because other aspects of medical school aren’t difficult, but because the imminent threat of failure is always looming.
Approximately 85% of all students traverse the Basic Science Years without any long-term, negative consequences on their transcript. For the others, 5% fail out on average and 10% struggle at the far left of the bell curve.
Nationally standardized exams and a course director’s prerogative dictate that the bottom 10-15% of all students will fail any particular exam (at least). The grades are on a curve, but sometimes in an unfavorable direction! That is, if you score a raw 100% on a shelf exam but the average raw score is 52% with a standard deviation of 10 points, then your corrected score would actually come down. [This wouldn’t matter to you because your course director would give you an A anyway, which happened to one of Doctor Dan’s friends multiple times.]
Why are the tests so hard?
The top 1% of students in the nation are in your medical school and if the tests weren’t exceedingly difficult, there wouldn’t be an evenly distributed bell curve. To remedy this, medical schools make the tests so hard that the class average is rarely above a raw 70%. After statistical “corrections”, many shelf exams grades come back slightly higher (maybe 12 points) than the students’ raw scores. One obvious benefit of this is public confidence in their doctors. The general public would never understand everything written on this page and if they saw raw scores of 60% averages, they would think their doctors are incompetent.
This fact speaks to the nature of what you’re really trying to do in medical school. Your overall goal is to become a physican and many students like the Pass = Medical Doctorate (or, P = D.O.) approach for coping. Many students feel that if they get straight A’s in medical school, that they’re probably not spending enough time with their family and friends.
Assuming we all do our best, the students that tend to stress over grades the most are those trying to enter into competitive specialties and need outstanding grades. God bless them.
For the rest of us, what are we really trying to accomplish?
We would argue that staying above the bottom 15% in your class is a minimal goal to achieve comfort and significantly less stress during medical school. The good news is that this is relatively easy to accomplish. All you have to do is try study techniques and resources that those 15% aren’t using – and then you’re Golden!
So, what is the Medical Mastermind Community and how can it help?
A “Mastermind” group is defined as two or more people, working in perfect harmony toward a definite objective. Therefore, the Medical Mastermind Community is a group of people (students in college and medical school, doctors, test prep companies, and government entities) interested in the success of medical students.
That’s who we are, and here’s what we can do for you:
- Define specific goals for your medical school and USMLE/COMLEX scores
- Give you 300 real practice tests with 10,000 questions
- Teach you how to study
- Speed up your reading
- Decrease your anxiety
- Give you 1,275 pages of medical student course summaries
- Allow more time for social interests
- Help you overcome self doubt (arguably the biggest benefit for your entire life)
“Your membership to the Medical Mastermind Community is a monthly investment in your future.”
By surrounding yourself with people who already possess the qualities you want, you will slowly acquire a different way of thinking, studying, and organizing your plans to accomplish the goals you want in your own life.
Perhaps a parent or mentor has told you to “choose your friends wisely.” Well, if you want to become a physician, you can’t find better friends than this! But don’t take our word for it, read our Medical Mastermind Community testimonials to see for yourself the difference we are making in people’s lives – it’s much more than a test score!
When you join the Medical Mastermind Community, you will gain immediate online access to our entire curriculum. It can seem overwhelming, so we enroll you in a monthly email series to gently walk you through the steps and help keep you on track.
The very first thing you need to do is listen to Napoleon Hill’s Science of Personal Achievement audio course, which is included with your membership. If you get nothing else out of your training with us, your life will be immensely blessed by the teachings and philosophy of the world’s first success teacher, commissioned by Andrew Carnegie himself!
The second thing you need to do is join us on a New Member Webinar. Whether you call in or login to view the slideshows, this teleconference will give you specific direction for your particular situation so that you can start getting results in your own life and join the long list of people that tell their friends all about us!
The third thing you need to do is visit the “My Blog” forum and start a New Thread titled by your first and last name. This is a members-only forum and you can not view others’ forum posts there until you pay for an active membership. This private, personal blog is for you to post your action plan and document your progress. Some choose to get feedback on their personal essays there, as other members of the Community love to help each other out.
If you’re ready to grow professionally and personally by accepting our offer for help, then sign up now!