MS1 Class Information – May 2, 2024

ICYMI: Volunteer opportunity for National Board of Medical Examiners

The National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME ) is updating the user interface of their examination software, and they are looking for student volunteers to take an exam with the new interface and then answer some questions about it. They are offering you the ability to take a free version of the CBSSA (Comprehensive Basic Science Self-Assessment).

For those of you who don’t know, this is the gold standard that you will use in your dedicated study time for Step 1. You’ll also get a $50 Amazon gift card for participating. Anyone interested in applying to be a participant in the user experience study can do so here:

Peer to Peer: Tip of the Month from Career Advising

If you’re leaning toward a specialty (or a couple of them) and have already met with Career Advising, review when you can meet with your specialty career advisor (SCA). You can follow the guidance provided in the Specialty Guides which you can find on this page.

Many of you won’t need to connect with them until after starting your clinical phase. For other students, it can be great to get on the SCA’s radar early; make sure you read the Specialty Guide first and bring specific questions. Use the Guidelines for Connecting with SCA website to prepare for your meeting. Be ready to share your summer plans with them and ask if they have suggestions, such as, presenting your summer project at a specific conference, extra shadowing, volunteering, etc.

  • Reviewed by BIPOC student Abraham Correa-Medina. Originally written by BIPOC alum Shanelle Briggs, M.D.

ICYMI: Here is a link to the most recent newsletter for MS1s.

Have a fantastic week!