In this post, we’re going to do something that’s really popular on the blog which is going over one of my top recommended resources. This resource has really helped me raise my Step 2 score by 25 points from my Step 1. It also raised my Step 2 score by 15 points over my goal score!
What’s that resource? Dum roll… OnlineMedEd!
In this post, I’m going to give a full OnlineMedEd review and insight into how I used it to study for shelf exams and my Step 2 CK exam!
I know a lot of you guys know about OnlineMedEd and for the few of you don’t, I hope you stick around the whole post just to understand what this resource can offer you.
For those of you guys that are familiar with OnlineMedEd, stick around because I’m going to go over how I used it to do well in my rotations, how I used it to do well on my Step 2 exam and I’ll provide you guys a discount for any of you interested in their premium content, which I highly recommend.
You can check out OME here at any time.
If you’d like a video format of this post, check out the YouTube channel below!
So without any further ado, let’s get to the post!
What Is OnlineMedEd?
So quick intro into OnlineMedEd for any of you guys that aren’t familiar. It’s what I like to definitely consider to be a comprehensive resource.
It has videos, it has the notes, it has flashcards and it has practice question. This is all there for you to do really well on your clinical rotations.
OME is soon to release their basic sciences video which I’m sure will also be a big hit! But for the purposes of the rest of this post, we’ll talk about the clinical resources.
If this seems attractive you can check out OME here.
In the next section, we’re going to go through each of these resources that OME provides. Each resource focused on high-yield information and is easy to use.
The first two resources are usually resources that I absolutely hate to use in med school and those are videos and it’s because no one really ever does those two right.
But OnlineMedEd and Dr. Williams, who’s one of the founders, does a great job with their videos and notes!
Dr. Williams is an absolutely fantastic teacher. I need to say that first.
All his videos I would say do a really good job of taking really complicated medical topics and breaking it down to very easy to understand ideas.
He’s also very good at pointing what’s high yield. He’ll say, “Make sure you know this and this. This may not be as important”.
I really appreciated that as a medical student. It would definitely help me focus my studying on things the high-yield info early in the rotations.
I would then come back to the topics he told me to hold off on after I mastered the basics.
I definitely recommend you guys check out the free video on Coronary Artery Disease. You’ll be able to see what I mean how he’s able to just simply use a whiteboard and break down dense topics into very easy understandable bite-sized pieces of information.
So use the OnlineMedEd videos during your rotations! They save you so much time and teach you extremely well!
So the second resource that I absolutely love for OnlineMedEd are the notes! Remember I usually hate reading notes. Tells you how good these are.
The notes are usually some type of adaptation from Dr. Williams is lectures and they’re usually a great supplementary resource to use after you watched one of his videos.
They’re also great resources period to use even if you don’t have time for the videos (which are pretty short).
The notes are usually one to two pages and always to the point and of course always high yield.
I absolutely love the diagrams that they have. My favorite being the decision trees they have often shown in their notes. In medicine we always have to know what to look for a specific patient.
“Should you be worried, do you need to do some tests or do you need to be doing a procedure immediately because they’re in critical condition?”
OnlineMedEd does a great job of having decision trees in their notes that really break down the steps you need to take. It’s also important to remember that these types of questions are really common on your shelf exams as well as your Step 2 exam. So for me, these decision trees came as a big help when I really had to study for these exams!
You can find some example of the free notes in the dashboard section of OME here.
The third resource to OnlineMedEd provides are flashcards.
The flashcards usually correspond to the videos you watch. So you may watch a video on Monday and then notice on Wednesday you’re starting to get flashcards about Monday’s topic.
It’s a great way to keep you accountable. Plus the flashcards are always pertaining to the high yield information that the videos and the notes provide. So it’s a great way to just kind of see how well you’re doing with knowing the information that you need to know the most.
So for those students that love flashcards and love studying with them, like myself, I highly recommend you check them out.
Most people know the videos and the notes which OnlineMedEd provides but I think the flashcards are definitely underrated and definitely recommend you guys check it.
I now want to provide a discount for you guys. Type in “OME18” at check out using this link and you’ll be able to get $80 off on an annual subscription. So if you need the extra help on your rotation, check out the link ere.
OnlineMedEd Practice Questions:
The fourth resource OME provides are it’s practice questions.
This is basically another great Qbank that you can use alongside with Uworld.
The questions are focused on whether or not you mastered the basics. If you can do this then your confidence level is bound to skyrocket.
When you’re doing UWORLD or taking your shelf or Step 2 exams, you’ll appreciate doing the OnlineMedEd practice questions!
How To Use OnlineMedEd For Rotations:
Now, the last part of this post, I really want to break down how I used OME to study for my shelf exams.
This will give you a framework if you’re not sure how to use it.
To study for rotations and my shelf exams, I used what I like to call “The Sandwich Method”
This is a cute phrase which basically is using OME at the start and end.
When you first start your rotation, you just not sure what’s the high yield information. So watch the OME videos and read the notes your first two weeks of that rotation.
Try to understand like what’s the most important things that need to know according to Dr Williams and according to the notes.
Once you’re done with the videos and the notes for the first time, then go to whatever resource that you plan on using for that rotation. You can find our recommended resources for each rotation here.
Use these detailed resources to fill in the details for the basics that you’ve now mastered using OnlineMedEd. Then make sure you master the details.
During the last few weeks, go back to looking at the OME notes and watching the videos for the topics you struggled with. This way you know that you’ve mastered the high yield information at the start and you’ve also made sure that your confidence is still there and you know at the very end.
The detail is filled in in the middle and I found this was a great way to understand the info without feeling stressed when the shelf exam got closer.
So try that sandwich method out (OnlineMedEd -> Detailed resources -> OnlineMedEd) for your Shelf exams and I feel like you will do just fine without the excessive stress.
You can check out OME here if you’re interested to use it on your rotation.
How To Use OnlineMedEd To Study for Step 2:
How did I use OnlineMedEd to study for my Step 2 exam?
I used a similar version of the sandwich method.
I spent about five to six weeks on Step 2 studying along with doing rotations.
I did about a week where I watched all the videos for topics that I struggled with and I read through all the notes.
I know that’s may seem like a lot of notes. Remember I had seen these notes several times throughout the various rotations that I’ve done throughout the year. So it was a lot easier for me to kind of focus on the topics that I was weaker at.
I did that for a week. I would then do flashcards and practice question with UWORLD as well as OnlineMedEd during the middle. I’ll have another post altogether on how to study for Step 2 coming soon!
Then the last week before my exam – when you feel the most anxious before any test – what did I do? I went back to OnlineMedEd!
I made sure that I looked at the notes because I knew if I knew the info in the notes I would do just fine on the exam. Sure enough, my confidence remained high and the test went well.
OnlineMedEd has been amazing at helping me in my clinical rotations. To just wrap it off with a bow it also helped me a ton on my Step 2 exam.
So again, I highly recommend you guys check it out! Here’s a link to OnlineMedEd! The discount code is OME18 for $80 off an annual plan!
If you guys have any questions at all about OnlineMedEd, feel free to comment below and I’ll be happy to answer them.
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