Sorry I have been MIA for a couple of months, school and life got complicated but I am finally done with second year, and done with Step 1 (for now). I will be doing an update soon but for now I leave you with this review.
A few months back I was contacted by this company, Lecturio, which is dedicated to have online review courses for pre medical and medical students. I looked into the company and checked out some of their released videos on YouTube and really liked how they format the content so I decided to give it a try. Their medical section is still being completed, but they have most of the subjects available and I was thrilled at the opportunity to help them out by reviewing.
Spring semester was brutal in terms of time constraints so I checked out their site searching for ways to help me out in my classes at the end of term. End of term consists of class exams (partial final exam) and shelf exams which are standardized tests provided by the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) that are specific to each course and are actual final exams that have all of the material from the whole year.
The webpage is easy to use and the colors do not interfere with reading our concentration. As for the courses, they have the option to be paid for 1,3 and 12 months for $24.99, $21.99, and $16.99 per month respectively.
First of all, they have a FREE QBank with over 400 question and they have additional questions on their courses. They are divided by topic and you have the question sets and you have questions on every video.
As for my thoughts, I liked their question sets, they are small, consisting of 10-20 questions on average and are a mix of recall and analysis questions. They remind me of the type of questions you see on Rx from First Aid. They have really good explanations for every answer choice as to why it is or isn’t the correct answer. These type of questions come up on NBME exams and class exams and this was helpful prepping for that.
The Lecture Series:
They also have video lecture series. Now during the semester, I did not get to see much of it because for the classes that I was looking to get resources outside my books and school presentations were not available. White talking back with them about my thoughts and what had gone on, they released the section I was most looking forward to, pharmacology. So they let me have access to check it out.
When this happened I had already started y dedicated study period for the dreaded Step 1 and I had my study plan so I mostly checked out more questions and some of the videos for the purpose of this review.
Overall I looked into some physiology videos and some pharmacology videos. Even though I didn’t have the time to look into every single section and every single video, the videos are constructed in the same way, with a good amount of figures and they explain everything in a progressive matter so as to make sure you are understanding it.
The Professors speak in a paced way and give you enough time to think about what they are talking about. These videos are good for learning things the first time or just for reviewing what you already know. They are heavily divided into short sections so that every video is about 2-5 minutes long, even though you have a link to pass to the next one maybe it would be cool to have an option to select a few and watch them continuously.
My final thoughts:
I am sad that I did not have the time to go through all of of the courses and questions but I enjoyed watching their videos and doing the question sets. I think this is an amazing program that is most helpful during the school year to help you study for your classes as well as prepping for the boards during the semester.This program, as well as most other Qbanks have the option of having them on all your devices via an app, versus using it on the browser which can sometimes speed things down.
The prices are amazing and the courses and questions are truly helpful un getting a good foundation of the knowledge needed to do good in medical school and study for the boards. As for dedicated study period I think there are too many videos and too detailed to be able to go through everything in 6-9 weeks with everything else you have to do during that time. But like I said this is a GREAT course to have in hand during the semester for your classes because it helps for both classes and gets you prepping for the boards before dedicated study period.
The questions I find are really good, they are a little more complex than some Rx questions (which are mostly recall) and are not as complex as Kaplan, so in my personal opinion they are good to have in hand to give you a little more of a challenge without being too hard that you will freak out.
I definitely recommend you check this program out, they have some YouTube videos and the FREE QBank and if you feel like you need to see things instead of just reading them this is a good alternative to have in hand.
I thank Lecturio for the opportunity and I hope this post helps others out there who are looking for something to have in hand.
Coming soon more on how I prepped for USMLE Step 1 and beginning third year of medical school. Are there any cool programs you have tried while studying for boards?
*Disclosure I did not get any monetary payment for doing this review, but I did receive free access to the program for a period of 2 months. My opinions are my own and are not influenced by the opportunity to try out their program. I invite you to check out their free content and decide for yourself if this program is for you.