I have recently conducted a study to explore the readiness of medical students taking Step One ( United States Medical License Exam ). Our study has identified certain weakness and we are taking every step to improve the process.
From this simple experience, I have become convinced that q banks and more group studies should be included in the curriculum to give the students the edge they need to pass the exam.
In the US the toughest challenge for medical students is not medicine, but learning how to navigate a terribly convoluted reimbursement process and a system of “expected practices” (vs “best practices”). Not to discourage anyone, but I’ve worked in the education system and continuation component for many years, and medical doctors now have to almost declare their independence of an overwrought system that too often prevents good medicine from happening in favor of conventional practices that are more based on money than medicine. But the bottom line is that a physician has more tools in the toolbox of treatment than ever in the history of man, and can do more good if he or she will use the best tools and only the best tools always for every patient. That would include advising in true nutrition, hydration, avoidance of the many things that are harmful to the body and mind, and helping patients take control of their health under their guidance.
The Office of Student Affairs (OSA) serves as a resource in promoting the individual and professional growth and development of WUHS students. The Dean for Students works with students across all years and all societies to explore ways to enhance or address aspects of the entire student experience, from education to student life to career planning, and works with students to develop innovative solutions to issues and concerns. I was very instrumental in developing the OSA where it develops and organizes class meetings and events throughout the tenure of students at WUHS.