Thursday, January 01, 2009

USMLE Step Exams And Residency In 2009

Happy new year! I hope everyone had a happy holiday season. As this blog enters a new year, I have decided to try to shake things up. In the past, I posted whenever I felt about topics that caught my eye. However, most of my time was spent in formatting the post, which left relatively little time for commentary. Hopefully you all still found it enjoyable, but reflecting back on how I blogged, I've come to a few conclusions. 

First, much of the information I was blogging about had already been covered ad nauseum around the "tubes." Second, since I posted whatever I wanted and whenever I felt like it, each post seemed fine to me, but taken as a whole, the blog lacked focus. Third, the blog did not have the volume of traffic to justify my style. Some people don't care to be read when they blog, but if so, why post online? You could just write in a paper journal or a Word document, right? So, if I'm going to invest the time in a blog, I should care about gaining readers and providing something valuable in exchange for their time.

To that end, in the coming year of 2009, I am going to focus more on a few main topics. Since many of my friends are taking USMLE Step 1 this year, I will be doing some posts in the next few months, detailing my advice as well as describing my experience taking the exam. For those of you who have already taken Step 1, perhaps you could comment and contribute your insights to help make the posts better. Also, since I will be taking USMLE Step 2 CK and USMLE Step 2 CS in the coming months, I will tackle those subjects as well. Finally, since Match Day looms near, residency-related posts will also likely be put up here. 

Anyway, that's my two cents for the new year. Thanks again for stopping by and reading. If you have any suggestions or ideas for posts/topics (or heck, want to submit one yourself), contact me at scrubnotes[at]gmail[dot]com. Happy 2009!

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