About

Scrub Notes is a site dedicated to helping medical and allied health students achieve their educational and career goals. The site contains discussions on topics within medical education (like anatomy), tips on preparing for standardized exams such as the US Medical Licensing Exams (USMLE), and advice on applying for residency programs as well as general career advice. The site receives more than 10,000 visitors per month. 

The general theme of topics as the year progresses is as follows:
January - March: Life Outside The Hospital
April - June: Preparing for and Taking USMLE Step 1 (or 2CK, 2CS or 3!)
July - September: Succeeding on Rotations & Choosing a Medical Specialty
October - December: Interviewing for Residency Programs


Of course, throughout the year, entries about healthcare, work-life balance as a medical or allied health student or professional, and medical topics are interspersed. 


Background
When I started this blog in 2006 as a second year medical student, I initially envisioned it as a place for quick posts on tips and tricks I picked up while studying during medical school. However, over time, the posts came to include interesting medical stories I came across as well as my opinions on various matters. Some of the more popular posts involved my trying to answer questions that the resources I studied from did not seem to answer completely. Not too surprisingly, other people had similar issues as well! The sporadic tips evolved into more fully developed guides to various issues such as how to choose a medical specialty, or what study schedule to follow for USMLE Step 1, or even how to become a radiologist. To my surprise, some of the more obscure topics (like Pope's Blessing or Dale Dubin) also have become popular. Regardless, the blog's goal is to not only enrich the future healthcare professional's fund of knowledge but also provide practical advice while navigating a complex career path. 


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