Last Updated on June 26, 2022 by Laura Turner
In honor of SDN’s 20th birthday, we have compiled a list of the most popular and helpful forums threads throughout the years. From interview advice to whether you should have a dog in medical school, we hope you find some of these threads useful through your educational journey!
- Wedgedawg’s applicant rating system
This thread explains the rating system created by our power member Wedgedawg that helps you figure out where you stand as a medical school applicant.
- Having a dog in medical school
Is it possible to successfully care for a companion animal while you are studying to become a physician? This thread discusses the issue and offers suggestions for making sure you and your pup are happy.
- MCAT Study Plan
The details of one of the most popular 100 day study plans used by students to prepare for the MCAT (Medical College Application Test) are provided in this thread.
- Essential SDN Wisdom for Premeds
This thread is a compendium of all things useful for students pursuing admission to medical school.
- Official NBME correct to three digits score thread
Want to see how NBME (National Board of Medical Examiners) Step 1 scoring has changed throughout the years so you can see how your practice exam score stacks up? This thread details the shifts.
- Breaking down the MCAT a three month study schedule
Another thread that provides information on how to approach studying for the dreaded MCAT exam.
- “G P” Terms
Questions about the difference between the meaning of gravida and para? This OB/Gyn thread has the answers.
- What self learning book is best for organic chemistry?
If you are looking for the best options to build up your o-chem knowledge, check out this thread for recommendations.
- UWorld average
How will your score on the UWorld prep tests for Step 1 compare to how you will perform on the actual test? This thread provides correlation information and resources.
- How to answer “tell me something interesting about yourself”
This thread details how to address this common (and often dreaded) interview question.
- CCS Step 3 tips and tricks discussion
If you are looking for help in your Step 3 preparation, this thread has a wealth of great information.
- Who has the best cranial nerve acronym?
If you are studying anatomy, this thread has acronyms that can help with the memorization challenges. Note that some of the acronyms are NSFW!
- GPAS GRES Xtras Acceptances
For our pre-PT folks, here’s a comprehensive thread about application details and acceptances.
- Testing Solutions 30 day guide to CARS success
If the MCAT is in your future, you will need to prepare for CARS. This thread contains a popular guide for CARS preparation.
- Bond strength in order
Our pre-dental forum provides this useful thread on the relative strength of atomic bonds.
- Official ABIM Exam Study Tools Thread
The Internal Medicine forum has this detailed thread discussing study tool options for the American Board of Internal Medicine exam.
- UWorld Self Assessment 2 for step 2 CK correlation
How do your self assessments match up to the real Step 2 test? This thread provides guidance.
- Interview advice
This thread provides tips and suggestions for acing your medical school interview.
- Low GPA MCAT Success Stories posts by non-trads already accepted to med school
If you are feeling frustrated or down about your application process, check out this thread filled with inspirational stories from people who have walked in your shoes.
- Goro’s advice for premeds who need reinvention
For students who are latecomers to the pre-med path, or have issues in their application, this thread breaks down what you need to do to reinvent yourself.
And one to grow on:
Step 3 score versus USMLE World average
Another thread breaking down how practice test scores compare to the real thing.
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