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Medical School 2.0: An Unconventional Guide to Learn Faster, Ace the USMLE, and Get Into Your Top Choice Residency Paperback – December 17, 2015
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About the Author
David Larson, M.D. is an integrative medicine physician, leadership seminar facilitator, and life hacker. He studied business at Brown University before spending a year in Spain on a Fulbright Fellowship and then working in rural India in the public health sector. He then attended USC School of Medicine and graduated with highest distinction, earning the Alpha Omega Alpha merit scholarship. He is currently in his final year of postgraduate medical training at UCSD, pursuing 3 residencies in Family Medicine, Psychiatry, and Integrative Medicine.
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The book could also use a more thorough explanation regarding how long you should go between repeating your study cards... If you don't repeat a card for a long enough period, you will eventually begin losing important nuggets of information.
I'm also not wholly on board with a lot of the nutrition pseudoscience included near the end of the book. Of course it's best to avoid simple carbs, processed foods, and excess caffeine, but is there any proven benefit to taking phosphatidylserine or L-theanine supplements?
However, my main complaint with this book is the sheer number of errors in spelling and grammar -- it can be pretty distracting. I'm nearing the end of the book and just found two major errors in a single sentence. As far as the whole book goes, there are easily dozens and dozens, and it begins to erode your confidence in what the author is saying.
EDIT: Thankfully the author has published videos on Facebook which really flesh out the study procedure that is explained in the book. I've added a star for this content because even though the videos are lengthy, they're pretty thorough and are adding to my understanding.
Well, Dave IS super smart, but the best part is he has shared in this book how he put those smarts to USE. We all have our special strengths, and if your strengths got you to med school, the multiple techniques and attitudes Dave discusses in this book will help you maximize those strengths and not just squeak by, but really excel! If you're not in med school, this book will help you in some of the general principles he discusses, but maybe not in the minute details.
And the details may be what is really what makes this book worth $20, or in the end, really $200 or even more. It took me about 2 hours to read this book, the first non-ortho book I've read entirely through in 3 years. Dave first discusses his suggestions for how to approach life to make sure you're happy, content, and truly set up to succeed. Dave then provides ideas of how to create flexibility (and thereby room for moving at one's own pace) in an environment known to be rigid and unforgiving. And finally, Dave provides the Holy Grail to med school: HOW TO LEARN WHAT IS ON THE TESTS. I don't want to give it away, but Dave introduces very very very specific information resources, concrete study philosophies, and MOST IMPORTANTLY details exactly how to commit tremendous volumes of information to long term stable memory. Yes, it takes effort. It's not "magic." But it is a very precise guide of how to maximally streamline the study process so you're not upset, angry, frustrated, and ultimately forgetting things and unhappy. His technique was used by several of our classmates who were all notorious for killing the exams. So yes, you have to have a good head on your shoulders, good discipline, and a great commitment to medicine. But in this book are several techniques which ANY STUDENT can use and have a high degree of confidence that it will work for her/him.
I honestly wish I had known these techniques back at the start of school. I would have learned more, become a better doctor, been less stressed, and really been able to make some serious differences in the world at a time when I was instead very nervous about my ability to not drown trying to drink from the fire hose that is medical school education.