The importance of borrowing the least amount of money possible for medical school cannot be overstated. With student loan interest rates over 6% and tuition for medical school increasing every year, it is not unrealistic to estimate that you will be paying back more than two times what you initially borrowed. Unfortunately, it appears that this trend of increasing debt will continue for the foreseeable future even though physician salaries have remained flat or even decreased in recent years. The last time the AAMC published data (PDF) on medical school debt was at the beginning of 2013:
I should have posted this a long time ago as it is so useful for medical students. Get an Amazon Prime membership and you will get free 2 day shipping – order something today and it is on your doorstep the day after tomorrow! I went ahead and signed up when I was in medical school since I was ordering books every couple months and Amazon was always much cheaper than the University book store.
I was reminded today by a friend that you can try out an Amazon Student account first and get the 2 day shipping on anything Amazon sells totally free for 6 months. After 6 months if you do not cancel your membership you will be charged $49/year for up to 4 years instead of the normal $99/year for the full membership. I believe all you need is a .edu email address, and if you are looking at this blog you probably have at least 1 or 2 of those 😉 right?
The only major downside to the Student Membership is that Prime streaming videos and the Kindle loaning library are only available with a paid membership (not during the 6 month free period). Anyway, I thought many of you might like to try it out.
The best way to ensure that you do well on Step 1 is to do well in your classes the first 2 years in medical school. Easier said than done, right? The following methods that I learned helped improve my performance considerably throughout the first 2 years of medical school, but you must find what works for you, and don’t get stuck in a rut studying a certain way if it is not working for you.