- Take NBME and see where you are at in terms of your knowledge.
- From the NBME, evaluate which topics you are weak in.
- Plan out how you are going to cover the weak areas, such as using videos, First Aid book, and question banks (Kaplan, USMLE World).
- Take NBME again, a different version, to see where you are weak at.
If you go on craigslist and you may see postings and think to yourself it’s too good to be true. For example, I saw a posting of a one bedroom apartment on 71st street for $550 with no security deposit. And it’s couple of minutes drive to Jackson Park Hospital. First of all, it’s not a scam, you really could get a place that cheap near the hospital; however, you are compromising your safety and the safety of your car. Any place near the hospital is dangerous. Unless your car is in a garage, you are most likely going to have your car broken into.
If you are going to stay near the hospital, then stay above 60th street, around Hyde Park, or around the suburbs like around 85th street. If you are driving and if you have a non-Illinois license plate just make sure you don’t bring any attention to your car such as sparkling things or evidence of you having a GPS system anywhere in your car, or a phone charger, etc.
If you are taking public transportation, then it’s very important to go to the bus stop in groups; a group of 4 or 5 students is a good safe number. Muggers, even with a weapon, would not have the guts to mug anyone if they were in a group especially at night when you have on-call duty.
With this bad economy, plus Chicago being a very corrupt city, thieves are everywhere because they can’t get a job and they will hurt others to gain money. So for those who are settling in Chicago, be wise and choose a safe area even if you are far from the hospital.