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Welcome to the STAT Blog

Greetings and welcome to my first blog post.

April 29 2015 | by Ryan Orwig

Med students and doctors have been coming to me for years because, for the first time in their lives, they are struggling or failing in the classroom or on board exams.

  • Maybe a student is traumatized after failing a class in the first year of medical school
  • Perhaps another student is grinding through the second semester of medical school and will advance to second year, but he is exhausted and wants to learn how to study smarter, not harder
  • Or maybe an emergency medicine physician (who graduated from a top ten medical school and never failed a test in her life) has now failed her initial certification test for emergency medicine two years in a row.

Naturally, these high-achievers feel bad, and they want solutions that will unlock their potential. When I talk about “unlocking potential,” I am not talking about new age, touchy-feely, “believe-in-yourself” stuff. If they want a therapist or a hug, there are many people across the world better suited to help them. But they come to me because I understand their problems and have developed detailed, systematized methodologies I teach in classes and workshops to change their processes and put them in control of their academic and test-taking lives. This might mean in the classroom, on rotations, or on board exams (USMLE, COMLEX, shelf exams, or specialty boards) 

I want to use this blog to:

  • Connect with more clients
  • Let these students and doctors know that they are not alone—while there might only be a few of “my” type of clients in a given school or program, that adds up to thousands upon thousands spread across the country
  • Explore ways to teach smart adults different and better ways to learn and take tests within the realm of medical education and standardized testing
  • Start conversations about the way medical professionals study, maximize their time, and take tests

Upcoming posts will talk about why medical students might struggle or fail, the nature of my expertise, and common issues we see with time management and distractions when studying in med school, among other topics.

Please feel free to leave comments, ask questions, or contact me directly.