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Mental Prep for Step


What is Mental Prep for Step? Mental Prep for Step is an award-winning wellness initiative that is available to second year students at the College of Medicine. Given the high stakes nature of this exam and what we have observed historically in terms of student needs in preparation for this exam, we know that you need not only academic preparation but also mental preparation to be successful.  Participants will gain timely skills that will prepare them for both the academic and psychologic rigors of the USMLE Step 1 exam. Below are workshops and sessions that are designed by experts to prepare and stay mentally strong.   


USMLE Step 1 Study Plan Development workshops

This workshop is presented by academic counselor, Kelly-Ann Perry, M.Ed.  The USMLE Step 1 Study Plan is a comprehensive document that seeks to address each student’s individual strengths, weaknesses and study goals. The Step 1 study plan presentation is an interactive session that will provide second year students with step-by-step instructions on how to develop a personalized plan. Integrated throughout the presentation are tips and strategies that are designed to make the study process meaningful. By the end of the session, students will have a working sample study plan, upon which they can expand. Workshops will occur every Friday, from January 18th - February 15th from 1-2:30pm in 1167 Graves Hall. Space is limited. To participate, refer to Kelly-Ann’s email sign up.


USMLE Step 1 Mentor/Tutor Program
Interested second-year students are matched with third-and fourth-year mentors or tutors who provide guidance and support during the USMLE Step 1 study block. Mentors understand that studying for Step 1 can be stressful, so upper-class mentors avail themselves to answer questions regarding study strategies, study material, etc., and reinforce good self-care habits. To participate, refer to Kelly-Ann’s email sign up.


Mental Prep for Step Kick-Off Workshop

This workshop is presented by Dr. Justin Barterian and is a preview of what our small group workshops will look like.  It is also meant to provide YOU M2 Students with quick, evidence-based tips to continue your studying and for managing both test and generalized anxiety.

Wednesday, February 27th, 2019


Meiling Hall, room 112  


Mental Prep for Step Student Panel

A represented sample of third-and fourth-year students are invited to share their USMLE Step 1 study experience with the second year class. The panelist provides students with an additional opportunity to solicit meaningful and timely advice about the pros and cons to the various approaches students have taken to prepare for the USMLE Step 1 exam.

Wednesday, February 27th, 2019


Meiling Hall, room 112

The Mental Prep for Step group curriculum will focus on the use of evidence-based treatments for managing stress in order to help students prepare for Step 1.  The program will be led by Dr. Justin Barterian and will consist of 1- hour workshops which will be offered weekly starting the week of March 4th throughout the step session.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Dr. Barterian (Justin.Barterian@osumc.edu)

 If you are interested in joining a Mental Prep for Step group, please send your name and rank order the dates and times with #1 being your most preferred session time and #5 being your least to Justin.Barterian@osumc.edu by 5pm on Wednesday, February 27th2019.  Please do not rank any dates and times in which you are not available.

·         Tuesdays at 3:30pm

·         Wednesdays at 12:30pm

·         Thursday at 1pm

·         Fridays at 9am

·         Fridays at 12pm

We will accommodate your ranked preference as group participant numbers allow, groups will consist of approximately 8 students. 

*Students are always welcome to bring lunch or snacks in order to multi-task during this busy study season.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Lora Eberhard, Kelly-Ann Perry or Megan Sayres.