1. Don’t get complacent. If your study method wasn’t working the best last year, change it! Second year is harder, duh.
2. In that same vein, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
3. Enjoy the occasional bits of humor hidden in Robbins and Cotran Pathology. ( I did Path first year, but it’s my understanding that most traditional schools do it second year).
4. Take a first year under your wing and help them get through. Give them your notes, call them occasionally, take them out for coffee. If your school doesn’t have an official big sib/little sib program, start one.
5. No more than 3 Step 1 study tools. Any more than that and you’ll get pulled in too many directions and you’ll miss some material.
6. Don’t try to study for Step 1 all year. Focus on the task at hand.
7. Relax. You’ve made it through first year. Get a life. Just a little one, though.
8. Be an officer in a club (I was an officer in 3!). This year is probably your only year you can do it. It looks good on CVs and it helps you get more involved. You may make contacts at residency programs or with attendings who can write you letters of rec. And maybe some clubs will help you figure out what you want to be when you grow up.