Hi blondiii. I am from Belarus - this is very western country from former Soviet Union.
Thanks for your good words. What is interesting I am going to get Illinois license. So probably we will work together sometimes.
And here is my advice: It's not bad to join to the studying groop, but sometimes it can become the waste of time. (At least it was in my case). You never know the level of understanding the subject of everybody. Try to understand everything at first. Try to get deep into the ideas, physiology and ethiology of disease, then try to imagine the possible ways of trating the patient and idea of getting risk from adverse effects of meds or condition.... Try to play a doctor (even on our level) with your abstract patient. It was my big mistake when I studied this stupid questions for the school tests and didn't use my own imagination about every disease. Plus meds... I have an idea about making something like helping system for the students about how to study. So feel free to ask me any questions.