The USMLE Step 1 minimum passing score has been increased by 4 points. On December 12, 2013, the Step 1 committee announced that it raised the minimum passing score for the USMLE Step 1 examination citing these reasons. Recommendations from … Continue reading
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Since 1992, the USMLE has provided licensing authorities with a common evaluation system to assess an applicant’s ability to apply their current medical knowledge within the confines of a standardized test. Evolution in medicine and medical education bring about changes which affect the Step 1, Step2 and Step 3 examinations. Continue reading
At the 2013 annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association, the highly-anticipated and long-awaited Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th edition (DSM-5) was released, marking the end of more than a decade of collaboration and deliberation among countless experts within the field of psychiatry. Continue reading
The real question should be, how prepared do you want to be? Most students assume preparing for the USMLE Step 1 Exam begins and ends with books, review courses, QBanks and an NBME self assessment. Students often overlook a valuable piece of the puzzle: experience. Continue reading
Here are some practical tips that will help your performance on USMLE Step 1 test day. Continue reading
I would recommend an extension of 3- 4 weeks before sitting for the exam. Your NBME performance indicates that there is some foundational work you still need to do before taking your actual exam. However, that work may be in just a few key areas that were difficult for you or not covered well in your curriculum. Continue reading
In this blog post, I have created a comparison chart of the mean Step 1 scores by specialty reported by students in the 2009 NRMP match as compared to the 2011 match. Continue reading
While you are still concentrating on your medical school curriculum, annotate your comprehensive review book, such as First Aid, as you go through your course. Take an NBME practice exam 2-3 months prior to your intensive study period to establish a baseline and determine your weak areas. There are several ways to use the DIT Part 1 Questions and Video Answers that begin arriving to your dashboard in January and continue through May. These questions are open-ended questions that are focus on high yield topics for Step 1.
Biochemistry for Step 1 is always one of those subjects that students are unsure about and not quite certain how to approach. Some students report getting very few biochemistry questions on their exam and others find their exam very heavily weighted with biochemistry, so it is an area that students have to master since there is no guarantee which type of exam they will get.
The United States Medical Licensing Board has announced that there will be new items added to the Step 2 CK examination as early as August 3, 2011. These new items’ formats will assess an examinee's ability to appropriately interpret information presented both in the form of a research abstract and a pharmaceutical advertisement.
Students should be prepared to be able to analyze a pharmaceutical advertisement and answer multiple choice questions about the following areas as related to the pharmaceutical covered in the ad:
c) Development and approval of drugs and dietary supplements
d) Medical ethics
e) Decisions about individual patient care
In addition, students will be asked to interpret a clinical or experimental research abstract and answer questions related to:
b) Use of diagnostic studies
d) Decisions about patient care