Biochemistry for Step 1

How strong is your Step 1 biochemistry foundation?

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.
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Figuring Out the Transitional, Preliminary, and Categorical Year for Residency Application

Figuring it out

The first year of post-graduate training following medical school is called "internship." Medical school graduates in the first year of post-graduate training are called an "interns" regardless of what that first year of training consists. Your initial year could be one of the following: a Categorical Year, Transitional Year, or Preliminary Year.
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All-In or All-Out? Residency Pre-Matches a Thing of the Past: New Changes Coming to the NRMP Residency Match in 2013

The NRMP voted for an All-In Policy over pre-matching during the residency match

In a nutshell: Under the All-in Model, independent applicants, Canadian, Caribbean, and international medical student applicants will no longer be able to secure residency positions in the U.S. prior to the formal residency match that takes place in March. Independent applicants, such as osteopathic students and graduate applicants and past allopathic medical graduate applicants, will not be privy to pre-match practices after the 2012 match year.
The NRMP (National Residency Matching Program) has announced that starting in 2013, participating residency institutions will not be able to offer a portion of their positions to students prior to the match. The NRMP Board of Directors decided unanimously in favor of the All-in Policy which states that U.S. residency programs must place all positions in the NRMP match or none. This greatly changes the landscape for both international medical graduates and U.S. medical graduates competing for very valuable residency positions. (Read NRMP announcement here: http://www.nrmp.org/ )
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Pharm Ad and Research Abstract Questions on Step 2 CK

Pharm Ad and Research Abstract Questions on Step 2 CK

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:
a) Biostastistics/epidemiology
b) Pharmacology/therapeutics
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:
a) Biostatistics/epidemiology
b) Use of diagnostic studies
c) Pharmacology/therapeutics
d) Decisions about patient care
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Quick Energy Foods for Busy Med Students

Quick Energy Foods

Probably the last thing you think about while studying for your board exams is how to eat well. You are often so busy that even microwaving something seems to take too much time. However, you increase your chances of developing chronic illnesses when you rely on instant and fast foods that are high in fat and low in nutrients. Also, those foods don’t give you the...
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