Step 1 USMLE Review Course

USMLE Step 1 Review Course


Doctors In Training can help you reach your peak potential on the USMLE Step 1 exam by providing a structured yet flexible approach for USMLE Step 1 preparation as well as guide you through the high yield information you need to know.

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On or Before April 15, 2015 2014
After April 15, 2015 2015

2015 Step 1 Review Course Release Schedule:

Primer Series
Available promptly after purchase
Part 1 Questions & Video Answers Released January 7, 2015
Part 2 Study Guide Shipped prior to the release of the Part 2 videos.
Part 2 Videos Released March 9, 2015

 What’s Included:


This series of videos is designed to prepare you with high yield USMLE Step 1 information for Part 1 and Part 2 of the course.

  • 30 Primer videos cover a broad range of high yield review topics:
  • Downloadable PDF study guides
  • Unlimited access through the date of your USMLE Step 1or COMLEX Level 1 exam, available promptly after purchase

Part 1 Questions and Video Answers

You will receive 34 sets of 10 short answer questions three times a week posted to your dashboard. The purpose of these questions is to further build your bank of high yield USMLE Step 1 or COMLEX Level 1 knowledge and fill in any gaps.

  • High yield study questions incrementally delivered to your customized dashboard along with concise video answers provided by physician educators
  • Unlimited access through your USMLE Step 1 or COMLEX Level 1 exam date

Part 2 Videos

These videos will provide high yield study material in a structured manner, building critical relationships of knowledge and facilitating your ability to reach your peak score.

  • Focused high yield videos, 70-75 hours (average video is approximately 20 minutes each), incorporating active learning principles and dynamic MD educators
  • The course contains more than 800 images, illustrations, charts, graphs, animations, and pathology slides, plus more than 50 Right Brain Bonuses.
  • A high yield Part 2 study guide corresponding to the videos containing study questions, notes, diagrams, study hints, and quizzes
  • 45 days of unlimited access
  • 2015 Step 1 Course: Includes convenient page references to First Aid (2014 and 2015) and Step-Up to USMLE Step 1: The 2015 Edition
  • 2014 Step 1 Course: Includes convenient page references to First Aid (2013 and 2014) and Step-Up to USMLE Step 1: The 2014 Edition

All videos are taught by licensed physicians.

Online Access Details

  • After your purchase, you will receive login credentials via email as well as access to your personalized dashboard. On your dashboard, you can access available questions and PDF study guides as well as view the videos when they become available. Existing customers will use their normal login.
  • Videos are recorded in HD* and can be viewed on most Mac or Windows computers with compatible browsers** as well as most iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad models and most Android*** phones and tablets.
  • Videos can be viewed at 1x or 1.5x real time on Mac or PC devices or most mobile and tablet devices.
  • One-week course extensions can be purchased here if additional time is needed for Part 2 access. If you need to pause your subscription for any reason, you must purchase a one-week extension.

Study Calendar

The Doctors In Training Student Advising team offers a variety of services including customized study calendars. Click here to view the various advising products. Whatever your advising need, we’ve got it covered.

* Videos are recorded in full HD and streamed to your device using device required resolutions
** We recommend the latest version of Firefox, Chrome or Safari
*** Some Android models that include both HTML5 and Flash may have difficulty viewing the videos.

Frequently Asked Questions

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How long do I have access to the Primer Series?

You will have access to the Primer series as soon as you purchase the DIT Step 1 Review Course and access your dashboard. You can watch the videos all the way up until your exam date.

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Why is it called the Primer Series?

We call it the Primer series because it is intended to work like a primer of an engine except this is for your brain.  It sets the stage for the material that is to come in Part 1 and Part 2 of the course.  

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How many times can I view the Primer series lectures?

You can view the Primer series as many times as you want. We believe it is important to provide unlimited access to these videos so that you can customize your early studying to fit your schedule.

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How should I utilize the Primer series?

Students who have a strong foundation may only utilize a couple of the videos of choice.  Other students may find it useful to view videos as they study this same material in their course work, while other students may want to use this material over Christmas break and/or spring break.  We have sought to provide a flexible course that can be tailored to your specific needs as you prepare for the USMLE Step 1.

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Do I get a study guide with the Primer series? Are there PDFs that provide notes for me while I work through the videos?

The Primer series does come with a series of PDFs that correspond with each video.  You can access these PDFs on your dashboard under the Primer series.  There is one PDF that corresponds with each video.  Also, when you are viewing a specific video, just below the video, you can download the same PDF there as well.

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What is the purpose of the Part 1 questions and video answers?

This part of the course is designed to strengthen your knowledge base for your USMLE exam by reviewing high-yield information from the first two years of medical school. One short answer question could be the equivalent of 3-5 multiple choice questions on the USMLE Step 1.

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How long do I have access to Part 1 of the course?

During Part 1 of the course, 10 high-yield, clinically-focused questions will be uploaded to your dashboard  three times a week (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday) beginning in January 2014 and will be available until your exam date. If you register after January 2014, all of the previously released questions will be made available to you promptly following registration and future questions will be made available to you as they are released.

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What are the Part 1 video answers?

The Part 1 video answers allow you to access a short answer video on the course site. In this short video, our MD educators will provide answers to your Part 1 questions. We strongly recommend completing the questions on your own prior to reviewing the answer videos even though they will be available to you while the questions are posted. To access these videos, just return to the Part 1 section of your dashboard on the course site.

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How long is Part 2 of the course?

The video run time for Part 2 of the 2014 Step 1 course is 70 – 75 hours with each video being about 20 minutes in length.

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How long do I have access to Part 2 of the course?

45 consecutive days from when you click to start.

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What does "45 days of unlimited access" mean?

Students can watch Part 2 videos as many times as they would like for 45 days. The 45 days must be in a row.

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What is "Click to Start"?

“Click to start” means you can choose what day you want to start your unlimited access to a particular Step course or Solid video series.  All you have to do is login in to your personalized dashboard and “click to start” to activate your course or video series.

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When should I “Click to Start” my Part 2 Videos?

We recommend that you “Click to Start” your 45 days of unlimited access to Part 2 of the course 5 to 7 weeks prior to your scheduled exam date based on your schedule and learning needs.  Keep in mind that most students average 18 to 21 days to complete a dedicated full pass through Part 2 of the course.  As such, we recommend that you make a dedicated pass through Part 2 videos, completing your full pass 5 to 7 days prior to your scheduled exam date.  You may want to hit some difficult topics prior to your dedicated pass and drill down into certain videos where you believe you need strengthening in the final week.  Of course, each student’s usage may vary based on unique learning needs and schedules.

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Do I have to watch the Part 2 Videos in any particular order?

Although you have the flexibility to view the videos in any order, we strongly recommend that you watch the videos in the order in which your dashboard presents them as the quizzes have been carefully placed to maximize learning retention.

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Are there any general recommendations on how to utilize Part 2 of the course?

Below is a table that provides some different options for completing your dedicated pass through Part 2 of the course. Also, you can visit  & click the “course usage” tab to find lots of helpful information regarding utilizing your Step 1 review course.


No. of Videos/Day Video Runtime/Day*
15-day plan 16 Approx. 5.5 hrs
18-day plan 13 Approx. 4.5 hrs
21-day plan 11 Approx. 4 hrs
24-day plan 10 Approx. 3.5 hrs
30-day plan 8 Approx. 2.5 hrs

*Does not include study breaks or time spent annotating and answering questions.

**This table corresponds to the 2014 Part 2 Review Course.

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What is the refund policy?

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Student Testimonials

“DIT is an indispensible tool to prepare for Step 1. After just completing the DIT course and taking one practice test, I was 10 points above my target goal for the exam. I could not have succeeded as well as I did without DIT—not a chance.”
- Johns Hopkins, Class of 2015

“DIT increased by score by almost 40 points. I used DIT for my 3rd (and final) attempt on the USMLE Step 1 exam, and I couldn’t be happier. I am forever indebted to this unique program. I went into the test confident, and that made a huge difference. I will recommend DIT to ALL of my friends, & I have already purchased DIT products for my 3rd year rotations/shelf exams. THANK YOU!”
- LSU-HSC Shreveport, Class of 2015

“Thank you DIT! Several of your high yield facts presented in your rapid fire facts appeared on my exam. DIT was the perfect complement to my Question bank. Got my scores back→a 241!! I could be happier. Thank you!”
- UTHSC, Class of 2015

General Recommendations for Course Usage

Suggestions while still in your classes

  • Your first priority should be to continue to do well in your current studies.
  • While concentrating on your medical school curriculum, annotate your comprehensive review book as you go through your coursework. Divide the total number of pages by the number of days until your intensive study period* begins to establish how many pages you need to read.
  • Take an NBME practice exam 2-3 months prior to your intensive study period to establish a baseline and determine your weak areas.
  • Find a study partner to keep you on track and to make your learning more active, rather than passively reading to yourself.
  • Make a schedule that works for you and stick with it.

* Intensive study period:Varies depending on student needs and schedule

How to use the Doctors In Training Primer Series

  • Prior to the release of Part 1, the Primer series provides an opportunity to dig deeper into particular subject matter areas and to complement current coursework. The videos in the Primer series were hand-picked by our physician educators based on the criteria of high-yield, often difficult to understand concepts and material that will be useful to have access from the fall semester moving forward.
  • After the release of the Part 1 questions, the Primer series videos can be viewed, as needed, during the completion of the Part 1 questions and prior to viewing Part 2 of the course.

Several Methods to use the Doctors In Training Part 1 Questions and Video Answers
The Part 1 questions are posted by mixed subjects so you get used to being able to switch your thought processes from subject to subject, similar to the actual board exam. This is similar to how you should approach your question bank; in timed, mixed mode.
Further, we recommend that you first challenge yourself by attempting to answer the question on your own or writing out what you know about the topic. Then, refer to the resources suggested with the questions to locate the answers and annotate your comprehensive review book. Only after completing the question set(s), view the video answers and further annotate your comprehensive review book.

Method 1: Do a few questions each day

If you begin using the Part 1 questions at least 3 months prior to beginning Part 2 of the course, the recommended method for using the Part 1 Questions is to divide the total number of Part 1 questions by the number of days before your intensive study period begins. For example, if you have 4 months before your intensive study period begins, you might want to complete approximately five Part 1 questions per day.

Method 2: Start early but save the questions for a weekend at the end of the month

  • Set aside a Saturday or Sunday to do the Part 1 questions that are relevant to the courses you have already covered in your curriculum and the chapters you have reviewed in your comprehensive review book
  • Also, view the video answers and annotate your comprehensive review book

Method 3: Take two weekends to complete before starting Part 2

  • Complete the Part 1 questions in two weekends (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday) before beginning Part 2. You will also need time to annotate your comprehensive review book as well.
  • As you complete the questions, you can see how your knowledge base has improved over the past few months.

Method 4: If you begin Part 1 and Part 2 concurrently

  • If you have 5-6 weeks to study and begin Part 2 within a few days or a week of purchase, the Part 1 questions can be used as a mini review or preview to Part 2.
  • If you have already read a comprehensive review book, take a day to do all of the questions on your own. It will most likely take an entire day, if not two, to complete this exercise.
  • Then, view the video answers and annotate your comprehensive review book.

How to use the Part 2 Videos and Study Guide

  • The Part 2 videos are divided into approximately 237 separate videos that average approximately 20 minutes in length for greater retention and maximum flexibility.
  • We recommend that you “click to start” your Part 2 access 45 days prior to your scheduled exam date, allowing you the maximum opportunity to access Part 2 of the course.
  • Further, we recommend that you view the videos in the order that they are provided, as the quizzes have been carefully placed to maximize retention; however, you may view the videos in any order you please.
  • Part 2 comes with 45 days of unlimited access. Below you will see examples of 15, 18, 21, 24 and 30-day plans, depending on your specific study plan.
Plan No of Videos /day Video Runtime/day**
15-day plan 16 Approx. 5.5 hrs.
18-day plan 13 Approx. 4.5 hrs.
21-day plan 11 Approx. 4 hrs.
24-day plan 10 Approx. 3.5 hrs.
30-day plan 8 Approx. 2.5 hrs.

*This table corresponds to the 2014 Part 2 Review

**Does not include study breaks or time spent annotating and answering questions

The last week before your exam

  • Most students perform best sitting for their exam within 5-10 days after completing Part 2 of the DIT course. However, students who are not scoring in the passing range on their NBME exams in the last week prior to sitting for the USMLE Step 1 should postpone and continue to study.
  • Continue doing practice questions the last week before your exam; this will further your learning and keep your test taking rhythm going.
  • Concentrate on studying your annotated comprehensive review book the week prior to your exam if you have completed your question bank. Knowing this information extremely well will help you make the best-educated choices when taking your exam.

Additional Recommendations:
Using a Question Bank

  • We strongly recommend you complete a minimum of 2,000 questions. In addition, studying the explanations to the questions is an essential component of your preparation using a question bank; so do not make the mistake of just answering the questions.
  • Most of the question banks for Step 1 will be set up so you can take your practice quizzes in Subject Mode or Mixed Mode. Most students benefit greatly from setting their question bank to timed, mixed mode and completing the entire question bank before taking their board exams.
  • Typically, you will be able to set your quizzes in blocks of 46 questions and  break them down into smaller quizzes while still keeping them in timed mode.


Click here to view the Table of Contents for 2014 Part 2 Videos

Click here to view the Recommended Course order for 2014 Part 2 Videos


Click here to view the 2013 part 2 videos in the recommended course viewing order


HMP Shunt and Other Sugars
Fuel Use
Amino Acids and Nitrogen
Amino Acid Disorders
DNA Basics
DNA Replication, Mutation, and Repair
Fat-Soluble Vitamins and Antioxidants
Water-Soluble Vitamins
Genetic Laboratory Techniques


Developmental Pathology
Cardiac Output
Heart Failure
Cardiac Cycle
Heart Murmurs
Regulation of BP
Antianginal Therapy and Lipid Lowering Agents
Myocardial Infarction
Cardiomyopathies and Endocarditis
Other Cardiac Pathology
Vascular Diseases


Endocrine Overview
Adrenal Steroid Synthesis
Glucocorticoids and Cushing Syndrome
Other Adrenal Pathology
Thyroid Basics and Hyperthyroidism
Hypothyroidism and Thyroid Cancer
DKA and Diabetes Treatment
Calcium Metabolism


Upper GI path
Enterocytes and Absorption
Diseases of Small Intesting
Hepatocytes and Cirrhosis
Liver Pathology
Biliary Tract
Large Intestine (2 videos)


Clotting Factors
Nonhemolytic Anemias
Hemolytic Anemias
Cancer of Blood


Immunology Basics
Antigen Presentation
T Cells
Monocytes and Macrophages
B Cell and Antibodies
Immunization and Autoantibodies
Granulocytes, Cytokines, and Immunosuppresants
Complement and Hypersensitivity

Medicine in Society

Studies and Diagnostic Tests
Application of Test Data
Bias and Error
Confidence Interval
Public Health
Health Care System


HIV Drugs
Enterobacteriaceae, Diarrhea, and Food Poisoning
Helminths and Extoparasites
Bacterial Basics
Bacterial Toxins
Other Gram Positives
Other Cell Wall Inhibitors
TB and TB drugs
Spirochetes and Zoonotics
Nonstaining Bacteria
Other Gram Negative Bacteria
Protein Synthesis Inhibitors
Viral Basics
Herpes Viruses
Other DNA Viruses
RNA Viruses (2 videos)
Micro by Systems (2 videos)


Brain Embryology
Organization of the Brain
Cranial Nerves
Branchial Apparatus
Regions of the Brain
Brainstem in Cross Section
Occlusion Syndromes
Vascular Events
Basal Ganglia
Spinal Cord and Lesions
Brachial Plexus and Upper Extremity Nerves
Lower Extremity & Skeletal Muscle
Delirium and Dementia
Brain Tumors


Genetics of Cancer
Cancer Risk Factors
Neoplastic Progression
Cancer Prevention and Host Defense
Cancer Drugs


Pediatric Review

Pharmacology Basics

Parasympathetic Activation
Parasympathetic Inhibition
Cellular Communication
Sympathetic Activation
Sympathetic Inhibition
Drug Metabolism
Drug Side Effects


Child Psych
Alcohol Abuse
Substance Abuse
Bipolar Disorder
Anxiety and Somatoform Disorders
Ego Defense Mechanisms and Personality Disorders


Anatomy and Physiology
Lung Volumes and Pulmonary Circulation
Oxygen and Hemoglobin
Oxygenation and Ventilation
Extreme Environments
PE and DVT
COPD and Asthma
Restrictive Lung Disease
Lung Cancer and Infections


Nephron Physiology
Metabolic Disorders
Glomerular Pathology
Other Renal Pathology


Anatomy & Embryology
Testicular Pathology
Penis and Prostate Pathology
Female Reproductive Cycle
Birth Control and Menopause
Vaginal and Cervical Pathology
Uterine Pathology
Ovarian Pathology
Pregnancy (2 videos)
Chromosomal Disorders
Genetic Disorders: AD and Trinucleotide Repeats
Genetic Disorders: AR and X-Linked

Rheumatology and Dermatology

Bone and Bone Disorders
Joint Basics
Joint Diseases
Systemic Disorders

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