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.
All components of the 2016 Step 1 Review Course have been released. The 2016 Step 1 course study guide will be mailed within 48 business hours of purchase.
2017 Step 1 Review Course Release Schedule:
Released May 2, 2016
Part 1 Questions & Video Answers
Released January 4, 2017
Part 2 Study Guide
Shipped prior to the release of the Step 1 Videos. (See below)
Part 2 Videos
Released March 6, 2017
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.
Unlimited access through the date of your USMLE Step 1 or COMLEX Level 1 exam, available promptly after purchase
Primer quizzes: 50 subject-based Quick Hit MCQs, each consisting of 10 multiple-choice questions to support coursework
Over 50 high-yield Primer videos
Downloadable PDF study guides
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
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
60 days of access once you Click to Start
2016 Step 1 Course: Includes convenient page references to First Aid (2015 and 2016) and Step-Up to USMLE Step 1: The 2015 Edition
2017 Step 1 Course Study Guide: Includes convenient page references to First Aid (2016 and 2017) and Step-Up to USMLE Step 1: The 2015 Edition
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 1.0x or 1.5x real time on Mac, and PC devices and most mobile and tablet devices.
If additional time is needed, one-week course extensions can be purchased here for Part 2 access. If you need to pause your subscription for any reason, you must purchase a one-week extension.
The Doctors In Training Student Advising team offers customized study calendars. Click here for more information regarding our advising services.
* 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
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 high-yield, often difficult-to-understand concepts and material that will be useful to have access to from the fall semester onward.
The Quick Hit MCQs are subject-based multiple-choice quizzes which can be taken multiple times to test your retention of knowledge. We recommend utilizing the quizzes before starting and after completing the Primer videos.
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 239 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 6 to 9 weeks 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 60 days of unlimited access. Below you will see examples of 15, 20, 24, 27 and 30-day plans, depending on your specific study plan.
No of Videos /day
Approx. 5.5 hrs.
Approx. 4 hrs.
Approx. 3.5 hrs.
Approx. 3 hrs.
Approx. 2.5 hrs.
*This table corresponds to the 2016 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.
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.
"Doctors In Training provided a well-organized method for keeping myself on track with the large amount of material, which was my main reason for getting their review course. I stuck with the 22 day video and study guide schedule that they have suggested, which was intensive but very helpful. I feel that the constant repetition of the material on pre-video quizzes was very helpful for important material memorization."
- University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Class of 2018
"Doctors in Training does a great job educating the student on what the highest yield information for the test will be. There are many great memory tools to help recall information that will help you score high."
- University of Kansas Medical Center, Class of 2018
- Score 263
"The DIT course is very helpful, easy to use, and quite entertaining. I would highly recommend DIT to all medical students preparing for step 1, especially for those students who are concerned with time management. The single largest advantage to using DIT is that it ensures you will cover all of the high yield information in the amount of time the user has allotted."
- Temple University School of Medicine, Class of 2018
- Score 255
USMLE Step 1 Sample Video
Renal 9 - Renal Failure
In this sample video from the Doctors In Training 2016 USMLE Step 1 review course, Dr. Mike McInnis discusses renal failure.
The Step 1 Review Course includes the Primer video series and Quick Hit MCQs, the Part 1 questions and video answers and the Part 2 Video Series with a corresponding Part 2 Study Guide. For more course information, please click here.
We recommend that you Click to Start your 60 days of access to Part 2 of the course 6 to 9 weeks prior to your scheduled exam date. In addition, we highly recommend that you make a dedicated pass through the Part 2 videos, completing this dedicated pass about 1 week prior to your scheduled exam date. On average, students complete a dedicated pass in 25 viewing days, although the amount of time can vary due to study schedule and learning needs.
The Part 1 and Part 2 components of the 2016 Step 1 Review Course include convenient page references to First Aid (2015 and 2016),Step-Up to USMLE Step 1: The 2015 Edition as well as additional useful resources. In addition, the Primer Series includes convenient page references to First Aid (2014 and 2015),Step-Up to USMLE Step 1: The 2015 Edition as well as additional useful resources.
2016 Step 1 Review Course: You may start immediately on all three components (Primer, Part 1 and Part 2) of the course.The 2016 Step 1 Part 2 Study Guide will be mailed within 24-48 business hours of purchase.
2017 Step 1 Review Course: You may start on the Primer video series and Quick Hit MCQs after purchase. You may start Part 1 after its release in January. The Study Guide is shipped to you prior to the March 2017 Part 2 release date.
Please allow 24-48 business hours to process your order. If you purchase before 3PM Central, your Study Guide can arrive in as little as 3 business days (depending on the shipping method that you choose at checkout).
In order for you to purchase today, start the course today and get your Part 2 Study Guide as soon as possible, you MUST select the FedEx Priority or First Overnight shipping option. If you plan to start the course immediately, please contact our Customer Relations Team to help expedite your course material.