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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USMLE Step 1 Review Video Overview

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On or Before April 15, 2016 2015
After April 15, 2016 2016

2016 Step 1 Review Course Release Schedule:

Primer Series
Available promptly after purchase
Part 1 Questions & Video Answers Released January 6, 2016
Part 2 Study Guide Shipped prior to the release of the Part 2 Video series. (See below)
Part 2 Videos Released March 7, 2016

 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.

  • 50 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
  • 2016 Step 1 Course: Includes convenient page references to First Aid (2015 and 2016) and Step-Up to USMLE Step 1: The 2015 Edition

All videos are taught by licensed physicians.

Click here to access a generic 7 week study plan.

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 playback speeds ranging from 0.80x to 1.75x  real time on Mac or PC devices or 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.

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.

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 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 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 2015 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 2015 Part 2 Videos

Click here to view the Recommended Course order for 2015 Part 2 Videos


DNA Basics
DNA Replication, Mutation and Repair
Protein Synthesis
Genetic Lab Techniques
Energy Metabolism
HMP Shunt and Other Sugars
Starvation and Malnutrition
Amino Acids and Nitrogen
Amino Acid Disorders
Fat-Soluble Vitamins and Antioxidants
Water-Soluble Vitamins


Congenital Heart Defects
Cardiac Output
Heart Failure
Treatment of CHF
Edema and Shock
Cardiac Cycle
Diastolic Heart Murmurs
Systolic Heart Murmurs
Regulation of BP
Antianginal Therapy and Lipid-Lowering Agents
Myocardial Infarction (2 videos)
Cardiomyopathies and Endocarditis
Other Cardiac Pathology
Other 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


Cell Biology: Organelles
Cell Biology: Cytoplasm and Cytoskeleton
Cell Biology: Plasma Membrane
Cellular Suffering and Death
Extracellular Environment
Cellular Adaptations


Upper GI Pathology
Enterocytes and Absorption
Diseases of Small Intestine
Large Intestine (3 videos)
Liver Basics
Alcoholic Liver Disease and Cirrhosis
Liver Pathology
Biliary Tract


Clotting Factors
Anticoagulant Drugs
RBC Basics
Nonhemolytic Anemias
Hemolytic Anemias
Platelet Function
Platelet Disorders
Leukemia and Multiple Myeloma


Immune System Basics
Antigen Presentation
T Cells
B Cells and Antibodies
Immunization and Autoantibodies
Hypersensitivity and Complement
Macrophages, Granulocytes and Cytokines

Medicine in Society

Research Study Designs
Diagnostic Test Evaluation
Interpretation of Study Data
Study Validity
Statistical Distribution and Error
Disease Prevention and Public Health
Healthcare System


Bacterial Basics
Bacterial Toxins
Other Gram-Positive Bacteria
Gram-Negative Bacteria (2 videos)
Spirochetes and Zoonotics
Nonstaining Bacteria
Other Cell Wall Inhibitors
Protein Synthesis Inhibitors
Other Antibiotics
Micro by Systems (2 videos)
Viral Basics
DNA Viruses (2 videos)
RNA Viruses (2 videos)
HIV Drugs
Helminths and Ectoparasites


Brain Embryology
Nervous System Basics
Cortex and Brain Lesions
Cranial Nerves (2 videos)
Brainstem in Cross Section
Brainstem Lesions
Limbic System and Hypothalamus
Vascular Events
Brain Tumors
Basal Ganglia
Spinal Cord and Lesions
Brachial Plexus and Upper Extremity Nerves (2 videos)
Lower Extremity and Skeletal Muscle
Delirium and Dementia


Cancer Basics
Genetics of Cancer
Cancer Risk Factors
Cancer Screening and Prevention
Cancer Drugs (2 videos)


Pediatric Review

Pharmacology Basics

Parasympathetic Activation
Parasympathetic Inhibition
Sympathetic Activation
Sympathetic Inhibition
G Protein Second Messengers
Drug Metabolism
Drug Elimination
Drug Side Effects


Child Psych
Eating Disorders
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
Ventilation and Perfusion
Extreme Environments
PE, DVT, and Pneumothorax
COPD and Asthma
Pulmonary Medications
Restrictive Lung Disease
Lung Cancer
Lung Infections


Renal Embryology and Anatomy
Glomerular Physiology
Nephron Physiology
Electrolyte Disorders
Acid-Base Disorders
Other Renal Pathology (2 videos)


Reproductive Anatomy
Genital Embryology
Testicular Pathology
Penis and Prostate Pathology
Female Reproductive Cycle
Menstruation and Menopause
Vulva, Vagina and Cervix
Uterine Pathology
Ovarian Pathology
Ovarian Neoplasms
Pregnancy (2 videos)
Chromosomal Disorders
Genetic Disorders: AD and Trinucleotide Repeats
Genetic Disorders: AR and X-linked

Rheumatology and Dermatology

Bone Formation and Bone Tumors
Bone Disorders
Musculoskeletal Injuries
Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis
Other Types of Arthritis
Systemic Disorders
Dermatology (2 videos)

Student Testimonials

"I loved DIT!!!  I have already recommended it to all of my friends in the classes below mine.  The videos were very well designed and were incredibly high yield.  I used the primers to help study for our school exams.  Part 2 of the course was exactly the preparation I needed for Step 1.  It was fun, too!  I would not have done nearly as well as I did if I had not used DIT!"
- University of Missouri - School of Medicine, Class of 2016
-Score 242

"Incredible resource to use for Step 1.  DIT was great about focusing on the topics that were testable and leaving out details that were too small to worry about.  DIT definitely helped me reach my goal for Step 1"
- University of Kansas Medical Center, Class of 2016
- Score 251

"This was a great review. I couldn't have gotten my 258 without it!"
- Tufts University School of Medicine, Class of 2016
- Score 258

USMLE Step 1 Sample Video

GI 15 - Hepatitis

In this sample video from the Doctors In Training 2015 USMLE Step 1 review course, Dr. Chris Lewis discusses viral hepatitis, paying special attention to the serological tests used to diagnose acute and chronic hepatitis B infection.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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What is included with the purchase of the Step 1 Review Course?

The Step 1 Review Course includes the Primer video series, 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.

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How should I utilize the Step 1 Review Course?

Click on the Usage tab on the Step 1 Review Course product page for our recommendations on consuming this course.

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Which additional resources will the Part 1 and Part 2 components of the Step 1 Review Course reference?

The 2016 Step 1 Review Course includes convenient page references to First Aid (2015 and 2016), Step-Up to USMLE Step 1: The 2016 Edition as well as additional useful resources.

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How long will I have access to the Step 1 Review Course?

  • Primer: Unlimited access to this video series starting on your date of purchase through your exam
  • Part 1: Unlimited access to these sets of questions and video answers from the January release date through your exam
  • Part 2: 45 days of unlimited access to the video series once you Click to Start after its release date in March

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When should I Click to Start Part 2 of the Step 1 Review Course?

We recommend you Click to Start your Part 2 video series 45 days prior to your scheduled exam date, completing your full pass approximately 5 to 7 days prior to your Step 1 exam. Students have typically averaged 18 to 21 days to complete a dedicated, full pass through Part 2 of the course. Individual usage will vary based on unique learning needs and schedules.

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What is being shipped with the purchase of the Step 1 Review Course?

The Part 2 Study Guide that accompanies the video series provides you with study questions, notes, diagrams, study hints and quizzes to reinforce learned material.

  • If you purchase the course prior to the March release date of Part 2, the Study Guide will arrive prior to the Part 2 release date.
  • If you purchase the course after the March release date of Part 2, the Study Guide will be shipped to you within 24 to 48 business hours of purchase.

*FedEx does not deliver on Sundays or national holidays, so please plan accordingly when you choose your shipping method.

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How soon can I get started?

  • 2016 Step 1 Review Course: You may start immediately on the Primer video series. The Study Guide is shipped to you prior to the March 7, 2016 Part 2 release date.
  • 2015 Step 1 Review Course: You may start immediately on all three components (Primer, Part 1 and Part 2) of the course.

Please allow 24-48 business hours to process your order. If you purchase before 4PM 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.

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How do I login?

Follow these instructions to access your course:

  • Visit
  • Click on the Login button in the top right-hand corner.
  • Enter the Username and Password you created at the time of purchase.

If you do not remember your username/password, follow these instructions:

  • Make sure you activate your account before proceeding with the lost password email.
  • Visit
  • Click on the Login button in the top right-hand corner.
  • Click Lost Password? on the login screen.
  • Enter the email address you used when you purchased the course.
  • Click Submit.
  • The Password Reset email you receive will provide you with both your username and a link to reset your password.

To access your course(s) once you are logged in, click on the Courses link at the top right-hand corner of the page next to the Welcome text.

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For additional assistance, contact our Customer Relations Team today!

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When will my Step 1 Part 2 Study Guide ship?

  • 2016 Step 1 Part 2 Study Guide is shipped to you prior to the release of Part 2. Part 2 is release March 7, 2016.
  • 2015 Step 1 Part 2 Study Guide will be shipped within 48 business hours of your purchase.

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