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, 2019 2018
After April 15, 2019 2019

2019 Step 1 Review Course Release Schedule:

Primer Series
Available promptly after purchase
Part 1 Questions & Video Answers Released in January 2019
Part 2 Study Guide The 2019 Step 1 course study guide will be shipped prior to the release of the Part 2 Videos. (See below)..
Part 2 Videos Released in March 2019

2018 Step 1 Review Course Release Schedule:

All components of the 2018 Step 1 Review Course have been released. The 2018 Step 1 course study guide will be mailed within 48 business hours of purchase.

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.

  • Unlimited access through the date of your USMLE Step 1 or COMLEX Level 1 exam, available promptly after purchase
  • Over 100 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
  • 2018 Step 1 Course Study Guide: Includes convenient page references to First Aid (2017 and 2018) and Step-Up to USMLE Step 1The 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 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.

Study Calendar

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
*** Some Android models that include both HTML5 and Flash may have difficulty viewing the videos.
1 Notwithstanding any other term or provision contained in the Terms of Use or on the site, access to the Step 1 course and all of its components shall expire and terminate at 11:59 p.m. on December 31st of the year following the year in which a course is released (if access to such component has not already expired by that date). For example, all access to Primer, Part 1 and Part 2 of the 2018 USMLE Step 1 Review Course shall expire on December 31, 2019, if access to such component has not already expired by that date.

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 244 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.
  • Plan No. of Videos/Day Video Runtime/Day*
    15-day plan 16 Approx. 5 hrs
    20-day plan 12 Approx. 4 hrs
    24-day plan 10 Approx. 3 hrs
    27-day plan 9 Approx. 2.75 hrs
    30-day plan 8 Approx. 2.5 hrs

    *This table corresponds to the 2018 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 2018 Part 2 Videos

Click here to view the Recommended Course order for 2018 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

"Very useful framework within which to study. Forced me to go through all of the relevant information in a structured fashion before the exam. Really liked the pre and post quizzes. Some information that was in DIT was not found anywhere else and I had several questions on those pieces of info I wouldn’t have otherwise known."
- LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans, Class of 2019
-Score 269

"DIT is worth every penny. It was great to get my nose out of First Aid and see the material I needed to know through another medium. The videos are amazing, and the Study Guide reinforces all the high yields that are so difficult to keep straight in your mind. Cannot recommend enough."
- University of Missouri, Class of 2019
- Score 267

"The integration of questions, review, and solid videos took away the overwhelming stress of trying to bounce between many types of review materials. They had a plan, I followed it, and I felt very adequately prepared. They clearly have extensive training in teaching methods, and I appreciated the workbook as a tool for repetitive learning and active participation, especially on really long study days."
- University of California, San Diego, Class of 2019
- Score 244

USMLE Step 1 Sample Video

Repro 16 – Genetic Disorders: AR and X-Linked

In this video from the Step 1 Review Course Part 2 video series, Dr. Chris Lewis reviews autosomal recessive, lysosomal storage and x-linked genetic disorders.

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 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 date
  • Part 1: Unlimited access to these sets of questions and video answers from the January release date through your exam date
  • Part 2: 60 days of unlimited access to the Video Series once you Click to Start after its release date in March

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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 utilizing this course.

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

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.

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Which additional resources will the 2018 Step 1 Review Course reference?

The Part 1 and Part 2 components of the 2018 Step 1 Review Course include convenient page references to First Aid (2017 and 2018), 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 (2017 and 2018), Step-Up to USMLE Step 1: The 2015 Edition as well as additional useful resources.

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How soon can I get started?

  • 2018 Step 1 Review Course: You may start immediately on all three components (Primer, Part 1 and Part 2) of the course.The 2018 Step 1 Part 2 Study Guide will be mailed within 24-48 business hours of purchase.
  • 2019 Step 1 Review Course: You may start on the Primer video series, Part 1 will release in January. The Study Guide is shipped to you prior to the March 2019 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.

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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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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 select the 2018 course, the Part 2 Study Guide is shipped within 24-48 business hours of purchase.

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

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When will my Step 1 Part 2 Study Guide ship?

  • 2018 Step 1 Part 2 Study Guide will be shipped within 24-48 business hours of your purchase.

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Can I track my shipment?

A FedEx shipping notification email will be sent to you at the time of shipment. Please contact our Customer Relations Team if you need more assistance with your tracking number.

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