On December 1, 2017, the Step 1 committee announced that it raised the minimum passing score for the USMLE Step 1 examination citing these reasons: Continue reading
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Continuing our Test Day Troubles series, the Doctors In Training student advising team is here to help you expect the best, but prepare for the worst. What if…You or a dependent family member is suddenly ill? Continue reading
On June 2, 2014, USMLE announced they have raised the Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (CK) examination minimum passing score from 203 to 209, effective July 1, 2014. Continue reading
The real question should be, how prepared do you want to be? Most students assume preparing for the USMLE Step 1 Exam begins and ends with books, review courses, QBanks and an NBME self assessment. Students often overlook a valuable piece of the puzzle: experience. Continue reading
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.
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:
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:
b) Use of diagnostic studies
d) Decisions about patient care
I am sure that you have heard by now that you must incorporate a question bank into your board preparation. There are several commercial question banks available with the two most popular being...
A. Think comprehensively across disciplines (subjects)...
There are a couple of essentials to being able to master and excel at reasoning through questions on the USMLE Step 1 exam. Notice that we are specifying “reasoning through” and distinguishing it from “answering” questions...