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The 2024 Best MCAT Practice Tests

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A pre-med student taking an MCAT practice exam on a computer.

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A stellar MCAT score can be achieved through an infinite combination of study methods and resources. But most successful MCAT study schedules do have one thing in common. Whether you structure your studying to include printed books, online videos, or pre-made flashcard decks, one element of preparation is necessary for...

Best Resources for ABSITE Studying and How to Use Them

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A group of surgery residents preparing for surgery.

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Unlike other standardized tests, it can be difficult to find comprehensive resources for ABSITE studying. Surgery requires a lot of knowledge, and doing only one question bank may limit you when it comes to scoring a higher percentile. Unfortunately, none of the resources for ABSITE are fully comprehensive. So it...

The Most Difficult Residency Specialties to Match Into & Why They’re So Competitive

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A resident that has matched into one of the most difficult specialties to match into standing in a hospital, wearing scrubs.

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Introduction: Unveiling the Most Difficult Residency Specialties to Match Into   Choosing a medical specialty is a challenging task, especially when it comes to the most difficult residency specialties. These specialties stand out not only for their intense competition but also for the rigorous demands they place on aspiring doctors....

Best Resources for ABSITE Studying and How to Use Them

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An operating room focusing on surgical tools.

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As you prepare for the American Board of Surgery In-Training Exam (ABSITE), it's important to have access to the best ABSITE resources. Unlike other standardized tests, it can be difficult to find comprehensive resources for ABSITE studying, and more difficult to determine which are the most effective. Surgery requires a...

The Complete Step 2 CK Breakdown by Subject and How to Plan For Each Subject

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A medical school student studying for the USMLE Step 2 CK in front of a laptop at home.

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Just like other USMLE exams, Step 2 CK is written based on a content outline and has a subject breakdown. Medicine makes up 50-60% of the exam, surgery is 25-30%, pediatrics is 20-25%, obstetrics and gynecology is 10-20%, and psychiatry is 10-15%. The test is further broken down into 15...

10 Steps to Creating Your Perfect Step 2 CK Study Plan

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A medical student creating their Step 2 CK study plan on a calendar.

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Your dedicated Step 2 CK study time is approaching, and you need an effective study plan to keep yourself on track. It can be difficult to adjust to a premade schedule, especially when it does not account for your weaker subjects or the amount of study time that you have...

6 Reasons to Retake the MCAT

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A group of pre-med students retaking the MCAT in a prometric testing center.

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Despite months of studying, the day of the MCAT may not go as planned and leave pre-medical students considering whether a retake is necessary. Though the AAMC allows taking the MCAT up to three times per year, it is best practice to minimize the number of times this exam is...

Best Tips for Honoring Your Surgery Clerkship

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Doctors performing surgery on a patient in an operating room.

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Surgery is a challenging but rewarding specialty and you should expect your clerkship to be the same. Surgery is also unlike other specialties you will rotate through and if you want to receive honors, you will need to take a different approach than you did for other clerkships. You will...

6 Tips for Contacting Medical Residency Programs for an Interview

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A doctor shaking hands with a prospective resident at their residency interview.

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After ERAS submission, it is time to prepare for residency interviews. If it has been 4-6 weeks after application submission and you have not heard back from your top programs, you should consider contacting them for an interview. Crafting a professional residency thank-you email to ask a residency program for...

MCAT: How to Prepare/What to Expect For Test Day

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A row of computer booths for MCAT Test Day.

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After endless weeks of studying, the day to take your Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) is in sight. This can feel like the most important test of your life up to this point, especially if you have been dreaming of becoming a doctor for a while. There is no more...

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