About the Author

Chris Bassil

Recieving his BA in English from Duke University in 2012, Christopher Bassil was matriculated in the Duke Medical Scientist Training Program in 2015. Achieving honors in Internal Medicine, OB/Gyn, Pediatrics, Family Medicine, Neurology, and Psychiatry, Chris is currently completing a PhD in Molecular Cancer Biology. In addition to his contributions to the Elite Medical Blog, Chris is also a published academic author and his work can be found on his tutor bio page.

Should You Use AI to Write Your Medical School Admissions or Residency Application Personal Statement? Probably Not.

7 min

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1973 Views

The recent release of the AI writing program chatGPT has brought AI-based writing to a much more advanced level. The implications of this technology on essay writing for medical school applications and residency applications are uncertain but likely profound. Two of the senior members of Elite Medical Prep have written...

AMBOSS vs. UWorld: Which is a Better USMLE Resource?

13 min

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6737 Views

As a board exam tutor, the first meeting I have with almost any new student involves a discussion of their study schedule and resources. During those sessions, I always ask students which resources they’re planning to use to study for their specific board exam. Most of the time, my students...

How I Counsel Students Based on Their UWorld Step 1 and Step 2 QBank Performance Analysis

14 min

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1539 Views

When it comes to the USMLE exams, specifically, there are many data sources. In this blog post, I discuss one of the largest and most comprehensive sources: the UWorld Step 1 and Step 2 CK QBank performance analysis tools.

How Important is the ERAS Personal Statement?

10 min

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1068 Views

“How important is my personal statement, really?”   I hear this question all the time. And with the September 29th release date for ERAS residency applications just around the corner, I’m sure that a lot of you are asking yourselves the exact same thing. Does the personal statement matter? Does...

A Complete Guide to Getting Through the UWorld QBank Twice

13 min

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38544 Views

In this post, we’re going to lay out a template for how you can plan ahead, complete two full passes through the UWorld QBank, and earn yourself the score you want on Step 1!

How to Write a Personal Statement Hook

21 min

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Personal Statement Hook for residency application

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If possible, the personal statement for your medical school or residency application should start with you, in your underwear and a gas mask, crashing an RV in the middle of the desert. Let me explain.

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