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Will Surgery and Medicine Shelf Exam Scores Replace Step 1 Now That It’s Pass/Fail?

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A group of surgery and medicine clinical rotations students.

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As of January 1, 2022, USMLE Step 1 officially became pass/fail. Historically, the Step 1 score served as a metric for competency of basic medical foundational knowledge and most importantly, was used by residency programs to determine an applicant’s competitiveness. One of the reasons for the change to pass/fail was...

7 Ways to Ace Your Psychiatry Shelf Exam

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A medical student studying for her psychiatry shelf exam, wearing scrubs, in front of a laptop and textbooks.

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After surviving a notoriously more rigorous clinical rotations like Internal Medicine and Surgery, many students find some relief in knowing that they are able to take a little breather on their Psychiatry service. The hours are more regular and your psychiatry shelf exam seems a bit less daunting and easier...

Master the Boards Step 2 – Are Review Books Worth It in 2023?

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A medical school student in a library holding several Step 2 CK review books.

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The USMLE Step 2 CK exam is an important exam during your medical career. With the recent change of Step 1 to the Pass/Fail system, it can be expected that more emphasis will be placed on a good Step 2 CK score. Another important change to the Step 2 CK...

COMLEX Level 1 and Level 2-CE Score Percentiles

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A student sitting in a library studying for her COMLEX exams.

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Are you a D.O. student who is preparing for the COMLEX Level 1 or Level 2-CE exams and is curious about the scoring system and score percentiles? Perhaps you have already taken these exams and are curious about what your 3-digit score means for you. In this blog post, we...

7 Reasons to Hire a COMLEX Tutor

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Medical DO students taking their COMLEX exam in a testing facility computer room.

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Are you a D.O. student preparing for your COMLEX exams and feel lost about where to start? Whether you need guidance on passing COMLEX Level 1/Level 2-CE or have an interest in pursuing a competitive specialty, it can be daunting to tackle these high-stakes exams. Or perhaps you are already...

ChatGPT Passes the USMLE

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A robot wearing a lab coat standing in front of an MRI machine,

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ChatGPT, along with other AI programs, has recently gained a lot of attention for its potential to disrupt sectors by generating human-like responses to given prompts. Developed by OpenAI, ChatGPT is powered by a large language model called GPT3.5. Large language models are different from deep learning models by their...

Could ChatGPT Replace QBanks for USMLE Practice Questions?

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If you are a medical student preparing for USMLE Step 1, 2 CK or 3, you may be wondering if there are alternative resources for USMLE-style practice questions beyond traditional question banks. One potential option that has gained attention recently is ChatGPT, a variant of the language generation model GPT-3....

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