About the Author

Karolina Woroniecka, MD/PhD

As a former Howard Hughes Medical Institute Student Fellow, Karolina Woroniecka graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Brown University with a B.S. in Biology and Hispanic Studies in 2013. Matriculated in the Duke Medical Scientist Training Program that same year, Karolina was awarded honors in all her clinical rotations. As an MD/PhD student at Duke, Karolina received a direct match into the Duke neuropathology program, one of the top 3 brain tumor centers in the nation. Her research focus is in cancer immunotherapy for brain tumors. Karolina has strong family ties to medical schools in Poland, and has done extensive tutoring work with students from international medical schools. She is also a published academic author, and her work can be found here.

When to Start UWorld for USMLE Step 1


UWorld is unquestionably the best resource for the USMLE. Students have been known to score 270+ just by using UWorld and First Aid. There are also students, however, who have gone through the question bank 3 or more times, and can’t seem

How to Best Use First Aid to Study for USMLE Step 1

How to Best Use First Aid to Study for USMLE Step 1


First Aid for USMLE Step 1 is arguably the most important study resource for the USMLE Step 1 exam (alongside your favorite qbank, of course!). Together, First Aid and a well established qbank like UWorld can help both struggling students pass Step 1, and high-achievers score 260+

Best COMLEX Level 2-CE Study Resources


Preparing for COMLEX Level 2 is very different than preparing for COMLEX Level 1. For Level 1, you can mostly get away with using the “standard” USMLE Step 1 resources like First Aid, Sketchy, Uworld, and Pathoma, but…

Best COMLEX Level 1 Study Resources


COMLEX Level 1 studying can be a daunting task. Unfortunately, there seem to be a lot more resources geared primarily towards USMLE Step 1 prep that mention using the resource “also for COMLEX prep” as a side note without

Applying Into Pathology Residency


What I can say about my residency application process is that I gained important perspectives on how residency program directors think, how to optimize your application, and even how to negotiate the process (you can negotiate more than you think!)

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