About the Author

Marcel Brus-Ramer, MD, PhD

Completing his BA in economics at Rutgers University in 2000, Marcel Brus-Ramer went on to complete his Diplome de Recherche at Paris Diderot University in 2002. Following his time in France, Marcel began working towards his MD and PhD at Columbia University, College of Physicians & Surgeons. Completing his MD and PhD in Neurobiology in 2009, Marcel held the title of Former Senior Tutor and Marketing/Outreach & Strategy advisor for Med School Tutors from 2009 until 2014. Completing his residency in Diagnostic Radiology at UCSF in 2015 (#1 Radiology program in the country), and his fellowship in Neuroradiology also at UCSF in 2016, Marcel is now an instructor at Sackler School of Medicine at Tel Aviv University and Columbia University Physicians and Surgeons. Marcel is also the founder and president at Elite Medical Prep and has an extensive publication record that can be found here. Marcel is clinically active working as a Board Certified Neuroradiologist for a academic teleradiology practice that provides specialized radiology interpretations for several major academic medical centers including Duke, Johns Hopkins, Stanford, Northwestern, MUSC and Rush among others.

The Ultimate USMLE Step 2 CK Study Plan


The Elite 4-Week USMLE Step 2 CK Study Plan is Here!   Do you have a USMLE Step 2 CK study plan? Our experienced Step 2 CK tutors came up with this free study schedule in order to help guide students on their Step 2 prep journey. With 4 weeks...

Why Using AI to Write Your Medical School Admissions or Residency Application Personal Statement May Not Be Such a Bad Idea

Frustrated man writing a personal statement next to a calm AI bot.


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...

MD vs. DO Programs: Which Path to Medicine is Right for You?

A DO doctor and his patient.


When starting your medical school application, you will find that there are multiple paths you can choose, namely, MD vs DO. Should you apply to an Allopathic or an Osteopathic medical school? What’s the difference between them, and which path is right for you?

5 More New NBME Practice Exams Are Coming

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While the wording can change slightly over the years, the content of NBME practice exams differs little.

Elite Medical Prep Co-Founder Receives COVID-19 Vaccine


Elite Medical Prep joined the fight against COVID-19 as company co-founder, Marcel Brus-Ramer, MD, PhD received his first dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine over the weekend.

Why Basic Sciences Are Still Important During Preclinical Studies

A group of preclinical students in a basic sciences class.


Most medical students recognize that the basic sciences are the foundation of medical science. Yet once students are several months into medical school, its typically a constant flood of anatomy, physiology, and pathology. But don’t be fooled if your medical school skims over basic science concepts! You will need them for Step 1 and beyond!

An Interview with NBME Free 120 Explanation Guru: Ben White

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As a part of our interview series with individuals and organizations positively contributing to the medical education space, we had the pleasure to interview Ben White, MD.

USMLE Step 2CS is Cancelled

A group of medical doctors.


Is This the End of Step 2CS? On May 26th, USMLE announced on their website that amidst the prolonged coronavirus crisis in the United States, Step 2CS test administrations will be suspended for the next 12-18 months. While previously there was speculation that USMLE Step

WEBINAR: COVID-19 Imaging for Medical Students & Residents

A laptop screen of a COVID 19 Webinar for medical students


Download Slides Here   COVID-19 Imaging for Medical Students & Residents YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OyNHjrefg90 Time: Tuesday, April 7th at 5pm EST Speaker: Marcel Brus-Ramer, MD, PhD, neuroradiologist and emergencyradiologist, President at Elite Medical Prep, Co-director of the USMLE Prep course at Mt. Sinai

How USMLE Step 1 Going Pass/Fail Will Affect Medical School Curricula

A group of medical school students in a classroom following the switch to the pass/fail USMLE Step 1 grading system.


The recent conversion of USMLE  Step 1 to a pass/fail scoring system will likely cause USMLE Step 2 CK to become the standard by which residency programs measure and compare applicants for interviews and for the residency match. This means changes for dedicated study period, medical school curricula, clinical rota…

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