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.

Master the USMLE in 6 Weeks: Your Free Step 1 Study Plan

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The USMLE, encompassing Step 1, Step 2, and Step 3, serves as an important milestone in the journey toward medical licensure. Despite the transition of Step 1 to a pass/fail grading system in February 2022, effective preparation remains paramount. That is why we created the 6-week Step 1 study schedule!...

Maximize Your 4-Week Step 2 CK Prep: Free Intensive Plan

A preview of Elite Medical Prep's 4 week USMLE Step 2 study planner.


With Step 1 transitioning to a pass/fail format, the importance of the Step 2 CK exam in medical school has become even more pronounced. It now stands as the primary scored exam that program directors scrutinize when determining which applicants to invite for an interview.   Your Step 2 CK...

Boost Your Score in 10 Weeks – Free USMLE Step 1 Plan


The Ultimate 10-Week USMLE Step 1 Study Schedule   So you're in med school and 10 weeks away from taking the USMLE Step 1? Don't panic, you still have some time! You now need a realistic Step 1 study schedule that you can adhere to and be well-prepared for test...

How USMLE Step 1 Going Pass/Fail Will Affect IMGs

A group of IMGs in their US residency.


Students who completed medical school outside of the United States typically have a harder time obtaining a residency match compared to US medical graduates. Without a numerical Step 1 score it…

How USMLE Step 1 Going Pass/Fail Will Affect DO Students

An Osteopathic doctor assisting his patient.


Students who completed medical school at Osteopathic medical schools typically have a harder time obtaining a residency match compared to medical graduates allopathic medical schools in the US. Osteopathic (or DO) students have the additional…

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?

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 1 to Become Pass/Fail

A doctor announcing the change in USMLE Step 1 grading system to Pass/Fail.


Earlier today, the Invitational Conference on USMLE Scoring (InCUS) announced that the USMLE Step 1 is set to become pass/fail beginning January 1st, 2022. Here’s what that means for you.

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