About the Author

Rhodes Hambrick, MD

As a Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude, Rhodes Hambrick completed his BS in Biochemistry at Furman University in 2014. Upon graduation, Rhodes began working toward his MD at NYU School of Medicine where he became a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Researcher and recieved the AOA Award given to the medical student who attained the highest scholastic rating for the four years of medical school. During medical school, Rhodes also scored >90% on his Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Neurology, and Psychiatry shelf exams, achieved honors in all his core clerkships, and was the winner of the Community Service Award for outstanding service to his local community. Rhodes completed his MD in 2018 and matched into Pediatrics at Harvard’s combined program at Boston Children’s Hospital and Boston Medical Center, (#1 Pediatric program in the country). Rhodes is also a published academic author, and his work can be found here.

How to Study to Score a 280 on USMLE Step 2 CK

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student on the computer taking notes for USMLE Step 2CK


Having scored in the 270-280 range on Step 1, Step 2 CK, and Step 3 of the USMLE, I am often asked by students questions like “What’s your secret?”, “How can I plan my study schedule to…

How I Used UWorld During My Didactic Years

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A medical school student studying using UWorld during his didactic years.


While there is certainly no substitute for clinical experience in gaining competence and confidence in clinical medicine, I give enormous credit to UWorld in helping me to build a solid mental framework on which I could superimpose my learning in the clinical setting and deepen my understanding

Acceptance Factors for Matching into Pediatrics Residency

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A pediatric resident checking in on her patient with a stethoscope.


The NRMP Program directors survey “at a glance” tool is extremely helpful in gauging where your application packet stands compared to the applicant pool. Here are the major components to consider when applying into Pediatrics.

How to Score Above 270 on USMLE Step 1

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An excited medical school student in scrubs after having received her USMLE Step 1 score report.


Having scored a 272 on Step 1 of the USMLE, I have often been asked “how in the world did you do THAT?!”. This post is an attempt to summarize what I believe were key steps in making that happen.

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