When to Start Studying for USMLE Step 1


I often recommend first-year medical students start getting facile with USMLE-specific references as they study for their medical school’s core curriculum.

Taking USMLE Step 1 with Step 2CK After Rotations

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Taking USMLE Step 1 with USMLE Step 2ck


There has recently been a wave of change where some medical students are opting to take USMLE Step 1 after clinical rotations either simultaneously or back-to-back with Step 2CK. Here are the pros and cons of taking this route.

Most Common Reasons for USMLE Step 1 Failure

Most Common Reasons for USMLE Step 1 Failure


Failed USMLE Step 1? Failing USMLE Step 1 is not uncommon. The most recent data available from the USMLE shows that in 2018 the passing rates for 1st time test takers with a US or Canadian MD degree was 95%; with a US or Canadian DO degree was 96%; and...

How to Manage USMLE Step 1 Test Anxiety

How to Manage USMLE Step 1 Test Anxiety


Just like Bill Murray in Groundhog Day, at times medical students can feel like they are living the same day over and over again (especially now in the midst of coronavirus test cancellations). Between learning new content, spending long hours studying, and anxiously taking exams, many students feel stuck in a perpetual cycle of anxiety

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+

NBME Updates: Free Assessments & Explanations

NBME Free Forms


The NBME announced that starting April 2nd they would be doing a couple of different things to help students enrich their knowledge during the pandemic-related testing delays and difficulties. There are now seven free NBME self-assessments that will be available from April 3rd – May 31st.

Without Active Learning, You Could Fail USMLE Step 1

Without Active Learning, You Could Fail USMLE Step 1


To pass (and nail) USMLE Step 1, memorizing the facts is just not sufficient—you must be able to apply that knowledge. While you may feel accomplished reading 50 pages of First Aid in a day, the real concern is how much of that knowledge you can actually apply.

Medical School Closed Due to Coronavirus? Remote Learning Tips

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How to keep up with USMLE material during the extended spring break.   The coronavirus (COVID-19) has disrupted our lives in unprecedented ways. The typical stress of medical school has turned into uncertainty. Beyond the extended spring break, medical students preparing for USMLE exams are faced with shuttered Prometric Testing...

Pushing Back your USMLE Test Date Without Losing Knowledge


The coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis is a global pandemic. In this time of great uncertainty, many medical students may be wondering how to best prepare for their USMLE examinations– when they don’t know when they will be able to take their test.

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