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How to Maintain Work-Life Balance During USMLE Step 2 Prep

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Person balancing wooden blocks with the words 'WORK' and 'LIFE' on a seesaw, symbolizing work-life balance during USMLE prep.

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How to Maintain Work-Life Balance During USMLE Step 2 Prep   Medical school is notoriously time-consuming and dedicated study periods for USMLE board exams (Step 1, Step 2) can be even more demanding. While your preparation for USMLE Step 2 CK can be stretched out over a long period during...

What You Need to Match Into Urology for Residency – Step 2 Scores and Other Helpful Tips!

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Medical tools and supplies arranged on a table with a paper labeled 'Urology,' including a stethoscope, syringes, a pill organizer, and a urine sample container.

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What Step 2 score do I need to get into a urology residency?   With the new scoring system of Pass/Fail for Step 1, much of the focus has shifted to a Step 2 score. In competitive residencies like urology, a higher Step 2 score can help open the door...

Exploring Lesser-Known Resources for Step 2 CK

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A student sitting in front of a laptop with earbuds in, listening to a Step 2 podcast while taking notes.

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Intro to the USMLE Step 2 CK   You've conquered USMLE Step 1 and are now navigating the challenges of medical school clerkships and shelf exams. Next on the horizon is the USMLE Step 2, a critical exam for medical professionals seeking licensure in the US. As you balance excelling...

What is Spaced Repetition and Why it’s SO Important for USMLE?

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A medical school student studying for USMLE using spaced repetition techniques.

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On its most basic level, spaced repetition is spacing out new concepts that we are learning over time to more efficiently remember various things. Furthermore, it involves progressively spacing out concepts that we are relatively strong in further and further into time while re-introducing topics that we are relatively weaker in a shorter interval in between.

Addressing Burnout During Step 2 CK Preparation

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Stressed medical student studying for USMLE Step 2 CK, surrounded by textbooks, notes, and a laptop in a cluttered study space.

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Why Are Medical Students at Risk of Burnout?   Research indicates that up to half of medical students encounter burnout, as medicine is an intrinsically demanding profession. If you find yourself among these students, know that there is hope. You are not alone, and strategies are available to alleviate the...

Navigating the Transition from Step 1 to Step 2 CK

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A medical student studying for his USMLE Step 2 CK exam at home in front of a laptop.

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Navigating the USMLE Step 1 to Step 2 CK transition is a pivotal moment for many medical students, demanding a thorough grasp of the similarities and differences between these two exams. In this blog, we'll explore essential facets of each exam, from their structure and content to strategic insights for...

The Impact of Step 2 CK Scores on Residency Interviews

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A residency program applicant being reviewed by residency program leadership.

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Applying to residency and contemplating the likelihood of securing interviews can be stressful. You've dedicated your entire medical school career to studying, conducting research, taking exams, and presenting your best self on applications. With the transition of USMLE Step 1 to a pass/fail grading system, medical students now face heightened...

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.

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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...

My Journey Through COMLEX Level 2 and Step 2: Decoding the Differences

A DO med school student studying for her COMLEX Level 2 and Step 2 simultaneously, sitting in front of a laptop.

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Beginning your journey of medical licensing exams can be a tough experience. As a recent DO graduate, I know the challenge of combining studying for the USMLE and COMLEX. For many, the dichotomy between the USMLE Step 2 and COMLEX Level 2 poses a unique set of hurdles—one that goes...

Tips for Effective Anki Use Studying for USMLE Step 1 and Step 2

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A medical school student studying for his USMLE exams in a library using Anki.

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What is Anki   If you are a new medical student, you have undoubtedly been bombarded with Anki since starting. Its application has spread like wildfire among medical students countrywide and with good reason. Anki is a spaced repetition flashcard program that works on both mobile devices and your computer....

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