The Most Important Factor for Board Exam Success

Time. It is the most important variable for Step 1 preparation. It is the great equalizer. Everyone has the exact same amount, but how one spends it will determine his or her board score. For the most part, people who get into medical school possess the raw intelligence and test taking ability to do wellContinue reading “The Most Important Factor for Board Exam Success”

What People Think about USMLE Step 1 Becoming Pass/Fail

The USMLE made an extremely impactful decision when it announced its decision to transition the USMLE Step 1 exam from a numeric score to a pass/fail grading system. These changes have sparked extensive national and international conversation on social media and within the academic literature. Here, I have compiled the most up to date commentariesContinue reading “What People Think about USMLE Step 1 Becoming Pass/Fail”

USMLE Step 1 to Be Pass/Fail

If you’re like me, then you’re probably wondering how pass/fail grading for Step 1 will change things for your ERAS application. On June 16, 2020 the governing body for the United States Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE) announced its continued commitment to adopt a pass/fail scoring structure for the USMLE Step 1 exam. In order toContinue reading “USMLE Step 1 to Be Pass/Fail”

What is your Step 1 score?

You might be surprised that an interviewer is asking about your Step 1 score in an interview. All interviewers should have your score right in front of them on your CV. Still, this question gets asked. This segment is divided into broad classifications to give you advice tailored to you own numbers. Low Scorers IfContinue reading “What is your Step 1 score?”

How to Use First Aid for the USMLE Step 1

Hopefully you ordered your copy of First Aid for the USMLE Step 1 early in your medical school career.  If you haven’t, I would get a copy sooner rather than later.  This is the ideal study companion for your pre-clinical coursework and using it in the correct manner will help you maximize the utility the resource will haveContinue reading “How to Use First Aid for the USMLE Step 1”

Purchase THIS Your First Day of Medical School

On the first day of medical school, purchase a copy of First Aid for the USMLE Step 1.  I did not find out about the resource and order it until about February of my first year of medical school, and once I had the book was not using First Aid properly until December of my second year when I beganContinue reading “Purchase THIS Your First Day of Medical School”