What People Think about USMLE Step 1 Becoming Pass/Fail

Carter J. Boyd, MD, MBA
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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”

How to Use First Aid for the USMLE Step 1

Carter J. Boyd, MD, MBA
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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

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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”

Step 2 CS Suspended for 12-18 Months

Carter J. Boyd, MD, MBA
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Given the delivery methods of the USMLE Step 2 CS exam, the USMLE has decided to suspend the exam for the next 12-18 months (as of May 2020) with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.  For more information on the USMLE’s decision, listen to this interview with the Chief Assessment Officer for the Federation of State Medical Boards, the Vice PresidentContinue reading “Step 2 CS Suspended for 12-18 Months”

How to Study for USMLE Step 2 CK

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Studying for USMLE Step 2 CK can be particularly stressful during the course of busy 3rd year rotations and the 4th year application process.  Still, it is important to set aside time to adequately prepare for the exam as it is a major component of your residency application.  If you have been studying, reading, and learningContinue reading “How to Study for USMLE Step 2 CK”