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10 Common Reasons YOU Might Fail the USMLE Step 1

By |2019-11-01T17:06:16-04:00September 13th, 2019|Categories: USMLE Resources|Tags: , , |

Why do so many students fail the USMLE Step 1? Well, most fail to prepare properly. This exam is extremely important if you want to become a doctor someday. We have 10 tips to help you recognize common test prep mistakes. 10 Reasons Medical Students Fail the USMLE Step 1 Worried about failing Step 1? Well, here are 10 things you could do to ensure you fail the test. So, be sure to avoid them. 1. Don't Take It Seriously It's sad that with all the fuss about Step 1, some students still take it lightly. They do not see the seriousness of this exam. With this mentality, you will not prepare for [...]

Get a Jump Start to the USMLE Step 2 CS with Mock Exams

By |2019-11-14T16:38:52-05:00September 6th, 2019|Categories: USMLE Resources|Tags: , , , , , |

You are now done with Step 1 and Step 2 CK on your USMLEs. You're moving forward in your journey of becoming a doctor. Now, it's time for the USMLE Step 2 CS. And we have tips to help you succeed! Get a Jump Start to the USMLE Step 2 CS What Is the USMLE Step 2 CS? USMLE Step 2 is divided into two parts: Step 2 CK (Clinical Knowledge) Step 2 CS (Clinical Science) The CS is more of an interactive exam. You get to interact with actors posing as standardized patients (SPs). Each standardized patient will pretend to have a certain medical condition. The exam will [...]

What’s the Deal with the USMLE Step 2 CK?

By |2019-11-01T17:06:16-04:00September 4th, 2019|Categories: USMLE Resources|Tags: , , , , |

The USMLE Step 2 CK exam comes after taking the USMLE Step 1 exam. You are tested on your ability to apply science knowledge related to patient care. We have tips to help you get a good score! Step 2 CK takes place in a supervised clinical practice setting. It's taken by med students in their 4th year of medical school. This is the time when knowledge from your clinical rotations is still fresh in your mind. What's the Deal with the USMLE Step 2 CK? What Is on the USMLE Step 2 CK? Step 2 CK is a 9-hour computerized exam. It contains multiple-choice questions divided into 8 blocks of [...]

What Is the USMLE Step 1? Purpose, Benefits & Resources

By |2019-11-01T17:06:17-04:00September 2nd, 2019|Categories: USMLE Resources, Videos|Tags: , , , |

What is the USMLE Step 1? It’s a computerized exam taken by medical students after completing the second year of medical school. Passing allows you to begin practicing medicine while supervised. What’s the point? The main purpose of the US Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE) Step 1 is to test your general understanding of important science concepts. They also measure whether you can apply those concepts in different medical situations. Step 1 is 8 hours long. It contains a total of 280 questions. These questions are broken down into blocks of a maximum of 40 questions each. What are the benefits? USMLE Step 1 is a really important exam. It’s used to determine [...]

What Are the the USMLEs… Plain & Simple?

By |2019-08-20T16:16:01-04:00August 28th, 2019|Categories: USMLE Resources|Tags: , , , , |

USMLE is short for United States Medical Licensing Examination. It’s a series of tests medical students begin taking after completing their second year in med school. The USMLEs are also taken by international medical graduates that wish to practice medicine in the United States. What’s the purpose of the USMLEs? They help determine whether your ability to apply your acquired medical skills and values to real-life patient-related situations. These tests show the medical licensing board that you’re up to the task of becoming a great doctor. What Are the USMLEs... Plain & Simple? USMLE Test Steps USMLE tests are taken in four steps at various phases of your med school career: [...]

USMLE Step 2 CS: How to Write Notes for Standardized Patient Encounters

By |2019-06-07T15:16:25-04:00June 7th, 2019|Categories: USMLE Resources|Tags: , , , |

Writing patients notes is an essential part of passing the USMLE Step 2 CS. You must include notes that effectively educates the physician reviewing them with accurate information about standardized patient encounters. The reviewing physician has no idea what you and the patient discussed in the exam room. It’s up to you to relay the information using notes within 10 minutes, before moving on to the next standardized patient (SP). USMLE Step 2 CS: Learn How to Write Notes for Standardized Patient Encounters 6 Tips to Help You Write Effective Notes During Standardized Patient Encounters Use these six tips to help you learn to create brilliant patient notes during standardized [...]

USMLE Step 2 CS: Tips for Providing Patient Care in a Clinical Setting

By |2019-05-30T22:02:47-04:00June 5th, 2019|Categories: USMLE Resources|Tags: , , , |

If you dream of becoming a doctor, taking the USMLE Step 2 CS is your chance to show off your clinical skills. This 8-hour assessment tests your ability to provide patient care in a clinical setting. Unlike the USMLE Step 1 and USMLE Step 2 CK, this US medical licensing exam is not taken on a computer. Instead, you perform real-world tasks while providing care to standardized patients (SPs) during mock exams. You must pass Step 2 CS to become a practicing physician in the United States. Tips for Providing Patient Care in a Clinical Setting to Ace the USMLE Step 2 CS What Is the USMLE Step 2 CS All [...]

USMLE Step 2 CS: How to Provide Awesome SP Care & Nail Your Exam

By |2019-05-30T20:34:08-04:00June 3rd, 2019|Categories: USMLE Resources|Tags: , , , |

When it comes to the USMLE Step 2 CS, time and points are the two most important factors. To get the highest score possible on this timed exam, you need to know what’s expected and what not to do. We have tips for working with standardized patients (SPs), so you nail your exam. This US medical licensing exam tests medical students and graduates on the ability to perform standardized patient care. It’s a pass or fail exam. However, you must get through all 12 patient encounters within an 8-hour time frame. So, you don’t have time to lose if you want enough points to pass. USMLE Step 2 CS: Learn How to [...]

Valuable Tips & Resources to Help You Ace the USMLE Step 2 CK

By |2019-07-29T20:26:08-04:00May 31st, 2019|Categories: USMLE Resources|Tags: , , , |

As a medical student, you know how important it is to pass the USMLEs if you want to practice medicine professionally in the United States. USMLE Step 2 CK (Clinical Knowledge) assesses your ability to work within a clinical setting while applying science knowledge. To some, this sounds complicated. But you completed pre-med courses and graduated college. You’ve also been in med school for some time now. So, you should be well-prepared to show your clinical skills with a winning score. All you need are some valuable tips and resources to help you ace Step 2 CK. Get Valuable Tips & Resources to Help You Ace the USMLE Step 2 CK [...]

How to Ace the USMLE Step 2 CK Like an Expert

By |2019-05-29T15:31:32-04:00May 29th, 2019|Categories: USMLE Resources|Tags: , , , |

Dr. Syed N. Kamal, MD is a recent med school graduate. He’s also an instructor at MedSmarter in Suwanee, GA. Students enjoy his energetic, bubbly teaching style while learning how to ace the USMLE Step 2 CK. I asked Dr. Kamal, other instructors and some of our students for tips to pass Step 2 CK. They provided me with some valuable resources for anyone studying for the US medical licensing exam. Get advice from medical experts who know what it takes to pass this test. Learn How to Ace the USMLE Step 2 CK Like an Expert USMLE Step 2 CK Test Prep: Where Do I Begin? What Is the Best [...]

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