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Classes All Pre-Meds Should Take to Get into Medical School

While in college, pre-med students need to take certain classes that will help them in med school. Many of these classes are required. They give you basic science knowledge that you will need as a medical student. You must also take the MCAT exam to determine whether you understood the content of the classes. But which classes are required? And what other courses should you take to improve your chances of getting into medical school? We have the answers right here! What Does Pre-Med Mean? Pre-med is the term used to refer to college students taking sciences and other courses for the purpose of getting into med school. You can choose non-science majors [...]

By |2019-09-15T16:05:37-04:00September 16th, 2019|Categories: Getting Into Medical School|Tags: , , , |

10 Common Reasons YOU Might Fail the USMLE Step 1

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 [...]

By |2019-09-13T14:53:17-04:00September 13th, 2019|Categories: USMLE Resources|Tags: , |

Stats & Trends for Women in Medicine: Closing the Gender Gap

Dr. Marjorie Stiegler is a practicing surgeon. As one of America’s women in medicine, she’s also studied gender stereotypes and bias in the industry for over a decade. Over the years, the woman doctor has tolerated many cutting comments. She even talks about a senior surgeon who complained about training women surgeons. In his biased opinion, they were all going to leave their professions to go have babies. And that was during Stiegler’s surgical training! Women Physicians Share Gender Bias Job-Related Nightmares Online She called for 30 women physicians to tell their stories related to gender bias in the workplace. Soon, women from across the globe shared their [...]

By |2019-09-11T15:04:01-04:00September 9th, 2019|Categories: Diversity In Medicine|Tags: , , |

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

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 test your [...]

By |2019-09-06T17:22:31-04:00September 6th, 2019|Categories: USMLE Resources|Tags: , , , , |

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

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 [...]

By |2019-09-06T17:22:50-04:00September 4th, 2019|Categories: USMLE Resources|Tags: , , , |

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

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 [...]

By |2019-08-28T12:58:39-04:00September 2nd, 2019|Categories: USMLE Resources, Videos|Tags: , , |

Top Pre-Med, Medical Student & Graduate Resources: September 2019 Edition

MedSmarter Blog Roundup September 2019 Hot Blog Posts You May Have Missed We've been working hard behind the scenes to bring you quality blog posts each week. Some have become hot topics among our readers. Here are a few cool posts written just for premeds, medical students and residents that we think you should check out. 10 Tips to Help You Score 525+ on Your MCAT Exam One pre-med student we came across aced the MCAT with a score of 525 out of 528. This equates to a 99.9% score! He shares some tips with us on how to study for the MCAT. Our goal is to help [...]

By |2019-08-27T19:24:14-04:00September 1st, 2019|Categories: Blog Post Roundups|Tags: |

What Are the the USMLEs… Plain & Simple?

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: [...]

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

Millennial Residents: Quality Training & the Fear of Physician Burnout

Physician burnout is a very troubling issue in the medical industry. Many of today's doctors and millennial residents suffer from mental health problems that lead to troubled marriages, depression and suicides. What's the key? For Millennial Residents: The key is identifying the signs and keeping your eyes open for mental health issues. Photo by Piron Guillaume on Unsplash. READ: 3 Types of Residents You’ll Grow to Love (or Hate) During Med School Millennial Residency Training & Physician Burnout What is Physician Burnout? Physician burnout is classified as a psychological syndrome that can be expressed as a response to chronic occupational stressors. Back in the day, a resident would spend on average [...]

By |2019-08-27T17:19:43-04:00August 28th, 2019|Categories: Residency Resources|Tags: , , , |

How to Make Studying Med School Stuff Less Boring

One thing every medical student can agree on is that studying med school stuff can be boring at times. However, you must do it to succeed in medical school. Let’s discuss various ways to take the boredom out of studying. 9 Tips to Kill Boredom When Studying Med School Stuff Follow these nine tips to make your study sessions more effective. Let us help you make studying med school stuff a little more enjoyable: How to Make Studying Med School Stuff Less Boring. Photo by Startup Stock Photos from Pexels 1. Follow the “Goals & Rewards” Rule A great way to fight off boredom while studying is to set small goals [...]

By |2019-08-26T15:52:30-04:00August 26th, 2019|Categories: Medical Student Resources|Tags: |
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