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Articles published by Christopher Cimino, MD, FACMI, VP of Medical Academics, Kaplan Medical

Assessing the Efficacy of Measuring Diagnostic Reasoning

by Christopher Cimino, MD, FACMI, VP of Medical Academics, Kaplan Medical | September 20, 2021

Christopher Cimino, MD, FACMI, VP of Medical Academics, unpacks the recent article in Diagnosis, “Use of a structured approach and virtual simulation practice to improve diagnostic reasoning,” which used i-Human Patients by Kaplan as a case study for measuring the efficacy of virtual simulation.

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Teachable Moments in Problem-Based Learning: Why am I Paying Tuition to be Taught By My Classmates?

by Christopher Cimino, MD, FACMI, VP of Medical Academics, Kaplan Medical | June 17, 2021
Kaplan Medical Educators

When the primary blocker to learning is a mismatched attitude, logical reasons will not work as well as immersion in the environment. Immersive learning can be enhanced by teachable moments.

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Why You Should Care about the CPA UGRC Report

by Christopher Cimino, MD, FACMI, VP of Medical Academics, Kaplan Medical | May 12, 2021

To put the CPA UGRC in context, these recommendations are meant to be the same order of magnitude as the change of Step 1 to Pass-Fail―the largest shift in medical education in this century so far.

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The Relation Between White Space and Concept Maps

by Christopher Cimino, MD, FACMI, VP of Medical Academics, Kaplan Medical | April 23, 2021
White Space and Concept Maps

Take a deep dive into the value and potential of white space as a tool to clarify and highlight significant information, as well as how the theory and practice of utilizing white space relates to the tables and concepts maps educators use to convey data to their students.

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White Paper: Examining the Values of Implementing Virtual Simulation into Medical Curricula

by Christopher Cimino, MD, FACMI, VP of Medical Academics, Kaplan Medical | March 15, 2021

In the new Kaplan Medical white paper, “Examining the Values of Implementing Virtual Simulation into Medical Curricula,” I take a look into the ways in which VS can help prepare your students for success on their board exams and their careers as doctors.

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Cognitive Load Theory and Creating Expert-Students

by Christopher Cimino, MD, FACMI, VP of Medical Academics, Kaplan Medical | March 10, 2021
Kaplan Medical

Most students in the first month of medical school are not expert-students yet. Even a goal like “pass the test” is too broad and needs to be broken down. Focusing on these smaller goals is the way they find focus.

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Webinar in Review: Beyond COVID-19: Utilizing Virtual Simulation for Student Success

by Christopher Cimino, MD, FACMI, VP of Medical Academics, Kaplan Medical | February 25, 2021

In our recent webinar titled "Beyond COVID-19: Utilizing Virtual Simulation for Student Success," our panel of experts discussed ways in which virtual simulation can help bridge the gap between learning in the classroom to practicing in the real world.

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Flashcards vs. Immersive Learning: What Language Courses Have To Say About This Debate To Medical Education

by Christopher Cimino, MD, FACMI, VP of Medical Academics, Kaplan Medical | February 17, 2021

If traditional approaches to learning, such as flashcards, are tedious and proven to be less efficient, why do they remain so popular?

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What Will 2021 Bring? Consolidation and Continuous Improvement

by Christopher Cimino, MD, FACMI, VP of Medical Academics, Kaplan Medical | January 6, 2021

In 2020, people, schools, and organizations went through a period of “excitement” resulting in rapid change. The common theme for 2021 is going to be “consolidation” because I think people are tired of this kind of “excitement” for now.

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Visual Aides and Cognitive Theory

by Christopher Cimino, MD, FACMI, VP of Medical Academics, Kaplan Medical | November 10, 2020
Kaplan Medical

Much is written about the difference between quantitative processes and qualitative processes, but I think an excellent example of how the former transforms into the latter is the medical school curriculum.

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Webinar in Review: Virtual Simulation & Planning for the Future of Medical Education

by Christopher Cimino, MD, FACMI, VP of Medical Academics, Kaplan Medical | August 21, 2020

In our recent webinar titled "Virtual Simulation & Planning for the Future of Medical Education" our panel of experts discussed virtual simulation and the “new normal” of medical education.

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How will the COVID-19 Pandemic Impact the USMLE Step 2 CS?

by Christopher Cimino, MD, FACMI, VP of Medical Academics, Kaplan Medical | May 19, 2020

As of this writing USMLE Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) testing centers remain closed because of local health ordinances and safety concerns. This has resurfaced calls for CS to be completely eliminated.

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What does the USMLE Test Change Mean to Current and Future Students?

by Christopher Cimino, MD, FACMI, VP of Medical Academics, Kaplan Medical | April 15, 2020

The initial buzz in student communities was mixed. Some saw this as a great relief and stress reduction. Others saw this as a disadvantage for applications to competitive residencies.

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USMLE Step 1 Announcement—Key Takeaways

by Christopher Cimino, MD, FACMI, VP of Medical Academics, Kaplan Medical | February 14, 2020

This week the NBME announced several changes to the Step exams, the most meaningful of which is that USMLE Step 1 will be changing to a pass/fail exam.

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Common Sense Measures for Avoiding the Spread of Both Influenza and Coronavirus

by Christopher Cimino, MD, FACMI, VP of Medical Academics, Kaplan Medical | February 10, 2020

It is human nature to be cautious of the unknown. When a new threat emerges, that caution can be amplified by the lack of information. The resulting behavior can create additional problems that compound the original risk.

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Enhanced Learning and Reporting Platform

by Christopher Cimino, MD, FACMI, VP of Medical Academics, Kaplan Medical | January 29, 2020

I am pleased to announce the official launch of our enhanced institutional learning and reporting platform for our Step 1 and Level 1 Qbanks.

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Welcome Back To School— A Note From Kaplan's Chief Medical Officer

by Christopher Cimino, MD, FACMI, VP of Medical Academics, Kaplan Medical | August 12, 2019

I wanted to take a moment to wish you the best of luck in the coming year, and offer my support and that of the Kaplan Medical team to aid in the success of your students.

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