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

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

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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