Med Educators Blog

Articles published in February 2020

Professional Development: Supporting Faculty is Supporting Students

by Molly Johannessen, PhD | February 17, 2020

In my role as a Medical Learning Consultant, so much of my work is geared toward supporting those who are on the frontlines with aspiring physicians each and every day.

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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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Meet the Kaplan Experts: Daniel Nelson II, Executive Director, Global Medical Sales

by Daniel Nelson II, Executive Director, Global Medical Sales | February 11, 2020

I have been working to help students achieve their educational and professional goals for my entire career. In my 13 years with Kaplan, I have worked with all types of students from all over the world.

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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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Strategies in Undergraduate Medical Education for Improving Diagnostic Competency

by Jeff Weil, Regional Medical Program Director | February 5, 2020

While there is no single strategy for increasing diagnostic competency among physicians, the willingness of medical schools to revamp curricula and increase clinical exposures bodes well for the future of the American healthcare system.

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Facing the Cost of Becoming a Physician: Both Literal and Figurative

by Molly Johannessen, PhD | February 4, 2020

The journey into medicine is not easy. From huge financial as well as emotional costs to the prevalence of burnout, there are many daunting obstacles facing future physicians.

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PANCE Pass Rates: Recovering from the Blueprint Change

by Melissa Qazi, MD and Mary Halton, Kaplan Health Sciences Expert | February 3, 2020

The PANCE blueprint underwent several important updates in 2019. Many of the changes were a restructuring of how topics are categorized under each specialty; however, there are additional critical changes that deserve mention.

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