Entries by erinnelson

3-Month Study Plan for the USMLE Step 1

If you have about 3 months to study for USMLE® Step 1, how should you use your time? First of all, do not study more than 8-10 hours/day, including question practice. Also, try to take one day off per week so you can recharge. Eat well, exercise and get proper rest for increased stamina and […]

8 Tips for Great Residency Letters of Recommendation

Are letters of recommendation important? Absolutely. Most admissions officers won’t even review an ERAS® application until they have two letters of recommendation uploaded, no matter how outstanding all of the other elements may be. Here are some tips on getting the best kind of letter of recommendation in time:  

All About the USMLE Step 2 CS

Step 2 CS follows Step 2 CK in the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE). It’s an interactive test where you’ll examine and diagnose actors who are pretending to be patients with specific health conditions. It’s meant to test your ability to interview patients, do physical exams, fill out medical charts, and explain your findings. Because you’re an […]

All About the USMLE Step 3

The USMLE Step 3 is the final exam in the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) sequence and leads to a license to practice medicine without supervision. This two-day computerized exam currently has about 500 multiple-choice questions. The exam also includes computer-based case simulations (CCS). These are digitalized versions of patient encounters that assess your ability to […]

The IMG’s Guide to Finding U.S. Clinical Experience

United States clinical experience (USCE) plays a key role in the IMG’s road to residency. Clinical experience may help you: ask for and secure letters of recommendation, which are critical for most IMGs network and make a variety of connections learn more about technology and general U.S. culture Just as important, residency program directors are looking for […]

A Typical Week for First-Year Medical Students

Hear from med student, Kevin Yang, about what an average week for a first year med student looks like. As an incoming student rep, I have the pleasure of contacting the incoming class of medical students. After their initial elation, they pose a myriad of questions. The most popular of those questions: “What is life […]

Studying for the Step 2 CK

The USMLE Step 2 CK almost seems like an afterthought in the wake of the monolith that was Step 1. No doubt, we all remember studying for weeks on end, memorizing countless minutiae from our pre-clinical years, and that final feeling of relief upon leaving the testing center. In some ways, the Step 2 CK is an […]

Residency Applications: Submitting Your Medical School Transcripts

As an international medical graduate (IMG), one of the supporting documents you’ll need to submit with your residency application is your medical school transcript, which shows your academic background. While the transcript may not be considered the most important part of the residency application, it can still help program directors learn about the subjects you studied in medical […]

Developing a USMLE Step 1 Study Plan

For most medical students, the USMLE Step 1 exam will play a large role in deciding their future career. In almost every field, the board exams rank extremely high in consideration for residency applications. So how does one maximize their study time for the USMLE Step 1 to make sure they’re prepared for Test Day? […]

New Passing Requirements for the USMLE Step 3

On December 11, 2015 the USMLE committee announced that the recommended USMLE Step 3 minimum passing score will increase from 190 to 196, affecting all examinees whose first day of testing is on or after January 1, 2016. A change in the USMLE Step 3 passing threshold follows a series of USMLE announcements, dedicated to Step […]