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For more than 40 years, Kaplan Medical’s experts have helped students and physicians across the world prep for the boards and maximize their chances of matching into residency programs. If you aim to score exceptionally high on the USMLE, you're in the right place.

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Our USMLE prep courses are specifically engineered to ensure you're getting the most efficient prep available in every form for every Step. We'll create a plan that works for your needs and execute it together. We provide live and video lectures, basic science and clinical integration, question banks, Step 2 CS preparation and much more.

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Our centers' staffs work full time, so you focus on getting the highest possible score on the USMLE Steps on your schedule. Have a question? They'll answer it. Need some application advice? They can help. Your Designated School Official (DSO) will also advise you about important policies related to your F-1 Visa status.

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Get access to more than 75 experts with 250 awards, 760 published research studies and 940 years of collective experience.

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Only Kaplan Medical has a team of expert basic science and clinical faculty, subject integration and specialty board exams. Our elite group of faculty will prep you for every USMLE Step.

Dr. John Barone
Dr. John Barone
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Dr. Raj Dasgupta
Dr. Raj Dasgupta
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Dr. Nandan Bhatt
Dr. Nandan Bhatt
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Dr. Salvatore Turco
Dr. Salvatore Turco
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Dr. Manuel Castro
Dr. Manuel Castro
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Dr. James White
Dr. James White
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Dr. Frank Noto
Dr. Frank Noto
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Dr. Terriann Crisp
Dr. Terriann Crisp
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Dr. Mahboob Qureshi
Dr. Mahboob Qureshi
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Dr. Stanley Zaslau
Dr. Stanley Zaslau
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Dr. Ryan Mark Harden
Dr. Ryan Mark Harden
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Dr. John Barone
Dr. John Barone

For over 18 years, Dr. John Barone, MD has helped thousands of students from around the world achieve higher scores on their medical licensing exams. After graduating from Albany Medical College, Dr. Barone completed his Residency in Anatomic & Clinical Pathology at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, where twice he was elected Chief Resident, and later Surgical Pathology Fellow. He is currently in private practice.

Student Quote: “He is the best teacher any student could ever ask for. Somehow, he makes you want to study harder and do better. I feel blessed that I got that chance to be his student. He puts a lot of effort into teaching and he really cares about his students.”

Dr. Raj Dasgupta
Dr. Raj Dasgupta

Dr. Raj Dasgupta (MD, FACP, FCCP, FAASM) completed his Internal Medicine residency at Michigan State University, Pulmonary/Critical Care fellowship at Columbia University, Saint Lukes & Roosevelt Hospital and Sleep Medicine fellowship at Henry Ford Hospital. During his training, he received numerous awards including: resident of the year, fellow of the year and the Director’s Award for research. After his training, he worked at Abington Hospital which is affiliated with Jefferson University where he received the faculty teacher of the year. Currently he is a Professor at the University of Southern California (USC) and received the faculty teaching award for the last 3 consecutive years. He is quadruple board certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine.  He recently wrote the book 'Medicine Morning Report: Beyond the Pearls'.

Student Quote:Being at Kaplan Medical helped me to enhance my medical knowledge and learn useful strategies. … Through Dr. Dasgupta's class, I was able to transform my enthusiasm for the studies into an effective knowledge for the practice. Thank you for this valuable and unforgettable experience.

Dr. Nandan Bhatt
Dr. Nandan Bhatt

Dr. Nandan Bhatt, MBBS, MD, FRCS has been teaching USMLE for Steps 1, 2 and 3 and for those preparing for the SPEX examination for the past nineteen years. He teaches Neuroanatomy and Neurology and has taught other subjects as well due to his extensive experience in various fields. Dr. Bhatt received his MD from the prestigious St. John's Medical College in Bangalore, India. He then completed General Surgery, and thereafter, Neurology and Neurosurgery.

Student Quote:I could not believe how perfectly you explained neuroanatomy concepts… When I was reviewing the content everything made a lot of sense.

Dr. Salvatore Turco
Dr. Salvatore Turco

Dr. Salvatore (Sam) Turco has taught USMLE Step 1 and COMLEX-USA Level 1 review programs for many years. Dr. Turco received his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Pittsburgh and was postdoctoral fellow at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Turco is an endowed Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. He is also an instructor in Kaplan's popular live, online review programs.

Student Quote: “THE BEST!!!! For me his sessions were the most engaging, his way of explaining everything was the best, cleared all our questions, reviewed all the high yield points and gave it the time it deserved, it was just excellent, I would say he is one the BEST!!! THANK YOU DR. TURCO!!!!”

Dr. Manuel Castro
Dr. Manuel Castro

Manuel A. Castro, M.D., AAHIVS is board certified in Internal Medicine and is a certified member of the American Academy of HIV Medicine. He currently resides in Wilton Manors, Florida where has a private practice. Dr. Castro was born and raised in the Dominican Republic where he went to medical school at Universidad Nacional Pedro Henriquez Urena graduating in 1983. His residency was in internal medicine at Illinois Masonic Medical Center in Chicago. Dr Castro started teaching for Kaplan in 2000. He is also currently a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at Nova Southeastern University and at LECOM Bradenton College of Osteopathy.

Student Quote: “Wonderful lecturer! Dr. Castro really made pulmonary an understandable subject! I very much appreciated his little “tricks” and tips to remember certain concepts and his words of encouragement. I approach cases differently now because of Dr. Castro.”

Dr. James White
Dr. James White

James S. White, Ph.D., is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, where he participates in the teaching of a number of courses, including Human Gross Anatomy, Cell and Tissue Biology and Brain and Behavior. He is the co-author of the Kaplan Medical USMLE Step 1 Anatomy Lecture Notes, and is the author of two review books, USMLE Road Map Neuroscience (2008 McGraw-Hill) and USMLE Road Map Gross Anatomy (2006 McGraw-Hill).

Student Quote: “Dr. James White is a wonderful teacher. He explained Neuroanatomy really well, took time to explain each and every aspect of the different complex pathways methodically, integrating other subjects and clinical scenarios very well.”

Dr. Frank Noto
Dr. Frank Noto

Dr. Frank Noto has taught USMLE Step 1, Step 2CK, Step 3 and COMLEX-USA Level 1 review for Kaplan for over 4 years. Dr. Noto completed MD at SUNY Stony Brook and he completed his Internal Medicine residency at Mount Sinai Hospital, NY in 2006. He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine. Dr. Noto is an Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York and the Internal Medicine Clerkship and Sub-internship Site Director for Mount Sinai School of Medicine at Elmhurst Hospital Center.

Student Quote: “Very engaging lectures. He is able to cover the basic elements of each topic without digging too deep into material that is not high yield for the exam. Probably the best lectures of the entire course.”

Dr. Terriann Crisp
Dr. Terriann Crisp

Dr. Terriann Crisp has served as an academic neuropharmacologist for over 30 years. She received her Ph.D. in Biomedical Science (Pharmacology) from Marshall University School of Medicine and Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center. As a full time faculty member, Dr. Crisp worked through the academic ranks at Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine where she was the recipient of Outstanding Faculty Award for 13 consecutive years.

Student Quote: Dr. Terrian is awesome! Not just like a teacher, she spoke to everyone of us and cared about our preparation!

Dr. Mahboob Qureshi
Dr. Mahboob Qureshi

For over 8 years, Dr. Mahboob Qureshi has taught USMLE Step 1 and COMLEX-USA Level 1 review programs. He received his MPH and MD from the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. He received his PhD in Immunology and MHSc in Epidemiology from the University of the Ryukyus, Japan. Dr. Qureshi is currently an Associate Professor and the Director of Microbiology and Immunology courses at the Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Henderson, Nevada.

Student Quote:Brilliant, made micro very interesting and the multiple choice questions he gave us really helped solidify information.

Dr. Stanley Zaslau
Dr. Stanley Zaslau

Dr. Stanley Zaslau is Professor, Division Chief and Urology Residency Program Director at West Virginia University in Morgantown, West Virginia. He is Board Certified in Urology and Sub Board Certified in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery. Dr. Zaslau received his undergraduate degree from Boston University and his medical degree from Hahnemann University. He completed his urology residency training at Mount Sinai Medical Center and received additional training in neurourology and voiding dysfunction at Long Island College Hospital.

Dr. Ryan Mark Harden
Dr. Ryan Mark Harden

Dr. Harden is a board certified, practicing physician at Gateway Clinic in Sandstone, Minnesota. With a particular interest in hospice and palliative care medicine, he serves as vice chief of staff and Medical Director at Essentia Health, Sandstone. After receiving his masters degree and medical degree from the University of Minnesota School of Medicine Duluth, where he also received Gold Humanism in Medicine honors and Senior Alpha Omega Alpha honors, he completed his residency at the Duluth Family Practice Center. He has given Biochemistry lectures to medical students at Montana State University and the University of Minnesota Duluth School of Medicine and teaches Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Medical Genetics and Pediatrics for Kaplan Medical.

Student Quote: “Dr. Harden was by far the best professor I have witnessed in my medical school life. He is truly gifted in his teaching skills and integrated biochemistry and the clinical sciences in such a unique way.”

Meet your personal medical advisor

Before your course, you’ll meet your medical advisor, a personal coach who’ll prepare you for the journey to a U.S. residency. Together, you’ll create a customized study plan, plan your applications, and assess your readiness for the USMLE exams.

Schedule a complimentary 30-minute session with a medical advisor today.

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Kaplan's Academic Medical Advisors use their experience and expertise to create study plans that will help you succeed in your USMLE review and Residency Match preparation. Here is a sample of some of the valuable insights you can come to expect from our advising team.

Yachil Baldera
Yachil Baldera
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Agnes Carrara
Agnes Carrara
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Mary Diedrich
Mary Diedrich
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Dr. Arsenio Araniego
Dr. Arsenio Araniego
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Dr. Yamil Flores
Dr. Yamil Flores
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Dr. Milad Al Troudy El Troudi
Dr. Milad Al Troudy El Troudi
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Dr. Tenzin Jamyang
Dr. Tenzin Jamyang
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Dr. Flor Hernandez
Dr. Flor Hernandez
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Dr. Hafeez Khan
Dr. Hafeez Khan
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Dr. Reynalyn Renaldo
Dr. Reynalyn Renaldo
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Mark Ratliff
Mark Ratliff
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Dr. Arlene Richards
Dr. Arlene Richards
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Dr. Muhammad Shah
Dr. Muhammad Shah
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Dr. Mary Valentine
Dr. Mary Valentine
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Dr. Mee Mee Tun Yin
Dr. Mee Mee Tun Yin
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Yachil Baldera
Yachil Baldera
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Agnes Carrara
Agnes Carrara
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Mary Diedrich
Mary Diedrich
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Yachil Baldera
Yachil Baldera

Yachil Baldera is a graduate of the University of Central Florida and is fluent in Spanish. During her career with Kaplan Test Prep, she has guided countless students in identifying the preparation that best suits their needs and targets their goal scores. She is committed to supporting students on their Pathway to Medical Residency, from identifying strengths and deficiencies to building confidence.

What med students ask her most often:

How long should I study for?

What score should I aim for?

Yachil's advice:

My formula for student success is passion combined with steady effort. I believe in creating a plan and sticking to it.

Agnes Carrara
Agnes Carrara

Agnes Carrara has over 20 years experience advising students and is fluent in both English and French. She has worked with student doctors who are pursuing medical careers in the United States, as well as Canada, and has extensive knowledge in the Match and Residency processes for both countries. Agnes is passionate about her students and truly enjoys helping them achieve their goals. She believes in hard work and dedication in order to be successful, and she is ready to help you to get there.

What med students ask her most often:

What kind of courses do you offer for the Medical Licensing Exam?

When should I start studying for the USMLE exams?

Agnes' advice:

The 4 P's: Planning, Preparation, Practice and Patience will lead you to your best score.

Mary Diedrich
Mary Diedrich

Mary Diedrich is a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York. She has spent the last ten years advising students and is committed to helping them achieve the highest scores possible on their USMLE exams. As a Kaplan Medical Center Advisor, as well as a National Medical Advisor, Mary has advised US and International Medical Graduates on their paths to Residency.

What med students ask her most often:

There is so much material to cover. Can you help me stay organized and on track to test well?

How do I know when I'm exam-ready?

It is hard for me to concentrate when I study. What are the best ways to stay focused?

How can I overcome test-anxiety?

Mary's advice:

Break down seemingly insurmountable tasks into many mini-tasks. This helps to show you've accomplished something, and the task is done. It also helps to encourage you to start the next one. A task that is attainable is always easier to start than one that appears too difficult at the onset.

Dr. Arsenio Araniego
Dr. Arsenio Araniego

Dr. Arsenio Araniego is a graduate of Far Eastern University, School of Physical Therapy and Institute of Medicine in the Philippines, and is a licensed Physical Therapist in the states of Georgia and New York. He plans to pursue a career in Neurology. As a medical advisor, he appreciates the opportunity to guide both students and graduates through their review experience by sharing his recent successes with the help of Kaplan. He loves the academic role that the position also brings to the table, having been raised by a mother who is a public school teacher. He believes that in order to be successful in the USMLE, residency application, and actual medical practice, an individual should be not just mentally set, but also physically, psychologically, and emotionally ready. This how he prepares and helps the hopefuls he advises.

What medical students ask him most often:

"Will I be ready for the exam after the live lectures?"

"What is the best practice exam and predictor for passing the exam?"

"My scores are still low, when will I be ready for the exam?"

Dr. Arsenio's advice:

"In the exam, they ask about things that you either know or you don't, and repetition is key to establish good memory and recall."

"It's impossible for the exams to ask about everything in medicine. It is also impossible to fit everything about medicine in your brain, so you need to remember and understand the important and high-yield information that will most likely be asked in the exam."

“Never compare yourself with anybody else. Only then will you appreciate your true progress."

Dr. Yamil Flores
Dr. Yamil Flores

Dr. Yamil Flores was born and raised in Puerto Rico. He was admitted into the Program in Liberal Medical Education at Brown University, where he received his medical degree. Dr. Flores has an interest in psychiatry and has worked with children and adolescents at Bradley Hospital in Rhode Island. He has a long history of advising students, going back to his undergraduate and medical school years where he was a mentor for students of diverse ethnic backgrounds. He currently interviews prospective students applying to Brown University. Yamil knows first-hand what it is like to study and prepare for the USMLE Step exams and understands the sacrifices many students have to make in order to achieve their target scores. He is eager to work with his students and guide them on their own road to success!

In his spare time, Yamil enjoys sports, music and spending time with his wife and daughter. He is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese.

Dr. Flores' advice:

The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one.” - Mark Twain

“Take a day off each week and have fun! Don’t forget to eat, sleep and exercise... it will help your scores!”

Dr. Milad Al Troudy El Troudi
Dr. Milad Al Troudy El Troudi

Dr. Milad Al Troudy is a graduate from "Universidad de Los Andes - Medical School" located in Mérida, Venezuela. He completed his training in General Surgery-Urology at the Hospital Luis Razetti also in Venezuela.

Al Troudy practiced medicine since 2012. First at University Hospital "Los Andes" and then at Luis Razetti Hospital, being the first one selected as one of the top 20 hospitals in Venezuela. Al Troudy's practice specializes in the care of critically ill and injured patients.

Al Troudy is also a clinical associate medical researcher at GICOS (Social and community health investigators group), which is a department from "Universidad de Los Andes", Mérida Venezuela with more than 20 publications between articles and books.

In 2016, Al Troudy started working with Kaplan Test Prep Medical Division in Miami FL, where he put all his efforts in helping medical students and graduates from all around the globe to reach out to their goal, which is to succeed in the USMLE examination to get into the best medical residency programs in the US.

Al Troudy has a very good reputation among his peers and has the qualities that a good influencer needs to bring the best out of his students.

What med students ask him most often:

"What's the score that I need in all USMLE assessments to score 240 and up?"

Dr. Al Troudy’s Advice:

"Live your dreams to the limit."

"The only thing capable to stopping is looking straight at you in the mirror."

Dr. Tenzin Jamyang
Dr. Tenzin Jamyang

Dr. Tenzin Jamyang is a graduate of University of Delhi, India. He is our Senior Medical Advisor and has a passion for helping students, acclimating them with the tedious USMLE journey, preparing study plans, ECFMG registration, ERAS application process and guiding them through the interview process to achieve their goals in attaining the Residency of their choice. He has seven years of experience working with medical students and graduates from all countries. He is your one stop shop for your USMLE journey.

What med students ask him most often:

How long will I need to prepare for my Step 1?

Is it true that IMGs will not get into residency after 2015?

Dr. Jamyang's advice:

Give me six hours to chop down a tree, and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe. –Abraham Lincoln

Dr. Flor Hernandez
Dr. Flor Hernandez

Dr. Flor Hernandez is an IMG, just like you. She graduated from medical school and a pediatric residency in El Salvador, Central America.

What students ask her the most is: How can I improve my performance?

Dr. Flor’s advice: Every student has their own weaknesses and strengths. Find yours and work on a study plan according to that. Small changes every day can make a big improvement in the long term.

Dr. Hafeez Khan
Dr. Hafeez Khan

Dr. Hafeez Khan graduated from Unibe School of Medicine in the Dominican Republic. He works with students to create customized study plans depending on their unique needs and helps them to reduce their anxiety and stress whenever they have USMLE Syndrome. He assists them with ECFMG and ERAS application processes.

What med students ask her most often:

How difficult is it to get into Surgery/Dermatology/Plastic Surgery?

What are my chances to get into residency, being an older IMG?

Hafeez's advice:

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.- Nelson Mandela

Dr. Reynalyn Renaldo
Dr. Reynalyn Renaldo

Dr. Reynalyn Reynaldo Aguayon, aka Dr. Reyna, graduated with honors from La Sierra University with her Bachelors in Science in Biology and received her Medical Degree from St. Matthew's University School of Medicine.  She has worked for Kaplan in various capacities, including managing the Service and Operation of the Pasadena Center and the Clinical Skills program. Her passion to ensure that each doctor who takes a Kaplan course receives excellent resources and services continues with her skills to encourage and provide students with personalized study plans to achieve their goals to pursue residency.

What med students ask her most often: What can I do to achieve high scores?

Dr. Reyna’s Advice: Nothing can be achieved without putting in the time, effort and drive to achieve success. Believe in yourself and have confidence to conquer the exam.

Mark Ratliff
Mark Ratliff

Mark Ratliff is a graduate of Ohio State University and has spent the past eight years instructing and advising international students and doctors. As a Kaplan test-taking expert, Mark uses personalized study techniques and his extensive teaching expertise to motivate his students and help them achieve their Residency goals. He believes that all students have their own plan for success and that he can help them find it! He also provides guidance regarding the Residency application process and the key ingredients to a successful Match. Mark is eager to help you get started down the pathway to Residency with Kaplan Medical!

Mark's advice:

In order to achieve success on these exams, you must have the determination to focus on your studies and the wisdom to know when you are ready. As your med advisor, I'll help you with both!

Dr. Arlene Richards
Dr. Arlene Richards

Dr. Arlene Richards was born and raised in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada where she completed an Honors Undergraduate Degree in Biomedical Sciences at Laurentian University. Her love of languages and her passion for health care led to an International Medical School in Montemorelos Mexico. Not only did she benefit from diverse, hands-on medical and surgical training that lead her to the management of a medical clinic in rural Mexico, but she also became immersed in the Latin culture and fluent in the Spanish language.

What med students ask her most often:

Is it possible for me to get through these USMLE exams?

It’s been a long time since I’ve graduated from medical school, can I still match into a residency program?

Arlene's advice:

All things are possible with hard work, faith and determination. It is important that you don’t quit for ‘what you are doing today is getting you closer to where you want to be tomorrow!

Dr. Muhammad Shah
Dr. Muhammad Shah

Dr. Shah is a graduate of the Chandka Medical University, and is fluent in Urdu, Hindi and English. He earned a Masters in Health Services Administration (MPA/HSA) from the University of San Francisco. In addition, he is perusing his PhD in Leadership. Dr. Shah loves to help USMLE students to reach their goals. He is very passionate about providing services to IMGs /US Med students for the USMLE test, path to residency and licensing process. Dr. Shah prepares doctors for the USMLE Examinations by creating customized study plans.

What med students ask him most often:

Which NBME is most predictive of USMLE Step score?

What is the best time to start Qbank?

Dr. Shah's advice:

Have a study plan by December of your second year.

Distractions are the worst enemy of efficient studying. Avoid them at all costs!!

Set realistic goals. Do not set reading plans that you cannot possibly fulfill.

This test is a marathon. You have to study to do well. There is a lot of material, but you have to focus.

Dr. Mary Valentine
Dr. Mary Valentine

Dr. Mary Valentine is a graduate of Kasturba Medical College, India. Having successfully completed the USMLE boards and worked briefly in Highland Hospital in Oakland, California, she understands the long and tedious journey that International Medical Graduates need to go through, in order to get licensed in the US Healthcare System.

She has advised students for four years at the San Francisco Kaplan Center in achieving success and looks forward to assisting students with any questions regarding the Match process and the USMLE.

What med students ask her most often:

How long does it take to study for Step 1 and Step 2?

I graduated five years ago. What are my chances of matching into a Residency program?

I am an F1 student. Should I apply to programs in California?

Dr. Valentine's advice:

Remediate, Remediate and Remediate: Identify errors, rectify and move up percentage points each day!

The Board Exam is a battlefield. Think like the test writer, and crack the code!

Dr. Mee Mee Tun Yin
Dr. Mee Mee Tun Yin

Dr. Mee Mee Tun Yin has been a Medical Advisor for Kaplan since 2013, working in Philadelphia and Miami. She is originally from Sacramento, California and attended medical school at the University of Rome 'La Sapienza,' in Italy. After graduation, she studied at the Kaplan Pasadena Center for her USMLE exams.

Having truly enjoyed her time with Kaplan, she accepted a position and now asks her students to view her not only as their Medical Advisor, but also as their trusted friend-together acing the USMLE and matching into the Residency program of their dreams.

What med students ask her most often:

Can you draw up a study plan for me that will give me a great score?

Dr. Tun Yin's advice:

I will draw up the best personalized study plan for you. However, if you do not focus, preview, review, re-mediate and practice Q Bank questions, even the best study plan in the world cannot be of any help to you. Please do not find any quick fixes to pass the USMLE exam. You need to get the best score that you can achieve, and in order to do that you have to give each USMLE Step the time it needs to prepare for it.

Yachil Baldera
Yachil Baldera

Yachil Baldera is a graduate of the University of Central Florida and is fluent in Spanish. During her career with Kaplan Test Prep, she has guided countless students in identifying the preparation that best suits their needs and targets their goal scores. She is committed to supporting students on their Pathway to Medical Residency, from identifying strengths and deficiencies to building confidence.

What med students ask her most often:

How long should I study for?

What score should I aim for?

Yachil's advice:

My formula for student success is passion combined with steady effort. I believe in creating a plan and sticking to it.

Agnes Carrara
Agnes Carrara

Agnes Carrara has over 20 years experience advising students and is fluent in both English and French. She has worked with student doctors who are pursuing medical careers in the United States, as well as Canada, and has extensive knowledge in the Match and Residency processes for both countries. Agnes is passionate about her students and truly enjoys helping them achieve their goals. She believes in hard work and dedication in order to be successful, and she is ready to help you to get there.

What med students ask her most often:

What kind of courses do you offer for the Medical Licensing Exam?

When should I start studying for the USMLE exams?

Agnes' advice:

The 4 P's: Planning, Preparation, Practice and Patience will lead you to your best score.

Mary Diedrich
Mary Diedrich

Mary Diedrich is a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York. She has spent the last ten years advising students and is committed to helping them achieve the highest scores possible on their USMLE exams. As a Kaplan Medical Center Advisor, as well as a National Medical Advisor, Mary has advised US and International Medical Graduates on their paths to Residency.

What med students ask her most often:

There is so much material to cover. Can you help me stay organized and on track to test well?

How do I know when I'm exam-ready?

It is hard for me to concentrate when I study. What are the best ways to stay focused?

How can I overcome test-anxiety?

Mary's advice:

Break down seemingly insurmountable tasks into many mini-tasks. This helps to show you've accomplished something, and the task is done. It also helps to encourage you to start the next one. A task that is attainable is always easier to start than one that appears too difficult at the onset.