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Our Top USMLE Tips & Tricks for IMGs Applying to US Residencies

For an international medical graduate (IMG) planning on practicing in the US, the USMLEs (United States Medical Licensing Examinations) are a big part of any US residency application. The USMLE Step exams (or their COMLEX equivalents) are designed to assess a physician’s ability to apply medical knowledge, concepts, and principles to patient care. They’re a

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How to Register for Your First USMLE as an IMG

If you’re reading this, I’m assuming you’re an IMG (international medical graduate). Maybe you’ve been in medical practice in the United Kingdom, or you’re a student enrolled in a five-year medical program in Pakistan. Perhaps you heard about medical practice in the US and developed a desire to come practice here. Now you’re wondering how

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When (and How) to Schedule Your USMLE Step 2 Exam

While some dates on the calendar are fixed, such as your birthday, a vacation you have planned, all the holidays you celebrate, etc… USMLE Step 2 is a bit trickier! Sure, you know it will happen at some point this year, but when do you take USMLE Step 2, exactly? And how do you know

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How to Approach Step 1 Dedicated in 2024

Neelesh Bagrodia also contributed to this post. If your Step 1 exam is scheduled in 2024, you may be wondering whether you need to be following conventional advice about Step 1 dedicated periods. Should you follow the detailed study calendars that abound online? Should you use the entire study period which your medical school has

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What Happens if I Fail Step 1 (Now That It’s Pass/Fail)?

While some med students may feel relief from Step 1 going pass/fail, others may still be wondering, “What happens if I fail Step 1? Without a score, how will I know how to improve when I retake the exam?” Whether you’ve arrived at this article before taking Step 1 or after receiving a failing score,

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Step 1 Pass Rates Are Decreasing: How to Make Sure You’ll Pass

In recent years, the role Step 1 of the United States Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE) plays in the residency application process has changed. When it transitioned from a scored assessment to a pass/fail test in January 2022, the change alleviated the pressure to score as high as possible and realigned the focus back to making

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5 FAQs About Using Anki for USMLE Prep

Maybe you’ve read Blueprint articles about Anki cards like “What is Anki?” and “Which USMLE Subjects Are Best for Anki?” but still have questions about this popular study resource. If so, no worries—we’ve got you covered! In this article we’ll go over some FAQs medical students have about Anki cards. I’ll show you how to

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Which USMLE Subjects Are Best for Anki?

You can hardly set foot in any United States medical school without hearing about the popular flashcard tool called “Anki.” Anki is loved (and feared) by many, but is it a good fit for you? Compare these strengths and weaknesses of using Anki for your USMLE prep! What is Anki? Let’s start with the basics:

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