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So I Failed Step 3: Now What?
So I Failed Step 3: Now What?

If you failed Step 3, you’re probably a bit stunned. How on earth did this happen? After so many years of studying and so many exams passed, you cannot fathom how this is the exam that became the biggest obstacle. Well let me assure you, you’re not alone. Many people before you have failed Step 3,

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How Hard Is Step 1 Now That It’s Pass/Fail? (Plus How to Increase Your Chances of Passing)
How Hard Is Step 1 Now That It’s Pass/Fail? (Plus How to Increase Your Chances of Passing)

In the new age of the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME)—we’re talking new logo and everything—the question on medical students’ minds is just how hard is Step 1 now? It’s still difficult, despite being pass/fail. And in fact, the Step 1 pass rate has declined in recent years. So it’s important to take the

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The Step 1 Pass Rate Is Decreasing: How to Make Sure You’ll Pass
The Step 1 Pass Rate Is 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 pressure to score as high as possible, and realigned the focus back to making sure

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How to Interpret Your NBME Score Report
How to Interpret Your NBME Score Report

The Clinical Basic Science Self-Assessments (CBSSA), released by the NBME, should be integral to any USMLE Step 1 study plan. These tests are traditionally referred to as NBME practice tests. They consist of retired exam questions reformatted into practice assessments and in the past, your NBME score report provided you with a good prediction of

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How Much Do You Get Paid During Residency?
How Much Do You Get Paid During Residency?

Starting down the challenging path of a medical residency is an exciting, albeit daunting, experience. With long hours, life-saving responsibilities, and the persistent peering over textbooks and patients alike, one significant question lingers in the minds of new residents: “How much do you get paid during residency?” This blog post will address the financial side

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What Do You Learn in Medical School? A Guide for Incoming Med Students
What Do You Learn in Medical School? A Guide for Incoming Med Students

After successfully completing college and all the classes and extracurricular activities it entails, now it’s time to prepare yourself for the next step: medical school. But what, exactly, will that be like? And what do you learn in medical school?  Medical school curricula can vary widely, but there’s a rough template they’re all based on.

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