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What Is Anki? How to Use Anki for USMLE
What Is Anki? How to Use Anki for USMLE

If you’re studying for a USMLE exam, you may have heard of Anki and wondered what it is. At its core, Anki is a free, online flashcard service. However, if you’re used to handwritten flashcards or other online flashcard applications, Anki can feel different—so, if you’re going to use Anki, you should make sure you’re

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Best Shelf Exam Study Resources: A Comparison & Breakdown
Best Shelf Exam Study Resources: A Comparison & Breakdown

Balancing your clinical responsibilities with studying for shelf exams can be daunting. What’s more, there are so many resources it can be equally intimidating to figure out how to study. However, your shelf exams are crucial for setting yourself up for success on Step 2 (especially important now that Step 1 is pass/fail), so it’s

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Is Internal Medicine Primary Care?
Is Internal Medicine Primary Care?

The words “primary care” tend to conjure up thoughts of pediatricians and family medicine practitioners. While these physicians certainly do make up a decent chunk of primary care physicians (PCPs), the field is much broader. In fact, in my state of North Carolina, data from 2018 showed that about 30% of physicians in the state

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Medical School: Expectation vs Reality
Medical School: Expectation vs Reality

I don’t know about you, but before starting medical school, I was excited. Having not grown up with a medical background (no one in my immediate or extended family worked in medicine in the U.S.), I gained all of my initial perceptions about the medical field through media. It may sound silly, but my first

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What’s the Best Med School Study Planner?
What’s the Best Med School Study Planner?

Matriculating into medical school is an exceptional feat, and all who manage it should feel an enormous sense of pride and accomplishment. Once you enter those hallowed halls of preclinical lectures, small group sessions, physical exam essentials, and patient interactions, many students wonder one thing: “How do I succeed on Step 1 and Step 2?”

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How to Choose a Residency Program: Top Factors to Consider for Your Rank List
How to Choose a Residency Program: Top Factors to Consider for Your Rank List

Choosing a residency program is an important step along your medical journey. This decision can ultimately guide your career trajectory based on the population you serve, your specific training, and your available opportunities. Not every residency program is created equal, and each one of them will have unique strengths and weaknesses. Just like applicants, residency

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What is the Difference Between Internal Medicine and Family Medicine?
What is the Difference Between Internal Medicine and Family Medicine?

Careers in internal medicine (IM) and family medicine (FM) can be very alike, but despite many similarities, important differences exist. If you’re considering a future in either of these fields, this article will explain the difference between them. We’ll walk you through how the training, scope of practice, and professional opportunities vary between the two

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Do Residency Programs Rank Everyone They Interview?
Do Residency Programs Rank Everyone They Interview?

If you’re a medical student or graduate applying to residency this year, you might be wondering what the significance is of being granted an interview. In addition to the flood of excitement when you receive your first long-awaited residency interview invite, there may also be a little bit of dread, or self-doubt that starts to

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