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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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Spot the Difference: DO vs. MD
Spot the Difference: DO vs. MD

Justine Falcone and Patrick Curtin contributed to this post. When under the care of a physician, receiving treatment in the ER, or establishing care with a PCP, most people don’t ask the physician what degree they have. In fact, many non-medical people and patients are entirely unaware that in the US there are two different medical degrees, MD

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The Most Common Medical Residency Interview Questions
The Most Common Medical Residency Interview Questions

It’s stressful trying to figure out how to handle residency interview questions. The pressure to put your best foot forward in a brief, formal meeting is understandably significant, especially now that programs are hosting virtual interviews. However, you interviewed for and made it into medical school. You can do it again!  A reliable approach for

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When (and How) to Schedule Your USMLE Step 2 Exam
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
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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How to Study For Shelf Exams: A Tutor’s Guide
How to Study For Shelf Exams: A Tutor’s Guide

As you progress through medical school and the structure of your educational curriculum evolves, how you learn will also change. The most dramatic transition happens when you start your clinical rotations. In the process, you move from classroom-based or online learning with content developed by your medical school (e.g., lectures, online modules, and labs) to

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The Ultimate ICU Patient Presentation Template for Med Students
The Ultimate ICU Patient Presentation Template for Med Students

The Intensive Care Unit (ICU) is quite a unique environment in the hospital, one where seconds and minutes can mean the difference between life and death. If you’re on an ICU rotation, it may feel overwhelming. While you can typically help in some bedside procedures like placing an arterial line, one way to really shine

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