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Tips to Succeed in Your Final Year of Medical School
Tips to Succeed in Your Final Year of Medical School

It’s your fourth year of medical school, and by now you’re a seasoned veteran. You know the best study spots on campus and the tastiest dishes in the hospital’s cafeteria. You’re a master of clinical rotations and an expert on shelf exams. Don’t let your guard down. The fourth year brings new challenges as you

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The Increasing Importance of Step 2 CK: Reasons and Outcomes
The Increasing Importance of Step 2 CK: Reasons and Outcomes

The old adage goes, “Two months for Step 1, two weeks for Step 2 CK.” This may not have been the best advice in the past, and it’s even less so nowadays. How long you budget to study for Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (CK) is an individualized decision, but Step 2 has been gaining importance

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4 Keys to Succeed as an MS4 and Beyond
4 Keys to Succeed as an MS4 and Beyond

Once MS4 year arrives, stop and take a look around. You’ll realize how crazy the last 3 – or perhaps even the last 15 – years have been. And there’s more to come! The first three-quarters of MS4 year will revolve around performing internships, finalizing your ERAS application, and attending interviews. Then, all of a

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5 Tips for Success in Your Third Year of Medical School
5 Tips for Success in Your Third Year of Medical School

Here come clinical rotations, the moment you have been preparing for and thinking about for the past two years: • You have just received your rotation schedule. • Each month brings something novel and exciting. • As you enter the clinical wards inside the hospital walls, you find yourself immersed in a new world. •

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New Resources Supported in Cram Fighter | April 2022 Edition
New Resources Supported in Cram Fighter | April 2022 Edition

We’re constantly adding and updating the resources Cram Fighter supports, and this month was no exception, with these new resources fully indexed and ready for you to add to your study plan: Flashcards Pepper Pathoma Deck 100 Concepts Anatomy – Clark Deck Adytumdweller Deck 2.0 – Pixorize Biochemistry Adytumdweller Deck 2.0 – Pixorize Immunology Brenner’s

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What You Need to Know About the Upcoming Passing Score Increase for Step 2 CK
What You Need to Know About the Upcoming Passing Score Increase for Step 2 CK

The USMLE Step 2 CK is intended to test your clinical knowledge—and that’s what “CK” actually stands for. When the test is graded,  the percentage of questions you get right is curved to a three-digit score. Currently, the threshold for passing Step 2 CK is a 209 with an average score for first-time test-takers last

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Didn’t Match? Learn All About SOAP
Didn’t Match? Learn All About SOAP

On Monday, in mid-March, the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) sends out its Match emails to eager medical students. Not matching can be devastating initially, but you still have a chance to get a desired residency position. If you’re here from my recent post on not matching, you’ve come to the right place!  Don’t give up

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How to Make the Best Out of Your Second Year in Med School
How to Make the Best Out of Your Second Year in Med School

The second year of medical school continues your medical journey, but offers you more free time than the first year. As an MS2, you get a chance to be more involved in extracurriculars, and I encourage you to find interest groups that align with your career goals. Schools have groups dedicated to different specialties as

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