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USMLE Epidemiology and Biostatistics Notes

Epidemiology is a cornerstone for the practice of evidence-based medicine, but for the sake of medical licensing exams, only the very basics are "high yield knowledge." Rather than having to sift through PowerPoint slides or a textbook, I…

USMLE Step 3 Preparation Before Residency

USMLE Step 3 is the last board exam a physician must pass to practice medicine in the United States. It can only be taken after graduating from medical school; most residents take it in their intern year before getting into the bulk of…

USMLE Step 2 CK Experience

One of the perils of taking standardized medical exams is the stark contrast between "textbook" and "clinical" medicine. Physicians try to abide by the latest guidelines and evidence-based practices, but this doesn't always translate to…

One Week Till USMLE Step 2 CK

Its been almost a month since my last post; I think that's the longest I've gone without an update since starting this blog. :shock: My life has been a balance between residency interviews and studying for USMLE Step 2 CK as of late. I fell…

USMLE Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (CK)

With only one rotation left in medical school (my internal medicine sub-internship in January 2013), I have the next few months to attend to my residency interviews and extracurriculars. That being said, I wanted to first knock Step 2 CK…

USMLE Step 2 Clinical Skills

Per the USMLE website, Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) "uses standardized patients to test medical students and graduates on their ability to gather information from patients, perform physical examinations, and communicate their findings to…

USMLE Step 1 Experience

The night before the exam, I slept a total of 2-3 hours. After midnight, my mind was racing with everything I learned over the last few weeks. It's like I was consciously consolidating information; my heart was racing and I had a horrible…

‘Twas The Night Before USMLE Step 1

Tomorrow I'll be taking the most important exam of my life to date - the United States Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE) Step 1. I've spent countless hours reading and completed thousands of practice questions, yet there's an underlying sense…

Three Days Left Till Step 1

Over the last 48 hours, I've completed UWorld's SA #2 and NBME #7, scoring equivalent scores of 265 and 259, respectively. While I'm humbled by these results, the real exam is 75% longer than any of the practices I've done, so endurance…

Eight Days Left Till Step 1

At this point, I've gone through all 2090 USMLE World questions, UWorld's Self Assessment #1 (around 200 questions), over 1000 NBME questions, 300 questions from Kaplan's free Qbank, the 138 questions from the USMLE website, and any random…