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Reproductive Part 5- Audio Qbank Preclinical (powered by Lecturio)

June 16, 2018

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Reproductive Part 4- Audio Qbank Preclinical (powered by Lecturio)

June 16, 2018

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Reproductive Part 3- Audio Qbank Preclinical (powered by Lecturio)

June 16, 2018

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USMLE Strategy: Shrinking Questions Down to Manageable Size | ITB Audio Blog (powered by MedSchoolTutors)

June 11, 2018

InsideTheBoards Audio Blog (powered by MedSchoolTutors) 

This is the first feature in our Audio Blog Serie. We're taking posts from The MedSchoolTutors Blog (the very best blog for medical school) and recording them for on-the-go listening. We're focusing on articles that cover question breakdowns, examination and study advice, and those related to mental wellbeing and wellness during medical school. 

Today's article which you can read in full here is titled "USMLE Strategy: Shrinking Questions Down to Manageable Size" by Dr. Christopher Carrubba 

InsideTheBoards Study Smarter Series for the USMLE Step 1 and COMLEX Level 1

Check out the ITB Study Smarter Series Podcast channel. Go to bit.ly/ITBpodcasts or just click here to check it out on iTunes. 

Support the ITB Podcast 

Please consider helping us continue our work on the ITB podcast. Check out insidetheboards.com/support to learn more about how you can contribute to the growth and development of InsideTheBoards (and get an ad-free version of the 2017 Study Smarter Series as our thank you).

ITB Audio Qbank and Premium Subscription

Before August 15, 2018 purchase a 6-month or 12-month subscription to ITB's All-Audio Qbank using this link (or going to http://www.insidetheboards.podbean.com and clicking the "Premium Plans" tab) and we'll double the length of your subscription for free. The preclinical version of our All-Audio Qbank is powered by content from Lecturio and Osmosis. The clinical version is powered by OnlineMedEd. It's the perfect supplement to UWorld, Pathoma, First Aid, and Sketchy. 

Fake USMLE Question Contest

Check out Patrick's Twitter (@boardsinsider) for an example of a "fake USMLE question." Make a Twitter poll or post a fake question on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or Reddit (or just send your question to info@insidetheboards.com). Tag InsideTheBoards in your post and use the hashtag #fakeUSMLE. The most creative Fake USMLE Question submitted by July 15th will win a 1-year subscription to our All-Audio Qbank for free.

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Music: "Live Outside" off The Spark by Enter Shikari (used with permission).

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June 4, 2018

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June 4, 2018

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“Ask for Help (online)” with Sahil Mehta from MedSchoolCoach (plus bonus MedSchoolCoach minute: Why Try Virtual Tutoring?) | Best of the ITB Podcast

June 3, 2018

This is a "best of" episode of the ITB podcast, a rebroadcast of our with MedSchoolCoach founder, Sahil Mehta. We dissect a practice question related to urinary retention and cover what MSC does to help students prepare for their boards exams and medical school coursework. 

MedSchoolCoach Minute and offer for ITB listeners

In today's MedSchoolCoach minute we discuss the two types of students who benefit most from tutoring. Go to medschoolcoach.com/itb and use the offer code "ITB&MSC" when you sign up to take advantage of 10% off MSC's coaching and tutoring service. 

InsideTheBoards Study Smarter Series for the USMLE Step 1 and COMLEX Level 1

Check out the ITB Study Smarter Series Podcast channel. Go to bit.ly/ITBpodcasts or just click here to check it out on iTunes. 

Support the ITB Podcast 

Please consider helping us continue our work on the ITB podcast. Check out insidetheboards.com/support to learn more about how you can contribute to the growth and development of InsideTheBoards (and get an ad-free version of the 2017 Study Smarter Series as our thank you).

ITB Audio Qbank and Premium Subscription

Before August 15, 2018 purchase a 6-month or 12-month subscription to ITB's All-Audio Qbank using this link (or going to http://www.insidetheboards.podbean.com and clicking the "Premium Plans" tab) and we'll double the length of your subscription for free. The preclinical version of our All-Audio Qbank is powered by content from Lecturio and Osmosis. The clinical version is powered by OnlineMedEd. It's the perfect supplement to UWorld, Pathoma, First Aid, and Sketchy. 

Fake USMLE Question Contest

Check out Patrick's Twitter (@boardsinsider) for an example of a "fake USMLE question." Make a Twitter poll or post a fake question on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or Reddit (or just send your question to info@insidetheboards.com). Tag InsideTheBoards in your post and use the hashtag #fakeUSMLE. The most creative Fake USMLE Question submitted by July 15th will win a 1-year subscription to our All-Audio Qbank for free.

Legal Stuff

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ITB Exam Strategy Advice: STATMed Lessons

June 2, 2018

ITB Exam Strategy Advice: STATMed Lessons

Premium Subscribers: This is a collection of our STATMed Lessons. It's one big file, so listen through. The topics cover: 

 

 

1) Why are some people bad test-takers? 

2) The problem with doing volumes of questions but not improving 

3) Common specific test-taking issue: “I always narrow down to two and always pick the wrong one”

4) Common test-taking issue: certain mistakes people make when reading a vignette. "The pointy edge."

5) Common test-taking issue: The Bad Slash…

6) Can you improve test performance with strategy?

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ITB Exam Strategy Advice: MedSchoolCoach Minutes

June 2, 2018

ITB Exam Strategy Advice: MedSchoolCoach Minutes

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This is collection of our Kaplan Test Prep Minutes (it's one big file, so listen all the way through). The segments cover how: 

1) Why is Step 1 so important? 

2) Who should consider a tutor for USMLE prep? 

3) How MSC identifies the areas where students need help. 

4) How long to give for Step 1 Prep. 

5) When should someone take a “practice” exam? How should they interpret the results?

6) What are the biggest mistakes students make in their Step 1 preparation.

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ITB Exam Strategy Advice: Kaplan Test Prep Minutes

June 2, 2018

ITB Exam Strategy Advice: Kaplan Test Prep Minutes

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Collection of Kaplan Test Prep Minutes (it's one big file, so listen all the way through). The segments cover how: 

- Students always ask the lecturers, Will that be on the test?' but really individual lecturers in a course have little idea what will be on the test outside of their own subspecialty. A group of 5 students can often do a better job of estimating what will be on the test than any one faculty. So how is an exam constructed?

- The exam writers have discovered they don't need to write trick questions to make the exam hard. They've also discovered that when they write trick questions, they are no longer testing medical knowledge but rather puzzle solving. Being a good puzzle solver is useful as a doctor, but it isn't all they want to see before they hand someone their medical license." So what are the USMLE writers trying to do?

- Exam writers struggle with creating realistic scenarios that require problem solving to test medical knowledge in context, without the item becoming a matter of reading speed. Until they solve this, it will remain useful to have a system for reading items to maintain efficiency and also to practice long blocks of timed items to build stamina.

- Students mistakenly think if they have 'just a little bit more time' to study that will gain them a few critical points. But everyone will reach a point of diminishing returns where the amount of knowledge being added is less than the amount of knowledge being forgotten. That's because trying to keep up the same grueling pace over many weeks will eventually lead to study fatigue making knowledge gains less efficient. We talk about the law of diminishing returns as it relates to preparing for an exam.

- What about updates to guidelines or new, publicized changes to practice? There are three kinds of breaking news that effect licensure exam content. One is generated by the licensure exam writing organization. These are typically based on curriculum and educational trends in the US. There is no way to know if these announcements represent a new initiative, in which case it will be 6 to 18 months before items appear on the exam, or the culmination of an effort already well along, in which case items could potentially appear immediately on exams. The truth probably lies somewhere in between with these items appearing sooner but not immediately."

- If licensure exams are about problem solving then is there a place for straight memorization? The short answer is yes, but only as it increases your vocabulary around which you build a structure of knowledge.