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Inside The USMLE Test Writing Process with Chris Cimino from Kaplan Medical | Part 2

Inside The USMLE Test Writing Process with Chris Cimino from Kaplan Medical | Part 2

November 8, 2019

This is part 2 in our series with Dr. Chris Cimino, Vice President and Chief Medical Officer for Kaplan Medical, who discusses the USMLE/COMLEX exam writing process and science behind it. 

USMLE and COMLEX board questions are frequently being altered, added, or retired. However, most students do not understand the reasons or the process of such changes. In this episode, Dr. Chris Cimino, Vice President of Medical Academics for Kaplan Test Prep and a former NBME test writer, will help uncover some of the misconceptions students may have about the process of vetting and retiring board-exam questions. He also discusses why some of the medical societies and guidelines conflict each other in clinical practice and how test-writers respond to these differences when creating questions.

Our practice question dissection comes from Kaplan's Step 2 CK Integrated Plan. Click the link below to sign up for a free trial.

Question Dissection for Today

1:49 - A 26 year old woman comes to the physician because of a one year history of amenorrhea

Interview 

4:55 Question Stem Length & Changes in Question Design Over Time

10:00 Pros and Cons of PhDs Teaching in Medical Education & How New Material is Assimilated into the USMLE or COMLEX Exams

Get a discount on any Kaplan Course 

Remember, ITB listeners can take up to 40% off any Kaplan Medical product (when combined with an American Medical Association membership discount) by going to kaptest.com and using the offer code "ITB15" to take advantage of this offer. Even if you're not an AMA member, you can still get 15% off any Kaplan Medical product.  

New Book from ITB's Chase DiMarco- Read This Before Med School  Will medical school make or break you? Whether you’ve just gotten your acceptance or are already in the cadaver lab, you can get through (relatively) unscathed by learning from those who’ve already survived and thrived. Herein, we provide you with the hard-won tips, tools, and insights that helped us to excel during those four grueling years. Beyond providing study tips, we draw on inspiration from fields like psychology, neuroscience, education, business, and even self-help to assemble a complete guide to accelerate your development as a medical student and future physician. Check it out now on Amazon (affiliate link)    

New Podcast: The 1-Minute Preceptor Podcast 

Brought to you by the host of the Medical Mnemonist Podcast, co-host to the InsideTheBoards Podcast, and co-author of Read This Before Medical School: How to Study Smarter and Live Better While Excelling in Class and on your USMLE or COMLEX Board Exams, this show will bring you interviews from medical educators in the clinical sciences. 

Wondering how to ask for Letters of Recommendation or how to best prepare for an upcoming clinical experience? This show will prepare you for your upcoming clinical rotations and make sure your externship experiences are fulfilling. Following the 1-Minute Preceptor Model, we explore how different preceptors in different clinical scenarios approach students and their education.

Stay tuned for the many great physicians we have interviewed and be sure to share this with your friends and Subscribe anywhere you listen to podcasts. 

Check out all of ITB's Podcasts on our BRAND NEW Website

Legal Stuff and Credits

InsideTheBoards is not affiliated with the NBME, USMLE, COMLEX, NBOME or any professional licensing body. InsideTheBoards and its partners fully adhere to the policies on irregular conduct outlined by the aforementioned credentialing bodies.

Inside The USMLE Test Writing Process with Chris Cimino from Kaplan Medical | Part 1

Inside The USMLE Test Writing Process with Chris Cimino from Kaplan Medical | Part 1

October 26, 2019

Today's episode is part 1 in our series with Dr. Chris Cimino, Vice President and Chief Medical Officer for Kaplan Medical, who discusses the USMLE/COMLEX exam writing process and science behind it. 

Students often wonder about those behind the curtain when it comes to the NBME and USMLE exams and materials. However, there is little transparency for students (and even instructors) may not be aware of the NBME test writing designs. Dr. Cimino helps to explain why the test-writers philosophy and those of your academic institution may vary greatly in regards to what material to prepare a student for. He also depicts the process of becoming a test-writer for the NBME and the different stages involved. Lastly, Dr. Cimino explains the process of finding board-relevant material and the process of consensus within question decision-making.

Our practice question dissection comes from Kaplan's Step 2 CK Integrated Plan. Click the link below to sign up for a free trial.

Question Dissection for Today

1:05 - A 55 year old male presents with a chief complaint of a sore on this foot. 

From the interview 

3:30 Reasons for the Lack of Transparency within the NBME, USMLE, and Test-Writer Philosophy

08:40 Why do Schools and Test-Writers Differ on their Educational Focus?

10:45 Insights into the Credentials of a Test-Writer and the Sub-Committees Involved

14:30 The Process for Vetting Board-Relevant Questions

20:00:The Students Role in Choosing Board-Relevant Questions & The Importance of Student Teamwork

Get a discount on any Kaplan Course 

Remember, ITB listeners can take up to 40% off any Kaplan Medical product (when combined with an American Medical Association membership discount) by going to kaptest.com and using the offer code "ITB15" to take advantage of this offer. Even if you're not an AMA member, you can still get 15% off any Kaplan Medical product.  

New Book from ITB's Chase DiMarco- Read This Before Med School 
Will medical school make or break you? Whether you’ve just gotten your acceptance or are already in the cadaver lab, you can get through (relatively) unscathed by learning from those who’ve already survived and thrived. Herein, we provide you with the hard-won tips, tools, and insights that helped us to excel during those four grueling years. Beyond providing study tips, we draw on inspiration from fields like psychology, neuroscience, education, business, and even self-help to assemble a complete guide to accelerate your development as a medical student and future physician. Check it out now on Amazon (affiliate link) 
 
New Podcast: The 1-Minute Preceptor Podcast 

Brought to you by the host of the Medical Mnemonist Podcast, co-host to the InsideTheBoards Podcast, and co-author of Read This Before Medical School: How to Study Smarter and Live Better While Excelling in Class and on your USMLE or COMLEX Board Exams, this show will bring you interviews from medical educators in the clinical sciences.

Wondering how to ask for Letters of Recommendation or how to best prepare for an upcoming clinical experience? This show will prepare you for your upcoming clinical rotations and make sure your externship experiences are fulfilling. Following the 1-Minute Preceptor Model, we explore how different preceptors in different clinical scenarios approach students and their education.

Stay tuned for the many great physicians we have interviewed and be sure to share this with your friends and Subscribe anywhere you listen to podcasts. 

Check out all of ITB's Podcasts on our BRAND NEW Website

Legal Stuff and Credits

InsideTheBoards is not affiliated with the NBME, USMLE, COMLEX, NBOME or any professional licensing body. InsideTheBoards and its partners fully adhere to the policies on irregular conduct outlined by the aforementioned credentialing bodies.

USMLE Qs: Answer ‘Em like You Wrote ‘Em plus Med Schools & Med Studs as Moral Agents (Advice from ZDoggMD and Edmund Pellegrino)

USMLE Qs: Answer ‘Em like You Wrote ‘Em plus Med Schools & Med Studs as Moral Agents (Advice from ZDoggMD and Edmund Pellegrino)

September 7, 2019

In today's episode, the main feature is a detailed breakdown of how to "think like a question writer" based on Patrick's blog post for Student Doctor Network, Board Preparation: Training for a Marathon, not a Sprint. In addition, we excerpt a section from ZDoggMD's Incident Report, "How to Suck Less as a Medical Student" and Patrick presents a section from Dr. Edmund Pellegrino's article "Med Schools as Moral Agents". 

01:50 - ZDoggMD's "How to Suck Less as a Medical Student" 

05:55 - "Med Schools as Moral Agents" observations on the state of medical education and obligations of schools to their students. For an introduction to Dr. Pellegrino and his thought, see Patrick's review of "The Philosophy of Medicine Reborn"

16:20 - Answer 'Em like You Wrote 'EM: Approaching board questions from the perspective of a question writer. Detailed commentary based on Patrick's aforementioned SDN article. 

InsideTheBoards Study Smarter Podcast 

Check out the ITB Study Smarter Series Podcast channel. Go to bit.ly/ITBpodcasts or just click here to check it out on iTunes. We're planning a USMLE Step 2 Study Smarter Series in the coming months, covering each of the required clerkships and how to study for the shelf exam and the USMLE Step 2 and COMLEX Level 2. 

ITB Audio Qbank and iOS Beta App

The ITB iOS app includes all of our podcasts (with exclusive and expanded content), early access to podcasts we'll be releasing in the future, some meditations designed specifically for medical students and intended for use during your dedicated USMLE prep time (gotta keep those stress levels down, right?), plus the beta version of our all audio qbank. There's a sample of high yield audio questions for each version, and of course you can purchase a subscription to help us finish the full scale, Android and iOS app, which will have tons more features. It's not perfect. But it is THE PERFECT companion for studying for the boards on the go. And we're adding content and improving it all the time. Search the App Store for "InsideTheBoards" or click here to download it now. 

Android user? Until we release the cross-platform version of the app this summer, you can still subscribe to the podcast version of ITB's All-Audio Qbank by clicking here

The #ListenLearnLive Contest ("We'll Pay For Yours Boards" thanks to Physicianloans.com) Final Contest (deadline September 30, 2019)

We're giving away all kinds of prizes in exchange for your help promoting all of InsideTheBoards' podcasts.  

You earn entries by completing certain actions like sharing or reviewing our podcasts. But you probably know that ITB is all about promoting the wellbeing of medical students. So we also want to push the hashtag #listenlearnlive. The "live" part of this represents our interest in not just your scores, but also your lives outside of medicine. Hence, you can also earn entries just for doing healthy things like exercising, walking your dog, spending time with your fam, or listening to music and then snapping a photo, tagging us, and using the hashtag #listenlearnlive in a social media post.

It's actually three separate, month-long contests running now through July. The Top Three winners at the end of each month's contest will be placed into a drawing for the Grand Prize: your USMLE Step 1/Step 2 or COMLEX Level 1/Level 2 Registration Fee (thanks to the generosity of Physicianloans.com )That's a prize worth over $600. We're also giving away things like subscriptions to our All-Audio Qbank. Just go to http://bit.ly/paymyusmle3 to sign up. 

Legal Stuff and Credits

InsideTheBoards is not affiliated with the NBME, USMLE, COMLEX, NBOME or any professional licensing body. InsideTheBoards and its guests fully adhere to the policies on irregular conduct outlined by the aforementioned credentialing bodies.

Thanks to ZDogg MD and Doc Vader for their kind permission to use this excerpt. To learn more about Health 3.0, listen to the Incident Report podcast anywhere you find podcasts, and go to ZDogg's website to watch the short video "What's Health 3.0"

"Med Schools as Moral Agents" (Pellegrino ED. Medical Schools as moral agents. Trans Am Clin Climatol Assoc. 1977;88:54–67.). 

Board Preparation: Training for a Marathon, Not a Sprint. Student Doctor Network, Jan 10, 2017 available at this link. 

Music: Better Days, "Tired Bones, Weak Minds" from the album What You Did to Me. Listen to Better Days on Spotify.

The Physiology of Medical Education and USMLE Prep (Part 2) with Rhett and Michael from Physeo

The Physiology of Medical Education and USMLE Prep (Part 2) with Rhett and Michael from Physeo

August 27, 2019

Today's episode features part 2 of our interview with Rhett and Michael, the founders of the Physeo platform (interviewed by host of ITB's Physiology by Physeo Podcast, Dr. Greg Rodden). They discuss their plans for the future of Physeo, their creative process, and what has influenced and helped them pursue work life balance. 

Our sponsor this week is Muse, a tech enhanced headphone device that uses EEG to help you meditate, center yourself, and de-stress. Check them out (and help ITB) by going to bit.ly/itbmuse

Physiology by Physeo (An InsideTheBoards Podcast)

Check out ITB's high-yield physiology podcast for first and second year medical students. It's called Physiology by Physeo (An InsideTheBoards Podcast) hosted by our own Greg Rodden. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts so you know when the new episodes drop. You can also listen to Physiology by Physeo on Podbean and Spotify.  Subscribe to it now! 

InsideTheBoards Study Smarter Podcast 

Check out the ITB Study Smarter Series Podcast channel. Go to bit.ly/ITBpodcasts or just click here to check it out on iTunes. We're planning a USMLE Step 2 Study Smarter Series in the coming months, covering each of the required clerkships and how to study for the shelf exam and the USMLE Step 2 and COMLEX Level 2. 

ITB Audio Qbank and iOS Beta App

The ITB iOS app includes all of our podcasts (with exclusive and expanded content), early access to podcasts we'll be releasing in the future, some meditations designed specifically for medical students and intended for use during your dedicated USMLE prep time (gotta keep those stress levels down, right?), plus the beta version of our all audio qbank. There's a sample of high yield audio questions for each version, and of course you can purchase a subscription to help us finish the full scale, Android and iOS app, which will have tons more features. It's not perfect. But it is THE PERFECT companion for studying for the boards on the go. And we're adding content and improving it all the time. Search the App Store for "InsideTheBoards" or click here to download it now. 

Android user? Until we release the cross-platform version of the app this summer, you can still subscribe to the podcast version of ITB's All-Audio Qbank by clicking here

The #ListenLearnLive Contest ("We'll Pay For Yours Boards" thanks to Physicianloans.com) Final Contest (deadline September 30, 2019)

We're giving away all kinds of prizes in exchange for your help promoting all of InsideTheBoards' podcasts.  

You earn entries by completing certain actions like sharing or reviewing our podcasts. But you probably know that ITB is all about promoting the wellbeing of medical students. So we also want to push the hashtag #listenlearnlive. The "live" part of this represents our interest in not just your scores, but also your lives outside of medicine. Hence, you can also earn entries just for doing healthy things like exercising, walking your dog, spending time with your fam, or listening to music and then snapping a photo, tagging us, and using the hashtag #listenlearnlive in a social media post.

It's actually three separate, month-long contests running now through July. The Top Three winners at the end of each month's contest will be placed into a drawing for the Grand Prize: your USMLE Step 1/Step 2 or COMLEX Level 1/Level 2 Registration Fee (thanks to the generosity of Physicianloans.com )That's a prize worth over $600. We're also giving away things like subscriptions to our All-Audio Qbank. Just go to http://bit.ly/paymyusmle3 to sign up. 

Legal Stuff and Credits

InsideTheBoards is not affiliated with the NBME, USMLE, COMLEX, NBOME or any professional licensing body. InsideTheBoards and its guests fully adhere to the policies on irregular conduct outlined by the aforementioned credentialing bodies.

Music: Better Days, "Tired Bones, Weak Minds" from the album What You Did to Me. Listen to Better Days on Spotify.

The Physiology of Medical Education and USMLE Prep (Part 1) with Rhett and Michael from Physeo

The Physiology of Medical Education and USMLE Prep (Part 1) with Rhett and Michael from Physeo

August 22, 2019

Today's episode features returning guests and friends of ITB, Rhett and Michael, the founders of the Physeo platform interviewed by host of ITB's Physiology by Physeo Podcast, Dr. Greg Rodden. They discuss how Physeo got started, balancing creative endeavors and med school, pursuing your dreams, and how Physeo can help you learn what you need to succeed in med school and on the boards. 

0:30 - Patrick provides some advice for making you shine on the wards 

4:40 - Our sponsor this week is Muse, a tech enhanced headphone device that uses EEG to help you meditate, center yourself, and de-stress. Check them out (and help ITB) by going to bit.ly/itbmuse

6:00 - Example from the USMLE Step 1 Version of ITB's All Audio Question Bank beta (powered by Exam Circle

7:35 - Interview with Greg and the Physeo guys 

33:13 - An update on the state of InsideTheBoards 

35:50 - Easter Egg...The Medicine of HBO's Chernobyl

Physiology by Physeo (An InsideTheBoards Podcast)

Check out ITB's high-yield physiology podcast for first and second year medical students. It's called Physiology by Physeo (An InsideTheBoards Podcast) hosted by our own Greg Rodden. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts so you know when the new episodes drop. You can also listen to Physiology by Physeo on Podbean and Spotify.  Subscribe to it now! 

InsideTheBoards Study Smarter Podcast 

Check out the ITB Study Smarter Series Podcast channel. Go to bit.ly/ITBpodcasts or just click here to check it out on iTunes. We're planning a USMLE Step 2 Study Smarter Series in the coming months, covering each of the required clerkships and how to study for the shelf exam and the USMLE Step 2 and COMLEX Level 2. 

ITB Audio Qbank and iOS Beta App

The ITB iOS app includes all of our podcasts (with exclusive and expanded content), early access to podcasts we'll be releasing in the future, some meditations designed specifically for medical students and intended for use during your dedicated USMLE prep time (gotta keep those stress levels down, right?), plus the beta version of our all audio qbank. There's a sample of high yield audio questions for each version, and of course you can purchase a subscription to help us finish the full scale, Android and iOS app, which will have tons more features. It's not perfect. But it is THE PERFECT companion for studying for the boards on the go. And we're adding content and improving it all the time. Search the App Store for "InsideTheBoards" or click here to download it now. 

Android user? Until we release the cross-platform version of the app this summer, you can still subscribe to the podcast version of ITB's All-Audio Qbank by clicking here

The #ListenLearnLive Contest ("We'll Pay For Yours Boards" thanks to Physicianloans.com) Final Contest (deadline September 30, 2019)

We're giving away all kinds of prizes in exchange for your help promoting all of InsideTheBoards' podcasts.  

You earn entries by completing certain actions like sharing or reviewing our podcasts. But you probably know that ITB is all about promoting the wellbeing of medical students. So we also want to push the hashtag #listenlearnlive. The "live" part of this represents our interest in not just your scores, but also your lives outside of medicine. Hence, you can also earn entries just for doing healthy things like exercising, walking your dog, spending time with your fam, or listening to music and then snapping a photo, tagging us, and using the hashtag #listenlearnlive in a social media post.

It's actually three separate, month-long contests running now through July. The Top Three winners at the end of each month's contest will be placed into a drawing for the Grand Prize: your USMLE Step 1/Step 2 or COMLEX Level 1/Level 2 Registration Fee (thanks to the generosity of Physicianloans.com )That's a prize worth over $600. We're also giving away things like subscriptions to our All-Audio Qbank. Just go to http://bit.ly/paymyusmle3 to sign up. 

 

Legal Stuff and Credits

InsideTheBoards is not affiliated with the NBME, USMLE, COMLEX, NBOME or any professional licensing body. InsideTheBoards fully adheres to the policies on irregular conduct outlined by the aforementioned credentialing bodies.

Music: Enter Shikari "Radiate" from the album "Rat Race" (used with permission). Check out the music video here and their new single, Stop the Clocks on Spotify

The Right Lung with Dr. Ted O’Connell, Author of Crush Step 1: The Ultimate USMLE Step 1 Review

The Right Lung with Dr. Ted O’Connell, Author of Crush Step 1: The Ultimate USMLE Step 1 Review

July 9, 2019

This episode is half of a two part show on lung stuff featuring Dr. Ted O'Connell, ITB's Chief Content Officer, and author of USMLE Step 2 Secrets and Crush Step 1. Check out the other half of this episode (the left lung, get it?) on our Study Smarter podcast. 

Physiology by Physeo (An InsideTheBoards Podcast)

You can also check out ITB's high-yield physiology podcast for first and second year medical students. It's called Physiology by Physeo (An InsideTheBoards Podcast) hosted by our own Greg Rodden. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts so you know when the new episodes drop. You can also listen to Physiology by Physeo on Podbean and Spotify.  Subscribe to it now! 

InsideTheBoards Study Smarter Podcast 

Check out the ITB Study Smarter Series Podcast channel. Go to bit.ly/ITBpodcasts or just click here to check it out on iTunes. We're wrapping up our USMLE Step 1 Study Smarter Series, the best, free audio resource for USMLE Step 1 prep. 

ITB Audio Qbank and iOS Beta App

The ITB iOS app includes all of our podcasts (with exclusive and expanded content), early access to podcasts we'll be releasing in the future, some meditations designed specifically for medical students and intended for use during your dedicated USMLE prep time (gotta keep those stress levels down, right?), plus the beta version of our all audio qbank. There's a sample of high yield audio questions for each version, and of course you can purchase a subscription to help us finish the full scale, Android and iOS app, which will have tons more features. It's not perfect. But it is THE PERFECT companion for studying for the boards on the go. And we're adding content and improving it all the time. Search the App Store for "InsideTheBoards" or click here to download it now. 

Android user? Until we release the cross-platform version of the app this summer, you can still subscribe to the podcast version of ITB's All-Audio Qbank by clicking here. We've recently added 100 additional USMLE Step 1 questions especially for our listeners using the Android platform. 

The #ListenLearnLive Contest ("We'll Pay For Yours Boards" thanks to Physicianloans.com)

We're giving away all kinds of prizes in exchange for your help promoting all of InsideTheBoards' podcasts.  

You earn entries by completing certain actions like sharing or reviewing our podcasts. But you probably know that ITB is all about promoting the wellbeing of medical students. So we also want to push the hashtag #listenlearnlive. The "live" part of this represents our interest in not just your scores, but also your lives outside of medicine. Hence, you can also earn entries just for doing healthy things like exercising, walking your dog, spending time with your fam, or listening to music and then snapping a photo, tagging us, and using the hashtag #listenlearnlive in a social media post.

It's actually three separate, month-long contests running now through July. The Top Three winners at the end of each month's contest will be placed into a drawing for the Grand Prize: your USMLE Step 1/Step 2 or COMLEX Level 1/Level 2 Registration Fee (thanks to the generosity of Physicianloans.com )That's a prize worth over $600. We're also giving away things like subscriptions to our All-Audio Qbank. Just go to bit.ly/paymyusmle2 to sign up. 

Join the InsideTheBoards for Community and Conversation on Slack

Go to http://bit.ly/itbslack and sign up with your email to interact with the podcast hosts, ask your questions about studying and taking board exams, get support from other boardsinsiders and leave your feedback and constructive criticism for our team. We'd love to get to know you better. 

Legal Stuff and Credits

InsideTheBoards is not affiliated with the NBME, USMLE, COMLEX, NBOME or any professional licensing body. InsideTheBoards fully adheres to the policies on irregular conduct outlined by the aforementioned credentialing bodies.

Music: Better Days, "Tired Bones, Weak Minds" from the album What You Did to Me. Listen to Better Days on Spotify.

How’s your blood meal? : Bits of Medical History with Dr. Adam Rodman from The Bedside Rounds Podcast | Part 2

How’s your blood meal? : Bits of Medical History with Dr. Adam Rodman from The Bedside Rounds Podcast | Part 2

June 25, 2019

In today's episode Chase Dimarco, host of ITB's Medical Mnemonist Podcast, continues his discussion with Dr. Adam Rodman, host of the Bedside Rounds Podcast, to cover some of the history of medical thought, medical devices, and the development of ethical clinical trial guidelines. Have you ever wanted to know when exactly we came to know that smoking was bad? Do you know When modern clinical trial laws and protections came about and why?

 
Where we are today in medicine depends on where we have been, and where we are going is defined by where we are. Join us as Adam covers the history of French medical schools, Malaria used as a treatment for syphilis, and other great tales from medical history.
 
For more information on the topics discussed, check out The Bedside Rounds Podcast! Physicians can even get CME credits!
 
For our question dissection today, ITB's founder and podcast co-host Patrick Beeman breaks down a question related to malarial infection treatment options.  His breakdown dives deep into the pathogenesis of the disease and the lifecycle of the parasite as it is passed onto the host from the female Anopheles mosquito. Follow Patrick on Instagram @darthbeeman
 

Physiology by Physeo (An InsideTheBoards Podcast)

You can also check out ITB's high-yield physiology podcast for first and second year medical students. It's called Physiology by Physeo (An InsideTheBoards Podcast) hosted by our own Greg Rodden. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts so you know when the new episodes drop. You can also listen to Physiology by Physeo on Podbean and Spotify.  Subscribe to it now! 

InsideTheBoards Study Smarter Podcast 

Check out the ITB Study Smarter Series Podcast channel. Go to bit.ly/ITBpodcasts or just click here to check it out on iTunes. We're wrapping up our USMLE Step 1 Study Smarter Series, the best, free audio resource for USMLE Step 1 prep. 

ITB Audio Qbank and iOS Beta App

The ITB iOS app includes all of our podcasts (with exclusive and expanded content), early access to podcasts we'll be releasing in the future, some meditations designed specifically for medical students and intended for use during your dedicated USMLE prep time (gotta keep those stress levels down, right?), plus the beta version of our all audio qbank. There's a sample of high yield audio questions for each version, and of course you can purchase a subscription to help us finish the full scale, Android and iOS app, which will have tons more features. It's not perfect. But it is THE PERFECT companion for studying for the boards on the go. And we're adding content and improving it all the time. Search the App Store for "InsideTheBoards" or click here to download it now. 

Android user? Until we release the cross-platform version of the app this summer, you can still subscribe to the podcast version of ITB's All-Audio Qbank by clicking here. We've recently added 100 additional USMLE Step 1 questions especially for our listeners using the Android platform. 

The #ListenLearnLive Contest ("We'll Pay For Yours Boards" thanks to Physicianloans.com)

We're giving away all kinds of prizes in exchange for your help promoting all of InsideTheBoards' podcasts.  

You earn entries by completing certain actions like sharing or reviewing our podcasts. But you probably know that ITB is all about promoting the wellbeing of medical students. So we also want to push the hashtag #listenlearnlive. The "live" part of this represents our interest in not just your scores, but also your lives outside of medicine. Hence, you can also earn entries just for doing healthy things like exercising, walking your dog, spending time with your fam, or listening to music and then snapping a photo, tagging us, and using the hashtag #listenlearnlive in a social media post.

It's actually three separate, month-long contests running now through July. The Top Three winners at the end of each month's contest will be placed into a drawing for the Grand Prize: your USMLE Step 1/Step 2 or COMLEX Level 1/Level 2 Registration Fee (thanks to the generosity of Physicianloans.com )That's a prize worth over $600. We're also giving away things like subscriptions to our All-Audio Qbank. Just go to bit.ly/paymyusmle2 to sign up. 

Join the InsideTheBoards for Community and Conversation on Slack

Go to http://bit.ly/itbslack and sign up with your email to interact with the podcast hosts, ask your questions about studying and taking board exams, get support from other boardsinsiders and leave your feedback and constructive criticism for our team. We'd love to get to know you better. 

Legal Stuff and Credits

InsideTheBoards is not affiliated with the NBME, USMLE, COMLEX, NBOME or any professional licensing body. InsideTheBoards fully adheres to the policies on irregular conduct outlined by the aforementioned credentialing bodies.

Music: Cover of "Thank You" by Alanis Morisette by Mark Mikina. Listen to the full track on YouTube.  

Weird Flexner, but Okay: Bits of Medical History with Dr. Adam Rodman from The Bedside Rounds Podcast | Part 1

Weird Flexner, but Okay: Bits of Medical History with Dr. Adam Rodman from The Bedside Rounds Podcast | Part 1

June 19, 2019

In today's episode Chase Dimarco, host of ITB's Medical Mnemonist Podcast, is joined by Dr. Adam Rodman, host of the Bedside Rounds Podcast, to cover some of the history of medical thought, medical devices, and the development of ethical clinical trial guidelines. Medicine has changed considerably since the advent of "evidence-based medicine", but looking even further back we can acknowledge how paradigm shifts in medicine are inevitable. 

 
Where we are today in medicine depends on where we have been, and where we are going is defined by where we are. Join us as Adam covers the history of French medical schools, Malaria used as a treatment for syphilis, and other great tales from medical history.
 
For more information on the topics discussed, check out The Bedside Rounds Podcast! Physicians can even get CME credits!
 
For our question dissection today, ITB's founder and podcast co-host Patrick Beeman breaks down a question related to physical exam findings in a patient with a dyspnea and a lung mass on chest x-ray. Follow Patrick on Instagram @darthbeeman
 

Physiology by Physeo (An InsideTheBoards Podcast)

You can also check out ITB's high-yield physiology podcast for first and second year medical students. It's called Physiology by Physeo (An InsideTheBoards Podcast) hosted by our own Greg Rodden. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts so you know when the new episodes drop. You can also listen to Physiology by Physeo on Podbean and Spotify.  Subscribe to it now! 

InsideTheBoards Study Smarter Podcast 

Check out the ITB Study Smarter Series Podcast channel. Go to bit.ly/ITBpodcasts or just click here to check it out on iTunes. We're wrapping up our USMLE Step 1 Study Smarter Series, the best, free audio resource for USMLE Step 1 prep. 

ITB Audio Qbank and iOS Beta App

The ITB iOS app includes all of our podcasts (with exclusive and expanded content), early access to podcasts we'll be releasing in the future, some meditations designed specifically for medical students and intended for use during your dedicated USMLE prep time (gotta keep those stress levels down, right?), plus the beta version of our all audio qbank. There's a sample of high yield audio questions for each version, and of course you can purchase a subscription to help us finish the full scale, Android and iOS app, which will have tons more features. It's not perfect. But it is THE PERFECT companion for studying for the boards on the go. And we're adding content and improving it all the time. Search the App Store for "InsideTheBoards" or click here to download it now. 

Android user? Until we release the cross-platform version of the app this summer, you can still subscribe to the podcast version of ITB's All-Audio Qbank by clicking here. We've recently added 100 additional USMLE Step 1 questions especially for our listeners using the Android platform. 

The #ListenLearnLive Contest ("We'll Pay For Yours Boards" thanks to Physicianloans.com)

We're giving away all kinds of prizes in exchange for your help promoting all of InsideTheBoards' podcasts.  

You earn entries by completing certain actions like sharing or reviewing our podcasts. But you probably know that ITB is all about promoting the wellbeing of medical students. So we also want to push the hashtag #listenlearnlive. The "live" part of this represents our interest in not just your scores, but also your lives outside of medicine. Hence, you can also earn entries just for doing healthy things like exercising, walking your dog, spending time with your fam, or listening to music and then snapping a photo, tagging us, and using the hashtag #listenlearnlive in a social media post.

It's actually three separate, month-long contests running now through July. The Top Three winners at the end of each month's contest will be placed into a drawing for the Grand Prize: your USMLE Step 1/Step 2 or COMLEX Level 1/Level 2 Registration Fee (thanks to the generosity of Physicianloans.com )That's a prize worth over $600. We're also giving away things like subscriptions to our All-Audio Qbank. Just go to bit.ly/paymyusmle2 to sign up. 

Join the InsideTheBoards for Community and Conversation on Slack

Go to http://bit.ly/itbslack and sign up with your email to interact with the podcast hosts, ask your questions about studying and taking board exams, get support from other boardsinsiders and leave your feedback and constructive criticism for our team. We'd love to get to know you better. 

Legal Stuff and Credits

InsideTheBoards is not affiliated with the NBME, USMLE, COMLEX, NBOME or any professional licensing body. InsideTheBoards fully adheres to the policies on irregular conduct outlined by the aforementioned credentialing bodies.

Music: Cover of "Thank You" by Alanis Morisette by Mark Mikina. Listen to the full track on YouTube.  

 

From Medical School to Medical Practice (and Everything in Between) with Dr. Andrea Paul from BoardVitals

From Medical School to Medical Practice (and Everything in Between) with Dr. Andrea Paul from BoardVitals

April 24, 2019

Today's episode is with Andre Paul, founder of Board Vitals. We break down a practice question related to pulmonary disease and discuss what Board Vitals does to help learners throughout all stages of medical education. ITB listeners can get a 15% discount on Board Vitals products by using the code ITB2019 when they sign up. Just go to boardvitals.com.

At the end of the episode, Patrick gets a little philosophical and personal plus dedicates a poem he wrote during a GYN Onc rotation to his late Grandpa Fresch. 

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

Check out the ITB Study Smarter Series Podcast channel. We're covering some high yield IM content until early April, then we launch into our annual USMLE Step 1 Study Smarter Series. Go to bit.ly/ITBpodcasts or just click here to check it out on iTunes. 

NEW PODCAST: Physiology by Physeo (An InsideTheBoards Podcast)

We're launching a new podcast. It's focused on high-yield, physiology for first and second year medical students, especially those studying for their USMLE Step 1 or COMLEX Level 1 Exam. It's called Physiology by Physeo (An InsideTheBoards Podcast) hosted by our own Greg Rodden. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts so you know when the new episodes drop. For now, listen to the trailer to find out how you can get a 25% discount on a premium Physeo subscription. You can also listen to Physiology by Physeo on Podbean and Spotify.  Subscribe to it now! 

ITB Audio Qbank and iOS Beta App

The ITB iOS app is (finally!) here. It includes all our podcasts (with exclusive and expanded content), early access to podcasts we'll be releasing in the future, some meditations designed specifically for medical students and especially intended for use during your dedicated USMLE prep time (gotta keep those stress levels down, right?), plus the beta version of our all audio qbank. Step 1 is powered by Exam Circle and Lecturio, and the Step 2 version is powered by OnlineMedEd. There's a sample of high yield audio questions for each version, and of course you can purchase a subscription to help us finish the full scale, Android and iOS app, which will have tons more features. It's not perfect. But it is THE PERFECT companion for studying for the boards on the go. And we're adding content and improving it all the time. Search the App Store for "InsideTheBoards" or click here to download it now. 

Android user? Until we release the cross-platform version of the app this summer, you can still subscribe to the podcast version of ITB's All-Audio Qbank by clicking here

The #listenlearnlive Contest ("We'll Pay For Yours Boards" thanks to Physicianloans.com)

We're giving away all kinds of prizes in exchange for your help promoting InsideTheBoards.  

You earn entries by completing certain actions like sharing or reviewing our podcasts. But you probably know that ITB is all about promoting the wellbeing of medical students. So we also want to push the hashtag #listenlearnlive. The "live" part of this represents our interest in not just your scores, but also your lives outside of medicine. Hence, you can also earn entries just for doing healthy things like exercising, walking your dog, spending time with your fam, or listening to music and then snapping a photo, tagging us, and using the hashtag #listenlearnlive in a social media post.

It's actually three separate, month-long contests running now through July. The Top Three winners at the end of each month's contest will be placed into a drawing for the Grand Prize: your USMLE Step 1/Step 2 or COMLEX Level 1/Level 2 Registration Fee (thanks to the generosity of Physicianloans.com )That's a prize worth over $600. We're also giving away things like subscriptions to our All-Audio Qbank. Just go to bit.ly/paymyusmle to sign up. 

Legal Stuff

InsideTheBoards is not affiliated with the NBME, USMLE, COMLEX, NBOME or any professional licensing body. InsideTheBoards fully adheres to the policies on irregular conduct outlined by the aforementioned credentialing bodies. 

Music: "King Jeff and His Apprentice Bart". DJ Beezo, aka Augustine Beeman (used with permission). Follow the artist at https://soundcloud.com/dj-beezo

 

 

The Sceptics Guide to the Skeptics Guide to Emergency Medicine (sic) with Dr. Ken Milne

The Sceptics Guide to the Skeptics Guide to Emergency Medicine (sic) with Dr. Ken Milne

April 15, 2019

Today’s episode features Dr. Ken Milne, aka BatDoc!. Dr Milne runs the Skeptics’ Guide to Emergency Medicine, which also has its own podcast of the same. Chase and Dr. Milne discuss the origins of FOAM (free open access meded) and how to evaluate evidenced based research. Plus, an example from our All-Audio Qbank

Resources Mentioned on Today's Show

SGEM additional resources http://thesgem.com/additional-resources/

SketchyEBM.com

SGU book https://www.theskepticsguide.org/the-skeptics-guide-to-the-universe-how-to-know-whats-really-real-in-a-world-increasingly-full-of-fake

SGU Interview http://thesgem.com/2018/12/sgem-xtra-message-in-a-book-by-the-sgu/

SGEM Critical Appraisals forms. http://thesgem.com/2014/03/make-it-so-beem-appraisal-tools/

Students for Evidence Based Medicine https://www.students4bestevidence.ne

Featured Sponsor: CommonBond

This Spring, we’ve partnered with CommonBond. They just launched a new loan designed to save medical students thousands of dollars versus the Federal Grad PLUS loan. A student that takes a 10-year fully deferred loan with CommonBond could save thousands of dollars over the life of the loan. But with CommonBond it’s not just about the savings. CommonBond knows med students have unique needs, so they offer flexible repayment to help you focus on your residency program. Plus, you aren’t even required to have a cosigner. To learn more about CommonBond’s new med school loan, visit commonbond.co/ITB  

Today we go in depth with CommonBond's Pete Wylie, Vice President of Student Loan, who tells us a little more about what CommonBond can do for students while offering a little bit of education on med school financing. 

InsideTheBoards Study Smarter Podcast USMLE Step 2 and Shelf Exam Study Starter (mini) Series: Internal Medicine Edition 

Check out the ITB Study Smarter Series Podcast channel. We're covering some high yield IM content until early April, then we launch into our annual USMLE Step 1 Study Smarter Series. Go to bit.ly/ITBpodcasts or just click here to check it out on iTunes. 

ITB Audio Qbank and iOS Beta App

The ITB iOS app is (finally!) here. It includes all our podcasts (with exclusive and expanded content), early access to podcasts we'll be releasing in the future, some meditations designed specifically for medical students and especially intended for use during your dedicated USMLE prep time (gotta keep those stress levels down, right?), plus the beta version of our all audio qbank. Step 1 is powered by Exam Circle and Lecturio, and the Step 2 version is powered by OnlineMedEd. There's a sample of high yield audio questions for each version, and of course you can purchase a subscription to help us finish the full scale, Android and iOS app, which will have tons more features. It's not perfect. But it is THE PERFECT companion for studying for the boards on the go. And we're adding content and improving it all the time. Search the App Store for "InsideTheBoards" or click here to download it now. 

Android user? Until we release the cross-platform version of the app this summer, you can still subscribe to the podcast version of ITB's All-Audio Qbank by clicking here

The #listenlearnlive Contest ("We'll Pay For Yours Boards" thanks to Physicianloans.com)

We're giving away all kinds of prizes in exchange for your help promoting InsideTheBoards.  

You earn entries by completing certain actions like sharing or reviewing our podcasts. But you probably know that ITB is all about promoting the wellbeing of medical students. So we also want to push the hashtag #listenlearnlive. The "live" part of this represents our interest in not just your scores, but also your lives outside of medicine. Hence, you can also earn entries just for doing healthy things like exercising, walking your dog, spending time with your fam, or listening to music and then snapping a photo, tagging us, and using the hashtag #listenlearnlive in a social media post.

It's actually three separate, month-long contests running now through July. The Top Three winners at the end of each month's contest will be placed into a drawing for the Grand Prize: your USMLE Step 1/Step 2 or COMLEX Level 1/Level 2 Registration Fee (thanks to the generosity of Physicianloans.com )That's a prize worth over $600. We're also giving away things like subscriptions to our All-Audio Qbank. Just go to bit.ly/paymyusmle to sign up. 

Legal Stuff

InsideTheBoards is not affiliated with the NBME, USMLE, COMLEX, NBOME or any professional licensing body. InsideTheBoards fully adheres to the policies on irregular conduct outlined by the aforementioned credentialing bodies. 

Music

Music: "1-800-273-8255" by Logic off "Everybody" (used with permission). Listen to the full track on Spotify