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Inside The USMLE Test Writing Process with Chris Cimino from Kaplan Medical | Part 3

Inside The USMLE Test Writing Process with Chris Cimino from Kaplan Medical | Part 3

November 13, 2019

Today’s episode is the third and final episode 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. 

This final in the trilogy with Chris Cimino of Kaplan Test Prep covers the questions medical students ask most involving the USMLE board exam. Students often hear that the USMLE will be a deciding vote in their potential residency applications, what specialties are more likely to accept them, and how competitive the residency spot will be. In this episode, we clarify the ultimate Goal of the USMLE and how it relates to later academic and clinical life.

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

1:08 - Question Dissection for Today

A 2 year old girl is brought to the E.D. by her parents because of a severe cough with sputum, fever, and rapid breathing. 

7:17 - Interview 

Topics covered in the interview include: 

Medical Societies, Guidelines, and Ethics in the Media

Should All Medical Students Learn Specialized Medical Topics?

Is the USMLE or COMLEX Relevant to Becoming a Doctor?

What is the Goal of the USMLE and other Board Exams?

How Does the USMLE Score Relate to Residency Selection Processes and Where are the Incentives?

Does the USMLE or COMLEX Exam Score Correlate to Physician Success?

 

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. 

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Introducing: USMLE Step 2 Secrets (An InsideTheBoards Podcast)

Introducing: USMLE Step 2 Secrets (An InsideTheBoards Podcast)

September 26, 2019

We've teamed up with Elsevier and Dr. Ted O'Connell, ITB's Chief Content Officer, and author of USMLE Step 2 Secrets and Crush Step 1.  to bring you a brand new version of the USMLE Step 2 Secrets Podcast with enhanced production and additional high yield content in the form of USMLE style question dissections (thanks to Elsevier, Inc.). Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, listen on InsideTheBoards website. or anywhere you listen to podcasts. 

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. 

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

 

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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.

Introducing USMLE Step 1 Success Stories by Physeo

Introducing USMLE Step 1 Success Stories by Physeo

June 11, 2019

Here's an excerpt from USMLE Step 1 Success Stories by Physeo, a new podcast that gives you a look inside the playbooks of those who reached their goals on their USMLE Step 1 exam. It's got everything a first or second year medical student could want: inspiration, practical tips, advice on long term and short term strategies for USMLE Step 1 or COMLEX Level 1 prep, plus... it's free ;) 

During this 1st episode Michael and Rhett, Physeo's medical student co-founders, interview Pete Sundwall, a 1st year Family Medicine Resident from Coeur d'Alene, ID. He attended the University of Utah.  He shares about his simple, straight forward strategy and routines to be successful through Step 1.

You can listen to USMLE Step 1 Success Stories on Apple Podcasts, Podbean, or wherever you listen to podcasts. 

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. 

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. 

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