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Inside the Mind of a Question Writer | Chris Cimino, Vice President of Kaplan Medical (Part 1)

April 26, 2018

How to think like a question writer | Chris Cimino, Vice President of Kaplan Medical (Part 1)

In this episode, Dr. Chris Cimino, vice president and chief medical officer for Kaplan Medical, a former member of multiple item-writing committees and task forces for the National Board of Medical Examiners, breaks down the process of constructing a multiple choice question and how items get into a standardized exam like the USMLE or COMLEX. We also deconstruct, step-by-step a multiple choice question from Kaplan's Qbank to illustrate these concepts. 

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