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Inside the Mind of a Question Writer | Chris Cimino, Vice President of Kaplan Medical (Part 2)

May 1, 2018

How to think like a question writer | Chris Cimino, Vice President of Kaplan Medical (Part 2)

In the second part of our episode with 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, we learn more about Dr. Cimino's own successes and failures in examinations and dive more deeply into the processes that contribute to making a test like the USMLE or COMLEX


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