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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?


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