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      2018 NRMP Match Statistics: By the Numbers

      By askdoc / August 8, 2018

      NRMP has released its 2018 match statistics. I have always believed that in order to have a realistic assessment of ones chance in matching to a US medical residency, you need to analyze match statistics. It will also go a long way to help you know what strategies you needed to do it you really […]

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        Why You Need to Master the USMLE Step 1

        By askdoc / March 12, 2016

        One of the most important thing you need to realize if you want to do well or ace the USMLE Step 1 is to know what makes it hard. You need to know why you need to master the USMLE Step 1 before you can start to address the difficulty properly. Crash Diets and USMLE […]

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          Advice for the Old IMG taking the USMLE

          By askdoc / March 12, 2016

          Hi. I’m Mike, otherwise known as Askdoc. Some of you may already know my story. For those who don’t, well, I am a very old IMG, graduated way back in 1989. I took the USMLE Step 1 in April, 2006 and scored a 99/256 and USMLE Step 2 CK in November, 2006 and scored a […]

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            Most Common Mistakes in Step 2 CK Prep

            By askdoc / September 27, 2015

            I first wrote this article about the USMLE Step 2 CK around 5 years ago way back in March, 2010. It is one of my more popular posts with over 80,000 page views. Since that time, I have had many students who have passed Step 2CK with very good scores and went on to finish their […]

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              Question of the Week

              By askdoc / July 28, 2015

              Here’s an example of a question from Askdoc USMLE Step 1 Prep Course Q Bank. We also post this Q&A in our Askdoc Facebook Fan Page. Try to practice answering the question before peeking into the answer. Question  # 1: In fractures of the surgical neck of the humerus, the axillary nerve is commonly damaged. This […]

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                Congratulations Dora USMLE Step 1 Score 254

                By askdoc / June 4, 2015

                I would like to congratulate Dora for acing the USMLE Step 1 with a score of 254. She took the exam last April 29, 2015. For those of you who was with her in both the Askdoc’s Seminar Lecture Series and Askdoc’s Moderated Prep Course, we all know how hard she prepped and that she really […]

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                  The Key to Acing the USMLE Step 1

                  By askdoc / May 29, 2015

                  Acing the USMLE Step 1 (and Step 2 CK) When I started thinking about taking on the USMLE way back in last quarter of 2004, I would scour through all the forums. Trying to find any information I can get on how to tackle this difficult exam. I would pay special attention to the postings […]

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                    Mastering the USMLE Step 1

                    By askdoc / May 29, 2015

                    How to Pass the USMLE Step 1 in One Take Hi, my name is Mike, also known as ‘askdoc’ in the USMLE prep community. Some of you may know my story. But for those who don’t… Well I am an old IMG, 16 years out of medical school when I decided to prep for the […]

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                      What is an Old IMG?

                      By askdoc / May 9, 2015

                      When I first encountered the term “old IMG”, I wasn’t very sure what it exactly mean, even though intuitively, I knew it refers to someone like me. An IMG is an International Medical Graduate as opposed to an AMG or American Medical Graduate. I thought initially that old refers to the age of the IMG, […]

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                        USMLE FAQs for the Old IMG

                        By askdoc / May 8, 2015

                        There are a lot of information that is of utmost relevance to the old IMG. Since majority of all USMLE exam-takers are either third year medical students or fresh grads, these facts do not apply to them and usually is not mentioned or discussed that much in most forums. As an old IMG it took […]

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