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      Am I too Old to Take the USMLE?

      By askdoc / March 29, 2011

      When I was first thinking about taking the USMLE Steps, this was the foremost question in my mind. Most of the advise I got were pretty bad. They say your chance of passing is very poor. And even if you pass, chances are your score will be quite low. Low scores plus Old IMG means […]

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        What are High Yield Topics?

        By askdoc / March 25, 2011

        When I was starting my prep, I kept on meeting the word high-yield. As in high yield review, high yield topics and high yield questions. So what does high yield means. As used by most people reviewing for the USMLE, High yield means medical concepts that are frequently tested in the USMLE. Therefore reviewers or […]

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          What are Experimental Questions in USMLE?

          By askdoc / March 22, 2011

          What are Experimental Questions in USMLE? When I first heard about experimental questions, the first questions that came to mind are: What is the experiment? What are they experimenting on? Why are they included in the USMLE? Like most people I started my research by going online visiting forums and blogs. After sifting through various […]

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            USMLE FAQ

            By askdoc / March 17, 2011

            When I first started thinking about taking the USMLE Steps, my first inclination was to find out everything about this examination. Not just the official version or materials about the USMLE but also all the nuts and bolts and tips and tricks or ‘secrets’. Researching the information requires going through various official sites, blogs, forums […]

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              Why You Need Three Phases in USMLE Prep – I

              By askdoc / October 5, 2010

              For most people, preparing for an exam involves learning the material tested in the exam. After doing so, they feel that is enough for them to do well in the examination. For most short quizzes and even shelf exams, that is usually enough. But for examinations like the USMLE, it calls for a different, more […]

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                Can I get a 99 in the USMLE?

                By askdoc / September 27, 2010

                The Holy Grail of the USMLE exam is to get a 99 or much more rarely the double 99. This is where you get a 99 on both the USMLE Step 1 and the USMLE Step 2 CK. Only very few people can achieve the even rarer triple 99, where you also get a 99 […]

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                  Common Problems Of the Old IMG in USMLE Prep

                  By askdoc / September 13, 2010

                  There are many problems that the typical Old IMG faces when preparing for the USMLE. It is important for the Old IMG to be aware of this fact. As these problems of the old IMG has a big impact on the way he should plan his prep. An Old IMG is anyone who has been […]

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                    How to Score 99′s in the USMLE

                    By askdoc / September 9, 2010

                    This post has been updated. Please see The Key to Acing the USMLE Step 1. 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 […]

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                      Three Phases of USMLE Prep

                      By askdoc / September 2, 2010

                      Biggest Mistake in USMLE Prep One of the biggest mistakes people make in prepping for the USMLE is underestimating the time it takes to finish the prep. It seems a lot of people start their USMLE prep by opening a book and then start reading. They have no estimate on how fast they have to […]

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                        Which NBME Self Assessment Form to Use for USMLE Step 1

                        By askdoc / August 16, 2010

                        Which NBME Form should you Use for USMLE Step 1? This is one of the most common question that I usually encounter both in my blogs and in the various forums. And you have as many answers as there are NBME forms, in fact more. Various answers include the following Use all 7 NBME forms […]

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