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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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      ERAS®: Electronic Residency Application Service

      By meliza / March 20, 2012

      What is ERAS? The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) developed the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS®) to allow medical school students and graduates to apply electronically for residency positions in accredited U.S. programs of graduate medical education. Students and graduates of U.S. medical schools/programs are assisted in the ERAS process by the Dean’s office […]

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        USMLE FAQS: Biometric Enabled Check In System (BECS)

        By meliza / March 14, 2012

        What biometric information is collected from a USMLE® candidate using BECS? Under the BECS program, a digitized representation of your fingerprint, an image of your fingerprint, along with your name, address, telephone number (if you provided one), date of birth or age, identification document number, and a scanned copy of your identification document (which may […]

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          USMLE FAQS: Step 2 CS (Clinical Skills)

          By meliza / March 8, 2012

          How is the Step 2 CS exam scored?  Examinees are scored in three separate subcomponents: Integrated Clinical Encounter (ICE), Communication and Interpersonal Skills (CIS), and Spoken English Proficiency (SEP). Each of the three subcomponents must be passed in a single administration in order to achieve a passing performance on Step 2 CS. How could I […]

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            USMLE Score FAQs: Pass or Fail?

            By meliza / February 14, 2012

            USMLE score reports and transcripts show your scores (for Step 1, Step 2 CK, and Step 3) and an indication of whether you passed or failed (for all examinations). You will receive two different scores on the front of your report which basically reflects your overall performance on the examination: one on a 3-digit score […]

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              Is First Aid Alone Enough For USMLE Step 1 Review?

              By askdoc / May 9, 2011

              When I first started my prep for the USMLE, it seems everyone else was using First Aid for the USMLE Step 1 and swearing it’s the best book ever written for the USMLE. Of course, now that I have finished my own examination and have time to reflect not only on my experience but on […]

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                USMLE Step 1 or Step 2 CK – Which Exam should I take first?

                By askdoc / May 2, 2011

                People preparing for the USMLE have been asking this question since as far as I can remember. Way back in 2004, when sitting for the USMLE was just a thought for me, there were very sound arguments for taking either one of this exam first. If you are an AMG you may be wondering what […]

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                  What is the USMLE?

                  By askdoc / April 8, 2011

                  The United States Medical Licensing Examination or USMLE is a series of 4 examinations you need to take and pass in order to be licensed to practice medicine in the United States. The USMLE Step 1, USMLE Step 2 CK and USMLE Step 2 CS is required to enter any residency program in the US. […]

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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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