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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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        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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          Should I Enroll in a Prep Course For USMLE Step 1?

          By askdoc / March 9, 2012

          When I was trying to decide whether to take the USMLE or not way back in 2004, I pondered on whether I needed to attend a prep course or not? As an old Grad, I was at a loss on how to prep for this tough exam and enrolling in a prep course was very […]

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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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              How Much Should You Study to Get a 99 in Step 1?

              By askdoc / February 12, 2012

              When I started my prep way back in 2005, I wanted to know how much I should know in order to get a 99. I started going through exam experiences of people who got 99’s, listing down all the study materials they used. A pattern started to emerge. They were all more or less studying […]

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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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