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    What to Study for the USMLE – Part IV

    By askdoc / September 15, 2008

    We begin part 4 of our series on “What to Study for the USMLE”. In Part I, we discussed the need to choose our review material based on what we want to achieve in the exam. We also discussed the use of substituted judgment when we rely on reviewers to know what to review for […]

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      What to Study for the USMLE – Part III

      By askdoc / August 11, 2008

      We begin part 3 of our series on “What to Study for the USMLE”. For those just joining us, please refer to previous post here and here. Due to the sheer number of review materials available to examinees, we need to classify them in order to make it easier to choose and mix and match […]

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        What to Study for the USMLE – Part II

        By askdoc / July 18, 2008

          We begin part 2 of our series on “What to Study for the USMLE”. For those just joining us, please refer to previous post here. Before we discuss the various criteria for selecting study materials for review, we need to clarify some concepts and discuss some limitations. First, there is no real guarantee that […]

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          Using Q Banks Effectively for USMLE Review – II

          By askdoc / July 4, 2008

          We now come to the second part of our discussion of “Using Q Banks effectively for USMLE Review”. For those just joining us, please review the previous post here. Previously we talked about what Q Banks to use and when to use them for review. We will now talk about how to use Q banks […]

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            Using Q Banks effectively for USMLE Review

            By askdoc / June 12, 2008

            Doing Q banks is now considered part and parcel of USMLE review. Any person still not using Q banks is taking a big chance of doing poorly in the examination. In fact I believe one of the biggest reason for the increasingly high scores among both AMGs and IMGs is due to the existence of […]

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              USMLE QBank vs. Kaplan QBank: Which one?

              By askdoc / June 4, 2008

              Which one is better, UW or Kaplan? This is one of the most often asked questions I’ve encountered from people and the answer is as always not that straightforward. Each has its pros and cons and thereby is more useful in one situation than another. The best answer is

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                High Yield Concepts and the USMLE.

                By askdoc / May 29, 2008

                “Study the High yield stuff”. “Don’t bother with that because it’s low yield”. When I was just starting my review, these are the most common advice I get from “experts” in forums and books about reviewing for the USMLE. The question is how good is this advice.

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                  Clinical Vignettes in the USMLE and how they affect your review process

                  By askdoc / April 14, 2008

                  Clinical Vignettes are increasingly becoming more common and important not just in Step 2 and Step 3 but even in Step 1. Increasingly, it is not enough to just memorize important medical facts, but to recognize how these facts apply in real life practice of medicine. The use of clinical vignettes also tests your ability […]

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