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    Unified Content Outline for the USMLE

    By meliza / February 26, 2014

    A unified content outline, which provides a common organization of content across all USMLE examinations, has been developed. The unified content outline consists of 18 sections. Fourteen of these sections primarily correspond to organ systems; the remaining four sections are General Principles; Multi-system Processes and Disorders; Biostatistics, Epidemiology/Population Health, and Interpretation of the Medical Literature; and […]

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      Wishing and Doing in USMLE Prep

      By askdoc / October 23, 2012

      ‘When you wish upon a star, makes no difference who you are, everything your heart desires will come to you.’ From the movie ‘Pinocchio’ by Walt Disney Wouldn’t it be nice if that were true? Just rub a magic lamp and your wish becomes reality. Win the million dollar lotto. Marry Prince Charming. Ace the […]

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        Sharpening the Saw and USMLE Prep

        By askdoc / October 10, 2012

        Suppose you came upon someone in the woods working to saw down a tree. He is exhausted from working for hours. You suggest he take a break to sharpen the saw. He then replies, “I don’t have time to sharpen the saw, I’m busy sawing!”  What would you say? And yet too many people prepping […]

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          Crash Diets and Good Habits in USMLE Prep

          By askdoc / September 12, 2012

          “Motivation Gets You Started, But Habit is What Keeps You Going!” How to lose weight without dieting or exercise! How to get rich by just working 2 hours a day right at your own house. How to get those killer abs without working out. Just use this machine . How to make a gourmet meal […]

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            Book Cover Contest Winners

            By askdoc / September 5, 2012

            We are happy to announce that Book Cover 2 won. We have already picked  3 winners from those who liked the winning cover and 1 winner from those who liked the other one. Congratulations to the winners of the Askdoc Book Cover Contest! Stephanie Ogbonda Jahid Hasan Juan Carlos Chang Fatma Youssef Helmy To the […]

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              Milestone Part II

              By askdoc / August 9, 2012

              Hello everyone. First, I would like to thank you my readers for visiting my blog. It’s been over 4 years since I started my blog in April, 2008 and it has been a really good 4 years. I wrote my first milestone 4 months after I first started my blog. Now I am writing my […]

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                Attempt Limit for USMLE Examinations

                By meliza / June 26, 2012

                Examinees who have made six or more attempts to pass a Step or Step component, including incomplete attempts, should be aware that all applications to register for additional attempts will not be processed unless they are submitted on or before December 31, 2012. This limit was first announced in August of 2011. The effective date for […]

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                  Aiming for a 99: Importance of the Learning Phase

                  By askdoc / May 15, 2012

                  Normally if you are a fresh graduate or third year medical student, you can skip the learning phase and proceed directly to mastery phase. While it is imperative for old graduates to go through a formal learning phase. The exception is if you are aiming for a 99, then you need a formal learning phase. […]

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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 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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