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    ERAS 2013 Applicants Can Upload Supporting Documents Using ECFMG’s OASIS

    By meliza / June 12, 2012

    ECFMG has expanded its On-line Applicant Status and Information System (OASIS) to allow ERAS 2013 applicants to electronically submit several document types in support of their residency application, including Medical Student Performance Evaluations (MSPEs), medical school transcripts, photographs, Postgraduate Training Authorization Letter (PTAL) or “California Letter,” and letters of recommendation (LoRs), if you have not […]

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      Guidelines to Request Test Accommodations

      By meliza / May 31, 2012

      Here’s an overview and some instructions on how to request for test accommodations. To Request Test Accommodations: Read the Guidelines carefully. Share them with the professional who will be helping you prepare your documentation. Read the instructions for completing the Request for Test Accommodations form. Complete and sign the appropriate request form If appropriate, have […]

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        Review of USMLE Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (CK) minimum passing score

        By meliza / April 29, 2012

        As stated in the USMLE Bulletin of Information, the level of proficiency required to meet the recommended minimum passing level for each USMLE Step examination is reviewed periodically and may be adjusted at any time. Notice of such review and any adjustments are posted on the USMLE website. Every three to four years the Step […]

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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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              Changes to the Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) Examination

              By askdoc / January 31, 2012

              To further enhance the testing methods used in the Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) examination, changes will be introduced in Step 2 CS for examinations and will be delivered beginning June 17, 2012. The reporting schedule for examinees testing from June 17, 2012 through November 3, 2012 will be 2-3 weeks longer than for examinees […]

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                Answering USMLE Type Questions – Part I

                By askdoc / October 15, 2008

                I wrote this initially in response to someone who was really having a hard time answering tough USMLE type question. Most of the time, when people think their problem is answering tough USMLE type question. the reality is that they have a KA (Knowledge Acquisition) problem. In other words, they did not do their review […]

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                  Preparing for the USMLE Step 2 CS – Part III

                  By askdoc / October 7, 2008

                  We now come to Part III of our discussion on “Preparing for the Step 2 CS” In Part I, we discussed how to prepare for the medical interview part of the clinical encounter. In Part II, we discussed the physical examination part of the clinical encounter. We will now tackle the social aspects of the […]

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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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