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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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      Update on Planned Changes to USMLE Step 3 Examination

      By meliza / May 8, 2012

        The USMLE Composite Committee and USMLE parent organizations (the National Board of Medical Examiners and the Federation of State Medical Boards) recently approved plans to change the structure of USMLE. Step 3 will be the first examination impacted, with changes to this examination to occur no earlier than 2014. The plans call for the […]

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        Updated Practice and Orientation Materials for Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) Exam have been Posted

        By meliza / April 10, 2012

        As previously announced, a new patient note and redesigned Communication and Interpersonal Skills subcomponent will be introduced into the USMLE Step 2 CS examinations beginning June 17, 2012. Updated practice and orientation materials reflecting these changes have been posted to the USMLE website. Examinees who plan to take the Step 2 CS examination on or […]

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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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