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What first and second year medical students can be doing during COVID-19

May 20, 2020 |
COVID-19 is wreaking havoc on everyone’s plans right now, with many internships, volunteer opportunities and vacations cancelled. What makes this time feel particularly tumultuous for medical students is the confusion about what we can and should be doing. After an adjustment period, many of us now have more free time that can be used in [...]

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How to Study Effectively

Bliss Chang - A fourth-year medical student at Harvard. He applied into Internal Medicine
May 7, 2020 |
If you’re fresh out of college, you’re probably used to cramming for an exam and dumping most of that knowledge the minute you put your pencil down. Because medicine encompasses an extremely vast expanse of facts, much more than any course you’ve taken before, you will rarely find time either in medical school or as [...]

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5 reasons to try out adaptive learning right now!

5 reasons to try out adaptive learning right now
April 24, 2020 |
The Covid-19 pandemic is affecting our life in all areas. For medical students, a great divide is becoming visible—some students are graduating early to serve on the front lines, while others are experiencing stress and uncertainty as a result of postponed Step 1 exams. Though this delay has an inevitable impact on academic progression, curricular [...]

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How has Coronavirus (COVID-19) affected medical students

How has Coronavirus (COVID-19) affected medical students
April 1, 2020 |
Social distancing has become the new norm across the globe as we try to overcome the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. During these uncertain times, COVID-19 has caused interruption for all levels of education including medical students as they prepare for their USMLE® examinations. Stay up to date with the latest information about test center closures and [...]

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Should You Prepare for Step 1 Before the Dedicated Study Period?

Bliss Chang - A fourth-year medical student at Harvard. He applied into Internal Medicine
March 28, 2020 |
In this article, we’ll explore whether preparing prior to the dedicated study period is beneficial and whether this is a potential path for you. The Value of Prepping for Step 1 Before Dedicated The Key Ingredient to a High Step 1 Score As a senior medical student who scored in the top percentile for Step [...]

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5 Questions with Jennifer Jing

5 Questions with Jennifer Jing
March 16, 2020 |
Can you tell us about yourself? My name is Jenn and I'm the product manager for Thieme | Area9 USMLE Step 1. I primarily work at the interface between the medical content and the adaptive product, ensuring that our high-quality Thieme content is leveraged efficiently by Area9's adaptive algorithm. I work with an international team [...]

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What does Pass/Fail Step 1 mean for you?

Bliss Chang - A fourth-year medical student at Harvard. He applied into Internal Medicine
March 2, 2020 |
On February 12, 2020, the USMLE Step 1 exam was announced to become pass/fail starting no earlier than January 2022. As you might imagine, there were outbursts of both joy and anger at this decision. But how does this impact you? Impact on Step 2 CK Value Let’s start with what purpose the Step 1 [...]

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Kickstart your USMLE® Step 1 exam

Kickstart your USMLE© Step 1 Exam
February 20, 2020 |
Looking for a brand new and more efficient way to prepare for USMLE® Step 1? The adaptive learning Qbank personalizes your preparation for the Step 1 exam. With this Qbank, you can identify your knowledge gaps and address them all at once. The diagnostic pretest, adaptive learning Qbank, and full-length practice exam ensure that you [...]

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Adjusting to the pace of medical school

February 5, 2020 |
After the challenge of moving to New York by myself for college, I thought I was fully prepared for anything, including the transition to medical school. While I am ultimately fine, there were a few growing pains along the way. Adjusting to medical school is a different beast than college. Here are a few things [...]

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Start learning for USMLE® Step 1 with practice sets, practice exams, and more

January 29, 2020 |
Are you one of the numerous beta testers who registered for our adaptive learning Qbank? So, this is the right place to thank you all for this stunning feedback! We still are in the process of reviewing your suggestions and working to improve our QBank to make it the best learning tool to help reach [...]

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