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Step 2 CK Percentiles: How to Understand & Interpret Your Score
Posted by Dr. David Delnegro

With USMLE Step 1 becoming pass/fail, and no matter your personal opinion of that move, it all ends up with one overarching consequence: the importance of Step 2 CK has just increased dramatically. As such, it is natural to have a lot of questions about how Step 2 CK is similar to—and different from—Step 1. First, let’s review the numbers so we can explain and demystify them.

What Does the Step 2 CS Discontinuation Mean for Med Students?
Posted by Dr. David Delnegro

“After all your expenses, for most students Step 2 CS is a $2,000 'free lunch' packed into a forgettable eight hour day,'' was my most common response to those who asked what I thought about USMLE Step 2 Clinical Skills.

Coming into Focus: Med Students & ADHD
Posted by Dr. David Delnegro

Long underdiagnosed and long misunderstood, persons with ADHD are success stories all over the world and are all over the world from performers like Adam Levine, all the way up to Olympians like Michael Phelps and Simone Biles. Defined by the Mayo Clinic as “a chronic condition that affects millions of children and often continues into adulthood. (It) includes a combination of persistent problems, such as difficulty sustaining attention, hyperactivity and impulsive behavior.” It includes both inattentive type (who are easily distractible and struggle to maintain attention), hyperactive type (characterized by impulsive actions and movements), and combined type.

USMLE Ethics & Communication Skills Questions
Posted by Dr. David Delnegro

If there are two things that scare medical students right out of their boots, it is board exams and not having enough information. Bad news for those who like good news in this case, as the USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 have expanded questions about communication skills and ethics. Medical school curriculum does not typically spend a lot of time teaching and reviewing communication skills, so oftentimes it comes down to the individual student to fill in this hole.

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