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When to Take Step 3? A Timeline for Residents in Primary Care
Posted by Dr. Mike Ren

The old adage “two months for Step 1, two weeks for Step 2, and two #2 pencils for Step 3” doesn’t make sense anymore. Step 1 will be pass/fail soon and Step 2 CK remains a nuisance, so when should you take Step 3 during residency?

How to Study for Your Family Medicine ITE: Do's and Don'ts
Posted by Dr. Mike Ren

The family medicine ITE is just around the corner. It’s a lengthy exam, but at least you get a day off from wards. The exam is an invaluable resource for your boards and the best representation of how prepared you are. Here are some do’s and don’ts to practice for the in-training exam. 

What to Do with a Low ABFM ITE Score
Posted by Dr. Mike Ren

In this post, we cover the importance of the ABFM In-Training Exam and what to do if you score low on your PGY3 ITE.

Please humor my analogy as I await the start of basketball season. I realize that we're medical professionals, not NBA athletes, but if taking the ITE were anything like playing in the NBA...

An ABFM Board Exam Roadmap
Posted by Dr. Mike Ren

As you begin your family medicine residency, you may be wondering what the path from intern year to board exam looks like. We overview the family medicine residency pathway in this post. 

Family Medicine Intern Year

The first half of your family medicine intern year will seem eerily similar to med school—like drinking from a fire hose. Absorb as much as you can, and learn from your upper levels to build a foundation to lean on for the remainder of residency.

Boards are far away at this point, and you’ll want to focus on thriving as a resident. Most family medicine residencies have an ITE (in-training exam) in October, but don’t sweat this one because its purpose is to gauge your knowledge thus far. 

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