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Your USMLE Step 1 Score in a Pass/Fail World: What Does It All Mean Anymore?
“January 26, 2022, a date which will live in infamy.”
–unattributed. Or maybe FDR. Cannot recall.
How to Use the Weeks and Months Leading Up to Step 1 Dedicated

Do you have a Step 1 dedicated period in the coming months of 2022? If so, you may have already noticed the immense amount of online resources – from detailed, daily calendars to lengthy lists of tips for success – to guide your studying during those crucial weeks. However, you may have less clarity on the best ways to prepare in the weeks leading up to dedicated (for example, in January, February, and March, before a dedicated study period begins in April). Should you use up UWorld questions or save them all for dedicated? How can you ensure you’ll remember what you’re reading in First Aid right now? How much Step 1 studying should you be doing every week, while you still have the daily responsibilities associated with lecture classes, research projects, and extracurricular activities?

Now, That's What I Call High-Yield: Renal Function
Ask any nephrologist - they will tell you that renal function is all that matters. Well, it’s pretty important for your Step 1 studying, too. There’s so much wonderful physiology, pathophysiology, medications, mechanisms of action. A truly exciting organ system. Let’s talk about some basic renal framework before jumping into details.
Now, That's What I Call High-Yield: Biochemistry

How would you describe studying for Step 1? Is it internalizing data? Or would you call it pattern recognition? Is it retaining facts, or applying knowledge? Likely all the above. But at some level, studying for Step 1, or any exam for that matter, is about triaging information. In your 800 pages of First Aid and 2000+ UWorld questions (leaving aside hundreds of flash cards and possible second question bank), your task is to learn as much as possible. Hanging onto the entirety of this information is an impossibility; at some point you need to be happy enough with having an “acceptable” handle on the material. While aiming for “good enough” might feel like selling yourself short, many students will express the feeling of having “hit capacity,” and find it difficult to put more info into a fact-laden noggin.

Seven Practical Steps to Take After Failing USMLE Step 1
Med School Tutors by Med School Tutors on Dec 6, 2021 in USMLE, USMLE Step 1

Dr. Daniel Good and Lauryn Falcone, MD, PhD contributed to this post.

There’s no sugar-coating it; opening your Step 1 score report to find the word “Fail” plastered in that little grey box is an awful feeling. You just spent several weeks studying for one of the most difficult exams you will ever face, endured the eight-hour marathon of exam questions, and spent weeks anxiously awaiting your results.

Now you are beyond disappointed. You may be tempted to hunt down every NBME question writer and have a Carrie Underwood moment with their cars, or crawl into bed and sleep until you can’t sleep any more. Please resist both of these impulses. There is hope!

NBME Step 1 CBSE & CBSSA Score Report Changes
Med School Tutors by Med School Tutors on Dec 1, 2021 in USMLE Step 1

Last week, the NBME released a statement shining some new light on how the USMLE Step 1 pass/fail change is rolling out. In particular, they spoke to the Comprehensive Basic Science Exam (CBSE) and Comprehensive Basic Science Self Assessment (CBSSA) are transitioning to pass/fail reporting.

Dr. Stephens breaks down the coming changes, reviews how the CBSEs and CBSSAs will help you assess your probability of passing the USMLE Step 1, how your performance insights will be shared, and more.

So I Failed USMLE Step 1: Now What? (And Will I Still Be Able to Match?)
Dr. Tzvi Doron contributed to this post.
Every year, students from America's top medical schools fail USMLE Step 1. We know because many of them come to us, and we have helped students from most of the top 25 medical schools in the country. Whether you are a U.S. MD medical student, an IMG, or a DO student, it is possible to fail the USMLE. It is also possible to bounce back and conquer it. 
Residency Applications in a Step 1 Pass/Fail World

Step 1 has been a source of immense stress for medical students since the 1990s. The day you start medical school (or even before that) your peers start talking about Step 1, how to study for it, and how nothing is important in the pre-clinical years except what is high-yield on the test. You start to believe that the entire rest of your life, career, and happiness depends on this single exam, and it can lead to severe burnout, anxiety, and depression. 

9 Common Mistakes You Can't Afford to Make on Your USMLEs
Med School Tutors by Med School Tutors on Nov 1, 2021 in USMLE, USMLE Step 1

Dr. Brian Radvansky, Dr. Emma Husain, and Dr. Eli Freiman contributed to this post.

Think about the last time you were engaged in conversation, and your eyes and part of your attention drifted to read and respond to a text message while still paying enough attention to the speaker to engage in conversation. What would have been overtly rude not too long ago is now commonplace and expected. While we are becoming excellent multi-taskers, able to scan through one thing while entertaining another, we are becoming more and more distracted. Therefore, it is more imperative than it ever was before to maintain focus when focus is due. This is especially true when you are studying intensely for the USMLE Step 1 and 2 CK. Here are nine big mistakes that feel completely innocuous, but when looked at objectively, can definitely hamper your studying.

USMLE Step 1: Pass/Fail & What It Means for Med Students
Med School Tutors by Med School Tutors on Sep 14, 2021 in USMLE Step 1

Dr. Brian Radvansky contributed to this post. 

Though the USMLE Step 1 passing score is currently 194, after years of debate, the Invitational Conference on USMLE Scoring (InCUS) announced their long-awaited decision to transition the USMLE Step 1 to only a pass/fail outcome.

Here are the answers to the questions we've received so far regarding the Step 1 scoring change:

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