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Scoring the USMLE – where to next?

Since the inception of the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) in 1992, sitting for this multi-part examination is a rite of passage for all physicians wishing to practice medicine in the United States — but has it become too important? Sponsored by the Federation of State...
|June 27th, 2019|Learning|1 Comment|

Applying for Residency as an International Medical Graduate

*This post was originally published on NEJM Resident 360.* The medical profession in the U.S. has a remarkable international flair. One in four U.S. physicians is an international medical graduate (IMG), and every year around 12,000 IMGs apply for U.S. residency positions. But the path to practicing...
|June 6th, 2019|Residency|8 Comments|

Spaced Repetition: The Most Effective Way to Learn

The first time I remember feeling panicky the day before a test was in seventh grade: My math teacher had handed out a list of what was definitely going to be on the mid-year exam, and half of it I didn’t actually remember learning in the first...
|May 17th, 2019|Learning|11 Comments|

The NFL Draft, the Weight of an Ox, and the Art of the Rank List

The ERAS applications are scored. Applicants and program directors alike have hung their interview suits back in the closet. It is time for the single most important moment of a residency program — the rank list meeting. Of all days, this day is the most important, even...
|February 27th, 2019|Residency|1 Comment|

Draft Recommendations to ABMS on Expectations for Continuing Certification Programs — Out for Public Comment

The commission members of the Continuing Board Certification: Vision for the Future Initiative released their draft recommendations for the future of maintenance of certification (MOC) on December 11, 2018. The commission, initiated by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), is responsible for “assessing the status of...
|January 3rd, 2019|News|3 Comments|