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The USMLE Step 1 Is Going Pass/Fail: What This Means for Premeds and Medical Students

On February 12, 2020, the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) announced that the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Step 1 will transition to a pass/fail exam starting January 2022. In this post we’ll walk you through: What the change from numerical score to pass/fail entails Why they are changing Step 1 of USMLE […]

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The Importance of Basic Sciences in Residency

When studying chemical equations, molecules, and Newtonian physics, it’s sometimes hard to appreciate how this has any relevance to people and taking care of actual patients. The application of biology and biochemistry may seem readily apparent, but what about the other basic sciences? While it may seem like balancing equations and learning about electrical currents […]

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Has the MCAT Gotten More Competitive?

You may have heard that getting into medical school is not as easy as it used to be. It’s true. More and more students are applying to medical school each year. The number of first-year spots is increasing but at a much slower rate. As expected, it’s getting harder and harder just to get accepted […]

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Should I Do a Post-Bacc Before Med School?

An increasing number of applicants are doing a post-bacc before medical school. For students in college, there might be a concern about whether or not doing a post-bacc would be beneficial. This post will hopefully help answer some questions about post-baccs, especially if you are asking yourself, “Should I do a post-bacc before med school?” […]

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The MCAT is tough obstacle for many pre-medical students. Even the brightest students can struggle to score well on the exam. When a student with a high GPA gets a low MCAT score, what do they do? Well, it depends on what the MCAT score actually is. Sometimes, the GPA may be enough to carry […]

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What Is the Purpose of the MCAT Exam?

Photo by Dr.Farouk Believe it or not, the purpose of the MCAT is not to make pre-medical students miserable. According to the president of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), the MCAT serves to “[help] medical schools identify not only the students who are the most academically prepared to become physicians, but also those […]

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Is There a Correlation Between Major and MCAT Score?

No one would question that good physicians need to know their science. However, do students need to be science majors to go to medical school? The answer is no! There are plenty of doctors that studied different subjects in college. This is actually becoming more common as the number of career changers increases. You might […]

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