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Getting Ready for the USMLE Step 2 CK: A General Overview

Over the last few weeks, we’ve been talking about the USMLE Step 1 and Step 2. As an aspiring medical resident, you have to pass both of these exams before you can move on to USMLE Step 3. Success on all three USMLE exams is a prerequisite for ECFMG certification. Therefore, if you’re a foreign

Preparing for the Two Types of Patient Encounters on the USMLE Step 2 CS

Last week on the blog, we talked about the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Step 2 - Clinical Skills (CS). In order to earn ECFMG certification, which is required for all foreign medical graduates who are applying for a residency in the United States, you need to pass all three steps of the USMLE.

An Overview of the USMLE Step 2 CS for Foreign Medical Students and Graduates

If you are a foreign medical student or graduate and you want to get matched to a residency program in the United States, the first thing you need to do to prepare is to get certified through the Education Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG). Before your certification can be verified, you must pass all

Medical Specialty Spotlight: Nephrology

Kidney disease is a growing problem around the world, but if you are looking to specialize in nephrology, one of the best countries to train in is the United States. According to the National Institutes of Health, about 14 percent of the American population has chronic kidney disease (CKD), as compared to only 10 percent

Developing a Study Strategy for the USMLE Step 1

Last week on the blog, we provided an overview of the USMLE Step 1, discussing the format of the test and its general content. Passing this exam is the first major hurdle for foreign medical graduates who are applying for ECFMG certification, so if you are a foreign medical student or graduate considering applying for

An Overview of the USMLE Step 1 Examination for Foreign Medical Graduates

As a foreign medical graduate, your application process for a U.S. medical residency differs slightly from that of a student who completed their education in the United States. Most importantly, before you can apply for a residency, you must get certification from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG). In another blog post, we

Medical Specialty Spotlight: Infectious Diseases

All over the world, infectious diseases are on the rise. Every day on the news, you might hear a breaking story about the discovery of a novel virus that has the potential to wreak havoc across the globe. At the same time, you might be hearing about infectious diseases that have been around for centuries

ERAS Participating Specialties and Programs: The 2018 Additions

As a student of medicine, one of the first things you learn is that there is always more for you to learn. The field of medicine is constantly evolving. Every day, new scientific papers are published in medical journals, providing novel insights that have the potential to revolutionize the way medicine is practiced in a

Finding a Place to Live in the United States: Information About Accommodations

If you are considering a student elective, clinical externship, or medical residency program in the United States, one of the most important things that you have to think about is living accommodations -- that is, where you will live for the duration of the program. If you are entering a U.S. medical residency program, you