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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

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

Choosing a Medical Residency: Regions of the United States

The United States is one of the largest and most diverse countries in the world. A few weeks ago, we talked about the differences between medical residency programs in urban and rural areas. However, it is important to note that even within the category of “urban” or “rural,” there are significant differences between different parts

Medical Subspecialty Spotlight: Bariatric Medicine

If you want to dedicate your career to the prevention and treatment of obesity, you may want to consider an educational track that leads you to subspecialize in bariatric medicine. Physicians who choose this subspecialty work with adults and/or children who are overweight or obese. As a bariatric medicine specialist, you would help your patients

Choosing a Medical Residency Setting: Urban or Rural?

As a foreign medical graduate, there are many factors that you must consider when applying to medical residency programs in the United States. With so many different residency programs available at universities and medical centers, it can be hard to narrow down the list, even after you have identified your specialty area of interest. One