For IMGs: 2013 Post-Match Analysis: Resolving Concerns for IMGs


By Sarah Wesley

Recently, a number of sources have raised the concern that match statistics were worse for IMGs this year, including particular alarmism about the few Family Med and Pediatric spots that went to IMGs and DOs. In particular, these sources have caused a great deal of angst as people have conjectured that this year’s primary care stats may reflect a general trend for the future involving all types of residency programs. I wish to address the error of reading into isolated statistics, with the hope that my viewpoint will ease the minds of international medical school graduates minds and encourage them to continue applying to residencies in the US.


Mnemonic Monday: “Don’t Mess With the Pancreas!”- Mnemonics for Ranson Criteria in Pancreatitis


By Molly Lewis

For patients diagnosed with acute pancreatitis, the Ranson criteria can be used to predict which patients will have poor outcomes. The criteria look at a patient’s lab values, etc., when they are admitted and then again 48 hours later.


15,000 ‘Likes’ on Facebook!


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Med School Style [Gangnam Style Med Parody] – NYMC Class of 2016


We love this video from:
New York Medical College Class of 2016.

USMLE-Rx Student Ambassador Program – We Need YOU!


studentWould you like to: 

  • Earn $150 worth of gift certificates for 30 mintues of work?
  • Help your fellow classmates save $$$ on USMLERx products?
  • Help your fellow classmates receive expert board prep information/advice from the First Aid authors?

If you answered ‘Yes’ to any (or all) of these questions, they you are ready to become a USMLERx Student Ambassador.


What does a Student Ambassador do?

  • Student reps promote First Aid webinars and specials on by sending e-mail blasts to classmates throughout the school year. You’ll be asked to send 6 e-mail blasts, and you’ll receive a $25 gift certificate for each blast you send. We provide the text for the e-mails — all you have to do is press ‘SEND.’

Click here to submit your information for consideration.

Dr. Tao Le to Speak at SNMA 2013 AMEC



Dr. Tao Le will give a First Aid for the USMLE Step 1 talk at the Student National Medical Association’s 2013 Annual Medical Education Conference.

Date: Friday, March 29, 2013
Time: 10am
Place: Galt House, 140 North Fourth Street, Louisville, KY 40202

For more information and to register, visit the SNMA website at

Med School Done Right: Don’t Let Others Tell You What You Should Care About – Part 1


By Luke Murray

This post is part of a series called “Med School Done Right,” which will look at not just succeeding in medical school in the narrow terms of “getting good grades,” but at shaping the kind of experiences you want to have during these (usually) four very important years of your life.

Everyone told me that Step 2 CS was easy and didn’t matter, so I didn’t start studying until a couple days before the test. This was half way through my 4th year.


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