A History of U.S. Medical Education and Organizations

  From a structural standpoint, medical education in the U.S. is rigid. There is a set path those aspiring to practice medicine must follow to obtain a license and practice. This system of education did not develop overnight but was created through decades of experimentation, influenced by scientific findings, and shaped by advancements in technology. […]

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3 Reasons to Defer Your Application for Residency

  Do you wonder why obtaining a degree in medicine is often described as a journey? The reason is that it can be a lengthy and complex process. Becoming a physician requires many years of education, exams, multiple applications, and a thorough licensing procedure. To some, success in this journey means finishing each step as […]

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Becoming a Physician in the U.K.: Specialty Training

  In the U.K., postgraduate medical education is not short-lived. If you read our post, Becoming a Physician in the U.K.: The Foundation Program, you know that upon graduation, those looking to become physicians must complete a two-year education program. It doesn’t stop there, though. Once you graduate from the foundation program, it is recommended […]

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College students considering a Pre-Med clinical experience

5 Tips for Planning a Pre-Med Clinical Experience

  When it comes to selecting a pre-med experience to include on your resume for medical school, there are many options. Some individuals may choose to do volunteer work. Others may decide to take a job as a medical scribe. While both can provide value, pre-med clinical experiences allow you to spend a significant amount […]

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Becoming a Physician in the U.K.: GP vs. Consultant

  Because the U.K. has universal healthcare, the hierarchy of physicians there is a little different than in the U.S. In the U.K. those who complete their foundation training¬† can elect to pursue a short, general medicine training plan or complete a specialty training. The first choice will allow them to practice as a general […]

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ECFMG Updates: Obtaining Certification without USMLE Step 2 CS

  At the end of May, the Federation of State Medical Boards and the National Board of Medical Examiners, two groups who sponsor the United States Medical License Examination (USMLE) elected to suspend the clinical skills portion of the USMLE Step 2 for at least 12 months. This decision was a difficult one to make […]

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Studying Medicine in the U.S.: Pre-Med to Physicianship

  Understanding how medical education in the U.S. works can be difficult. It is a lengthy process with multiple steps that appear similar but are very different. To make planning your medical education in the U.S. easier we curated an outline of each step and put them in chronological order. For highlights on what to […]

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USMLE Step 2 CS Suspended for 12+ Months

  When COVID-19 first hit the U.S., the Federation of State Medical Boards and National Board of Medical Examiners, both sponsors of the exam, were quick to put the United States Medical License Examination Steps on hold. This decision was made in respect for the safety of examinees and test administrators. As the situation progresses, […]

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Medical trainees study for the PLAB

Becoming a Physician in the U.K.: The PLAB

  If you are familiar with the process of becoming a physician in the U.S., you have probably heard of the United States Medical Licensing Exam. Contrary to its name, this is not one but rather a series of four exams that an individual is required to take to become a licensed physician in the […]

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A medical student lears the value of clinical experiences in the U.K.

Becoming a Physician in the U.K.: The Value of Clinical Experiences

  If you read our recent post on obtaining postgraduate medical education in the U.K., you may have noticed that it is very different than securing residency in the U.S. You may have also noticed that there is no mention of clinical experiences or the importance of the letters of recommendation. Does this mean that […]

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