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IFOM: Who Can Benefit from Taking Another Exam

2020-04-18T21:39:34-04:00

The National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) is an organization that designed the USMLE and is dedicated to designing high-quality assessments for health-care professionals.  The NBME created the IFOM – International Foundations of Medicine exam in 2010, dedicated to assessing the core knowledge of international students taking the exam. The USMLE traditionally has included many exam questions that were largely US-focused, such as population health, public health, and healthcare questions. International medical students tend to score lower in these domains, considering that they typically were not taught US-centric healthcare questions. The IFOM has two exams, the BSE – Basic Science Exam [...]

IFOM: Who Can Benefit from Taking Another Exam2020-04-18T21:39:34-04:00

The Hidden Cost of Residency Programs and Interviews

2017-02-15T14:39:16-05:00

Medical students have applied to more residency programs than in the past few years, applying to an average of 40 residency programs. International medical students applied to more residency programs, averaging around 100 applications. Applying to residency programs and flying around the country for interviews can add up quickly. Students can spend over $10,000 in applying for residency programs, buying airline tickets, and accommodation to support their whole residency interview process. If you are a competitive medical student that applied to 40 residency programs and ranked all of them, realize that you may be asked to interview to over 10 residency [...]

The Hidden Cost of Residency Programs and Interviews2017-02-15T14:39:16-05:00

Taking the Lead as a Pre-Med: Early Steps to Be Prepared

2017-02-04T23:02:34-05:00

Choosing to be a doctor is a minimum fifteen years in the making.  It is never too early to prepare yourself to be a doctor in high school or college. A goal without a plan is just a wish. Here are some helpful tips in order to prepare yourself for a future in medicine: 1. Schedule your classes wisely. If you are in college, it is important to plan your class schedule wisely. Try not to take on too many science classes at once or else you will be stressed and risk not getting an A because you could not manage the [...]

Taking the Lead as a Pre-Med: Early Steps to Be Prepared2017-02-04T23:02:34-05:00

International Testing Centers for USMLE Step 1 and Step 2

2020-04-18T21:40:14-04:00

To view the exact time and location for the USMLE Step 1 and 2, please search through the Prometric site: https://www.prometric.com/en-us/Pages/home.aspx Source: http://www.ecfmg.org/fees/usmle-surcharge.html

International Testing Centers for USMLE Step 1 and Step 22020-04-18T21:40:14-04:00

How Trump’s Immigration Ban Impacts International Medical Students Matching for Residency

2017-02-02T01:04:18-05:00

On March 15th, 2017 many medical students from around the world are anxiously waiting to learn whether they will be matched into a US residency training program. Tensions and stress are elevated due to President Trump’s recent executive order on immigration temporarily banning entry of migrants, students, and U.S legal residents from Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Somalia, Syria, Libya, and Yemen. People affected by the ban include dual citizens born in one of the seven countries who also hold citizenship in US allied countries including Canada, the U.K, and EU. Trump calls this immigration ban as “re-vetting” the individuals who acquired a [...]

How Trump’s Immigration Ban Impacts International Medical Students Matching for Residency2017-02-02T01:04:18-05:00

What is the IFOM Exam?

2019-10-05T00:15:53-04:00

The National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) is an organization that designed the USMLE and is dedicated to developing high-quality assessments for health-care professionals.  The NBME created the IFOM – International Foundations of Medicine exam in 2010, dedicated to assessing the core knowledge of international students taking the exam. The USMLE traditionally has included many exam questions that were mostly US-focused, such as population health, public health, and healthcare questions. International medical students tend to score lower in these domains, considering that they typically were not taught US-centric healthcare questions. The IFOM has two exams, the BSE – Basic Science Exam [...]

What is the IFOM Exam?2019-10-05T00:15:53-04:00

Preparing for the IMAT Exam

2017-11-20T22:19:24-05:00

Interested in studying at an English medical program in Italy? Beginning in 2012, the Italian Ministry of Education and the Universities and Research, MIUR, developed the IMAT exam for international students who wish to matriculate into an English medical program at an Italian medical school.  Below is how you can prepare for the IMAT exam in order apply to an English medical program in Italy. What is on the IMAT exam? The IMAT exam tests general knowledge, logical reasoning and scientific knowledge including biology, chemistry, and physics/mathematics. Here are some tips to help you prepare: Go through the IMAT Booking guide and register [...]

Preparing for the IMAT Exam2017-11-20T22:19:24-05:00

Unmatched Residency Applicants can work as Assisting Physicians in underserved areas

2017-02-02T01:04:18-05:00

In 2014, Missouri, Indiana, and Kansas have signed a bill that would allow medical graduates that were unmatched to a residency program to prescribe medications and work as an assisting physician in rural and underserved areas. Due to the physician shortage, states are pushed with a difficult decision in increasing the physician workforce. Missouri decided to alleviate this need by allowing a selected pool of unmatched medical graduates to practice medicine as “assisting physicians.” These assisting physicians would work under a physician collaborator and be able to prescribe medications including Schedule III drugs (hydroxycodone or codeine when compounded with a NSAID [...]

Unmatched Residency Applicants can work as Assisting Physicians in underserved areas2017-02-02T01:04:18-05:00

5 Things to Consider Before Attending Medical School Abroad

2017-02-02T01:04:18-05:00

Whether you are a Malaysian student interested in studying in the USA, a U.S. student interested in attending medical school in Romania, or a student interested in studying outside your home country, here are the top five considerations before attending medical school in a new country. Do you have a natural skill in learning foreign languages? If you are studying in a country where the official language is your native language, then language acquisition skills aren’t as important.  However, if you are an American studying medicine in Italy and have no prior knowledge of Italian then the initial adjustment period can [...]

5 Things to Consider Before Attending Medical School Abroad2017-02-02T01:04:18-05:00

The Art of Medical Scribing: Gaining Clinical Experience While Getting Paid

2017-02-02T01:04:18-05:00

Prior to applying to medical school, I believed that in order to see if I was really cut out to be a doctor, I should first become a medical scribe. At the time, in 2008-09, medical scribes were not prevalent across the USA and only mainly in major cities.  However, months passed and medical scribe companies began popping up in almost every region, giving the opportunity for pre-medical students to obtain medical experience AND get paid. Gain medical experience AND get paid? Win-Win! That sounds too good to be true for a college student, especially since most pre-med students have to [...]

The Art of Medical Scribing: Gaining Clinical Experience While Getting Paid2017-02-02T01:04:18-05:00

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