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    USMLE advice needed

    I wanted to ask for advice on highly recommended guaranteed USMLE tutors, prep providers or a teacher who has the gift of teaching the worlds toughest medical licensing exam in the most easy to understand, enjoyable style with the right strategy. Something where extremely weak students can vouch for has helped them pass this exam.

    A very dear loved one i know failed this exam once after studying on her own for 6 months with a bad score and is now suffering from depression, self doubt and loss of confidence. She struggled hard to complete her MBBS from Pakistan but after failing this exam, is now thinking of just giving up and doing something else in life.

    I don't want her to give up this easily just because she failed the exam once. I understand that she must be feeling down right now after spending 6 months trying to study for this exam and in the end failing badly. But i feel there must be some tutor out there who knows how to prepare weak students and help them pass this exam.

    Will be grateful for people's tips, referrals, guidance, suggestions

    #2
    It is a blessing your loved one has someone like you who is there for her in tough times. I’m not in the medical field, so won’t be able to tell much about the exam or its prep. But I myself took some qualifying exams as a foreign graduate in my own field so can relate to at least a bit.

    The biggest investment is the amount of time and money we put in these things, and the opportunities that we miss while pursuing these things. Sometimes students lose their sense of reality. I believe when one door closes another one opens if we are able to accept the closure and look around. These exams are optimized to give consistent scores between retries. If she barely missed the mark, then only she should consider a second attempt putting everything else on hold. Otherwise, she should pursue other career options, gain experience, do research, and put this on the back burner for a while. I’ve seen people in their late 40s getting high scores in such exams so these exams can be put on hold while a person pursues other opportunities that have a greater chance of success but won’t be around for long.

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      #3
      I'll check with my cousin who went through USMLE and recently came here after getting a job in local hospital. But she's remote and it'll take some time for me to see her. I'll keep you posted
      Attitude is more important than facts.
      "Life is 10% what happens to us..and 90% of how we react to it"

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        #4
        If she had difficulty completing MBBS in Pakistan, she might never be able to pass the USMLE.

        There is a reason why the American/Canadian licensing exams are so onerous and tough, to filter out people who managed to become doctors in their native countries due to money, connections, simple luck or by any other means who would not otherwise be fit to study Medicine in the developed countries, forget about practising it.

        Even though everybody prepares for licensing exams (mainly structured revision), they cannot be 'taught'. One has to be at least an above average medical student with sound knowledge of basic sciences (Anatomy, Physiology etc) and essential concepts, then good understanding of more advanced subjects (Pharmacology, Pathology) finally possessing good level of clinical skills (history taking examination, diagnostics etc) You have to learn all this from the very first to the final day of your undergrad med school. You are extremely unlikely to pass the exam if you just managed to get by as a med student. IMGs who pass the exam usually go on to complete their residency and board certifications, because they were good enough to pass the initial hurdle.

        I used Kaplan and lecture notes series to pass the exam, but it was long time ago, and to be honest it was not very hard for me as I was UK trained and already had completed my Internship. I was matched for a residency in Missouri but hated the life of a resident in the US, so returned to the UK.
        I'm either at work, in gym, working in the garden, or in my beautiful wife's arms!

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          #5
          Originally posted by navzzz View Post
          If she had difficulty completing MBBS in Pakistan, she might never be able to pass the USMLE.

          There is a reason why the American/Canadian licensing exams are so onerous and tough, to filter out people who managed to become doctors in their native countries due to money, connections, simple luck or by any other means who would not otherwise be fit to study Medicine in the developed countries, forget about practising it.

          Even though everybody prepares for licensing exams (mainly structured revision), they cannot be 'taught'. One has to be at least an above average medical student with sound knowledge of basic sciences (Anatomy, Physiology etc) and essential concepts, then good understanding of more advanced subjects (Pharmacology, Pathology) finally possessing good level of clinical skills (history taking examination, diagnostics etc) You have to learn all this from the very first to the final day of your undergrad med school. You are extremely unlikely to pass the exam if you just managed to get by as a med student. IMGs who pass the exam usually go on to complete their residency and board certifications, because they were good enough to pass the initial hurdle.

          I used Kaplan and lecture notes series to pass the exam, but it was long time ago, and to be honest it was not very hard for me as I was UK trained and already had completed my Internship. I was matched for a residency in Missouri but hated the life of a resident in the US, so returned to the UK.
          I can tell you about myself . I was diagnosed with ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorder as a child. The specialist who diagnosed me had expressed fears that he may not be a good fit for professional education and my marks weren't that great in high school

          Today I not only have an MBA but am also a Canadian CPA and am now pursuing the US CPA.

          If the basics aren't strong then we will find a way to get the basics strong, surely the world is filled with examples of where there is a will there is a way

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          • navzzz
            navzzz commented
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            I’m sorry but whatever your field may be it wouldn’t put you in a position of making other peoples’ life and death decisions. Medicine is a totally different ball game.

            Comparing apples with oranges etc etc

          #6
          A simple google search for "USMLE tutors" will answer your question.

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            #7
            I came across an article that talks about progress in artificial intelligence that enabled a computer to score consistently higher than human doctors in such tests.

            There is a long running IBM Watson project which didn’t live up to the hype that was created around it but the promise is still there. Maybe one day there will be a computer system that could teach complex concepts to humans to prepare for such tests.

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