Your Ultimate Step 2 CK Study Resource

Your Ultimate Step 2 CK Study Resource

After more than two years of preparation, 50+ dedicated physician editors, and one too many cups of coffee to count, we are proud to announce the launch of our full Step 2 CK package. Following the USMLE™ Content Outline, our Step 2 CK package offers a new and efficient way of studying, with an interlinked Qbank containing challenging questions, customized study sessions and platform features which enable you to feel right at home when it’s time to take the actual exam. 

Succeed on the Step II CK

Succeed on the Step II CK

The Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (CK) Exam tests whether you can apply medical knowledge, skills and understanding of clinical sciences. While the Step 2 CK is sometimes regarded as a less important exam than the Step 1, it is imperative to score well. While you need a strong Step I score for your Residency Match, having a solid Step 2 score will separate you from other residency applicants. Here are some important things to consider when preparing for your Step 2 CK Exam. 

These Haunted Hospitals Are Truly Creepy!

These Haunted Hospitals Are Truly Creepy!

With Halloween creeping up, this edition is dedicated to the haunted hospitals of the world. We’ve taken the liberty of showcasing some of the biggest, most sterile, labyrinthine structures we could find. From medical to mental hospitals, we’ll scare your socks off! Located all over the world, these hospitals are spooktacular. So, if ‘creepy’ is what you are looking for, you’ve come to the right place. Here are 10 of the most horrifying hospitals to avoid at all costs, although some charge a cover to visit. 

From Provider To Patient

From Provider To Patient

For those of you starting your clinical journey and beginning to work more closely with patients, we want to take the opportunity to share a personal account from a healthcare provider’s perspective. During medical school, we oftentimes find ourselves pulling from the bottom - from best practice manuals to second-hand guidance and advice from both mentors and professors. However, we rarely get the opportunity to hear the perspective from a patient’s point-of-view; let alone, a ‘provider-turned-patient’ account. Amber Wright, a Cardiology Physician Assistant in New York City, switched from the role of treating patients to becoming one, after being diagnosed with Stage IIa breast cancer at the young age of 34. This is her story. 

Managing Med School Stress

Managing Med School Stress

As a first-year med student, are you periodically checking in with yourself on your level of stress? With the semester well underway, there is no better time than now! Amna Iftikhar, a MS2 at CUNY School of Medicine in New York, talks about ways in which she has managed stress during a very demanding period of her life. She also discusses the importance of involvement outside of medical school and reverting back to her core motivation as ways of destressing. 

Talking To Your Patients About Breast Cancer Diagnoses

Talking To Your Patients About Breast Cancer Diagnoses

As many of you know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is an annual campaign dedicated to increasing the general sentience of the disease. According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF), one in eight women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. With the prevalence of breast cancer so high, doctors will most likely have to deliver breast cancer prognoses with patients - some more frequently than others. Therefore, the importance of communicating empathetically and clearly when diagnosing patients with breast cancer is vital. Megan Childers, a Nurse Practitioner from Vanderbilt University, who manages and cares for cancer patients, has provided some valuable tips on talking with patients about breast cancer diagnoses. 

#AnatomyOfAMedStudent

#AnatomyOfAMedStudent

You can get closer to AMBOSS than ever before by following us on Instagram, where we are dedicated to sprinkling medical humor and knowledge into your weekly routine. Our handle is AMBOSS_Med, which can be found here. You can also get involved! Our new campaign, #AnatomyOfAMedStudent, features medical students like you on the AMBOSS Instagram platform. The objective is to provide a space for medical students to voice their opinion on the many issues facing medical education. If you would like to participate, please contact Kristy at kristy@amboss.com

It’s A No-Brainer: Study For Your Neurology Shelf With AMBOSS

It’s A No-Brainer: Study For Your Neurology Shelf With AMBOSS

Don’t let Neurology test your last nerve. AMBOSS has launched a Qbank and study plan optimized for the Neurology Shelf Exam. Our Neurology Shelf Qbank adds more than 330 relevant questions to help you prepare for your next exams. With an emphasis on teaching important high-yield concepts in a concise, yet comprehensive manner, the AMBOSS Neurology Qbank marries clinical application with theoretical knowledge in our library of topics, such as cerebrovascular disorders, infectious diseases, sleep conditions, and many more! AMBOSS also contains thousands of interactive and dynamic images, tables, flowcharts, and other visual resources for every subject matter.

5 Tips For Choosing Your Medical Specialty

5 Tips For Choosing Your Medical Specialty

Choosing your medical specialty is a huge decision which requires diligent research and gut-wrenching personal reflection. Atypical to many other professions, changing medical fields as a physician requires additional years of training, adding to an already insurmountable amount of time spent during med school and residency. While it isn’t impossible, it’s just much easier to get it right the first time around! In this article, we interviewed Laura Henry, a third-year medical student at UPenn, who will discuss factors to consider when choosing a medical specialty. While this article is based on the American medical system, it is anticipated that it will be beneficial for everyone, regardless of location. 

Prep for the Medicine Shelf with AMBOSS

Prep for the Medicine Shelf with AMBOSS

Whether you are completing rotations or transitioning to the wards, you likely know just how difficult it can be to find dedicated study time while, at the same time, managing newfound patient care duties. To help you prepare for your next exam, AMBOSS is happy to announce the launch of our full Medicine Shelf package, to be released later this month, containing 800 case-based questions. Developed by a dedicated team of over 50 physicians with USMLE-based exam experience, our Medicine Shelf package will encompass all high-yield topics, including achalasia, acute coronary syndrome, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, hypothyroidism, infective endocarditis and so much more.  

AMBOSS On The Road

AMBOSS On The Road

Wow! This has been a busy month at AMBOSS. Our medical editors, physicians and communications team are headed all over the U.S., including stops in the Midwest, Pacific Northwest and Bay Area. What better time than now to introduce our talented AMBOSS crew. They are extremely excited to connect with medical students like you and share the AMBOSS story with others. Here we go!

AMBOSS Exam Simulation: Just Like The Real Thing!

AMBOSS Exam Simulation: Just Like The Real Thing!

Unexpected situations can be stressful. With our new AMBOSS Exam Mode, you can now practice under board exam-like conditions so you can stay calm under pressure and maximize your score! Simulating a testing environment comparable to the NBME requirements, AMBOSS Exam Mode offers notes, picture zooming, calculator usage and lab value access. Full packages are currently available for Neurology, Surgery, Pediatrics and OB/GYN, with new questions released weekly and full Shelfs offered monthly. Be sure to check out our growing Medicine and Step exam questions! 

AMBOSS Algorithms: The Unmatched (Part IV)

AMBOSS Algorithms: The Unmatched (Part IV)

Every medical student knows what the third Friday in March means. At noon on this particular day, graduating U.S. medical students learn where they will be spending the next several years of their lives. Medical schools across the country bedeck their campus with extravagant party trimmings, while serving catered food and offering campus-wide festivities. While all of this sounds grand, this day is anything but for some. Instead, it’s a culmination of an increasingly grueling nine months of composing Herculean applications, traveling extensively for interviews and engaging in intensive introspection. 

11 High-Yield Topics You Can Expect On The OB/GYN Exam

11 High-Yield Topics You Can Expect On The OB/GYN Exam

Scrub into the OR confidently with the new release of the AMBOSS OB/GYN Shelf. No matter which facet of medicine you are interested in, OB/GYN is a fascinating rotation that will afford you a wide breadth of opportunities. Flex your differential diagnostics muscles on everything from STIs to the miracles of life with our extensive OB/GYN Qbank, which contains over 200 case-based questions written by a team of 50+ physicians with USMLE experience. Questions focus on all relevant NBME topics, including postpartum hemorrhage, placental pathologies, pre-eclampsia and much more. 

You've Met Your IMG Match!

You've Met Your IMG Match!

According to the 2017 National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) report, the number of international medical graduates (IMGs) who applied to medical residencies in the United States dropped from 7,460 in 2016 to 7,284 this year. Still, 52.4% of non-US citizens from schools abroad matched into a position, which was the highest rate for this group in over a decade (NRMP, 2017).