USMLE Step 1 Review Courses

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Some students find the structure and discipline of a review course very helpful as part of their Step 1 preparation. Unfortunately some programs schedule their courses at times of the year that don’t coincide with most first-time takers’ preparation efforts. Nevertheless, here is the information on review courses that are available.

  • Marshall University Joan C Edwards School of Medicine, Huntington, WV  – Usually in the month of May.
Course Information:
17 day course 
Approximately 120 lecture hours 
8am - 4pm, Monday - Friday  
Over 20 award-winning faculty with expertise in USMLE Review 
Access to JCESOM USMLE website, including practice exams with feedback 
Space is limited to 100 registrants & guaranteed only after payment is received
  • Kaplan
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Live Prep courses are 6-7 weeks in length.
  • University of Missouri at Kansas City – Institute for Professional Preparation
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  • A 10 -week, highly interactive program is for students who have a history of difficulty with standardized tests; including multiple unsuccessful attempts at Step 1(Usually begins in January)
It focuses on clinical correlations in Biochemistry, Physiology, and Pathology, Microbiology and microbiology related biochemistry. These are the fields that typically cause examinees the greatest difficulty.  Other areas included are Anatomy, Pharmacology, Embryology, Genetics, Biostatistics and Behavioral Science.    

A typical schedule for Monday through Friday involves an eight hour day.  Some weekend sessions are also scheduled.  This schedule includes a variety of small group interactive instruction led by trained small group facilitators and formal lectures presented by experienced basic science lecturers.  The instructional program strengthens the basic sciences background of all participants.  Computerized examinations permit staff, meeting individually with students, to analyze and monitor students’ progress as they approach their examination.        

The program includes: (a) personalized diagnostics, (b) screening testing, (c) mock boards, (d) pathology case studies, (e) clinical and fundamental pharmacology, (f) computer based testing and (g) the hallmark of our programs, question group
  • A 4 week course is available for a student wanting a focused review of the high impact topics in a structured, question based format.   (Usually held between May and June)                                                                                                                                      
The Summer Program offers an intensive four week review of the General Principles of Pathology, presented by a nationally respected pathologist; critical clinical correlations explained in Biochemistry, Pharmacology, and Physiology and a Behavioral Sciences/Ethics review.  Students interact with one another and the instructors as they sort out concepts that they understand incompletely.  Question-based tutorials help participants to develop the kind and quality of thinking required for success on Step 1.  Daily small group lecture review sessions will aid in organization and retention.  Emphasis is placed on understanding of the common diseases and related treatment regimens.  In addition, the program will provide a diagnostic, selected subject exams, and a mock board.
  • An 8-week, live lecture program is designed both for first time test takers who desire a review of basic science concepts and for the student who has scored at 167 or above on Step 1 and who is planning on sitting for the USMLE Step 1 in early November.  (Usually held in the months of August to November)
Students with a history of difficulty on standardized exams are more likely to be successful with the longer preparation program beginning in January. As with all of our courses, focus on understanding the material covered, practicing appropriate test taking strategies, and applying all skills acquired and content reviewed in a computer based testing environment.  This live lecture program will include a review of Bacteriology, Pathology, Physiology, Immunology, Virology, and Biochemistry
  • Falcon Physician Reviews
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Complete review package includes:
Luxury Hotel Accommodations 
Daily Continental Breakfast and Lunch 
Over 325 contact hours (Step 1) 
Over 15,000 USMLE Type Exam Questions 
Ground transportation to and from the airport. 
Shuttle Service to shopping, movies, and other areas of interest 
Step 1 Programs include information from: Anatomy, Histology, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Embryology, Physiology, Neurology, Pharmacology, and Behavioral Science, plus Clinical Vignettes, Case Histories, Glossy Slides, and Sample Tests.
Unless otherwise noted, all courses are held in Dallas.
  • Northwestern Medical Review
(from the website):Northwestern Medical Review offers live-lecture courses in preparation for the USMLE and COMLEX Step/Level 1, 2 and 3 examinations. These courses are designed to allow current medical students or graduating international physicians to pass their examinations in their first attempt or to raise their previous scores to a satisfactory level. Review plans ranging from a 3-day quick review course to a 15-day comprehensive preparation are available.  
Courses are taught by distinguished and experienced medical boards lecturers, many of whom have authored best-selling Northwestern Review books or have mastered multimedia TALLP methodology. 
Programs are offered at various medical schools or convention sites within the USA, Caribbean Islands, and select sites in Asia and Europe. All courses include complete sets of study materials, eview books, pretests, audio CDs and USMLE web-based question bank access.
  • Marshall University Medical H.E.L.P Program
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(from the website) The Marshall University Medical H.E.L.P. Program began in 1986 with a vision of helping medical students and physicians with learning disabilities and/or ADHD succeed academically. Since that time, Marshall Medical H.E.L.P. has worked with approximately 600 students from across the United States and several foreign countries.  A five week intensive course is held four times each year in January, March, June, and September, with individual one on one sessions available the rest of the year.  Throughout the intensive program topics such as reading and comprehension, reading rate, learning strategies, memorization techniques, test-taking skills, error analysis, and self-esteem are targeted for improvement.  
This 5-week course is held four times a year:  January, March, June, and September. 

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usmlestep1 said...
Thursday, August 18, 2011 12:32:00 AM

I attended the northwestern review for usmle step 1 and it was really good...I also used the usmle step 1 qbank while I attended the NW usmle review...You can find info about score95 at

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