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Microbiology Part 2 | Study Smarter Series for USMLE Step 1 2019

Microbiology Part 2 | Study Smarter Series for USMLE Step 1 2019

April 20, 2019

Here's our second episode following up on Microbiology for the 2019 Study Smarter Series. These high yield question dissections will definitely help you during your dedicated prep time. Today, we take a deep dive into a couple of bugs, as well as some good drugs, that will without doubt show up on test day.

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Check out to see them all. Our newest is Physiology by Physeo (An InsideTheBoards Podcast) hosted by our own Greg Rodden. It'll be live on Apple Podcasts soon or, for cross platform, it's available now on Podbean. It's focused on high-yield, physiology for first and second year medical students, especially those studying for their USMLE Step 1 or COMLEX Level 1 Exam. Subscribe to it now! 

ITB Audio Qbank and iOS Beta App

The ITB iOS app is (finally!) here. It includes all our podcasts (with exclusive and expanded content), early access to podcasts we'll be releasing in the future, some meditations designed specifically for medical students and especially intended for use during your dedicated USMLE prep time (gotta keep those stress levels down, right?), plus the beta version of our all audio qbank. Step 1 is powered by Exam Circle and Lecturio, and the Step 2 version is powered by OnlineMedEd. There's a sample of high yield audio questions for each version, and of course you can purchase a subscription to help us finish the full scale, Android and iOS app, which will have tons more features. It's not perfect. But it is THE PERFECT companion for studying for the boards on the go. And we're adding content and improving it all the time. Search the App Store for "InsideTheBoards" or click here to download it now. 

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Podcast Producer

Special thanks to Cameron Hadley for making this episode possible.

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