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Psychiatry with Taylor Brana – On the Happy Doc’s Couch for Some USMLE Therapy (plus Kaplan Test Prep Minute: Why are Question Stems so Long?) | 2017 Study Smarter Series [Archive]

June 8, 2018

InsideTheBoards Study Smarter Series for the USMLE Step 1 and COMLEX Level 1

This is a best-off episode of the ITB podcast featuring Elizabeth's conversation with friend of ITB and psych resident, Taylor Brana of The Happy Doc. They're breaking down some high-yield psychiatry questions. 

Kaplan Test Prep Minute

Have you ever asked yourself, why are test-questions so long? In today's Kaplan Test Prep minute with Dr. Chris Cimino, Vice President and Chief Medical Officer for Kaplan Medical, we discuss how the examination question writers determine the length of a question vignette. 

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