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Preparation for the United States Medical Licensing Examinations in the Face of COVID-19

Authors
  • Borsheim, Brianna1
  • Ledford, Chelsea1
  • Zitelny, Edan1
  • Zhao, Caroline2
  • Blizzard, John3
  • Hu, Yenya1
  • 1 Wake Forest School of Medicine,
  • 2 Northwestern University,
  • 3 Albany Medical College,
Type
Published Article
Journal
Medical Science Educator
Publisher
Springer Science and Business Media LLC
Publication Date
Jun 16, 2020
Pages
1–6
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s40670-020-01011-1
PMID: 32837785
PMCID: PMC7295580
Source
PubMed Central
Keywords
License
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Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to the canceling and rescheduling of the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) examinations due to the nationwide closure of the Prometric testing centers, which poses a significant challenge to medical students. The rescheduling of a high-stakes board examination leads to significant stress and potential burnout. Students may need guidance to decrease anxiety and reframe their study plan while maintaining their knowledge. Here, we combined board examination coaching tips with specific worked examples to describe how to prevent burnout, give recommendations for scheduling, and suggest practical approaches to USMLE and other high-stakes examinations.

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