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USMLE Step 1 assesses your understanding and application of important concepts of the science basic to the practice of medicine with special emphasis on principles and mechanisms underlying health, disease, and modes of therapy. It ensure that future physicians have mastered the sciences that provide a foundation for safe and competent practice of medicine. Step1 is constructed along two dimensions: system and process. It is an 8-hour exam, divided into seven 60-minute blocks with 40 questions per block, totaling 280 questions. It is one of the hardest exams along the journey to becoming a physician that takes an excellent work ethic and the correct study strategy. Our platform is here for you to use and designed for your success! We take your goals seriously and we are excited to be with you on this big journey!


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Philip Tisdall, MD, award-winning teacher and published author, trained at the Mayo Clinic and is a diplomat of the American Board of Pathology (AP and CP).

He is a dynamic and engaging speaker who helps students understand how to correlate the basic sciences and apply them to the essential thought processes of clinical medicine.

Dr. Tisdall received his MD from the University of Alberta, where he was the recipient of the gold medal in surgery and the MacKenzie award for History and Physical examination. Students praise him for his insight and ability to make complex material clear and memorable.

Mary Ruebush, PhD, is one of the nation’s most experienced instructors in Microbiology and Immunology for USMLE Step 1 review.

Dr. Ruebush received her PhD from the University of Georgia and has taught Infectious Disease, Immunology, and Pathology at Bowman-Gray Medical School, the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and Montana State University, where she received Outstanding Teacher of the Year.

Jack Wilson received his PhD from the University of Mississippi Medical Center. He is a Professor of Anatomy and Neurobiology at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, TN, where he has taught all the disciplines of Anatomy for 45 years.

He has received over 70 teaching awards and written 45 published papers, abstracts, and books.

Dr. Wilson has been active in teaching USMLE Step 1 review courses for Anatomy for over 25 years. Students have consistently recognized his ability to present Step 1 Clinical Anatomy in a concise way for success on Step 1.