C.P.R. for Boards

Why choose USMLE Step 1 CPR for Boards?

The Cognitive Processing-Based Review (CPR) Board Preparation Program was designed to meet the needs of U.S. medical students who have not been successful in passing the USMLE, Step 1. This comprehensive program develops academic skills in clinical integration, problem solving and organization of exam relevant content. Students simultaneously develop critical thinking and reasoning skills to successfully answer questions for which only partial information is given. Upon completion of the program, students will have the right tools, self-confidence, and command of content to maximize their potential for success on USMLE Step 1.

CPR for Boards begins in late January and ends in April. It is exclusively for students enrolled in U.S. medical schools who have made multiple attempts at passing the USMLE, Step 1. This program is not open to students who have not taken the exam.


What to expect in this program

High Yield Lecture followed by Supplemental Instruction Session:

The session will begin with a core content-oriented presentation, which will include basic didactic lecture presentations, review of boards-style examination questions, and summaries of relevant subject areas. The topics will represent core basic science areas heavily tested by the USMLE (research findings, unresolved controversial topics and interesting exotica will not be covered). A Supplemental Instruction (SI) session follows and is used as an interpretation and processing session based on the lecture content. A trained SI leader facilitates the learning and discussion as students work in small groups, having been provided with short answer essay questions designed to stimulate discussion of the topics of major importance. The students are given some time to answer the questions individually and, after discussing them with others in the group, they demonstrate their command of the material by presenting their answers to the whole group for further discussion and elaboration.

Small Group Learning Sessions:

On certain days the topic is not covered by a lecture; instead students actively engage in small group discussion after having been provided with the resources needed to answer a series of short-answer essay questions related to the topics of major importance. The students are given some time to answer the questions individually and, after discussing them with others in the group, they demonstrate their command of the material by presenting their answers to the whole group for further discussion and elaboration.

Question Group Session:

Using 1000’s of mixed-subject sets of USMLE-style questions, groups of 4-6 students analyze multiple choice questions following a specific protocol with proven success. Each student takes a turn reading and interpreting the question lead-in, stating their knowledge about the topic, predicting the nature of the answers and finally defending the answer they selected. The success of the question group depends largely on the students themselves, who share the responsibility to critique each other's knowledge, critical thinking and logic. As a result students learn to maximize their potential on the USMLE Step 1 Exam.

Preview Session:

The goal of the preview session is to prepare and develop an overview of the next day's topic by reviewing key concepts and important definitions and to raise questions that will be covered the next day.

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