INMD 7020

USMLE Step 1 Structured Preparation Course


Shannon Nelson
Course Coordinator

Curriculum Focus
Clinical Level
MS Year
Terms Offered

Completion of all MS1 and MS2 coursework


Catalog Description: In this independent study course, students will engage in full-time review for their national USMLE Step 1 examination. Although the components of the course are designed for self-directed learning, students will have the opportunity for regular knowledge check ins and for one-on-one meetings with learner development staff on an as-needed basis. The focus of the course is to prepare for a passing score, not to achieve a high score. Specifically, students will:

  • Work with the Office of Learner Development (OLD) to create and submit a study plan based on the CQA model [template to be provided]
  • Take a minimum of two NBME (CBSSA) Step 1 self-assessments during the course and share results with OLD
  • Submit weekly progress reports based on the C-Q-A process


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Required session attendance:

Typical weekly schedule/Delivery Mode: Variable independent study

Direct patient care: No

Consent Requirement: Open to student scheduling. The course coordinator/director have waived permission to late add the course. If you would like to add this course after the add/drop deadline, you can request it through the Schedule Change Request Form.

Course Objectives: To successfully complete this course, students will be able to do the following for USMLE Step1 preparation:

  • Identify strengths, deficiencies, and limits in one's knowledge and expertise (PBLI1).
  • Set learning and improvement goals (PBLI2).
  • Incorporate feedback into daily practice (PBLI5).

Graded Components:

The course is graded on participation only. A passing grade is obtained by completing all of the requirements including submission of a study plan, weekly submission of study progress, and completion of two self-assessments. Optional content processes related to high-yield discipline areas (e.g., biochemistry, pathology, microbiology) will also be provided.

Grading Scale: P/N


Allow repetition of course: Repetition not allowed

Limited to Student Type: No

Course equivalency: N/A

Related curricular experience: N/A

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Course evaluation: MedHub