The ITB USMLE, COMLEX, & Medical School Podcast

Teaching You to Think like a Question Writer

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The ITB Podcast is dedicated to helping health care professionals (especially med students) lead better lives by teaching the “how” of taking a standardized exam.

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Being able to confidently tackle an exam is small piece of happiness, but with all that seems to ride on one’s scores, I believe it’s an important one. Plus—like our tagline says—learning to think like a board exam question writer can increase your scores without you having to try to jam more knowledge into your brain. This leads to better “work-life” balance, and leaves more time for important things like faith, family, friends, and even fun.

Physician heal thyself, right? I’m hoping that maybe, just maybe, InsideTheBoards can help to decrease (at least a little) the kind of burnout that crushes the idealism with which everyone begins med school, but without which many leave.

Quick Facts

-New episodes every 1-2 weeks
-Featuring both didactic content (“question dissections”) and interviews with leaders in medical education
-Contests with useful resources, fun prizes, or just cool stuff as our thanks to you for listening and taking the time to leave us a review
-Listen on the ITB Podcast Webpage (episode links below), Stitcher, Google Play, Blubrry or iTunes (and leave a review / send the screenshot to to enter the specific episode’s contest)
-Record an audio message (to the right) to be featured on the ITB podcast
-Or send us a message via email below or in the comment box for suggestions, feedback, tips for fellow listeners or to tell us what you’d like to hear covered or who you’d like us to interview

Audible ITB trial


Patrick C. Beeman, MD discusses plans for, schedule, and scope of the ITB podcast, shares his journey through med school and discusses Picmonic, MedSchoolCoach, Examguru, and COMQUEST. The question of the day covers a new onset seizure at 34 weeks gestation. Click Here to go to page
In this episode, the question of the day concerns the case of a woman with dysentery. We briefly cover high yield points on Shigella sonnei, Bacillus cereus, Giardia lamblia, Staphylococcus aureus, and Cryptosporidium parvum. The interview for today is with Kevin Pho and we discuss the uses of social media with a focus on how to use social media as a medical student, and how one might leverage it for success in medical school. This episode’s contest is a free copy of Kevin’s book “Establishing, Managing, and Protecting Your Online Reputation: A Social Media Guide for Physicians and Medical Practices.” Write a review and send a screenshot to for your chance to win this week’s giveaway. Go to episode
Sahil Mehta, MD from dissects a practice question related to urinary retention and how virtual tutoring can help you succeed on the USMLE, COMLEX, shelf exams and in your medical school coursework. Go to episode page
Adeel Yang, MD, co-founder of the Picmonic visual learning system, shares his personal test-taking journey, discusses how to approach board questions on high potency anti-psychotics (with bonus Picmonic audio example) and how Picmonic can help you increase your retention by 331% and score over 90th percentile on exams. Listen now.
In this episode of the InsideTheBoards podcast, I interview Pamela Wible, America’s leading voice for ideal medical care. I also discuss defense mechanisms in our question of the day—for all your board, USMLE, COMLEX, and shelf exam needs. Listen now
Yun Chu and Richard Giovane, seniors editors of the Step 1 QMax question bank from USMLE-Rx and the team that brought you First Aid for the USMLE, discuss how to dissect multiple choice question. Plus find out how to win a free 1-month subscription to a USMLE-Rx product of your choice. Listen now.
Bioethics is one of those topics covered on all parts of the USMLE and COMLEX as well as each of the shelf exams. In part one, Patrick covers the four essential categories of boards-style medical ethics questions and discusses example material brought to you by Conrad Fischer and the team at medQuest ( Part 2 will cover additional multiple choice questions. Listen now!
Our interview with Dr. Aaron McGuffin from Universal Notes. Aaron offers practical advice on how bounce back from failure in medical school and how to approach pediatrics questions on the USMLE/COMLEX and shelf exam. Plus, learn how Universal Notes can help you in your classes and in your clerkships. Listen now!
Memorang founder, Yermie Cohen discusses how to approach internal medicine questions, study more efficiently, & how to gamify your USMLE/COMLEX preparation. Listen now.
Dustyn Williams, MD, cat fancier & lead educator at OnlineMedEd, dissects some internal medicine questions & discusses how OnlineMedEd is revolutionizing medical education. Plus, find out why OnlineMedEd gives away their best content for free and find out how you can win a package of freebies from OnlineMedEd. Listen now.
I announce the “Match Smarter” segment brought to you by Doximity’s Residency Navigator, discuss a clinical anatomy question with Trevor Rosenlof from Firecracker, and cover how Firecracker can help you save time by combining study for the boards with what you need to learn in class and on the wards. Plus, learn how you can win 6 mos of Firecracker for free. Listen now.
Introducing the “Match Smarter” segment of the ITB podcast (thanks to Doximity’s Residency Navigator Tool). Our inaugural segment features Dr. Peter Taub on the specialty of plastic surgery. Also, we cover Osmosis’s “Open Osmosis” free open access medical education platform. Listen now.
As part of our Match Smarter series with Doximity, we invited author, Anita Taylor, to discuss the latest edition of her book: How to Choose a Medical Specialty. Listen to the latest episode.
In this episode, we answer the burning question on every med student’s mind: how might Angelina Jolie help me crush the USMLE or COMLEX? Rishi Desai and Ryan Haynes from Osmosis explain how they can help make your medical education more personal, efficient, and exciting. Listen now.
In this episode we interview Nathanial “Ned” Morris, a writer and psychiatry resident at Stanford and dissect some Step 2/shelf level psychiatry practice questions. Click here to listen.
In another edition of our Match Smarter series brought to you by Doximity’s Residency Navigator we discuss the specialty of neurology with resident Steven Gangloff and then dissect some high yield neuro questions related to headache from the Open Osmosis platform. Go to the show notes page to listen and for more details.
In this episode we talk neurosurgery with Dr. Jonathan Rasouli, a neurosurgery resident and dissect some high yield neurosurgery-related practice questions. Check it out here.
As part of our Match Smarter series sponsored by Doximity’s Residency Navigator Dr. Michael Galloway, program director for the Wright State University-Wright Patterson Air Force Base combined program in obstetrics and gynecology, discusses his specialty. We also dissect some Open Osmosis Ob/Gyn practice questions (covering three super-high yield topics likely to show up on a standardized test). Go to the show notes page to listen here.
As part of our Match Smarter series sponsored by Doximity’s Residency Navigator, Sammy Zakaria, associate program director for the Johns Hopkins Bayview IM residency, discusses his specialty. We also dissect some Open Osmosis internal medicine practice questions. View the show notes page here to listen and learn more.
In this episode, I give some updates on the future of the show. We also interview Maneesh Sethi, creator of the Pavlok wearable device and discuss how to break the bad habits that keep you from success and create good ones to make you more efficient and keep you on task. Check out the show notes page to listen and to learn more.
In the final episode of this year’s Match Smarter series, sponsored by Doximity’s Residency Navigator, we discuss pediatrics with Universal Notes’ founder and ITB alum, Dr. Aaron McGuffin. Elizabeth Beeman, ITB co-founder, dissects a pediatrics question from our friends at Osmosis and we announce the winner of our Match Smarter contest. Check out the episode here.
In part one of the series, Figure1 co-founder, Josh Landy, discusses medical education in Canada and explains why he started the social photo sharing platform for medicine. In part 2, he delves further into why he started Figure1 and how it’s taking free, open access medical education to the far corners of the world. Check out both episodes here.
In this two-part episode, Dr. Adeleke Adesina, author of “How to Prepare for the Medical Boards” and founder of SmashUSMLE, offers some personal advice on study strategies he used to achieve success on both the COMLEX and USMLE as well clerkship shelf exams. Check out the show notes page to listen and learn more.
In part one, Conrad Fischer the animated and knowledgeable Kaplan lecturer and author of the immensely popular Master the Boards series discusses the redemptive suffering involved in medical education, gets roasted by Reddit, and provides some wisdom and perspective on USMLE and COMLEX preparation. In part 2, Dr. Fischer provides a whirlwind tour through recent drug development so you can “get current” in under half an hour. Listen here.
Go behind the scenes with Aaron and Bryan from SketchyMedical. In part 1, we do a little learning on a pediatric disease with our open Osmosis question of the day and discuss Sketchy’s take on the topic. In part 2, Bryan and Aaron discuss a little more about how SketchyMedical was founded and what their future plans are to help medical students succeed even more on the USMLE and COMLEX Step 1. Learn more here.
Click here for our page dedicated to the USMLE Step 1: Study Smarter Series

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