Kaplan Review for USMLE

Contact:Maryann Grandinetta
Phone: 315-464-8855
Email: grandinM@upstate.edu

The following is a description of the services provided by Kaplan through their contract with SUNY Upstate.

First Year Medical Students

All first year medical students will receive Kaplan's USMLE Step 1 Review program. The program consists of:

  • Lecture Notes covering the following disciplines:
    • Anatomy
    • Physiology
    • Biochemistry
    • Immunology/Microbiology
    • Pathology
    • Pharmacology
    • Behavioral Science
  • Qbook: contains 850 USMLE style questions organized by discipline into 50-question blocks.
  • 230+ hours of lecture review on video given by our acclaimed faculty.
  • Kaplan medEssentials Book This high-yield review book covers core basic science concepts will help you not only on your USMLE Step 1 exam, but you will also find it helpful in your medical program! It is structured by organ system and discipline to help you solidify your foundations skills. MedEssentials also comes with supplementary online exercises.

The lecture notes and streaming video can be used as an adjunct when needed to support required school curriculum. They are designed to be used with the video lectures available at the Kaplan Center, but also may be used as a stand alone outline review tool. Kaplan does NOT recommend that the lecture notes be used instead of any required reading or study materials. For example, when studying Biochemistry, students should first review their lecture notes and any required textual or internet reading. Then use the lecture notes/videos if needed to reinforce and link important concepts, and to tie in relevant clinical background.

Second Year Medical Students

All second year medical students will receive Kaplan's USMLE Step 1 Review program. The program consists of:

  • Lecture Notes covering the following disciplines:
    • Anatomy
    • Physiology
    • Biochemistry
    • Microbiology/ Immunology
    • Pathology
    • Pharmacology
    • Behavioral Science
  • Qbook: contains 850 USMLE style questions organized by discipline into 50-question blocks.
  • Online Simulated Exam of 350 questions designed to be taken toward the end of the preparation for the exam.
  • Step 1 QBank: 12 months of access to Kaplan's online database of over 2300 practice questions which can be customized into practice tests. Immediate on-screen feedback and detailed explanations of right and wrong answers are provided.
  • Full-length practice exam The simulated exam on your www.kaptest.com External Icon page is a full 8-hour experience. We see the best results from this test when it is taken in the month prior to your actual Step 1 exam
  • 230+ hours of lecture review on video given by our acclaimed faculty.
  • Online Personalized Learning System (PLS) - PLS is an interactive customized syllabus that will direct you on which videos to watch and in what order. After each section, there are practice quizzes and exams to gauge if you are ready for the next section. Based on your performance, if you are not ready, PLS will instruct you on how/where to remediate to ensure you master the content before moving on.
  • 10 hours of live lecture reviewing integrated Step 1 vignettes.

Kaplan recommends that students use the lecture notes for several months of review both along with second year classes and back reviewing of first year material when time allows.

Simulated Full-length Exam on Computer at the Kaplan Center

Toward the last 1-2 months of study students should work with both the simulated exam and the full length exam located at the Kaplan Center, solidifying their knowledge base, understanding Step 1 vignettes, and preparing their test-taking acumen.

Third/Fourth Year Medical Students

All third year medical students will receive Kaplan's USMLE Step 2 Review program. The program consists of:

  • Lecture Notes covering the following disciplines:
    • Internal Medicine
    • Obstetrics and Gynecology
    • Pediatrics
    • Surgery
    • Psychiatry/Epidemiology and Ethics
  • Qbook - contains 850 USMLE style questions organized by discipline into 50-question blocks.
  • Full-length practice exam The simulated exam on your www.kaptest.com External Icon page is a full 9-hour experience. We see the best results from this test when it is taken in the month prior to your actual Step 2 exam.
  • Step 2 QBank: 12 months of access to Kaplan's online database of over 2300 practice questions which can be customized into practice tests. Immediate on-screen feedback and detailed explanations of right and wrong answers are provided.
  • 175+ hours of lecture review on video given by Kaplan's acclaimed faculty.