SOM Student AffairsAcademic Support Services and Career Counseling
USMLE Board Preparation
Passage of USMLE Step 1 and 2 are required to graduate from UTMB. The Office of Academic Support Services and Career Counseling provides support for medical student board preparation with several programs:
- Board Preparation Manual: A manual to aid in the preparation of USMLE Step 1 is provided to each student. An orientation meeting is held with all MS 2 students to provide an overview of the USMLE board services and programs offered by the Office of Academic Support Services and Career Counseling. A panel of MS 3 students present their experiences preparing and sitting for USMLE Step 1 and answer questions.
- Step Prep: A two week board review workshop is offered to facilitate MS 2 students in a comprehensive review of the basic science content on USMLE Step 1. This workshop is offered at the end of April and the beginning of May and includes a series of faculty presentations that cover high-yield basic science material.
- Peer Mentoring: A Peer Mentoring Program is offered to assist students with organization, setting up a study calendar, selecting study materials and identifying high yield content areas. This program uses a small group format, begins during Derm/Heme block and can continue through the end of June, depending on group needs.
- Individual Tutoring: Individualized assistance in preparing for USMLE, Steps 1 and 2 is provided upon request, but is dependent on availability of peer tutors.
Academic Support Services Staff
1.206 Ashbel Smith Bldg.