Monday, June 25, 2007

Physician Salary - Primary Care Vs Specialists:

Physician Salary - Primary Care Vs Specialists:

  • Last year was a good one for Primary Care Physicians. Their salary(read compensation) increased more than subspecialists for the first time in the last 5 years.
  • The median salary for Primary Care Physicians for 2004 was 161,000 and the median salary for Sub-Specialists(all sub-specialties put together) was 298,000.
  • For the year 2004, Primary Care Physicians saw an increase in their salary (compensation) of more than 3% compared to subspecialists whose compensation remained the same (No significant increase)
Resident decisions on pursuing a Fellowship is partly based on the increase in compensation yearly. The craze for Fellowship Vs. Primary Care also changes in Cycles of 5-7 years. Does this new data mean more number of Residents will opt for Primary Care? Only time will tell...

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Kaplan Webprep vs. Kaplan Videos (USMLE Step 1)

Wondering what is the difference between Kaplan Webprep and Kaplan CenterPrep Videos?

I would say that 95% of what was covered in the lectures was already in the notes. The center is good if you have difficulty studying on your own, then it sort of leads you through everything. Some of the lectures were good at explaning concepts and some literally read from the notes. As long as you stick to Kaplan Notes and use additional resources for pathology (Goljan! - the best!) and microbiology you should do great. If you are going to spend money you should spend it on Q-bank

All the main topics have been covered in Webprep, but sure seemingly important ones have been missed.

Scanned Step 1 Notes for USMLE

One of the most popular materials for Step 1 Review - scanned Kaplan Step 1 Notes.
It is great because of its portability. You can have it with you anywhere and study on your own pace.

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The scanned notes package includes:

  • Anatomy
  • Behavioral Sciences
  • Biochemistry
  • Physiology
  • Pharmacology
  • Pathology
  • Microbiology/Immunology