The Advanced Preclinical Review Program (APCRP) offers a unique combination of Board Review preparation and Clinical Experience. This unique approach gives students a better understanding of physiological processes and pathological changes. By pairing these experiences, participants are able to comprehend clinical application concepts learned in class and are able to apply these concepts in clinical scenarios.
The program is designed to cover 16 weeks.
During this time the students participate in two different sets of activities. The first eight weeks are related to USMLE® Step 1 preparation, which includes live lectures provided by highly experienced faculty hired by the program. Peer advising is also scheduled at least three times during the course to ensure progression to the desired goals.
Understanding that every student is different, we also offer one-on-one tutoring at the request of the student. These sessions are scheduled twice a week with one of our principal faculty.
All students are provided with handouts and/or presentations containing the key aspects of the class. All Subjects are based on the content description illustrated in the USMLE Bulletin.
Basic Sciences are taught as individual subjects and, at the same time, clinical information is presented in an organ-based manner. This allows the integration of anatomy, physiology, pathology, and pharmacology in a logical and comprehensive way.
The second part of the course is known as Advanced Introduction to Clinical Medicine (AICM). During the second eight weeks, students interact with patients and develop the skills required to do a diagnosis-oriented physical examination, H & P, and SOAP notes, among others. Students are also encouraged to continue their Q-Bank questions while applying basic science knowledge.
The clinical rotations have a rigorous evaluation system that includes: attendance, SOAP notes, patient log, and presentations – just to name a few. At the end of the sixteen weeks, a detailed evaluation and grade report are sent to the student’s medical school, which may acknowledge up to 16 weeks of credit.