Before summer break began in early May, medical students were given a glimpse of how medical education could increasingly unfold in the future.
Forced to gather and communicate online due to the COVID-19 public health crisis, the nature of learning about the medical field has been quickly transformed.
Access and demand for online resources saw a significant uptick that is likely to continue when med schools across the United States start back up, but remain in COVID limbo, at the end of July.
“Medical training is a hands-on activity, so it isn’t feasible to provide comprehensive education remotely,” Dr. Lisa Howley, the Association of American Medical Colleges’ Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships, says.
“Still, schools are managing to find ways to adapt. What impresses me most is their ingenuity.”
Hosting 200,000 learners on the site every month and used by 80% of third-and fourth-year medical students in 191 countries, OnlineMedEd was already ahead of the curve when it came to innovation.
“When Kaplan revamped their already impressive Qbanks, it was clear to us that they were the best option for students requiring a robust Qbank in the months before the exam.”
Today, with the announcement of a strategic partnership with test preparation giants Kaplan, it has cemented that position further.
Kaplan’s recently revamped test preparation question bank (Qbank) will be paired with OnlineMedEd’s medical learning platform, providing a bigger edge for those wanting to nail their USMLE ® exams.
“When Kaplan revamped their already impressive Qbanks, it was clear to us that they were the best option for students requiring a robust Qbank in the months before the exam,” Dustyn Williams, OnlineMedEd’s Co-Founder and Lead Educator, says.
Williams, whose teaching style has gained online cult-hood, has been described as “the guy who makes medical school easier.”
“A partnership that paired our strengths made sense,” he says.
An iconic source for test prep, Kaplan’s Qbanks have received substantial recent upgrades, including a complete revision of all questions, explanations, and simulated exams.
Hundreds of brand new questions have been included along with a new mobile app, enhanced answer explanations, and an updated interface identical to the test.
Phil Teelander, Kaplan’s Executive Director, Medical Programs, sees the OnlineMedEd partnership as a big win for med students.
“Question practice is an incredibly effective technique, and we’ve recently overhauled our question bank resources to maximize learning outcomes,” Teelander says.
“We know that medical students rely on a variety of components to accelerate their education, leveraging several providers based on their strengths.
“We’re coupling two effective resources to maximize student study time and improve student performance,” he adds.
For a limited time, any student who purchases an annual OnlineMedEd Premium subscription will also receive a $129 Partner Promo Code that can be applied on Kaplan’s revamped qbank for board prep.
“We’re coupling two effective resources to maximize student study time and improve student performance.”
Currently, OnlineMedEd offers more than 400 pages of notes with diagrams, tables, tips, and insight into topics, and over 70 hours of high-yield content to prepare medical students for boards and clinical rotations, including more than 10,000 flashcards and 1200 board-style clinical vignettes to review.
“By being able to leverage our PACE learning methodology, which incorporates written materials and video lectures alongside ways to challenge and reinforce during the learning acquisition phase, with Kaplan’s robust test prep questions, students will have more depth in their knowledge and better preparation for their exams,” Williams says.
While the bulk of the notorious daily grind of med school will inevitably return, many of the changes—like distance interviews for applicants—may be enduring.
The total integration of online medical learning is clearly one that’s here to stay.