Becker Professional Education’s faculty are from top medical schools with M.D.’s and Ph.D.’s. They apply their years of experience to teach in their specialties preparing future physicians for the USMLE®. Each has extensive familiarity with the Exam and a clear understanding of how results impact a career in medicine. Their approach is focused on integration and application of materials while helping students to more easily recall and utilize information so they can prepare to succeed on the Exam and into a career as a Physician.
Dr. Mary Ruebush is one of our esteemed faculty members who travels all over the world lecturing to students about the USMLE® Exam. She, is one of the nation’s most experienced and acclaimed instructors in Microbiology and Immunology for USMLE Step 1 review.
She recently had a great experience on her recent trip to India. She tracks her 8 day stay in India with presentations to over 1400 medical students throughout the country and discusses how medical students prepare for the Exam in a different part of the world.
Day 1 – Sightseeing Delhi
Connected with EduPristine, who works closely with students in India, where they took me sightseeing in Delhi. Before partaking on my live presentations with students from India a taste of what makes this country great was the start of my trip. We saw a local market (Dilli Haat), a Sikh temple (Bangla Sahib Gurudwara), a catholic cathedral, a Muslim mosque (Qutub minar), Humayan tomb, Hauz Khas Fort, the India gate, houses of parliament and the prime minister’s home. Back by 6 pm, prepared for flight out to Amritsar next morning.
Day 2 – Amritsar
Drove 2 hours one way (hair-raising) to Punjab Institute for Health Sciences in Jalandar where I gave a presentation to students. We had about 20 students attend the seminar since most of the classes are preparing for exams this week. This is a region in which the dean is very receptive to Becker programs.
Day 3 – Hyderabad
I arrived at the 2 pm seminar at Mallareddy Medical College. We had a standing room only crowd in a room that seats 200, and the students from multiple medical schools in the area were most interested in hearing the seminar. The seminar discussed the evolution of the USMLE® multiple choice question. I talked about current exam trends, including how examinees are required to showcase mastery of their understanding of tested content across the USMLE Step 1 and 2 CK exams. The seminar showed students how the skills tested on these exams cannot be learned from books and how Becker’s USMLE reviews integrate content to help them succeed on the exam and as a future doctor. This session worked through specific USMLE-styled questions to showcase the exam and emphasize the thought process and clinical reasoning necessary for success. The struggle is just as difficult in India as it is for the rest of the world. Students stayed over more than 30 minutes to ask questions.
Day 4 – Chennai
The seminar this day was at noon at ACS Medical College. Another packed room…about 200 students were able to be seated. I have been talking with all groups to introduce who Becker is/are, and why it is with the evolution that the exam has been undergoing, that we can help all of them meet the challenges of the process. Sessions have been lively, although Indian students are generally polite and deferential to a fault, so it takes a little work to get participation. There have been a multitude of questions each day, and our partner, EduPristine, is an amazing sales and marketing force on the ground here. Two female students from Chennai who have been in our first Live Virtual Classroom here in India, drove out to the Medical College to meet us in person. It was wonderful to have them there, because I was able to introduce them to the attendees, and we watched afterwards as many students and parents went to ask them of their unfiltered opinions. So much more powerful when the endorsements come from those who have experienced our product! We stopped for lunch around 2 pm at a local Indian restaurant and then I was dropped back at the hotel in Chennai around 5 pm. tomorrow at 6 am we leave to drive to Pondicherry and Aaarupadai Vedu Medical College.
Day 5 – Pondicherry
Started at 6 am for a three hour drive from Chennai to Pondicherry where we spoke (11 am to 1 pm) at ACS Medical College. There were approximately 140 attendees (this is an extremely rural area) and the picture with the male students in Pondicherry” was with students who had travelled several hours to hear our talk. Interest is great in Becker/EduPristine and concern about the future of medical careers for foreign medical graduates runs high with the recent election results. We went to an Ashram and a Hindu temple for a little sightseeing, then got lunch (more delicious Indian food) and then drove to Sri Manakula Vinayagar Medical College to speak to the directors there. We showed them an abbreviated presentation of what I have been doing for the students, and were very well received. They feel confident that they can send 20 of their students to our January course run with EduPristine. We then traveled to the EduPristine Center and sat in on a few minutes of the India Live Virtual Course going on now with Dr. Wilson teaching. We got back to the hotel at 11 pm, so another fun-filled 17 hour day. Day off tomorrow and then move to Bangalore next.
Day 7 – Bangalore
Today we left for the airport in Bangalore at 5 am for an 8 am flight (because the traffic is impossible all the time). The EduPristine staff and I tried to catch up on some computer work, and then we left for our 2 pm seminar around 1. Our seminar at KS Hegde Medical College had more than 220 attendees, and we spent time again with directors and Deans seeing if we can use this school as an Edupristine site for this city. There is currently no EduPristine site here. The talk was hosted by the student council, and was lively and well-received. We returned to the hotel to help host the webinar by Dr. Raymon to promote the Integrated Full Review for India which will be coming up in December. Time for bed at 10 pm and leaving for the airport and our final venue in Mumbai tomorrow at 8:30 am.
Day 8 – Mumbai
We landed from Bangalore around noon, checked into the hotel for me and headed immediately for Lokmanya Tilak Medical College in Sion. We arrived around 3:30 pm for our talk at 4 pm, which again was hosted by the student council. We had about 180 attendees, and it has seemed like our attendance has been defined more by the capacity of the room than by the interest of the student bodies. A very lively crowd, full of questions, kept us after the talk until nearly 6:30 pm. After this, I went to the EduPristine Center to meet up with two students from our Live Virtual Classroom, and then back to the hotel by 10 pm.
The trip came to an end with Dr. Mary Ruebush touching the live of over 1400 medical students overseas in India. The passion shown in these presentations are also seen throughout all of her course lectures prepping students for the USMLE® Step 1 Exam.