See what students who used Boards and Beyond are saying...
"I cannot tell you how much I feel you’ve changed the game of medical education. Your videos took me from being an average medical student to scoring above a 250 on Step 1. You did the same for my friends (although they were much better medical students than I was!) Because of you, I feel comfortable exploring my third year clerkships with an open mind knowing that a program will not exclude me based on my score and that is something I consider invaluable. I was an MD/PhD student who decided right before dedicated that the PhD was no longer for me. My application was built around the PhD and I knew that I’d need a stellar step 1 score to make up for the fact that I hadn’t done much in my first two years. I feel like without your videos, this task wouldn’t have been possible. P.S. I know dental students that use your videos to study as well. I’m not sure if you’ve explored this market but…my dental friends also love your videos."
–Medical Student, Class of 2022
"Thank you very much for your amazing videos, and my warmest regards to Dr. Ryan. He single-handedly carried my medical education!"
–Medical Student, University of Maryland, Class of 2021
"Thank you for the step 1 board prep—my 263 seems to always get people’s attention including a PD I was recently speaking with. I used B&B all through the preclinical years and had such a good knowledge base I barely had to learn anything during dedicated. Thank you!"
–Gwen, University of Connecticut, Class of 2021
"I love Boards and Beyond so much. Largely because of Boards and Beyond, I honored every systems block during the first two years of medical school. I also got a 260 on the USMLE Step 1, which I could not have done without Boards and Beyond! I cannot thank everyone at Boards and Beyond enough for the amazing study content you provide. It was my most reliable resource throughout the first two years of medical school, and provided me with a deep understanding of the material that I did not get from other resources. I cannot wait for your Step 2 videos to come out!"
–Medical Student, Class of 2022
"Thank you, Dr. Ryan, for the work that you put into Boards & Beyond. It’s largely due to your teaching that I was able to score higher than I ever imagined to on Step 1 – a 269! I started using Boards & Beyond during my second year of medical school, and I kick myself for not having started sooner. Your videos, more than any other outside resource that I used for Step prep or class-specific studying, helped me to develop a functional understanding and accurate model of each organ system. Your teaching does such a great job of distilling complicated subjects into pithy, memorable concepts, and it has shown me that studying medicine doesn’t have to be too difficult as long as it’s explained clearly and tethered to common-sense principles."
–John, Class of 2022
"I wanted to email you today because I just received my Step 1 score and scored a 260! This is my dream score, and I want to let you know that Boards & Beyond was a huge part of my education for the past couple of years. At this point, I've had many, many lecturers, and you have been by far the best at explaining thing concepts in a way that is both thorough and simplified. Thank you for the countless hours you have dedicated to developing Boards & Beyond. Thank you for writing high-quality quiz questions with incredible explanations. And thank you for being an inspiration to us who are aspiring to be physicians."
–Danny, Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Class of 2022
"I want to thank Dr. Ryan and his team for recording these high yield videos and questions. Boards and Beyond is the premier resource for medical students preparing for the USMLE Step 1 exam. He emphasizes concepts, which is by far the most important factor for Step 1 success. With this resource, I achieved my goal of scoring a 255 on the Step 1 exam."
–Jake, Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine at Marshall University, Class of 2022
"In a world where much of USMLE Step 1 review material is made to provide you the so-called cliff notes of medicine, B&B provides a comprehensive review which is geared towards true success on the test. Dr. Ryan’s teaching style which strikes the perfect balance between distinguishing physiological and pathological processes helped me achieve a 260 on my Step 1. I truly believe that if used correctly Boards & Beyond is hands down the best resource out there for USMLE Step 1 review and I cannot thank Dr. Ryan enough."
–Abdallah, Ross University School of Medicine, Class of 2021
"I just want to express my gratitude for this website and for Dr Ryan, it truly is the best available resource for medical students. I used Boards and Beyond as my main resource for the USMLE Step 1, and I scored 264. I really believe that the entire reason I scored this high was watching BnB videos. Dr Ryan is the best teacher in the world and I can not thank him enough for this amazing resource."
–Ahmed, Charles University in Prague, Class of 2021
"I found Boards and Beyond very helpful in studying for Step 1 - and I think it's a big reason why I scored a 261. In addition to covering all of First Aid's material, Boards and Beyond's strength lies in that the video format makes it easier to explain concepts and walk through the logic of certain pathways. First Aid simply isn't designed to teach concepts for the first time, and I think Dr. Ryan excels at breaking down the rationale behind things (especially in Cardiology). I cannot thank Dr. Ryan enough for helping develop such an excellent resource, and I highly recommend all medical students try it out to see if it works for them!"
–Billal, Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell, Class of 2022
"I can’t thank you enough for your amazing series! After a 25+ year career in corporate finance I am now on my way to becoming a doctor. I could not have done this without your help. Your video series and corresponding slides are outstanding. You have clear and concise explanations that help someone from a non-science background understand. Additionally, you have created your own diagrams without taking them from other textbooks. This last point is very important to me. In many cases faculty use pre-existing diagrams. These diagrams often have a plethora of information that is not relevant to the point being taught. It becomes distracting and sometimes difficult to follow. I really appreciate the work you’ve done and hope you keep at it."
– Ashton, UMHS, Class of 2023
"I just finished my second year of med school back in May and took the Step 1 in July. I used all of your videos throughout 2nd year and dedicated time. They were a tremendous help. Concepts that I found confusing when presented during my normal school lectures were 100% clearer when I watched your videos and did the associated quizzes. I love your teaching method - clear and concise! I ended up scoring in the upper 240s on the exam! I couldn't be happier and I wanted to thank you for all the hard work you, Dr. Ryan, and your team put into this excellent resource."
– Adrian, St George’s University School of Medicine, Class of 2021
"Thank you so much for creating Boards and Beyond. I used Boards to study throughout my second year of medical school for class and for STEP1. Your videos are so concise and high yield, and you do such a great job of explaining complex subjects in a way that is easy to understand and remember. If I didn't have Boards, I would not have been able to score as well as I did on STEP1. Thanks to you, I was able to score a 254 on STEP1. You also really prepared me so well for my clinical years. My preceptors were impressed with how much I already knew, and I credit it all to you and your videos."
– M.D. Candidate, Medical College of Georgia – Augusta University, Class of 2021
"There are no words to express how grateful I am to Dr. Ryan. After my first year of school, I decided to take the plunge and go all into the video series. Boards and Beyond, First Aid and thousands of questions (including hundreds of Dr. Ryan's questions) were my only learning resources. I ended up scoring in the high 260's! Furthermore, now that I'm a third year, I am using the information on the wards just as much, if not more. I cannot thank the BnB team enough for building the best foundation possible for my medical career."
– Sayan, Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, Class of 2021
"Anytime I’m stuck at something that I don’t understand when I’m studying for Step 1, I watch the B&B video on that subject. Dr Ryan explains EVERYTHING that is high-yield and you don’t need to go check other sources in order to understand. B&B videos are also very helpful in memorizing and retaining information, because Dr Ryan uses a methodological way of presenting information whenever that is possible. B&B is honestly one of the best board (and medical in general) preparation sources I’ve ever used, and it will definitely help you help patients in the future. Kudos and much love and respect!"
– Ahmad, Faculty of Medicine - Damascus University, Class of 2019
"I wanted to give a big thank you for your videos, notes and knowledge, and for helping me prepare and succeed for not only step 1 but also my medical school courses. I was able to get a 253 on step 1 and a lot of credit goes to you. Boards and Beyond was the best possible resource on the planet when it came to step 1. Thank you for everything you have provided to medical students."
– Lawrence, St. George's University, Class of 2020
"I cannot even begin to tell you how grateful I am. Boards and Beyond was the absolute foundation for my learning. I had 12 weeks for preparation and spent 5 of those purely doing BnB. My first NBME practice was 234 after just one run through. Dr Ryan's explanations really were everything. I just got my score today and got a 261! I am absolutely over the moon!"
– Kritka, University of Edinburgh, UK, Class of 2020
"I received my step 1 score today and scored 264. I just wanted to thank you for making awesome comprehensive videos which cover almost everything I needed for the exam."
– Tushar, GS Medical College, Class of 2021
"I am a non-US IMG and recently recieved my Step 1 score of 260 thanks to B&B. To give a little background, I am an old graduate and spent 6 weeks dedicated to studying for the exam. Boards and Beyond played a major role in building my knowledge base, increasing my confidence, and preparing me for the questions I faced in the exam. It is not a replacement for UWorld but rather a perfect partner. The lectures are succinct, enjoyable, and contain more than enough information to attain a competitive score. What separates Dr Ryan's lectures from the rest of the competition is how he is able to thoroughly explain concepts in an efficient amount of time. He further highlights common pitfalls and mistakes that students make, which led me to many "Ah ha!" moments. The lectures are impeccably organized and correlate with the First Aid, allowing you to take notes alongside. In addition, the knowledge and confidence I gained using B&B translated into attaining an equally impressive score in the clinical knowledge exam, as well as allowed me to become a better physician overall (I am currently practicing). My advice to any IMG searching for the best resources for Step 1 is to invest in B&B to help you achieve your dream score, and beyond!"
– Essam, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland - Bahrain, YOG 2015
"I used Boards and Beyond during my M2 year all throughout both semesters and it was a fantastic resource. When Step 1 came, I found I had built a very solid foundation of knowledge, and thanks in large part to Boards and Beyond I scored a 252! I wanted to take the time to say thank you for putting these videos together. Thanks to you I am able to pursue any specialty anywhere, and as someone who really struggles to learn from printed materials I couldn't have done it without your videos. Dr. Ryan, if you ever read these, I owe you one."
– Matt, New York Medical College, class of 2020
"Using only Boards and Beyond and one question bank, I was able to move from a 215 practice exam to a 250 on my actual test in 3 months. I owe everything to Dr. Jason Ryan's no-nonsense yet thorough explanations of CONCEPTS that allowed me to confidently navigate through questions on test day. His short videos are invaluable and extremely cost effective. My experience preparing for STEP 1 has shown me that students do not need to spend a lot of money to score well on this test!"
– Janice, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Class of 2020
"I just wanted to thank Dr. Ryan and all those who helped in making these videos. I received my step 1 score yesterday and I was able to get a 241. I would not have been able to score that if it was not for these videos. Thank you!"
– Mario, Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine, Class of 2020
"Discovering Boards and Beyond was the best thing that could have happened in my Step 1 preparation. I used it as a major resource, alongside First Aid and UWorld. It is the fastest way to cover all the information, especially at high speed. Dr. Ryan is able to explain complex topics in the most straightforward manner, and highlight topics that are likely to be examined. I scored 258 in Step 1, and I put it all down to the understanding I gained through these videos. There is no doubt that the knowledge I received from the videos will also assist me in my future career."
– Zaamin, University of Cambridge, Class of 2018
"I used Boards and Beyond as my primary resource along with UWorld in my term before Step 1. I achieved the top score in my term on the BCSE II exam and scored a 263 on Step 1. Really and truly couldn't have done this without your quality instruction. Thank you so much!"
– David, St. George's University, Class of 2019
"Boards and Beyond was hands down the best product I used not only for board prep, but year round for my school curriculum as well. Words cannot describe how beneficial these videos were to my learning. I ended up with a 260 on step-1 and do not think I would have gotten anywhere close to such a score without the use of these videos. I really hope Dr. Ryan continues to make more videos in the future, potentially geared toward Step-2 content. Thank you so much."
– 2nd year student, SIU School of Medicine
"I'm a UK student who's not taking Step 1, but subscribing to Boards & Beyond is still the best thing I've done for my studies. I was initially hesitant as the US-centric name (which of course reflects its core purpose) made me wonder how relevant it would be, so I first tried other resources. But ultimately I subscribed to B&B and found the depth and efficiency of the lectures to be unmatched, and the categorization and index make it easy to find my curriculum's material and then quickly supplement it with any extra knowledge required from my university's slides. Definitely recommended."
– Alex, 1st year student, Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery
"Boards and Beyond is absolutely the best resource for medical education out there right now. It doesn't burden you with details like Robbins or go light speed like Pathoma. I have recommended it to everyone I know."
– Jameel, University of Connecticut School of Medicine, Class of 2018
"These videos are absolutely amazing. I keep saying it is the Pathoma for everything else. Please, please keep uploading more videos."
– Daniel, Florida State University College of Medicine, Class of 2018
"Boards and Beyond is honestly the best investment I have made as a second year. It's like Pathoma but for every other subject. The videos are all great but the cardiology section is phenomenal and definitely my favorite."
– Stephanie, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, Class of 2018
"The Brainstem video on the Rule of 4s is super helpful. In general, all of Dr. Ryan's videos are great. There are many topics that I am able to remember very clearly thanks to the simplicity of Dr. Ryan’s explanations. I am seeking a very competitive residency and I am 100% confident that this will help me achieve the Step 1 score I am aiming for."
– Trudy, Ohio State University College of Medicine, Class of 2019
"I just wanted to send my praises for this amazing resource! I found your videos 4 days before my exam. I took one last practice exam the day before my real exam after watching the videos nonstop for 4 days and ended up increasing my score by 20 points! I took the real deal the next day and felt so confident. I got my score back and it had increased by 9 points from my last practice exam. I am so thankful for these videos and really really wish I had found them sooner. Thank you so much for this awesome resource! You are amazing!"
– Jasmine, University of South Carolina School of Medicine-Greeneville, Class of 2018
"Boards and Beyond has been very helpful in my studies. I wish I had found your site earlier. The videos lay the foundation for pretty much everything we need to know for our block exams and Step 1."
– Brian, California Northstate University College of Medicine, Class of 2018
"Thank you Dr. Ryan for your amazing teaching. I didn't find your website until my cardiopulmonary block, halfway through second year. However, once I started using it, I couldn't believe how great it was. It was so much clearer than my school's material, and I would have been lost without it. I told the rest of my class about it, and although not all of them tried it, I know the ones that did feel the same way as I do. Now as I'm getting ready for STEP, I know I will do well because I actually understand the material instead of just memorizing it."
– Justin, The Commonwealth Medical College, Class of 2018
"Thank you for creating a masterpiece for Step 1 exam preparation!"
– Ayan, 2nd year medical student
"Your site is totally underrated. I used it to prep for my exams in biostats and biochemistry and I scored higher than all my previous scores."
– Max, 2nd year medical student
"Biochem was my weakest subject until I found your site. I was getting killed on UW questions because it had been so long since first year. I wish I had your videos back then. I tell everyone to use your site for biochem along with First Aid. There is no better way to review the material."
– Greg, 2nd year medical student
"I can honestly tell you that I never understood nephritic and nephrotic syndrome until I watched your videos. I just could not grasp this subject until I saw Dr. Ryan's flowcharts."
– Lauren, 2nd year medical student
"Biotstats is like the forgotten subject. There are no good resources. Thank you for finally filling this gap."
– Yumi, 2nd year medical student
"I am so lucky to have found Boards and Beyond! I happened to watch your video on antiarrhythmic drugs on Youtube. Then I visited your website and I have been a big fan ever since. I always get that feeling of 'Oh, that's it!' while watching the videos. I especially appreciate your efforts to introduce how the basic science works in real life to help us understand how to put the textbook theories into practice. Memorizing is a big part of medicine, but I always like to ask, 'Why? Why does it work like this?' Your videos have answered a lot of these questions for me."
– Olivia, 2nd year medical student
"This is the fastest way to review biochem for step 1."
– Miryam, 2nd year medical student
"To say I am obsessed with these videos is an understatement. If Dr. Ryan could teach me all of medical school I would be better for it."
– Alix, 2nd year medical student
"The physiology on your website is outstanding. I don't think you can find a better explanation of the material anywhere."
– Mike, 2nd year medical student
"I wanted to send you a quick note to say that Boards and Beyond was one of my top resources throughout the academic year and during my dedicated study period. I watched every section and found them all extremely helpful. Biochemistry specifically was always one of my weakest subjects. With your help, I went into the exam yesterday feeling that it was one of my strengths."
– John, 2nd year medical student
"I just wanted to thank you 1,000-times over for the Boards and Beyond website. It is an incredible resource! I wouldn't have learned most of the concepts that we were tested on yesterday if I didn't have your videos. I wish we had more teachers like you!"
– Danielle, 2nd year medical student
"I never really understood EKGs until I watched your lectures."
– Dan, 2nd year medical student
"I'm preparing for USMLE Step 1 now and these modules are a huge help. I wish my school lecturers would have explained things as clearly. Thanks for a great service."
– Yonah, 2nd year medical student
"Thank you so much for these videos. This is like Pathoma for cardiology."
– Julia, 2nd year medical student
"By my account your videos are the best to be had. I've looked at your competition. Some have a few good sections, but are lacking in the rest. B&B teaches you relevant board material, and is consistent throughout each section. Bravo. I got a free year account way back by some miracle, but will be purchasing a subscription for my rotations because the videos are high quality (I guess that's the "Beyond" part)."
– Philip, 2nd year medical student
"I just wanted to let you know that I took my [NBME CBSE] exam and was told by program directors that my score is within the accepted range. I feel the only reason I was able to perform as well as I did was because of your great videos."
– Joe, dental student OMF applicant
"There was a murmur question on my Step 1. I had no idea what it was. Then I saw the pulse pressure was increased. I remembered in your videos you said only 3 things do that. Then I reread the question and it all fit with AR. I would have totally guessed on that question if not for your videos and what you taught me about the pulse pressure."
– Sarah, 2nd year medical student
"It's so nice to have lectures by a clinician who has seen these diseases. Dr. Ryan knows what's important and it comes through in the videos."
– Jayne, 2nd year medical student
"Thanks for making Boards and Beyond. It's really helping me through Step 1 now. Thanks for finally helping me understand cardio."
– Jason, 2nd year medical student
"Excellent and unique material for Step 1. I have learned so many things using very little time for Step 1. GREAT!!!"
– Vivek, medical student
"I use Pathoma. It's great but there are lots of topics not covered especially pharm and physiology. Using B&B plus Pathoma is a great mix."
– John, 2nd year medical student
"There were a TON (maybe 3? 4?) of EKGs on my Step 1. Many of my classmates also noted that their tests were way more EKG heavy than NBME practice tests. I feel like while Pathoma has pathology covered very well, there's a huge gap in coverage of normal physiology/diagnostic tests/pharmacology in all organ systems. Your website was so helpful for filling in those gaps."
– Anne, 3rd year medical student
"Thank you so much for all your effort in putting this website together. It reminds me a lot of Khan Academy or Pathoma and is so much easier and clearer to understand than the typical lecture format. The way you have put the videos together is a lot more intuitive for our understanding, rather than just memorizing."
– Shirin, 2nd year medical student
"I just wanted to say I really appreciate your videos. They are extremely helpful. Every time my school leaves me lost on a subject it all makes sense after reviewing your videos. I describe your videos to friends as just as good as Pathoma but with physiology as well. Really great."
– Waylon, 2nd year medical student
"Dr. Ryan has the uncanny ability of making complicated topics easy to understand. The amount of material presented is not overwhelming, yet covers all major areas of a given system. Being a Cardiologist, Dr. Ryan does a great job of simplifying certain poorly taught concepts in most medical schools into memory tools which will stick with you for boards and during rotations. I cannot wait for the site to be complete, so I can use it as my primary resource for board study."
– Sai, 2nd year medical student
"Boards and Beyond was one of the best resources I used in preparing for step 1. Dr. Ryan's style is concise, emphasizes the important points, and is a pleasure to listen to."
– Adam, 2nd year medical student
"I am really grateful to have this well taught, accessible and thoughtfully presented information...I know your site will significantly enhance my understanding, and make a positive impact on my future career. Thank you."
– Jonathan, 2nd year student
"The biggest feedback I have gotten from friends is that they wish you had everything up before STEP. People really love how you present the material. I am finding the most positive reception to your physiology lectures."
– Anil, 2nd year medical student
"First off thanks so much for these videos, they are amazing. The scope is perfect and the material is presented in a clear, succinct manner."
– Daniel, 2nd year medical student
"These videos are awesome!"
– Robin, 2nd year medical student
"I love your videos!"
– Yvette, 2nd year medical student
"These videos are clutch."
– Mark, 2nd year medical student
"Thank you for these great videos!"
– Jay, 2nd year medical student
"Your videos are great!"
– Ethan, 2nd year medical student
"Just wanted to say that I'm currently preparing for the Step 1 (20 days left!) and I stumbled across your videos. I joined the site, and the videos are fantastic."
– Alpen, 2nd year medical student
"Thank you so much Dr. Ryan! These are intensely helpful!"
– Chindhuri, 2nd year medical student
"I just wanted to let you know that I thought B&B was an excellent resource. I especially enjoyed your lectures regarding CHF and arrhythmias, both very complex subjects that you broke down quite easily."
– Alex, 2nd year medical student
"The videos are really excellent. The EKG method you present makes a lot more sense to me than what I was taught previously and is honestly more in line with what I've seen other clinicians do. The HF video also has that great section on 'typical patient course' which is huge for anyone trying to get a jump on third year or review for their sub-I (aka me). I'd say this section is what is really lacking in review books and textbooks in all subjects. 'What does this usually look like, what happens to these patients and why?' You clarify some things that have eluded explanation the past three years."
– Chris, 4th year medical student