Meet the Second Winner of the Rx Challenge!

USMLE-Rx is very proud to announce the second grand prize winner of the Rx Challenge! Thousands of med students from around the world have entered to see why the questions from Step 1 Qmax are rated so highly when it comes to item quality.

During the Rx Challenge, med students are given the opportunity to experience the quality of our Step 1 resources by taking a 7-day trial. When the trial is over, they can complete a short survey in order to earn a chance for a $500 gift card and a one-on-one career counseling session with Dr. Tao Le, the senior editor of the First Aid series.

In our original blinded comparisons, where USMLE-Rx questions were matched head-to-head against items from the leading competitors, students chose USMLE-Rx 7 out of 10 times. Of the med students who have taken part in the Rx Challenge, nearly 75% have agreed that Qmax is the best Step 1 Qbank on the planet.

The second winner of the Rx Challenge is Xiaoliang, a post-doc fellow at Marshall University’s Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, located in Huntington, West Virginia. Xiaoliang originally attended medical school in China where he went on to become a practicing cardiologist for three years. He decided to pursue a PhD at the University of Toledo, which he completed before going on to Marshall to continue his research on renal failure and renocardiovascular disease. As part of his work, he assists with clinical trials and studies obesity and renal failure.

RxChallenge Winner 2

After his days in the lab, he spends much of his free time preparing for Step 1, which he plans to take in 2019. He relies heavily on First Aid and Qmax, and notes that the two resources work well together. He likes that First Aid tells you everything you need to know and provides ways to help you remember the information, while Qmax’s explanations are instructive and point you back to First Aid to find out more.

We congratulate Xiaoliang and look forward to setting up his personal counseling session with Dr. Le!

Due to the tremendous response to the Rx Challenge in 2018, we’ve decided to extend it into the new year. So, if you missed out, we invite you to point your browser to and take the challenge! Maybe you will be the next winner!


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