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Becker USMLE Step1 - Live Review Course

World-Class Instructors

We have hand-selected an amazing group of award-winning lecturers from US Medical Schools and Residency Programs. All of our instructors hold MDs and/or PhDs, and all have years of experience in preparing future physicians for the USMLE. With their firsthand knowledge of the exam and a clear understanding of how your results impact your career in medicine, they are uniquely qualified to help you easily recall and utilize information when truly needed — so you’ll succeed in your exam, and in your career in medicine.


Here are just a few of the great instructors who work with Becker:

Dr. Cari Sloma
Dr. Cari Sloma

Dr. Cari Sloma taught Microbiology and Immunology at Ross University School of Medicine before joining Becker. She is particularly adept at guiding medical students through these complex topics in an engaging way, helping students understand the molecular basis of pathogenesis of infection.

Dr. Cari Sloma earned her PhD in Immunology at the Mayo Clinic. Instead of following a traditional basic science path, she elected to stay at Mayo and complete a fellowship in clinical microbiology; her expertise is in diagnosis of infectious disease. She worked in laboratory diagnostics before teaching at Ross. Her training and experience give her a special perspective on how the threads of Immunology flow through Microbiology.

Dr. Philip Tisdall
Phillip Tisdall, MD

Philip Tisdall, M.D. An award-winning teacher and published author, he trained at the Mayo Clinic and is a diplomate of the American Board of Pathology (AP and CP). In medical school (University of Alberta), he was the recipient of the gold medal in surgery and the MacKenzie award for History and Physical examination. He has over 30 years’ experience as a practicing pathologist and has served as faculty at the University of Calgary, Exeter Hospital and the American University of the Caribbean. He is a dynamic and engaging speaker who helps students understand how to correlate the basic sciences to clinical medicine. Students praise him for his insight and ability to make complex material clear and memorable.

Dr. Steven R. Daugherty
Steven R. Daugherty, PHD

Steven R. Daugherty, obtained his Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Chicago and is the author/co-author of over 70 published papers and numerous book chapters. Dr. Daugherty has held a faculty appointment at Rush Medical College in Chicago for more than 30 years and for the past 22 years he has worked preparing students to pass the USMLE, COMLEX, and board certification exams. He is well known for his energetic, engaging lectures in Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Behavioral Sciences, Physician/Patient relationship, Health Care Delivery Systems, and Ethical/Legal issues in medical practice.

Dr. Mary J. Ruebush
Mary J. Reubush, PHD

Mary J. Ruebush, PhD in Immunoparasitology, is a Microbiology and Immunology Instructor with over 20 years of experience in teaching USMLE Step 1 reviews. Her passion for teaching and in-depth understanding of Immunology has driven her to write the book "Why Dirt is Good" featured twice on CBS News, write over 22 medical publications and 16 abstracts. Dr. Ruebush is the author or coauthor of Step 1 USMLE lecture notes in Immunology and Microbiology and contributing author in Immunology and Microbiology for MedEssentials. This positions Dr. Ruebush as one of the nation's most experienced and acclaimed instructors in Microbiology and Immunology USMLE Step 1 review. Dr. Ruebush received her PhD from the University of Georgia where she began her teaching career in medicine. She transitioned to the Montana State University to teach Infectious Disease, Immunology and Pathology and received the outstanding teacher of the year award as a professor of medical science at the WWAMI Cooperative Medical School Program.

Dr. Lionel Raymon
Lionel Raymon, PHD

Dr. Raymon, PhD is a renowned, integrated science professor who has taught USMLE and COMLEX preparation for over 20 years. Dr. Raymon, who graduated with the highest honors at the University of Bourgogne, later received his PhD in Pharmacology at the University of Maryland, School of Medicine. He completed his fellowships in Neurology and Toxicology at the University of Miami.

Dr. Robert B. Dunn
Dr. Robert B. Dunn

Dr. Dunn was one of the originators of the first board review programs. He is the author and instructor of Step 1 USMLE lectures in Physiology. Dr. Dunn has over 50 research publications in spinal cord injury and cardiovascular physiology and was recently the Principal Investigator on a federally funded research study on rehabilitative procedures for spinal cord injured subjects.

Dr. Terriann Crisp
Dr. Terriann Crisp

Dr. Crisp received her Ph.D. from Marshall University School of Medicine. She has been helping students master Pharmacology for over 20 years and has received the Outstanding Faculty Award from Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine on 12 separate occasions. Dr. Crisp, is a contributing author to the Pharmacology notes, and is renowned for her ability to help students remember and understand complex material.

Dr. Kartik “Carlo” Rangaraj
Dr. Kartik “Carlo” Rangaraj

Dr Rangaraj received his M.D. from the Medical University of the Americas and spent the past 10 years teaching students what they need for the USMLE. He is especially adept at explaining the physiological mechanisms which produce observed Pathological conditions. Dr. Rangaraj has been mentored by the well-known Dr. Goljan and teaches from a set of materials extracted from the classic “Goljan Review” materials.

Dr. Jack Wilson
Dr. Jack Wilson

Dr. Wilson received his Anatomy from the University of Mississippi Medical Center and has been a faculty member in the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology at the University of Tennessee Health Center in Memphis for 40 years. He has received over 40 teaching awards, is the author or co-author of several review books on Anatomy, and has published over 20 papers on cardiovascular research. For over 15 years he has worked preparing students for the USMLE and has taught in over 20 review courses for each of the past several years. Dr. Wilson is well known for his ability to organize the full range of Anatomy topics and has a clear sense of how the content is usually presented on the USMLE Step 1.

Dr. Brad Miller

Bradley Miller, MD, PhD, is a physician-scientist specializing in Laboratory Chemistry and Neuropathology. His education (a PhD in Biochemistry) and clinical service (Clinical Chemistry) make him ideally suited to teaching biochemistry with a medically-relevant focus. In addition, he currently lectures on multiple subject areas in pathology. He has been associated with Becker since its inception and is the initial author of its biochemistry syllabus. He received his MD/PhD training at Virginia Commonwealth University and his research and clinical training in pathology at the University of Virginia. He currently holds The CH Foundation Regents Endowed Chair in Parkinson's Disease Research and is an Assistant Professor in Pathology at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.