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Toby Atkin

USMLE Step 1, 2 CK, Shelf Instructor Residency & AAMC Application Advisor



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Psychiatry Residency
Columbia University


I would love to help you to succeed on your tests and be part of your journey. I remember studying for the MCAT myself, poring over passages, and memorizing the amino acids while others got to enjoy the beautiful spring weather of application season. Since then, I have completed four years of medical school at SUNY Downstate College of Medicine in Brooklyn, NY.and matched into my top choice of residency program: Psychiatry Residency Program at Columbia University. While it may be difficult to believe, many of the skills that MCAT study instilled in me have been useful in my career since. 


As a former English major, I feel that I have a special knack for teaching the Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills section. I would also be happy to look over AMCAS applications and personal essays.

I have tutored USMLE Step 1 and USMLE Step 2 CK, and Shelf exams. At school, both individually and in small group sessions, and have worked with more than 50 students of all different ranges. Together we can work on subject mastery and review, test-taking strategies, and study scheduling tips, and a calendar. Meetings can be structured in whatever format you prefer, including question review, topic lessons, and test strategy.


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More About Toby:

PUBLICATIONS/ABSTRACTS Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles:

Gobbi G, Atkin T, Zytynski T, Wang S, Askari S, Boruff S, Ware M., Dendukuri N, Mayo N. Cannabis use among adolescents and risk of depression in young adulthood: A systematic review and meta-analysis. JAMA Psychiatry (2019). PMID: 30758486. Cited: 96 times (Google Scholar)


Atkin T, Comai S, Gobbi G. Drugs for Insomnia beyond Benzodiazepines: Pharmacology, Clinical Applications, and Discovery. Pharmacological Reviews (2018), 70(2), 197-245. PMID: 29487083 Cited: 73 times (Google Scholar)


Atkin T, Nuñez N, Gobbi G. Practitioner Review: The effects of atypical antipsychotics and mood stabilisers in the treatment of depressive symptoms in paediatric bipolar disorder. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry (2017), 58(8), 865-879. PMID: 28474733 Cited: 8 times (Google Scholar)


Atkin, T. Inspiration for Medical Students During COVID-19. New York Council on Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Newsletter. 2020. Oral Presentations Atkin T (2020). Management of Symptoms of Anxiety and Depression Among Medical Students. Orientation of Third Year Medical Students. Brooklyn, NY.


Atkin T (2019). Health or Hype? Evidence-Based Functional Outcomes and Safety of Vaginal Rejuvenation Procedures. OBGYN Rounds. Brooklyn, NY.


Atkin T, Ian Bradley-Perrin, Robert Suttle, Jameela Yusuff (2018). HIV Criminalization in the United States. Brooklyn, NY.


Atkin T (2018). Power and Privilege: A Workshop for New Medical Students. Orientation of First Year Medical Students. Brooklyn, NY.


Atkin T, Gobbi G (2017). Cannabis use among adolescents and risk of depression in young adulthood. International Cannabinoid Research Society meeting; Montreal, QC.


Atkin T (2016). Atypical Antipsychotics and Mood Stabilizers for the treatment of Depressive Symptoms in Pediatric Bipolar Disorder. National Integrative Research Council; Montreal, QC.




Psychoeducation under Dr. Michael Reinhardt in telemedicine geriatric psychiatry clinic


Facilitator, Trans Medicine Small Group Activity [SUNY Downstate College of Medicine] - Selected to facilitate a mandatory annual course for first year medical students on providing care to transgender patients.


Facilitator, Power and Privilege workshop for incoming first-year medical students [SUNY Downstate College of Medicine] - Selected to facilitate a mandatory antiracist and antisexist workshop during the orientation week for first-year medical students and promoting social equity in healthcare


MCAT King Bio Book is Now available.
 2020 Edition.

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