Dr. Fred Bertino's time in medical school and beyond has been very much connected to medical residency advising. He has researched and published on residency admissions, interview techniques, and benefits of research to one's application. He has also delved into personality traits and how certain attributes of an applicant can prove successful members of teams based on their compatibility with future matched applicants, or even co-researchers. On a one-on-one level, Dr. Bertino has advised many medical students, as well as previously unmatched applicants from the Caribbean and United States, on many elements of residency applications, from coursework and USMLE prep, to personal statement editing and revising, and interview training. As an active medical school interviewer, Dr. Bertino is up to date on current trends in medical education and appreciates the trends in medical student acceptance with a narrowing bottleneck in the match. He is well-versed in what interests medical school admissions departments, what helps some students stand out among others, and how interviews should be crafted to leave the best impression upon a committee.
As a USMLE tutor, one of his personal areas of interest is learning theory and methods of integrating new ways of teaching to frame basic science into an applicable, less abstract clinical application. He has tutored many students through all three USMLE Step exams, as well as all Shelf exams in the various specialties. Dr. Bertino's students to date have had 100% reported pass rates, with the average increase in scores being approximately 35-40 points. Aside from an expert knowledge of the NBME-designed examinations, his current interests and research are in experimenting with new ways of teaching anatomical science and pathologic correlates through imaging, so that regardless of future residency choice, students may be subject to the images they will frequently order and interpret while maximizing the rapidity of pathophysiologic recall.