Boards and Beyond

The Teacher We Need: An Interview With Dr. Jason Ryan of Boards and Beyond

Hello everyone, and welcome to our interview with Dr. Jason Ryan, creator of Boards and Beyond.

My first year neurology course was frustrating, confusing, and difficult. I passed, forgot everything, and life went on. Early in the fall of my second year, I watched an online video on brainstem lesions. The video was fantastic, but after I watched it, I simply put my face in my palms and let out a deep sigh. If only… If only I had discovered this twenty-six minute video during that neurology course, I could have saved myself hours of frustration, I would have actually understood the material, and I would have retained it.

I can’t think of a better way to describe Boards and Beyond – a comprehensive, clean, concise video series that teaches you just about everything you need to know for the USMLE Step 1 exam. If you know, you know. If not, get with the times and read more here. I am extremely thankful that I discovered Boards and Beyond and I can’t imagine where I’d be without it.

And because of that, we have to thank the creator, the teacher, and the voice of wisdom behind all of those helpful videos – Dr. Jason Ryan, M.D., M.P.H.


Dr. Ryan is a cardiologist at the University of Connecticut (meaning his cardiology videos are an absolute must-watch). After earning both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in chemical engineering, Dr. Ryan attended medical school at the University of Connecticut. He completed his internal medicine residency, including a year as chief resident, and his cardiology fellowship at Harvard’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. In addition to his work as a cardiologist, Dr. Ryan gives lectures to medical students at Uconn and perfects the consummate preclinical medical resource in his free time.

Recently, I was fortunate enough to get in touch with Dr. Ryan. We discussed Boards and Beyond, clinical rotations, life in medicine, the New England Patriots, and much more. While we know him as the voice of Boards and Beyond, Dr. Ryan delivers insights, laughs, and gems of advice throughout. Enjoy.