Step 1 Scores Should Not Be The Number 1 Barrier To A “Good” Residency or Fellowship

USMLE   No data here.  This is a strong plea to reverse the trend for post-medical school training programs to use the score on USMLE Step 1 (the first licensing examination of 4 in the US) as the major screening tool in selecting applicants.  This reviewer is old enough to have no recollection of any of my licensing exam scores; at that time, other measures such as clinical clerkship performance and research experience were viewed as more important.  The authors express dismay that residency directors are “overweighting a screening test in a manner not supported by strong evidence and for which the test was not specifically designed.” — Laura Willett, MD

Prober CG1, Kolars JC, First LR, Melnick DE. “A Plea to Reassess the Role of United States Medical Licensing Examination Step 1 Scores in Residency Selection.”
Acad Med. 2015 Aug 3.

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