Tag Archives: USMLE

Do The Licensing Examinations (USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 Clinical Knowledge) Measure Something Meaningful?

USMLE: Probably, according to this study of more than 160,000 practicing physicians who graduated from US MD-granting schools between 1994 and 2006.  The authors looked for correlations between a physician’s examination scores and their likelihood of receiving disciplinary action from a state … Continue reading

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What Behaviors Could Increase The Chances Of U.S. Senior Medical Students To Match Into Residency Programs? 

Match: This analysis of the National Resident Matching Program Applicant Survey responses of senior medical students in US allopathic medical schools (“U.S. seniors”) compares survey responses from students who matched into a residency program vs. those who did not, and contains … Continue reading

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Out with the OSCE checklists?

  Adding to data that checklists may not be the best way to evaluate observed clinical encounters (“Throw Out The Checklists (To Determine OSCE Failure)!  A Global Competent/Not Competent Rating Is Better“),researchers looked at internal medicine interns’ evaluations of history and physical … Continue reading

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

   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 … Continue reading

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