Not long ago, I interviewed an applicant for our residency program. She explained how, after each one of her interviews, her grandmother calls her and excidedly asks whether she got the job. “It doesn’t work like that, Grandma!” she says every time, before launching into another explanation of the Match. I laughed when she shared […]Read More The Match, Part 1: Why do we have a Match?
Welcome to the second part of our trilogy on the USMLE Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) exam. In Part 1, I reviewed how the Step 2 CS examination came to be. We traced the history of the test from its roots in the early NBME comprehensive exams through its initial demise and eventual resurrection (both […]Read More Step 2 CS, Part Two: The Resistance
Last year, as part of my quest to convince whoever will listen that USMLE scores aren’t as useful for residency selection as we act like they are, I wrote about how many points each USMLE Step 1 question is worth. I hypothesized that passing USMLE Step 1 probably required answering around 65% of questions correctly […]Read More How is the three-digit USMLE score calculated?
Back in the fall, a medical student sent me a link to this post on Reddit. You should read the whole thing. In just five short paragraphs, this Redditor captures much of the prevailing student sentiment on the USMLE’s Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) examination. Ever since I started speaking up about problems with USMLE […]Read More Step 2 CS, Part One: How did we get here?
Surely every resident has had the experience of trying to explain to a patient or family what, exactly, a resident is. “Yes, I’m a real doctor… I just can’t do real doctor things by myself.” In many ways, it’s a strange system we have. How come you can call yourself a doctor after medical school, […]Read More Why do we have residency training?
In 2018, 21,611 examinees from MD-granting medical schools in the U.S. and Canada took USMLE Step 1. They didn’t have any choice. See, the USMLE is a licensing exam – so if you want to practice as an allopathic physician in the United States, you’ve got to take it. But there were also 4,136 osteopathic […]Read More The USMLE for DOs: How to stop fleecing osteopathic medical students
Medical students celebrating Match Day in 2014. March 15, 2019 was Match Day. And according to the NRMP’s press release, it was a record setting one. Among fourth-year students from allopathic medical schools, 94% matched to a PGY-1 program – an impressive figure that has been stable for years. Osteopathic students and graduates recorded their […]Read More What’s the REAL Match rate?