On pi and Step 1 Mania

What could an irrational number have to do with residency selection? Lately, I’ve been talking a lot about USMLE. I’ve argued that the current culture of Step 1 Mania is destroying medical education, and I’ve asserted that the test should be made pass/fail. Not everyone agrees with that. I’ve addressed some of the objections previously, […]

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The new USMLE score report

Since January 15, 2019, students taking USMLE Step 1 (and Step 2 CK) have received a new score report. What changed – and why? If you’re interested in the party line, you can read it here. If you’d prefer to compare the reports yourself and come to your own conclusion, read on. (And if you’d […]

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A MCQ exam on the USMLE

A few weeks ago, I got interested in financial conflict of interest at the National Board of Medical Examiners – particularly as it relates to their opposition to a pass/fail USMLE. At this point, I’ve spent more time reviewing the NBME’s Annual Reports and IRS Form 990s than any person should. I’ve learned a lot […]

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