While commentary focuses primarily on the USMLE
Step 2 Clinical Skills exam, the issue applies broadly across all medical reform efforts.
of Maine) has written a preparatory guide to the Computer-based Case Simulation (CCS) element of the USMLE
Step 3 used to evaluate the reader's approach to patient management.
We use MCATs and USMLE
as the sum measure of performance, or assess success on the basis of admission to highly selective specialties (which use the same measures to winnow the applicants).
To that end, the USMLE
step 1 score provides one objective tool for screening applicants and thus possibly helping to risk-stratify applicants' future success in their subsequent standardized test-taking ability, including the examination for American Board of Pathology (ABP) certification.
The NBME and the FSMB jointly developed the USMLE
sequence of examinations, which became the "single examination pathway for medical licensure" in the early 1990s .
was developed in the late 1980s by the National Board of Medical Examiners, the Federation of State Medical Boards, and the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates as a single pathway to medical licensure.
is a registered trademark of National Board of Medical Examiners.
com)-- "Pharmacology Test Prep," recently published by Thieme, is an outstanding collection of 1500 clinical multiple-choice questions written according to USMLE
guidelines and classified by learning objective and difficulty.
The STAT Boards Workshop is designed for students with a history of poor standardized test performance and is tailored for the USMLE
, COMLEX, shelf exams, and specialty board exams (pediatrics, emergency medicine, internal medicine, etc.
MASTER THE BOARDS: USMLE
STEP 2 CK appears in its second updated edition to offer test-takers a targeted review process in color, and is packed with sidebars of information, a logical step-by-step approach to patient care, and tips for understanding incorrect answers and exam questions.
Brochert's crush step 3; the ultimate USMLE
step 3 CS review, 4th ed.
In this issue of the Archives, Picarsic et al, (1) analyzing their own 9-year experience at a major academic medical center, come to the conclusion that the 2-digit scores of USMLE
step 1 are strong predictors of ABP first-time pass/failure rate yet concede that this is but one of many criteria that can be used for screening applicants for a pathology residency program.