The Challenges of Resident Candidate Assessment and Selection
Description: This webinar will review the current challenges of resident candidate assessment and selection. The pandemic coming on the heels of the planned conversion of USMLE conversion to Pass/Fail has magnified the importance of developing alternative and viable candidate assessment tools and will be a major factor informing our discussion.
Pass/Fail Step 1: Implications for a Foundational Science Department
Description: This session will explore the impact of the USMLE Step 1 exam moving to pass/fail on a foundational science department. Focus will be on the potential and expected impacts on our faculty, curriculum and students.
USMLE Step 1 P/F: A UME Curriculum Dean's Perspective
Description: This session will review the anticipated impact of the shift of USMLE Step 1 on the undergraduate medical education curriculum and on medical students’ experience of the residency application process.
Step 1 Going Pass- Fail: Are We Just Kicking the Can Down the Road?
Description: In recent years there has been growing concern about the potential negative impact of USMLE Step 1 scores being used as determinants as to who is invited to interview for residency positions, a step taken as the number of applications for each residency program became unmanageable. Concerns included the medical students focusing more on Step 1 study versus the curriculum of the medical school, and the general learning environment of Step 1 “frenzy” amongst the students. The announcement by the National Board of Medical Examiners in February 2020 that USMLE Step 1 is going to a pass/fail scoring system in 2021 was both applauded and condemned by medical educators and students. The president and immediate past-president of the Alliance of Clinical Education, the organization of medical school clerkship director organizations from Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, Ob/Gyn, Neurology, Psychiatry, Surgery and Emergency Medicine will discuss the impact of USMLE Step 1 not having a numerical score, including the concern that with USMLE Step 2 CK remaining scored, are we just shifting the concerns to a different time in the life of a medical student.
USMLE Step 1: Osteopathic and International Perspectives
Description: “Reporting a Pass/Fail Outcome for USMLE Step 1: The Challenges Faced by International Medical Graduates”
On February 12, 2020, after extensive stakeholder discussion, the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) announced that the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Step 1 will transition to pass/fail. For program directors, the scores from this examination have been on of the most important factors in deciding which residency candidates to interview. The lack of scores will force changes to the residency selection process, some of which could have both positive and negative consequences for International Medical Graduates (IMGs). In this session, I will discuss some of the relevant issues associated with the transition to Step 1 pass/fail and how they are likely to impact IMGs. I will also provide insights on how this change could help motivate the medical community to develop a more efficient and effective pathway for medical school graduates to transition to postgraduate training.
“USLME Transitions, An Osteopathic Perspective”
Dr. Cain will review the Osteopathic medical community reactions to USLME moving to Pass/Fail and the challenges of a dual licensing system”