International Association of Medical Science Educators
Webcast Audio Seminar Series

 

Winter 2021: USMLE STEP-1 IS GOING TO PASS/FAIL: NOW WHAT DO WE DO? 

 

The debate about the pros and cons of the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Step 1 score reporting has been ongoing for over a decade. The issues are complicated and both positive and negative aspects of score reporting can be cited, depending on where you are positioned in the UME-GME continuum. In March of 2019, the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), American Medical Association (AMA), the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG), the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) and the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) convened a multi-stakeholder Invitational Conference on USMLE Scoring (InCUS) to explore issues and concerns regarding the USMLE Step 1 exam and to consider recommendations specific to USMLE score reporting and the broader system of transition from UME to GME. A general consensus emerged: the current UME-GME transition system is flawed and not meeting the needs of stakeholders. As a result of further stakeholder discussions, the USMLE decided that beginning with the administration of Step 1 in 2022, the exam will be scored as pass/fail and no numeric score will be reported. This decision will undoubtedly impact faculty, students, and programs across the UME-GME continuum. In this five part series, recognized experts from the various stakeholder groups will present and discuss the impact of this decision, identify challenges to their respective programs and explore creative ways to address the consequences of this important medical education milestone. These thought–provoking sessions will include the perspectives of allopathic and osteopathic residency program directors, basic science faculty, undergraduate medical education curriculum designers, clinical educators, and programs that involve international medical students matriculating to the United States.

 

All sessions take place Thursdays from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm. Connection information will be sent the Monday prior to each session. Please RSVP to teaching.academy@med.uvm.edu to receive log in details.

DateTitleSpeaker(s)
January 7

The Challenges of Resident Candidate Assessment and Selection

Mark Jordan, MD, FACS & Justin La, MD

January 14

Pass/Fail Step 1: Implications for a Foundational Science Department

Doug Gould, PhD, FAAA

January 21

USMLE Step 1 P/F: A UME Curriculum Dean’s Perspective 

Jonathan Amiel, MD
January 28Step 1 Going Pass-Fail: Are We Just Kicking the Can Down the Road?
Brenda Roman, MD & Bruce Morgenstern
February 4USMLE Step 1: Osteopathic and International Perspectives
Jack Boulet, PhD & Robert Cain, DO

For more information, including session descriptions, visit the IAMSE Development Webinars webpage. Please contact teaching.academy@med.uvm.edu with any questions.