Miscellaneous Announcements

USMLE Step 1 Updates: Changes in Scoring and DSM-5 Inclusion

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There are a couple of important changes to the USMLE Step 1 exam that you will need to consider as you study.

DSM-5 Criteria and Terminology

The USMLE has begun to incorporate new information from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) into the USMLE exams. The transition to the new material will begin this year and may take several years to fully implement.

Immediate changes include the removal of diagnoses that no longer appear in the DSM. Exams will no longer include these diagnoses.

Scoring Changes for the USMLE Step 1 Exam

The USMLE Step 1 Committee has raised the recommended Step 1 minimun passing score from 188 to 192. This change affects anyone taking the exam after January 1, 2014.

For more information on changes to the USMLE Step 1 exam, visit their website at www.usmle.org.

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  1. We have updated to DSM-V as it is the new standard. We recognize that we may be ahead of the USMLE in some respects, but we decided that we could not teach outdated information. Please see pg. 499 of the 2014 edition.

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