IMG Perspectives

Changes are Coming to the USMLE

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As many of you know, the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) and the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME), co-sponsors of the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE), announced significant changes to the USMLE program last week. They include:

  1. Changing Step 1 score reporting from a three-digit numeric score to reporting only pass/fail
  2. Reducing the allowable number of exam attempts on each Step or Step Component from six to four; and
  3. Requiring all examinees to successfully pass Step 1 as a prerequisite for taking USMLE Step 2 CS (Clinical Skills)

At this point, all we know for certain is that the pass/fail change won’t go into effect before January 2022. However, there are still questions surrounding the timing and
detailed implementation of these changes.

We will be providing more information as we learn it, but for many of you, the changes
likely won’t affect your preparation strategy (unless you weren’t planning to take Step 1 until 2022).

We will be discussing what we know during our Path to 250 webinar next Monday night, which you can register for by signing up here. And, as always, we’ll have a team of experts on hand to answer your questions!

This high-yield talk from Dr. Tao Le, the series editor for First Aid, covers the basics of the USMLE Step 1, including:

  • An overview of the boards
  • Goal setting
  • High-yield topics in each subject area, and
  • Study strategies
  • Study planners

Dr. Le also provides a brief walk-through of USMLE-Rx and shows how you can use tools like Qmax, Express Videos, Flash Facts, and Study Stream to optimize your Step study routine.  He’ll also show you how to use Rx Bricks to learn the foundations of medicine.

Every attendee is automatically entered into a drawing to win a free USMLE-Rx subscription at the end. Plus, you’ll get an exclusive bonus offer just for registering—join live to hear what it is!

Don’t fall behind because you didn’t have a solid plan. Learn from the experience of thousands of others and be confident in your USMLE knowledge on exam day.

Sign up today: http://go.usmle-rx.com/webinar

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