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Webinar Series: “Now what do we do? USMLE Step 1 is going to Pass/Fail”
February 4, 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
An event every week that begins at 12:00 pm on Thursday, happening 5 times
The debate about the pros and cons of the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Step 1 score reporting has been ongoing for more than a decade. The issues are complicated, and both positive and negative aspects of score reporting can be cited, depending on where someone is positioned in the undergraduate to graduate medical education continuum.
In March 2019, the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), American Medical Association (AMA), Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG), Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) and 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 undergraduate medical education (UME) to graduate medical education (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.
The Woodward Center for Excellence in Health Sciences Education at Penn State College of Medicine will host a facilitated debrief immediately following each event for discussion about direct impacts to the College of Medicine.
The virtual sessions are held weekly on Thursdays. Online registration is required, with a Zoom link to be provided to registered participants in advance of the event.
Session dates, topics and speakers are:
- Jan. 7, 2021 – The Challenges of Resident Candidate Assessment and Selection (Mark Jordan, MD, FACS, and Justin La, MD, both of University of California – Irvine)
- Jan. 14, 2021 – Implications for a Foundational Science Department (Doug Gould, PhD, FAAA, Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine)
- Jan. 21, 2021 – A UME Curriculum Dean’s Perspective (Jonathan Amiel, MD, Columbia Vagelos College of Physicians & Surgeons)
- Jan. 28, 2021 – Are We Just Kicking the Can Down the Road? (Brenda Roman, MD, Boonshoft School of Medicine at Wright State University, and Bruce Z. Morgenstern, Roseman University of Health Sciences College of Medicine)
- Feb. 4, 2021 – Osteopathic and International Perspectives (Jack Boulet, PhD, Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research, and Robert Cain, DO, American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine)