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More Than a Passing Interest: The USMLE Goes Binary

The National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) recently announced that USMLE Step 1 will transition to a pass/fail exam in January 2022. For a long time, this exam -- and more importantly its score -- has been key to the decision-making process for U.S. residency programs. In an era of increasing numbers and diversity of applicants, will a switch to pass/fail be a help or hindrance? How will this change affect future residency applications for both U.S. and international medical graduates? Join our discussion to explore some of the implications of this decision with our experts.

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