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Thank you all again for your participation in this forum to share with us your perspective despite the many unknowns about the future! Continuing the dialogue started by Mustafa, Dr. Correa shared that this new system should not affect any group disproportionately. That said, we are realistically looking at one less objective measure to compare students nationally. Implicit bias, or the unconscious stereotyping of certain groups, is prevalent in society including in the healthcare system. Given that implicit bias may appear in recommendations as well as clinical grading, losing the USMLE Step 1 as a relatively objective metric may place women and minorities at a disadvantage, especially for certain competitive specialties. What is the conversation around these concerns at the residency program-level, and what might medical students do to help limit or counteract the negative outcomes of implicit bias in clinical grading and letters of recommendation? How are residency programs planning to counter the effects of implicit bias, now given one fewer objective metric?