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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 11  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 40-41

USMLE step 1 pass/fail: The impact on international medical graduates

1 Division of Cardiology, PGY4, Southern Illinois University, Springfield, Illinois, USA
2 Department of Cardiology, Heartland Cardiology/Wesley Medical Center, University of Kansas School of Medicine, Wichita, Kansas, USA

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Dr. Mohammad Al-Akchar
Division of Cardiology, PGY4, Southern Illinois University, 701 North First Street, Springfield, IL 62781.
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ajm.ajm_154_20

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On February 12th, 2020, and after a yearlong discussion, the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) announced that the reporting of the U.S. Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) step one exam will transition to pass/fail reporting system and is expected to kick in as early as 2022. The decision was met with various responses, especially by the IMG community. In this paper, we discuss this change and its effect on IMG trainees and their selection process.

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