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Publishing medical schools’ USMLE Step 1 scores: increase preclinical education accountability and national standards

Authors Eltorai A

Received 17 July 2013

Accepted for publication 23 July 2013

Published 14 August 2013 Volume 2013:4 Pages 135—136

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/AMEP.S51646

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Adam EM Eltorai

Brown University, Warren Alpert Medical School, Providence, RI, USA

Medical education innovation is a field of active investigation.1,2 Whether it is problem-based learning, lectures, discussion groups, systems-based blocks, integrated courses, video-captured, pass-fail, or iPad-requiring, every medical school approaches preclinical education differently. Which combination of these methods is most effective?
To answer this, I propose that medical schools ought to be required to publish their average United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Step 1 scores annually. In doing so, the most effective education methods will emerge.

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