Assessment of Plastic Surgery Residency Applications without United States Medical Licensing Examination Step 1 Scores.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

The United States Medical Licensing Examination announced the changing of Step 1 score reporting from a three-digit number to pass/fail beginning on January 1, 2022. Plastic surgery residency programs have traditionally used United States Medical Licensing Examination Step 1 scores to compare plastic surgery residency applicants. Without a numerical score, the plastic surgery residency application review process will likely change. This article discusses advantages, disadvantages, and steps forward for residency programs related to the upcoming change. The authors encourage programs to continue to seek innovative methods of objectively and holistically evaluating applications.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Irwin, TJ; Friedrich, JB; Nguyen, VT; Ko, JH; Phillips, BT; Eberlin, KR

Published Date

  • July 1, 2021

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 148 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 219 - 223

PubMed ID

  • 34076626

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1529-4242

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1097/PRS.0000000000008057


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States