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Comment & Response
April 2, 2014

Basic Science Content in the USMLE Step 1

Author Affiliations
  • 1Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia

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JAMA. 2014;311(13):1358-1359. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.1177

To the Editor When discussing changes to the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Step 1, Dr Haist and colleagues1 concluded that “many medical students prepared for Step 1 with a ‘binge and purge’ mentality; because students failed to recognize the value of the basic sciences in medical practice, many memorized information for short-term retention.”

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