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February 27, 1991

Now Hear This, Slacker Gome Doctors: Anal-Retentive Gunner Shoots Down Pass/Fail-Reply

Author Affiliations

University of Kentucky College of Medicine Lexington
University of Illinois College of Medicine Urbana-Champaign

University of Kentucky College of Medicine Lexington
University of Illinois College of Medicine Urbana-Champaign

JAMA. 1991;265(8):976-977. doi:10.1001/jama.1991.03460080046023
Abstract

In Reply.—  Mr Korzeniowski raises many of the objections to a pass/fail system of scoring for the NBME tests and soon-to-be-implemented USMLE that were debated and rejected by the American Medical Association House of Delegates at its interim meeting in Orlando, Fla, last December.1 The American Medical Association, the Organization of Student Representatives of the American Association of Medical Colleges, the American Medical Women's Association, and the American Medical Students' Association are unanimous in their commitment to the concept of pass/fail reporting of licensure examination scores. Being a good physician requires more than doing well on standardized examinations; high scores on a licensure examination should not be misused to screen out potentially excellent physicians.Mr Korzeniowski correctly observes that standardized tests are an important part of the selection process for colleges and medical schools, but fails to recognize that the NBME tests and the USMLE are not designed as

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