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Research Letter
August 23, 2017

US Medical Licensing Examination Step 2 Clinical Knowledge Score in Dermatology Resident Selection

Author Affiliations
  • 1Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 2Department of Dermatology, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
JAMA Dermatol. Published online August 23, 2017. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2017.2924

Acceptance into dermatology residency is competitive, requiring programs to select residents from among highly qualified applicants.1 While nearly all dermatology residency programs consider the importance of US Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Step 1 scores and clerkship grades, their use of USMLE Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (CK) scores is less defined.2 Tested content in Step 1 consists of basic science concepts that underlie clinical practice,3 whereas content in Step 2 CK aims to measure knowledge of clinical principles required for the supervised practice of medicine.4 The objective of this study was to assess use of Step 2 CK scores in resident selection in US dermatology residency programs.

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