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Comment & Response
January 14, 2020

Reporting of the Medical Licensing Examination

Author Affiliations
  • 1Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine, Quinnipiac University, North Haven, Connecticut
JAMA. 2020;323(2):185. doi:10.1001/jama.2019.18175

To the Editor Dr Swails and colleagues1 argued that the current 3-digit scoring system for the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) is a broken metric for evaluating residency applicants. They suggested that a pass-fail licensing examination with “individual mission–based holistic criteria” would be more appropriate. I disagree with their suggestion for several reasons.