The announcement by the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) and the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME), on February 12, 2020, to change score reporting of Step 1 of the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) from a 3-digit numerical score to pass/fail followed years of debate; more than 2 years of active discussion; comprehensive input from various groups including medical students, international medical graduates (IMGs), residents, medical school faculty and administrators, residency program directors, state medical boards, and members of the public; and review of many direct and indirect suggestions.
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