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  • USMLE transitioning to pass/fail scoring for Step 1

    Beginning in 2022, the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) program will change score reporting for Step 1 from its current three-digit numeric score to a pass/fail format, similar to the Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) exam.

  • Editor’s note

    What do you think about the move to a pass/fail system for the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Step 1? See the news brief in this edition of Residency Program Insider for more information. Traditionally, program directors have used USMLE Step 1 as a filtering method for applicant screening, so how will this change affect your recruitment process? Let me know.

  • ACGME issues guidance statement regarding coronavirus, resident training

    As of February 21, more than 76,700 cases of coronavirus infections and more than 2,200 deaths related to the virus have been reported, according to CNBC. The ACGME has issued guidance about the conduct of GME regarding the clinical care of patients potentially infected with the viral disease.

  • Study: Limiting first-year residents' work hours improved their safety, health

    The ACGME’s 16-hour work hour limit for first-year residents instituted in 2011 led to “meaningful improvements in physician safety and health,” according to a study published in The American Journal of Medicine.

  • Introduction to mentoring

    by Amanda Ross, BS, fellowship program coordinator, UConn School of Medicine, Connecticut Children’s; Francisco Hernandez, MBA, BA, assistant DIO and director of academic affairs, Ocean Medical Center; and Cassandra Shorter, BS, academic administrator pediatric residency program, Baylor College of Medicine, Texas Children’s Hospital

    Mentoring is a relationship between two or more people that provides each party a structured professional connection to share experiences and skills. In addition to sharing experiences, mentoring is used to guide others when needed. It is suggested that all professionals find a mentor, especially early in their careers. Learning from a mentor will build your knowledge base and can provide support in areas in which your mentor may have more experience. Being a mentor, meanwhile, provides an opportunity for progressive authority and can open the door to enhancing your communication and support skills.

  • What physicians need to know about coronavirus

    A recent article published by the Journal of the American Medical Association provides clinical insights about the new coronavirus outbreak that started in China.

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  • Heard this week

    “When you are unfamiliar with a topic being discussed on rounds, take the risk and ask about it. Better to sound a bit green and learn something new than to stay silent and not know what to do when you get that 3:00 a.m. call.”

    - Kirk Sidey, MD, discusses overcoming the fears that plague residents.