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Stepping Back: Impact of Pass-Fail Step 1 Scoring on Dermatology Applicants

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      The United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Step 1 recently transitioned to a pass-fail system from their three digit scoring system. The implications of this change will ultimately influence medical students, residency programs, and most importantly, patients. This article seeks to address some of the varying ethical and practical effects of this conversion to a pass/fail examination.

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