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The impact of a peer-designed and -led USMLE Step 1 review course: improvement in preparation and scores

, : The impact of a peer-designed and -led USMLE Step 1 review course: improvement in preparation and scores. Academic Medicine 85(10 Suppl): S45-S48

Medical students use several strategies for United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Step 1 preparation. At Ohio State University College of Medicine, a yearlong, peer-designed and -led Step 1 review course is a new option for our second-year students. This study aims to ascertain the value of the peer-designed and -led Step 1 review course, to assess the difference in Step 1 scores between participants and nonparticipants, and to understand the course's role in improving preparation for Step 1 among participants. Eligible students completed a confidential survey. Scores between participants and nonparticipants were compared, controlling for preexisting differences between groups. Course participants had a higher average Step 1 score than nonparticipants (P = .005). The majority of participants felt the course was a valuable use of time and would recommend it to future students. A Step 1 review course designed and led by near-peer senior medical students, those who had successfully completed the USMLE Step 1 exam within the previous year, was shown to be valuable to second-year medical students and improved Step 1 score outcomes.


PMID: 20881702

DOI: 10.1097/ACM.0b013e3181ed1cb9

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