Posted: April 17, 2018

Class-Wide Access to a Commercial Step 1 Question Bank During Preclinical Organ-Based Modules: A Pilot Project


The findings of this study publiched in Academic Medicine highlight an academic support mechanism that may help bridge the gap between holistic and mission-based admissions practices and a residency match process that places a premium on USMLE exam scores. Distributed formative use of USMLE Step 1 practice questions may be of value as an academic support tool that benefits all students, but particularly those entering with lower MCAT scores.


Diversity, Residency Match, Holistic Review, Enrollment, Academic Support, USMLE Score, MCAT Score


James H. Baños PhD, University of Alabama School of Medicine

Mark E. Pepin MS, University of Alabama School of Medicine

Nicholas Van Wagoner MD, PhD