Medical students pushing to eliminate 'bedside manner' standardized exam: 7 things to know

Medical students must pass three standardized tests to complete their education, according to The Washington Post. Now, some Boston-based Harvard Medical School students are moving to eliminate one of the three exams.

Here are seven things to know:

1. The group of students argues the Step 2 Clinical Skills exam is not only costly, but repetitive. This exam assesses a student's besides manner and other interactions with patients.

2. Students may only take the exam in five cities. So, on top of the $1,275 registration fee, students must also pay for travel and lodging.

3. The students argue medical schools should offer a free alterative.

4. More than 15,000 students, residents and physicians representing more than 130 medical schools are supporting the exam's elimination.

5. Those in support of the campaign argue the Step 2 exam does not result in enhanced patient outcomes.

6. According to licensing boards, the standardized three-exam evaluation is critical because not all medical schools offer the same quality of training.

7. In 2014, graduating medical students experienced a median debt of $180,000, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges.

Recent articles:
5 things to know about Paris Surgery Center, a leader in outpatient joint procedures
7 things for ASC leaders to know for Thursday — June 9, 2016
AMA President Dr. Steven Stack continues to meet with physicians around US: 5 highlights

Copyright © 2023 Becker's Healthcare. All Rights Reserved. Privacy Policy. Cookie Policy. Linking and Reprinting Policy.


Featured Webinars

Featured Whitepapers

Featured Podcast