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The Buzz | Jan/Feb '20

The Buzz

TO FOLLOW | USMLE 1: Pass or Fail?

The United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) program will change score reporting for Step 1 from a 3-digit numeric score to a pass or fail outcome. A numeric score will continue to be reported for Step 2 Clinical Knowledge and Step 3. Step 2 Clinical Skills will continue to be reported as pass or fail. The new policy, reportedly an effort to ease the transition from medical school to residency, will take effect after January 1, 2022. Further details are expected to be disclosed later this year.

TO LISTEN | Ologies

From genealogy to diabetology and nephology to fearology, the Ologies podcast dives deep into a number of fields of studies. Humorist and scientific correspondent Alie Ward sits down with a range of -ologists to find out what fuels their professional obsessions.

TO WATCH | MIGS Unplugged: Season 3

MIGS Unplugged returns for its third season with an episode on how to get started with angle surgery. Host Arsham Sheybani, MD, and fellow Richard Schroeder, MD, discuss which procedures and patients they recommend starting with and why.

TO READ | Mistreatment in Surgical Residency

A study in the New England Journal of Medicine revealed that mistreatment—categorized as discrimination, verbal or physical abuse, and sexual harassment—may contribute to burnout and suicidal thoughts in surgical residents. A national survey of 7,409 surgical residents from 262 programs found that nearly one in three have experienced gender discrimination. The numbers were higher for women, with one in five reporting sexual harassment and 65% reporting gender discrimination.