The Faculty and Administration are brimming with pride over our Students' recent accomplishment with regards to the USMLE Step 1 Exam. This week, the ECFMG provided us with results from the past six weeks of Step 1 Exam testing. Ten Trinity SOM students sat for the exam for the first time and achieved some terrific results. The combined passing scores resulted in an average Step 1 passing rate of 234.
To put this is perspective, a score of 192 is needed to pass the exam, and recent calculations put the national (U.S.) mean score at 227 (with a standard deviation of approximately 22). Wtiht the addition of this group of scores, Trinity's 2014 overall passing average is a very comparable 225 (with a standard deviation of approximately 18).
Step 1 Scores are consistently in the top three criteria utilized by Residency Program Directors to evaluate applicants for the National Resident Match Program. It is generally understood that the most competitive residency specialties employ Step 1 minimum score cut-offs above which a score must hit in order for an applicant to be considered for an invitation to interview. With the high scores achieved by the recent group, the potential for these individuals to match with their top-ranked speciality is well within their reach.
We are incredibly proud of these promising future physicians and the faculty members who assisted them in accomplishing their stand-out results.