August 16, 2016
Thousands of medical students, at over 100 medical schools, are currently campaigning to have the Step 2 licensing exam (a standardized test administered in the 4th year of medical school) eliminated. The exam, which has been required for over a decade (after previously being required only for graduates of non-US medical schools), recreates clinical encounters to evaluate students’ interaction with patients and problem-solving abilities. The problem? It is administered in only 5 cities, which students must travel to, and costs $1,275. A student movement and petition to end the exam, citing needless expense to students, began at Harvard Medical School this spring, and has gained national prominence and support, including from the American Medical Association.