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USMLE Score Percentile Calculator, Now Live

USMLE Percentile CalculatorAnother online Med Student Books application has been recently added to the site!

Has a scholarship or program been asking for a USMLE Step 1 “percentile” even though no such number can be found on your Step 1 score report?  Perhaps you’re simply interested in tracking progress of USMLE World practice tests. Whatever the reason, head over to our new USMLE Percentile Calculator to convert between three digit score and percentile.

It uses some recent national data, but can be customized for your specific needs, and extended for Step 2 percentiles. Have a look, and if you find it useful, be sure to share with friends!

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National Residency Match Program Releases 2011 Match Statistics

The National Residency Match Program (NRMP) and Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) recently released the 2011 match statistics, which had not been previously updated since 2009. A copy of this latest version can be found here:
 

pdf icon2011 NRMP: Charting Outcomes in the Match
Characteristics of Applicants Who Matched to Their Preferred Specialty in the 2011 Main Residency Match – 4th edition

 
Specific data included in the NRMP match statistics includes:

  • number of applicants and positions in the main residency match
  • match rates by preferred specialty
  • number of different specialties ranked
  • USMLE Step 1 scores broken down by specialty
  • USMLE Step 2 scores broken down by specialty
  • Research experiences, abstracts, and presentations
  • number of work experiences
  • number of volunteer experiences
  • AOA rates by specialty
  • fourth years coming from schools with high amounts of NIH funding
  • fourth years with graduate degrees
  • all of the above information broken down by individual specialties

This last item is particularly helpful, as breakdowns include graphs that illustrate the percentage of fourth years who matched with a given USMLE Step 1 score. While this is not a perfect indicator of matching chances into your given field, the document as a whole is a good framework from which decisions can be made.

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Clinical Review USMLE Score Calculator is Gone… Or Is It?

Clinical Review USMLE CalculatorYes, the famous Clinical Review USMLE Score Calculator has gone missing. Searching their site brings up either blank pages with spots where USMLE calculators should be, or 404 NOT FOUND pages.

But we still have it.

Check out our initial review of the Clinical Review USMLE Score Calculator for the compact version, with a link to the full-screen version as well.  In the meantime, we’ll try to contact someone there to find out what’s happening.  If you should have any information, please post it using the Impressions (comments) link below. Happy studies!

Update: Someone pointed out that only the main clinical review calculator page is down, but that a small version can still be found on another page on their site.

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Best USMLE Step 1 Score Calculator

Part of going through the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Step 1 exam is gathering a ton of information just related to the exam itself, outside of medical knowledge. There are countless documents on the internet that overview the timeline and test taking strategy.  Some are reasonable, and some require 2 hours of sleep per night and IV fluids to get through the study plan.

Regardless of how you go about studying, being able to gauge your progress is generally an asset.  For this purpose, I recommend the Clinical Review USMLE Step 1 Score Calculator, as it is one of the best Step 1 Calculator out there, but it should be taken with a grain of salt. No USMLE boards calculator is going to be able to predict your end score with pinpoint precision (or is it accuracy?).  However, this is a rather comprehensive resource that can be used with a number of question banks to roughly track progress as you go through the studying process.  Specifically, it uses NBME CBSSA raw scores, USMLE World 3 digit scores, USMLE World QBank Percent, Kaplan Qbank Percent, and Clinical Review Qbank Percent to generate an approximate USMLE Step 1 3-digit score with standard deviation, USMLE Step 1 2-digit score, and USMLE Step 1 percentile.  Be sure to complete at least one if not several timed max-question qbank sessions for this to be meaningful.  Pulling a step 1 score from an 80% on 10 USMLE World qbank questions may make you feel like a rock star, but it’s not incredibly accurate (precise?).

A small version of their calculator is below, but you can head to their site directly if you want to see it larger.  To be clear though, this is not an endorsement for their other studying classes or materials, which seems to be generally unknown/unused by most medical students.

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