Step 1 scores at top schools, 2012

Hey data lovers, the latest USNWR rankings are out. The only change in methodology for ranking medical schools is using medians instead of means for the incoming student GPA and MCAT, so there aren’t many significant shifts in overall ranking. I took a brief study break to check out how the top schools stack up by Step1/2CK scores. You might look at the list and notice that the top two schools by Step 1 score are the only top schools left with a preclinical year that is not graded pass/fail. Don’t jump to conclusions, however. When taking incoming student characteristics into account (MCAT, GPA), there are really no surprises. Together, median MCAT and GPA predict 62% of the variance among the top 25 medical schools’ average Step 1 scores. (Step 1 = 69+33*GPA+1.2*MCAT)

2012 USMLE data

I/we haven’t written a blog post in such a long time. I promise to write a more interesting one in the next three weeks!