Class of 2015 Step 1 “10 for 15” Program Published in Teaching and Learning in Medicine Journal
The Class of 2015’s highly successful “10 for 15” program, a student-led collaboration with faculty and administration that resulted in the largest increase in UICOM-Chicago’s performance on USMLE Step 1, was published this month in Teaching and Learning in Medicine. The article, titled “Development and Evaluation of a Student-Initiated Test Preparation Program for the USMLE Step 1 Examination” is an exemplar of the efficacy of student-initiated curricula aimed at increasing preparedness for USMLE Step 1. The article’s lead author, Lindsay F. Schwartz (’15) is currently a resident physician in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of California, Los Angeles. Other authors on the article include faculty and administrators from the Department of Medical Education and Office of Curricular Affairs, including our Associate Dean of Curriculum, Dr. Abbas Hyderi. Our students continue to benefit from these initiatives, which led to the provision of First Aid for USMLE Step 1 to all incoming first-year students as well as distribution of 6-month access to the UWorld Question Bank to second-year students. Current efforts led by the Chicago Medical Student Council, Student Curricular Board, and USMLE Preparedness Committee are aimed at continuing this inspiring tradition of student-faculty collaboration to support our students on USMLE exams.