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Wellbeing and stress are areas of increasing concern in medicine. The three steps of the USMLE exam were originally developed as pass-fail requirements toward MD licensure, but their use has evolved to include eligibility for residency programs. There is increasing student distress around USMLE Step 1 performance, yet little is known about how Step 1 performance immediately impacts wellness. We examined the relationship between step 1 performance with perceived stress and wellbeing. We hypothesized that higher Step 1 scores would correlate with lower subsequent stress and improved wellbeing.
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