“For many students, participation in the Step 1 climate is a profoundly negative experience,” the commentary said. “In our view, the Step 1 climate contributes to the ongoing mental health crisis affecting the medical community, characterized by increased rates of anxiety, depression, burnout, and suicide among physicians and physicians in training.”
I spent six weeks [studying] for Step 1 solely. I went and stayed with family in the country and lived and breathed Step 1 for the entire time. —David Lee, MD
Anand Devaiah, MD, an associate professor of otolaryngology–head and neck surgery at Boston University School of Medicine and president of the Society of University Otolaryngologists, thought the medical students’ commentary was thoughtful and a “well-reasoned treatise” that brought up excellent points on the merits and disadvantages of moving to a pass/fail system.