Stepping Beyond the “Step 1 Climate”

Presented by Kathy Andolsek and David Chen on March 28, 2019 at 1:00 am

Join a conversation about how our medical education community could collaboratively address the “Step 1 climate” that is described by medical students in a recent Academic Medicine article. The lead author will explore how Step 1 has inadvertently but incontrovertibly adversely altered the preclinical learning environment, specifically with regard to the quality of education, diversity, and student well-being. The author of an accompanying commentary will provide historical context as to the purpose for which this test was designed and the unintended consequences as it has been used for other purposes, such as residency selection. Bring creativity, imagination, and a willingness to seek consensus options that address all stakeholder group needs.

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Kathryn M. Andolsek MD MPH
Kathy is a professor of Community and Family Medicine and assistant dean of premedical education at Duke University School of Medicine. She holds BS, MD and MPH Degrees from Northwestern University and Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine and completed her family medicine residency at Duke. She has served most of her professional life in community health, and medical education, primarily graduate medical education.She a past member of the steering committee, and former chair of the Association of American Medical Colleges Group on Residency Affairs. She is an associate editor of the Journal of Graduate Medical Education, a member of the Board of Directors of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, and vice chair of the North Carolina Physicians Health Program’s Board of Directors. She continues to learn best from her children: a national board-certified teacher [public grade school music],an actor, an innovations consultant, and an Orthopaedic resident. All of her opinions are her own and do not reflect any of the organizations or institutions with which she is affiliated.

David Roy Chen, BA
David is a third-year medical student at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle, Washington. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Washington with a degree in Comparative History of Ideas in 2014. For his senior thesis on migrant farming, ethics, and religion he received the Harry Bridges Labor Studies Best Undergraduate Paper Award and the Mary Gates Scholarship. His extra-curricular activities in medical school have centered on anti-racism, and he is the first author of a paper published in Academic Medicine titled, “Student Perspectives on the ’Step 1 Climate’ in Preclinical Medical Education.” He plans to pursue a career in Family Medicine and produce scholarship on evidence-based medical education.