EBM and Clinical Support Librarians@UCHC

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News, Clinical Education, USMLE: Learn those Heart Sounds

This spring, on the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) website, a change in the format of the tests was announced (on Apr 14 2008 ):

A small number of multiple-choice items with associated audio and/or video clips will be introduced into the USMLE Step 1 Examination beginning in mid- to late May 2008. No more than 5 items with associated media clips will appear in a single examination….

Students and residents, please note the addition of a test component requiring correct identification of individual heart sounds and murmurs (for Step 1) starting in Fall 2008.

Here is a link to a press release about this additional content, dated Aug 25 2008 from Eurekalert.com quoting a source from Temple University: http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2008-08/tu-lu082508.php

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