For What It's Worth: Medical School Reputation in The Integrated Plastic Surgery Match

J Surg Educ. 2021 Dec 30;S1931-7204(21)00331-7. doi: 10.1016/j.jsurg.2021.11.011. Online ahead of print.

Abstract

Integrated Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery residency programs may use medical school reputation to help fill the gap of a pass/fail USMLE Step 1 in the match. The main objective of this manuscript was to consider if this shifting emphasis is warranted. Herein, a cross-sectional analysis of academic plastic surgeons found that medical school reputation did not predict career achievement. In the absence of evidence demonstrating its worth, residency programs should exercise caution in using medical school reputation in the match.

Keywords: USMLE Step 1; career outcomes; letters of recommendation; medical student education; mentorship; plastic surgery; residency; resident education; resident training; the match.