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Dean Parmelee


While previous studies have analyzed the relationship of pre-admission factors on USMLE Step 1 scores few studies have looked at the effects obtaining a graduate degree prior to medical school matriculation. Therefore, this study sought to determine if there was an advantage between obtaining a graduate degree before medical school when it came to step 1 board scores. This retrospective study analyzed step 1 scores and medical school application data from 718 students who matriculated at a public midwestern medical school between 2014 and 2016. A combination of analyzes of variance, chi-square tests, and multiple regression analyses were used. When controlling for age, gender and MCAT scores, results showed no association between having a graduate degree either in a science or a non-science field before medical school matriculation and step 1 scores.