Introduction: Special Issue on Undergraduate Medical Education in Ethics and Professionalism

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    The United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) is a three-step examination for medical licensure in the United States and is sponsored by the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) and the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME). The first two steps are taken in the undergraduate years while the third step is taken in the internship/residency.


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Childs, B.H., Rizvi, N. Introduction: Special Issue on Undergraduate Medical Education in Ethics and Professionalism. HEC Forum 32, 77–83 (2020).

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