Everyone, I am not trying to offend anyone during this difficult time. I was just stating my opinion and did not see the point of a petition to cancel the exam. If I was a little harsh about calling people slackers and pathetic, please understand that I was just saying that medicine requires a lot of work and effort that I'm sure most of you put in, and trying to get out of exams in my opinion is reserved for the freshman college student, not a med student, regardless of whether you personally think its a useless exam. We are talking about taking care of patients, nothing more paramount than that, so please understand where I am coming from.
Tbh, I don't think any medical student is averse to hard work. Seeing as we all have completed the first two years of school (which require hard work), Step 1 (which requires hard work), clinical rotations (which requires hard work), and CK (which requires hard work), I think it's pretty safe to say that we're all about doing hard work if we've made it this far.
I think where the frustration lies is that this exam has no score, and if you fail, you literally have zero idea other than a vague category that you failed so improvement is difficult. Moreover, at least with Step1 and CK, those exams have been vetted with years of data from questions, and to a larger extent are more objective by virtue of being a MC exam. CS on the other hand introduces a significant amount of subjectivity, which for the sakes of a board exam that determines licensure is quite ridiculous.
Additionally, look at how much NBME profited from this exam upon its inception. I feel as though if there was a way to better the quality of this exam while providing useful feedback for individuals who failed, then students would be open to the idea of taking it. But as long as there are only 5 spots in the country that you can take this exam, and that there's no true grading or feedback rubric that you can analyze if you failed, and there's no flexibility on behalf of NBME, then it's hard to not think that this exam is a cash grab.