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USMLE Transitioning from DSMIV to DSMV
by medicalbiology 11-06-2013, 10:39 AM

Transition of Test Content to DSM-5 Criteria and Terminology
The*Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition*(DSM-5) was released at the American Psychiatric Associationís Annual Meeting in May 2013. USMLE test content will be impacted by changes in criteria and terminology.
Because USMLE content pools are large, the transition from DSM-IV to DSM-5 criteria and terminology will need to be gradual and will likely take place over several years. The following principles will guide this transition:
The highest priority has been given to test content assessing diagnoses that do not appear in DSM-5. This content has already been removed from USMLE examinations.
USMLE will begin to transition content to include both DSM-IV and DSM-5 terminology. This process will begin in 2014. Start and end dates for this transition will vary by exam.


Do you think that's a major change?
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Old 11-06-2013
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I doubt this is going to have significant impact on current test takers specially because they mentioned that they'll try to avoid the new changes.

However, over the coming months in 2014 and beyond there will be significant changes as questions will start to follow the new DSM V criteria.

The DSM often set criteria such as how define an illness at what age and what duration, for example see this thread

Medscape has a very nice article about the changes made in DSM V here's the link

Pay special attention to the new definition and criteria of Autism as I think that will likely be tested.


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does this mean that those topics that have changes in DSM-V will not be tested in USMLE at the moment??? I'm confused.
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