State board sponsorship for Step 3 discontinued
Posted: October 14, 2013
Updated: October 22, 2014
With the introduction of the restructured Step 3 examination in 2014, the USMLE program no longer requires examinees to apply for Step 3 under the eligibility requirements of a specific medical licensing authority.
All other Step 3 eligibility requirements (i.e., medical degree, passing Steps 1-2, ECFMG certification for IMGs) remain applicable, as do all other USMLE program requirements (e.g., no more than 6 attempts at a Step or a Step component).
Note: Removing state board sponsorship as part of the Step 3 examination application does not impact medical licensing requirements in the United States. Most medical licensing authorities have, and will continue to maintain, specific criteria for completion of the USMLE, such as time and attempt limits. A summary of these requirements can be found on the Federation of State Medical Boards website.
At this time, there are no plans for the USMLE program to impose a minimum residency training requirement as part of the Step 3 eligibility criteria. However, the USMLE program will likely continue to recommend that individuals take Step 3 at or near the completion of the first year of residency training.
A message about the Ebola outbreak for individuals scheduled to take USMLE Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS)
Posted: October 21, 2014
The United States Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has issued travel notices for several countries in connection with the Ebola Virus outbreak. For the most current information concerning affected countries, please see http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/diseases/ebola.
If you reside in or have recently traveled to any country subject to a travel notice, or if you might have come in contact with anyone with Ebola, and have concerns about your health and/or the health and safety of those with whom you might come in contact, you are strongly encouraged to contact your registering entity to reschedule your Step 2 CS examination, at no additional fee. Contact information is available at http://www.usmle.org/bulletin/communicating/.
September 2015 Hotel Availability for USMLE Step 2 CS Examinees Testing in Philadelphia
Posted: October 16, 2014
Due to a major international event scheduled for September 22-27, 2015 in Philadelphia, hotel availability will be limited and rates may be higher than usual. Examinees planning to schedule a USMLE® Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) exam in Philadelphia in September 2015 should note that while the Philadelphia Clinical Skills Evaluation Collaboration (CSEC) test centers will remain open, it may be difficult and/or more expensive to obtain a hotel room during this time.