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Posted: July 10, 2014
USMLE Physician Tasks/Competencies, a publication that provides a common organization of competencies and tasks assessed in USMLE examinations, is now available.
The outline comprises seven major sections:
While this outline is common to all USMLE examinations, each Step will continue to have test specifications specific to that Step and will emphasize certain parts of the outline.
The USMLE Step 3 Content Description and General Information booklet contains a description of physician tasks/competencies covered in the restructured Step 3 examination for examinees taking the Step 3 examination on or after November 3, 2014. An updated USMLE Step 2 CK Content Description and General Information booklet containing a description of physician tasks/competencies covered in that examination will be available in July 2014.
USMLE Physician Tasks/Competencies is useful for understanding competencies assessed by multiple-choice question (MCQ) formats such as Step 1, Step 2 Clinical Knowledge, and the MCQ portion of Step 3. The outline will be updated as work to identify competencies covered by non-MCQ exam formats progresses.
Practice and informational materials for the restructured Step 3 examination have been posted to the USMLE website. Examinees who plan to take a Step 3 examination on or after November 3, 2014 should read the materials and practice with the sample items and cases. The materials include:
A summary of changes resulting from the restructuring of the Step 3 examination is also available.
Practice and informational materials for examinees taking the current Step 3 examination, which will be administered through September 30, 2014, will remain available on the USMLE website until early October, 2014.
Posted: June 26, 2014
This schedule provides examinees, and others who rely on Step 2 CS results, with guidelines regarding when a result will be reported for a given exam date. Click here to view the schedule.
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