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USMLE Physician Tasks/Competencies

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:

  • Medical Knowledge/Scientific Concepts
  • Patient Care: Diagnosis
  • Patient Care: Management
  • Communication and Interpersonal Skills
  • Professionalism, including Legal and Ethical Issues
  • Systems-based Practice, including Patient Safety
  • Practice-based Learning

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.

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.


2019 schedule for reporting Step 2 CS results is available

Posted: April 17, 2018

The 2019 schedule lets examinees know when to expect results for a Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) exam. Click here to view the schedule.


Step 2 CK – Delay in score reporting

Posted: April 09, 2018

If you need to receive Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (CK) scores before August 29, 2018, we recommend that you take the exam no later than June 24, 2018.

Necessary modifications to the test item pool will result in a delay in reporting for some examinees who test beginning the week of June 24, 2018. The target date for reporting Step 2 CK scores for most examinees testing the week of June 24 through mid-August will be Wednesday, August 29, 2018.


If you test Your score will be reported
On or before June 24, 2018 Typically 3-4 weeks after your test date
June 25, 2018 through mid-August 2018 The regular reporting schedule will resume August 29, 2018
After mid-August 2018 Typically 3-4 weeks after your test date

Although the transition will occur quickly at many test centers, there may be some locations where the changes take slightly longer to complete. The overall transition period will likely last approximately 6 weeks. Please note that scores on exams prior to, during, and following the August 29 date will be comparable.


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