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    • USMLE program announces upcoming policy changes
      Posted: February 12, 2020
      Today, the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) and the National Board of Medical Examiners® (NBME®), co-sponsors of the United States Medical Licensing Examination® (USMLE®), announced upcoming policy changes to the USMLE program.
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      Potential impact of coronavirus on USMLE examination administrations
      Posted: January 30, 2020
      The USMLE program continues to monitor the outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus, 2019-nCoV, first detected in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China and is prepared to take appropriate measures as warranted to protect the health and safety of examinees and the public.
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    • Step 1 – Delay in score reporting
      Posted: January 13, 2020
      If you need to receive Step 1 scores before July 8, 2020 it is recommended that you take the exam no later than May 3, 2020
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      Step 2 CS testing appointment arrival time to change in 2020
      Posted: December 16, 2019
       Effective January 3, 2020, the arrival time for Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) testing appointments will be 15 minutes earlier than in 2019, due to additional security check-in procedures at the testing centers.  During check-in, test center staff will scan examinees with a handheld or walk-through device designed to detect prohibited items.


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    • Change in minimum passing score for Step 3
      Posted: December 09, 2019
      The recommended Step 3 minimum passing score will change from 196 to 198. This change will affect examinees who take a Step 3 examination that begins on or after January 1, 2020.
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      USMLE review focuses on patient individuality
      Posted: November 26, 2019
      Mitigating bias and eliminating unjustified patient stereotypes are important initiatives in teaching, learning and assessment. Concerns about bias have been raised in the academic literature, the media, among students and faculty at schools of medicine, and by patients.
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    • USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 CK: Increase in number of items in existing content categories scheduled for mid-2020
      Posted: November 05, 2019
      The current Step 1 and Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (CK) examinations include questions assessing systems-based practice and patient safety, communication skills, and legal/ethical skills and professionalism. Beginning in mid-2020, the Step 1 and Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (CK) examinations will include an increased number of questions assessing communication skills, system-based practice and patient safety, and legal/ethical skills and professionalism. The length of the testing days for Step 1 and Step 2 CK will not change.
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      Possible changes to USMLE scores – continuing the discussion
      Posted: October 08, 2019
      A podcast featuring two members of the Invitational Conference on USMLE Scoring (InCUS) planning committee, Dr. Michael Barone, Vice President of Licensure Programs for NBME, and Dave Johnson, Senior Vice President, Assessment Services for the Federation of State Medical Boards, is now available. They discuss themes from the public comments, upcoming improvements to USMLE, and insight into the vision for the program.

      You can listen to the podcast here.


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    • Computer-assisted scoring coming to Step 2 CS
      Posted: September 26, 2019
      The United States Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE) program is committed to applying the best available technology and the most current assessment practices to ensure accuracy and validity for all its examination programs. Beginning October 2019, computer-assisted scoring technology will be used to score patient notes created by examinees for the USMLE Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) examination.


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      Step 3 – delay in score reporting
      Posted: September 23, 2019
      If you need to receive Step 3 scores before March 25, 2020 it is recommended that you take the exam no later than December 31, 2019.


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    • Is my test center open?
      Posted: January 13, 2016
      Updated: September 18, 2019

       For updates on the impact of weather or other conditions on USMLE administrations, please go to the Prometric website (for Step 1, Step 2 CK, and Step 3) and the CSEC website (for Step 2 CS).
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      Step 1 and Step 2 CK – score delays in 2020
      Posted: September 04, 2019
      Most Step 1 and Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (CK) scores are reported within four weeks of testing. However, because of necessary annual modifications to the test item pools, delays occur for examinees who test at certain times of the year.


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