Announcements

    • Comprehensive Approach to Gather Perspectives Kicks-off
      Posted: July 06, 2020
      To obtain stakeholder input on the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) assessment and how clinical skills would be ideally assessed for licensure in the future, a wide group of medical educators, clinicians, patient advocates, examinees, and others will be contacted over the next 2 weeks to gather insights and expertise regarding performance-based clinical skills assessment.

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      COVID-19 Update for the USMLE® Program
      Posted: June 29, 2020
      Updated: June 29, 2020

      The USMLE program provides updates on the USMLE attempt limit policy, Step 2 Clinical Skills refunds, and testing capacity. 

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    • Preparations for Event Testing
      Posted: June 24, 2020
      During the past month, the USMLE® program has shared detailed information about our expansion efforts to address the backlog of USMLE examinees who have been delayed in testing due to COVID-19. Below is an infographic that provides an overview of our plans.

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      USMLE Timeline for Step 1 Pass/Fail Score Reporting
      Posted: June 16, 2020
      The USMLE’s co-sponsors—the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) and NBME―have recently received requests from examinees and student organizations to accelerate or delay the change to pass/fail score reporting for USMLE Step 1 in light of the uncertainties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and social movements across the country. Our

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    • Weekly update: program information in light of COVID-19 - 4/22/2020
      Posted: April 22, 2020
      Updated: June 11, 2020

      As the COVID-19 situation evolves, the USMLE program continues to hear the concerns of examinees, medical schools, state medical boards, and other medical education organizations. We understand the disruption and stress that the testing shutdown has created regarding academic progression, curricular schedules, application for residency, and future licensure. On a weekly basis, we will continue to provide as much information as we can on preparati...

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      USMLE to Administer Standard Length Forms at All Sites
      Posted: June 09, 2020
      USMLE will administer standard length forms that include unscored questions at all testing sites.

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    New COVID-19 Resource Center

    The new COVID-19 Resource Center provides all of the latest USMLE information and updates in one place.

    Webinars Available on COVID-19 Updates for USMLE and NBME® Programs

    A June 11, 2020 discussion with the Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA) Organization and USMLE focused on test expansion plans during COVID-19, students' concerns of exam costs, and future considerations regarding medical licensure for both allopathic and osteopathic physicians. A recording of this discussion, which addressed students' pre-submitted and live questions, can be found below.

    A recording of a May 19 discussion with the AAMC Organization of Student Representatives (OSR), USMLE, and NBME is available below for viewing.

    Suspending Step 2 Clinical Skills Examination

    To learn more about the recent decision to suspend test administration of the Step 2 Clinical Skills exam for 12-18 months, listen to a podcast featuring Dave Johnson, Chief Assessment Officer for the Federation of State Medical Boards, Dr. Michael Barone, Vice President for Licensure Programs at NBME, and Dr. Christopher Feddock, Executive Director of CSEC. They provide insight into the decision making process, alternative delivery options that were explored, and next steps for the USMLE program to consider.

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    The United States Medical Licensing Examination ® (USMLE®) is a three-step examination for medical licensure in the U.S. The USMLE assesses a physician's ability to apply knowledge, concepts, and principles, and to demonstrate fundamental patient-centered skills, that are important in health and disease and that constitute the basis of safe and effective patient care.

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