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Weekly COVID-19 Update

Posted: May 06, 2020

We continue to provide weekly updates on the current status for resuming testing, which is our top priority.

  • Last Friday, testing resumed at select Prometric centers for Step 1, Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (CK), and Step 3.
    • Prometric will continue to resume testing on a site-by-site basis in accordance with state and local laws and social distancing guidelines. Their list of site openings is available here. Prometric has also updated their website to help answer examinees’ questions, including an expanded FAQ page.
  • Testing at CSEC centers for Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) is suspended through at least June 1, 2020.

Step 1, Step 2 CK, and Step 3
To address testing backlogs and capacity limitations, we are accelerating the development of supplemental solutions for alternative test delivery. We plan to share more information about a near-term plan as soon as possible.

Step 2 CS
We are continuing to evaluate the feasibility of resuming testing at CSEC centers on June 1, 2020 and are monitoring COVID-19 trends in cities where our test centers are located. We will share updated information about Step 2 CS testing next week.

Contact Information for Questions
We are currently experiencing unprecedented call volumes regarding examination appointments. If you have a question, please email the organization who registered you for your examination. Contact information is available on USMLE.org.

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.

The information collected will help identify important characteristics of a performance-based exam for national licensure.

The USMLE program is committed to providing the state medical boards with a valid, standardized measurement of clinical skills. While administration of Step 2 CS is suspended due to the COVID-19 outbreak and need to social distance, the program will use the coming months to gather information for identification of the optimal approach to assess clinical skills for licensure.

The initial survey is one step in a comprehensive approach to collect feedback over the course of the months to come.

Visit USME.org/RevitalizeCS for more information and updates as the initiative progresses.

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.  More Info »

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