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Pilot Begins Next Week for Phase One: Regional Testing Centers at Medical Schools

Posted: May 18, 2020

In our last announcement on May 15, 2020, we shared our plans of a phased approach to expand testing capacity for Step 1, Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (CK), and Step 3. Phase one of the plan involves setting up a small number of testing sites in medical schools using Prometric equipment. We aim for these sites to serve as limited testing centers for different geographical regions across the U.S. These sites will be exclusively dedicated to USMLE testing, which will help expand testing capacity overall.

The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University will act as the first pilot site for phase one. May 27, 2020 is the planned start date for test administration of Step 1 and Step 2 CK to begin there. This site will have 20 available test administrations each day. At the current time, this regional testing center will only serve students from a New England consortium of medical schools in the region:

  • The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University (host school)
  • Boston University School of Medicine
  • University of Connecticut School of Medicine
  • University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Tufts University School of Medicine
  • Harvard Medical School

Students from these schools should wait to hear from their medical school Dean’s Office (Student Affairs) before taking any action to schedule or cancel a Prometric test center appointment. The institutions’ Dean’s Offices, in collaboration with Prometric and the USMLE program, will schedule eligible students for USMLE testing.

We greatly appreciate the collaboration with the leadership of all the schools involved as well as Brown University’s willingness to act as the host site for this pilot. We will announce more regional testing centers soon.

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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