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Regional and Event-Based Testing Update

Posted: May 20, 2020

This update provides more information about our phased approach to expand USMLE testing capacity.

We know there are many questions surrounding the resumption of Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) testing. We are exploring the feasibility of several options and potential examination formats. We will be making a more definitive announcement about Step 2 CS within the next 7-10 days, which will address many of the questions we have been receiving. 

Phase One: Regional Testing Centers at Medical Schools

In this phase, we are setting up a small number of testing sites in medical schools using Prometric equipment. These sites will serve as limited testing centers for different geographical regions across the U.S.

Two days ago, we announced that Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University would act as the first pilot site for this type of regional testing. A second regional testing center will be the University of South Florida Health Morsani College of Medicine. Administrations of Step 1 and Step 2 CK are scheduled to begin at this site on May 27, 2020. The site will have 20 available test administrations each day. This regional testing center will only serve students from a consortium of Florida schools in the region:

  • University of South Florida Health Morsani College of Medicine (host school)
  • University of Florida College of Medicine
  • University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
  • University of Central Florida College of Medicine
  • Florida Atlantic University Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine
  • Florida State University College of Medicine
  • Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine Bradenton Campus
  • Nova Southeastern University Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine
  • Nova Southeastern University Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Allopathic Medicine

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.

Regional testing will not be available to every student, but it is a positive development in addressing national capacity. We are hoping to expand testing at medical schools in a greater capacity through event-based testing, which is planned for this summer.

Phase Two: Event-Based Testing at Medical Schools

By the end of this week, we will be emailing a survey to Executive Chief Proctors at all LCME-accredited medical schools as well as AOA-accredited medical schools who administer NBME® Subject Examinations. The survey’s purpose is to determine the school’s level of interest and ability to participate in event-based testing to administer Step 1 and Step 2 CK.

We greatly appreciate the collaboration with the leadership of all the schools involved in phase one and phase two of our plans. 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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