Revitalize Clinical Skills Assessment

Opportune Time to Chart the Future of Clinical Skills Assessment for Licensure

On March 13, 2020, the USMLE program suspended administration of the Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) Examination due to the COVID-19 outbreak and need to social distance. This precautionary step was important to protect the health of examinees and test center staff.

The USMLE program is committed to the valid, standardized measurement of clinical skills for licensure.

Our goal is to deliver an initial performance-based assessment and to plan for continuous improvements over the next five years to help ensure the assessment continues to meet the needs of the community.



Listen to a podcast “Step 2 Clinical Skills Update: Community feedback helps inform future developments (November 2020).” The phases of the project are also illustrated below. Please check this page for progress updates.

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Christopher Feddock, MD, MS

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The phases of the project are illustrated below. Please check this page for progress updates.

Phase 1 - Discovery: licensing needs assessment, prioritization, stakeholder input
Phase 2 - Design: content, delivery, feedback, scoring
Phase 3 - Implementation: training, pretest, pilot

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COVID-19 Updates

Comprehensive Approach to Gather Perspectives Kicks-off

Input to help develop revitalized clinical skills assessment

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.

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To provide thoughts on the program to revitalize the assessment of clinical skills by identifying the optimal approach to assess clinical skills for licensure, please contact the Program Lead:

Program Lead

Chris Feddock, MD, MS
CSEC Executive Director
ClinicalSkills@nbme.org

For other questions related to Step 2 CS, please use the Contact email.