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Weekly COVID-19 Update

Posted: April 30, 2020

We recognize that the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbates the stress of preparing for USMLE and creates greater uncertainty regarding academic progression, curricular schedules, applications for residency, and future licensure. To assist you with managing this stress and uncertainty, we will be providing updates on what we are doing to resume testing, which continues to be our top priority. The current status for resuming testing:

  • As previously shared in the April 23, 2020 update, Prometric considers USMLE to be an essential program.
    • LOCATIONS: On May 1, 2020, select centers will resume testing in accordance with state and local laws and social distancing guidelines. The most recent list of available centers can be found here.
    • SCHEDULING: The Prometric scheduling calendar is up-to-date and examinees can confirm their appointments using the Prometric scheduling calendar. Additionally, all bulk cancellations for May appointments resulting from social distancing requirements and center closures are complete. State and local guidelines are evolving rapidly, and cancellations may still occur for May appointments if a testing center’s ability to open changes. If you do not receive a cancellation email from Prometric, your examination appointment is proceeding as scheduled.
  • Testing at CSEC centers for Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) is suspended through at least June 1, 2020.

Step 1, Step 2 Clinical Knowledge, and Step 3
A number of examinees have contacted us with questions regarding their Prometric appointments. We recognize the confusion around the cancellation and rescheduling process and the resulting anxiety and burden this causes at an already stressful time. We are continuing to work with Prometric to clarify the cancellation and rescheduling process. Today, we sent an email directly to examinees with May-June appointments to provide detailed information about Prometric’s current procedures. We provided some of those details in this update and are incorporating them into our FAQs for all examinees. Please continually check FAQs on USMLE’s COVID-19 page as this information is updated.

If you are eligible to test in May, please review Prometric’s procedures and guidelines. Please arrive at least 30 minutes before your scheduled appointment to allow time for the modified check-in procedure and remember to bring a mask to the center.

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 provide you with updates when more information is available.

Alternative Test Delivery Options
Due to the anticipated testing capacity limitations that may exist for many months and the resulting burden that puts on examinees and medical schools, we are evaluating alternate test delivery options and are committed to providing solutions soon. More information about this is available on our Announcements page.

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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