USMLE Step 2 CS Suspended for at Least 1 More Year

Medscape (05/28/20) Frellick, Marcia

Sponsors of the U.S. Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE) announced the continuing suspension of administering Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) for the next 12 to 18 months in light of the COVID-19 crisis. USMLE said the exam is designed to "test medical students and graduates on their ability to gather information from patients, perform physical examinations and communicate their findings to patients and colleagues." David Johnson with the Federation of State Medical Boards said sponsors "will continue to review options available for a performance-based assessment that meets state boards' needs while remaining mindful of the secondary uses and impact of USMLE in medical education and training." Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates CEO William W. Pinsky said the latest decision is problematic for his organization — which evaluates graduates from schools outside the United States — as the Step 2 CS has been critical in confirming the proficiency of those it certifies.

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