Residency

COVID-19 causes confusion over USMLE testing

Residency Program Insider, April 23, 2020

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With the COVID-19 pandemic forcing facilities that administer the United States Medical Licensure Examinations (USMLE) to close, there may be some uncertainty among GME programs who use the exams as a measure of trainees’ skills.

Passing the USMLE Step 1 or Step 2 is a requirement is some states to obtain a resident training license. The Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) has recommended that state medical boards issue waivers to medical students who are currently unable to take the exams.

With USMLE Step 3, which is frequently taken by first-year residents and is often a requirement for them to progress in their training, each program will have to decide how to proceed. In states that have a requirement for passing Step 3 for licensure, the FSMB has asked those state’s medical boards to consider issuing exceptions and waivers on a case-by-case basis.

Source: AMA



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