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USMLE Step 2 CS Update

Discussion in 'Step I' started by Scott_L, May 4, 2004.

  1. Scott_L

    Scott_L Senior Member
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    In the last few weeks, several links to new or updated information about
    USMLE Step 2 Clinical Skills were posted at the USMLE website:

    Temporary Waiver of Step 2 CS $50 Rescheduling Fee
    http://www.usmle.org/step2/step2cs/Step2CSscheduling.htm

    Calendar of Step 2 CS Test Dates
    http://www.usmle.org/step2/step2cs/Step2CScalendar.htm

    Examinee Travel Guides for Clinical Skills Test Centers in Atlanta, Chicago,
    Los Angeles, and Philadelphia
    http://www.usmle.org/step2/Step2CS/CSECAddresses.htm

    Availability of Step 2 CS Results
    http://www.usmle.org/step2/Step2CS/2004Step2CSscores.htm

    Updated PIPE Scheduling Info
    http://www.usmle.org/news/PIPE/Default.asp
     
  2. Jaded Soul

    Jaded Soul Proloxil > Zoloft
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    Thank you, Scott. The links are appreciated.
     
  3. bankingdom

    bankingdom Junior Member
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    I need a June or July date at ANY testing center. I have a Aug 16th date in Philly to trade or you can schedule your own date at any center. I am willing to pay $$$$ for your trouble.

    Contact me at [email protected]

    Thanks!
     
  4. Smurfette

    Smurfette Antagonized by Azrael
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    How many months in advance can we register for Step 2 CS? how about CK?

    I thought it was 6 months in advance a while ago...is it now 12 months? The NBME info seems to change a LOT.

    I haven't decided exactly when I want to take either of them, and I don't want to end up paying $$ b/c of changes in my 4th year schedule that I make between now and 6+ months from now. But the CS component is bound to cause problems, so if dates are already closing I may need to pick a day just in case the city I want to go to fills up and I'm forced to find a spot at another site thousands of miles away..
     
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    For 2-CS, you can definitely more than 6 months in advance. NBME is temporarily waiving the $50 rescheduling fee if you reschedule more than 30 days in advance of your test date. It's effective until 6/13/04. Looks like after this date, they will go back to charging if you need to reschedule. As if they haven't sucked enough money out of us already.

    You can register now for 2-CK and choose an eligibility period up to the end of the calendar year. If you want to schedule the test in 2005, you'll have to wait until August 2004 to register--at least that's what the NBME told me when I asked them about it.
     
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    Update: http://www.usmle.org/step2/Step2CS/Step2CSRPs.htm

    May 7, 2004

    Dear Residency Program Director:

    A test of clinical skills is now part of the United States Medical Licensing Examination? Step 2 (USMLE? Step 2 CS), with t est administration beginning on June 14, 2004 . The purpose of this test is to assure that examinees have the information gathering and communication skills necessary to enter supervised postgraduate education and for subsequent licensure.

    We are writing to you to let you know that we cannot guarantee that results of the clinical skills test will be available in time for decision making regarding applicants for residency positions in the 2005 National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). As a result, program directors are encouraged not to require reporting of Step 2 CS results as a condition of application for a residency position or for ranking in this year's NRMP. As a condition of participation in the NRMP 2005 Match, international medical graduates (IMGs) will continue to be required to have passed either the Educational Commission of Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG?) Clinical Skills Assessment (CSA?) or USMLE Step 2 CS. The NBME? and ECFMG have assigned high priority to providing reports for IMGs participating in the 2005 NRMP who test before January 1, 2005 .

    For all candidates, initial release of results will be delayed until an adequate number of examinees completes testing at each of the five testing locations to permit equating of examination data within and across test sites. Because of the uncertainty surrounding test center scheduling and the potential challenges of implementing the test with new systems, a specific reporting date cannot be guaranteed, regardless of the date on which Step 2 CS is taken. While we hope to begin reporting Step 2 CS performance late in the fall, delays may be encountered during the first year. These delays could extend beyond deadlines for the 2005 NRMP Match.

    Further information regarding the Step 2 CS examination is provided on the fact sheet below and can be found at the USMLE website. The Federation of State Medical Boards and the National Board of Medical Examiners, the USMLE sponsors, and the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates believe this new examination component represents a major enhancement to the US medical licensure system. We would like to thank you for your patience and cooperation as the program is implemented.

    James Thompson, MD, President
    Federation of State Medical Boards of the United States

    Donald E. Melnick, MD, President
    National Board of Medical Examiners

    James A. Hallock, MD, President
    Educational Commission of Foreign Medical Graduates
     

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