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USMLE is a United state Medical Licensing Examination. It is a 3 steps examination for medical licensure in the United State. Each of the 3 Steps complements the others; no Step can stand alone in the assessment of readiness for medical licensure. It is sponsored by:

  • Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB)
  • National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME)

Change in Performance Standards for Step 2 CS:

  • Change in the performance standards for the USMLE Step 2 CS examination that will affect examinees testing on or after 10 September 2017.
  • Management Committee considered information from multiple sources for USMLE Step 2 Clinical Skills:

    • Recommendations from independent groups of physicians unaffiliated with the USMLE who participated in content-based standard-setting activities in 2017.
    • Results of surveys of various groups concerning the appropriateness of current pass/fail standards for the Step 2 CS examination.
    • Data on trends in examinee performance.
    • Data on precision of pass/fail classifications.
  • Committee voted to increase required minimum passing level for all 3 Step 2 CS subcomponents:

    • Communication and Interpersonal Skills (CIS)
    • Spoken English Proficiency (SEP)
    • Integrated Clinical Encounter (ICE)
  • It is responsible for setting minimum passing performance levels for all USMLE exams.

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- Published/Last Modified on: August 29, 2017


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