We are working with leading groups in medical education and medical regulation to make sure that the Step 2 CS shutdown does not prevent or delay the transition to residency.

In March, the AAMC provided guidance on how to think about transitions related to Step 2 CS suspension.

We understand why some residency applicants may be concerned about not having a Step 2 CS result while some of their peers have completed the exam.

We will work across undergraduate and graduate medical education as much as possible to encourage schools and programs not to disadvantage applicants who do not have a Step 2 CS result.

Suspension of Step 2 CS will not prevent individuals from obtaining licensure. As a co-sponsor of USMLE, FSMB has reviewed state statutes for medical licensing and confirmed that no legislative changes will be required because of the CS suspension. FSMB will work with the handful of state medical boards whose administrative rules list passage of Step 2 CS.

ECFMG is committed to ensuring that IMGs are Certified and ready to enter US GME this upcoming season. While ECFMG has used the USMLE Step 2 CS exam to satisfy its clinical skills requirement for Certification, other alternatives are being explored.

An update on alternatives to fulfill the ECFMG Certification clinical skills requirement will be available in the coming weeks.

We remain committed to the valid, standardized measurement of clinical skills for licensure and are going to take this time to determine the optimal approach to do so; i.e., an assessment that provides the best measurement for our state medical board stakeholders and a better experience for examinees.

We will engage with the medical education and medical regulatory communities as we determine the most appropriate exam format and the most relevant competencies to be assessed.

Graduates of LCME- and AOA-accredited medical schools individuals who have passed Step 1 and Step 2 CK, as well as international medical graduates with ECFMG certification, will be able to take Step 3 without first passing Step 2 CS. Further details will be forthcoming.