Step 3 Eligibility Requirements During the Step 2 Clinical Skills Suspension

Updated: August 6, 2020
Posted: August 6, 2020

The USMLE program remains committed to mitigating disruptions in the path to medical licensure caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. While the USMLE Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) examination is suspended until at least June 2021, the eligibility requirements for taking Step 3 will include:

  • Having a medical degree (MD or DO)
  • Passing Step 1 and Step 2 Clinical Knowledge
  • Being ECFMG certified, if you are an international medical graduate
  • Having taken any USMLE Step or Step Component on or after January 1, 2015
  • Not failing Step 2 CS six or more times

This temporary eligibility criteria will go into effect in early September 2020, with a specific date to be announced soon.

Until a modified assessment in place of Step 2 CS is developed and approved, the USMLE program will not require examinees who pass Step 3 while Step 2 CS is suspended to take the modified assessment. It will be at the discretion of individual state medical boards if they wish to enforce such requirements.