Update on Temporary Expansion of USMLE Testing at Medical Schools

Updated: September 15, 2020
Posted: September 15, 2020

On Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020, the United States Medical Licensing Examination® (USMLE®) Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (CK) was administered at 51 medical schools. This event was the final planned administration for the temporary expansion of USMLE testing at medical schools.

In May 2020, the USMLE program committed to a phased approach to expand USMLE testing while capacity at Prometric centers was limited due to state and local laws in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Because of the support from medical schools across the United States, many examinees who had disrupted appointments or were unable to schedule at a Prometric center had the opportunity to test at their medical school or one in their geographical region. Adding these supplemental testing opportunities also helped create more availability at Prometric centers for USMLE examinees. Based on USMLE’s continued conversations with the medical education community, the majority of examinees who desired to test this summer have been able to find opportunities through the multiple testing channels.

The USMLE program is incredibly grateful for the support from the medical education community in helping to create more testing opportunities for examinees. While there are no additional testing events at medical schools planned at this time, the USMLE program will continue to evaluate how the COVID-19 pandemic evolves and impacts the safety of and opportunities for testing.