USMLE Step 2 Clinical Skills Exam Gone Forever?

Is the USMLE Step 2 CS exam really gone? Vanished? Done with?

If you are asking yourself these questions, then yes, this is true. On Jan 26th 2021, the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) and the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) stated that the USMLE Step 2 CS exam will be discontinued PERMANENTLY!!!

Now this came as a complete shocker, since FSMB and NBME had postponed Step 2 CS from last May due to the COVID-19 pandemic and were ardently working towards bringing Step 2 CS back in a virtual format. However, this never came to fruition.

What was USMLE Step 2 CS?

USMLE Step 2 CS was a clinical skills exam, that assessed the ability of examinees to apply medical knowledge, skills, and understanding of clinical science essential for the provision of patient care under supervision, it placed special emphasis on health education and the disease prevention. This ensured that candidates had patient-centered skills that provided the foundation for the safe practice of medicine.

Will there be a new Step 2 CS replacement?

This leaves many questions in the minds of students and especially for International Medical Graduates (IMG’s) who now have to qualify through a different path called the extended pathway in order to become ECFMG Certified.

As per ECFMG ”IMGs who pursue one of the six pathways for the 2022 Match will be required to pass the Occupational English Test (OET) Medicine to satisfy pathway requirements”. This test is created for medical graduates by expert physicians, in order to assess their ability to communicate English language in a Health care setting with colleagues and patients. For example, how to show empathy, how to change complex jargons into basic lay-man, easily understood language, which a 10 year old can understand.

If you have questions and are wondering how to maneuver this change, then feel free to contact our USMLE experts at or via whats app at 592-638-0115.

Leave a comment below on your views of whether the discontinuation of Step 2 CS is a good move or a step backwards.

Published by Healthy Waves

Healthy Waves is a medical business founded in Georgetown Guyana, which engages in health education, medical supplies, and consulting services.

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