IMGs Participating in 2015 Match Should Apply for Step 2 CS
To participate in the National Resident Matching Program® (NRMP®) Main Residency MatchSM, international medical students/graduates must have passed all exams required for ECFMG Certification. If you plan to participate in the 2015 Match (in March 2015) and need to pass Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS), you must take Step 2 CS by December 31, 2014, to help ensure that your result will be available in time to participate in the 2015 Match.
If you need to pass Step 2 CS to participate in the 2015 Match, you should register for the exam now (provided you meet the eligibility requirements). If you do not register now and schedule soon, it is possible that you will not be able to obtain a test date in 2014.
Test dates throughout 2014 are available now at all test centers. If you register and schedule now, you can change your scheduled testing appointment (subject to availability) at no cost, provided you give more than 14 days’ notice.
Detailed information on the results reporting schedule for Step 2 CS is available on the ECFMG website.
USE CAUTION IN SELECTING REVIEW COURSES: Orientation, Practice, and Self-Assessment Materials Available through USMLE, NBME, and Third Parties
The United States Medical Licensing Examination® (USMLE®) program recognizes the importance of providing all examinees the opportunity to learn about the design and content of its examinations and to have some exposure, before examination day, to samples of testing formats and materials. USMLE provides orientation and practice materials for all USMLE Steps and Step Components. These materials, which are available at no cost on the USMLE website, include:
• Informational materials on the overall USMLE program and content descriptions for each of the USMLE examinations,
• Tutorials that illustrate the USMLE Step 1, Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (CK), Step 3 multiple-choice question software and the Step 3 computer-based case simulation (CCS) Primum® software,
• Sample multiple-choice test questions with answer keys for each Step,
• Sample Step 3 CCS cases with feedback, and
• Orientation materials for Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS).
In addition, the National Board of Medical Examiners® (NBME®) provides, for a fee, self-assessment services to help the examinee evaluate his or her readiness to take USMLE. These services help individuals become familiar with questions like those that have appeared on USMLE and provide performance feedback on the individual’s areas of relative strength and weakness. See www.nbme.org to obtain additional information and to purchase self-assessment services.
Beyond these USMLE and NBME services, there are a variety of commercial test preparation materials and courses that claim to prepare examinees for USMLE examinations. Examinees who are considering using such services should fully understand the nature of these services, the sources of any content being used, and the basis for any claims being made. None of these third-party materials or courses are affiliated with or sanctioned by the USMLE program and information on such materials and courses is not available from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG), the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB), NBME, USMLE Secretariat, or medical licensing authorities.
Please note that it is unlawful for any test preparation program or any individual to use, disclose, distribute, or provide access to questions or answers from actual USMLE exams. An examinee who is involved with any enterprise that disseminates USMLE content should be aware of the consequences, which include the possible cancellation of USMLE registration and/or testing, the withholding or cancellation of scores, and the imposition of additional sanctions.
Last Edit: Apr 9, 2014 10:17:09 GMT -6 by jmantell