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Practice Materials and Other Information for Examinees Taking the Restructured Step 3 Examination on or after November 3, 2014

Practice and informational materials for the restructured Step 3 examination have been posted to the USMLE website. Examinees who plan to take a Step 3 examination on or after November 3, 2014 should read the materials and practice with the sample items and cases. The materials include:

summary of changes resulting from the restructuring of the Step 3 examination is also available. Practice and informational materials for examinees taking the current Step 3 examination, which will be administered through September 30, 2014, will remain available on the USMLE website until early October, 2014.


USMLE Physician Tasks/Competencies
July 14, 2014
Filed under: Exam Preparation, Step 1, Step 2 CK, Step 2 CS, Step 3

USMLE Physician Tasks/Competencies, a publication that provides a common organization of competencies and tasks assessed in USMLE examinations, is now available from USMLE.

Examinees should read the full announcement on the USMLE website.


Register Now! AMA-ECFMG Webinar: “No Poster, No Publication, No Problem”
July 2, 2014
Filed under: ECHO

“No Poster, No Publication, No Problem”
An AMA-IMGS and ECFMG Webinar
Wednesday, July 9 at 7:00 p.m. ET

Are you a medical student or graduate who is conducting original research or has an interesting case report (resident/fellow and ECFMG-certified participants only) and would like to submit an abstract and poster for the 12th Annual AMA Research Symposium? Would you like tips from previous symposium winners on how they set themselves apart from the rest? Do you want to increase your attractiveness to residency programs by showcasing your research, clinical vignette, or case at a national research symposium?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, we invite you to join other medical students and graduates (medical students, residents/fellows, and ECFMG-certified IMGs awaiting a residency) to hear Dr. Rashi Aggarwal from Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. Dr. Aggarwal will give an overview of the do’s and don’ts when writing and submitting an abstract and creating a poster for the AMA Research Symposium, which is being held on November 7 in Dallas, Texas. Additional panelists will share their tips for abstract submission, poster and podium presentations, as well as answer your questions. There will be an opportunity to submit questions in advance of the webinar and to submit questions during the webinar.

Registration is free but is limited. Please register by visiting https://ecfmgevents.webex.com/ecfmgevents/onstage/g.php?d=660139979&t=a and send your advance questions to echo@ecfmg.org or img@ama-assn.org.


ERAS 2015 Residency Tokens Now Available
July 1, 2014
Filed under: 2015 Match, ERAS 2015

Residency Tokens for the ERAS 2015 application season are now available through ECFMG’s On-line Applicant Status and Information System (OASIS). You can use a 2015 Token to register with AAMC’s MyERAS beginning on Tuesday, July 1, 2014.

If you plan to apply for U.S. residency positions that begin in July 2015, visit the ERAS Support Services section of the ECFMG website for important information and instructions on how to obtain an ERAS Token.


2015 Schedule for Reporting Step 2 CS Results Is Available
June 26, 2014
Filed under: Step 2 CS, USMLE Score Reporting

This schedule provides examinees, and others who rely on Step 2 CS results, with guidelines regarding when a result will be reported for a given exam date. Click here to view the schedule.


2014 and 2015 Schedules for Reporting Step 2 CS Results
June 26, 2014
Filed under: Step 2 CS, USMLE Score Reporting

 

Step 2 CS 2014 Reporting Schedule

Testing Period

Reporting Period

For examinees who test

Reporting start date

Reporting end date

January 1 through January 25

February 26

March 19

January 26 through March 22

April 23

May 21

March 23 through May 17

June 18

July 16

May 18 through July 12

August 13

September 10

July 13 through September 6

October 8

November 5

September 7 through November 1

December 3

December 31

November 2 through December 31

February 4 (2015)

February 25 (2015)

 

 

Step 2 CS 2015 Reporting Schedule

Testing Period

Reporting Period

For examinees who test

Reporting start date

Reporting end date

January 1 through January 31

March 4

March 25

February 1 through March 28

April 29

May 27

March 29 through May 23

June 24

July 22

May 24 through July 11

August 12

September 9

July 12 through September 5

October 7

November 4

September 6 through October 31

December 9

January 6 (2016)

November 1 through December 31

February 3 (2016)

February 24 (2016)

 

Note: In each scoring cohort there will be occasional dates when individual test centers or the entire testing network are unavailable. These are typically known in advance, and the dates will be displayed as unavailable when examinees schedule appointments.

For each “Testing Period” in the above schedule, Step 2 CS scores are released every Wednesday over a corresponding four-to five-week “Reporting Period.” It is expected that results for the vast majority of examinees who take the exam during the testing period will be reported on the first Wednesday of the Reporting Period. Results for 98%-99% of examinees who take the exam during the testing period are reported by the third Wednesday in a Reporting Period. For a small percentage of examinees (1%-2%), scoring and quality assurance may be not completed in time for these examinees to be reported by the first three reporting dates; these will typically be examinees who took the exam in the latter part of the testing period. Results for these examinees will be reported each week throughout the reporting period, and should be reported no later than the last day of the score reporting period.

This schedule allows USMLE staff to enhance the quality assurance and data collection/scoring procedures performed prior to score reporting. Additionally, it provides examinees, as well as others who rely on Step 2 CS results, with guidelines regarding when a result will be reported for a given exam date. These guidelines allow examinees to plan their exam registration and scheduling in order to have their results in time to meet specific deadlines, such as those related to graduation or participation in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP), or “the Match.”

(posted June 4, 2008; updated June 27, 2008, June 16, 2009, May 26, 2010, July 19, 2011, September 29, 2011, March 30, 2012, June 22, 2012, February 26, 2013, June 20, 2013, June 26, 2014)


Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (CK) Score Reporting
June 18, 2014
Filed under: Step 2 CK, USMLE Score Reporting

Most score reporting of Step 2 CK results occurs within four weeks of testing. Due to routine modifications to the Step 2 CK test item pool, there will be a delay in reporting for most examinees testing on or after July 31. The target date for reporting Step 2 CK scores for most examinees who test beginning July 31 will be Wednesday, September 24, 2014. For examinees whose circumstances require that they receive Step 2 CK scores before September 24, it is recommended that they take Step 2 CK no later than Monday, July 28, 2014.

Examinees should monitor the USMLE website for the latest information.


REMINDER: IMGs Participating in 2015 Match Should Apply for Step 2 CS Now
June 10, 2014
Filed under: 2015 Match, ERAS 2015, 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.

At the time of this writing, the earliest available test date at any test center is in October 2014. 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.


Change in Minimum Passing Requirements for Step 2 CK
June 5, 2014
Filed under: Exam Preparation, Step 2 CK

USMLE has posted an announcement that describes a change in the Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (CK) examination minimum passing score that will affect examinees testing on or after July 1, 2014. Examinees should read the full announcement on the USMLE website.


ERAS 2015 Program Information for IMGs Now Available
June 4, 2014
Filed under: ERAS 2015, General

Information for international medical students/graduates on the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) 2015 application season is now available. If you plan to apply for U.S. residency positions that begin in July 2015, visit the ERAS Support Services section of the ECFMG website for important information. Most U.S. residency programs participate in ERAS. If you apply to participating programs, you must apply to these programs using ERAS.

At the ERAS Support Services section of the ECFMG website, you will be able to:

  • View instructions on how to obtain an ERAS Token, which will allow you to access the Association of American Medical Colleges’ (AAMC) MyERAS website to work on your residency applications.
  • Review policies and procedures that are new for ERAS 2015.
  • Find instructions for submitting your supporting documents, such as letters of recommendation and transcripts, to ERAS Support Services for transmission to the ERAS PostOffice.

Please note that ERAS Support Services at ECFMG does not accept paper documents in support of ERAS residency applications. All supporting documents must be submitted electronically. For more details, please refer to Electronic Document Submission in the ERAS Support Services section of the ECFMG website.

New for ERAS 2015: All LoRs must be submitted through the AAMC’s Letter of Recommendation Portal (LoRP) or ECFMG’s Medical School Web Portal (EMSWP). If you have waived your right to view an LoR, your letter writer must upload the letter through the LoRP. If you have not waived your right to view an LoR, you are permitted to upload your personal copy through the AAMC’s LoRP. Programs are able to view who has uploaded the document. For tips on submitting your LoRs electronically, please see the AAMC’s Letter of Recommendation Portal Assistance page in the ERAS Support Services section of the ECFMG website. If your medical school participates in EMSWP ERAS and is submitting an LoR on your behalf, the school can upload it through EMSWP.

Residency Tokens for the ERAS 2015 application season are expected to be available through ECFMG’s On-line Applicant Status and Information System (OASIS) beginning July 1, 2014. You can use a 2015 Token to register with AAMC’s MyERAS beginning on July 1, 2014.




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