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ECFMG’s 2018 Information Booklet on ECFMG Certification and Application Materials Now Available
September 8, 2017
Filed under: ECFMG Certification, General, Step 1, Step 2 CK, Step 2 CS

ECFMG’s 2018 Information Booklet on ECFMG Certification and the 2018 exam application materials are now available on the ECFMG website.

For Step 1/Step 2 CK, you can use the 2018 materials to apply for:

  • available Step 1/Step 2 CK eligibility periods ending in 2017 (September 2017-November 2017 and October 2017-December 2017) and
  • all Step 1/Step 2 CK eligibility periods ending in 2018, beginning with the November 2017-January 2018 eligibility period.

For Step 2 CS, you can use the 2018 materials to obtain a 12-month eligibility period that begins on the date that the processing of your application is completed.

Please monitor the ECFMG website, and follow ECFMG on Facebook and Twitter, for updates and important information.

(posted August 10, 2017, updated September 8, 2017)


Houston, Texas, Center Is Open
September 7, 2017
Filed under: Severe Weather, Step 2 CS

The Clinical Skills Evaluation Collaboration (CSEC) test center in Houston, Texas, re-opened Tuesday, September 5, and administration of the USMLE Step 2 CS examination has resumed. Step 2 CS examinees who are scheduled to test in Houston should report for their test sessions.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation during the severe weather event that necessitated temporary closure of the test center.


REMINDER: ECFMG’s Interactive Web Applications (IWA) Unavailable September 6-7
August 31, 2017
Filed under: General, Step 1, Step 2 CK, Step 2 CS

Due to required maintenance, ECFMG’s Interactive Web Applications (IWA) will be unavailable for up to 24 hours, beginning at approximately 6:00 p.m., Eastern Time in the United States, on September 6, 2017.

During this maintenance period, you will be unable to perform any IWA transactions, including working on or submitting an Application for ECFMG Certification or USMLE exam application; accessing a USMLE scheduling permit; or requesting an extension of a USMLE Step 1 or Step 2 CK eligibility period.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation as we work to maintain high-quality on-line services.

(published August 24, 2017; updated August 31, 2017)


REMINDER: Incomplete IWA Exam Applications Will Be Deleted on September 6
August 31, 2017
Filed under: General, Step 1, Step 2 CK, Step 2 CS

As part of the transition to the ECFMG 2018 Information Booklet and exam application materials, any USMLE exam applications that have been saved but not submitted via ECFMG’s Interactive Web Applications (IWA) will be deleted. If you have a saved exam application in IWA, you must complete and submit the application, including payment, by 5:00 p.m., Eastern Time in the United States, on Wednesday, September 6, 2017. If you have begun but not yet submitted the on-line part of an exam application when IWA becomes unavailable on September 6, your incomplete application will be deleted. If your application is deleted, you will be required to begin a new application in order to apply for examination.

(published August 24, 2017; updated August 31, 2017)


Step 2 CS Exam Canceled in Houston, Texas, Monday, August 28, through Friday, September 1
August 28, 2017
Filed under: Severe Weather, Step 2 CS

Due to severe flooding in Houston, Texas, the USMLE Step 2 CS exam will not be administered at the Houston test center Monday, August 28, through Friday, September 1. The Clinical Skills Evaluation Collaboration (CSEC), which administers the Step 2 CS exam, is in the process of contacting affected examinees. If you are scheduled to take Step 2 CS at the Houston test center August 28 through September 1, a member of CSEC’s staff will contact you about rescheduling your exam.

At this time, administration of Step 2 CS is expected to resume in Houston on Tuesday, September 5. If the status of Tuesday’s exam changes, an update will be posted to this website as soon as possible.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation during this severe weather event.


Step 2 CS Exam Canceled in Houston, Texas, on Monday, August 28
August 26, 2017
Filed under: Severe Weather, Step 2 CS

Due to severe weather conditions in Houston, Texas, the USMLE Step 2 CS exam will not be administered at the Houston test center on Monday, August 28. The Clinical Skills Evaluation Collaboration (CSEC), which administers the Step 2 CS exam, is in the process of contacting affected examinees. If you are scheduled to take Step 2 CS at the Houston test center on Monday, August 28, a member of CSEC’s staff will contact you about rescheduling your exam.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation during this severe weather event.

(published August 26, 2017; updated August 28, 2017)


Step 2 CS Exam Canceled in Houston on Saturday, August 26
August 25, 2017
Filed under: Severe Weather, Step 2 CS

Due to severe weather conditions in Houston, the USMLE Step 2 CS exam will not be administered at the Houston test center on Saturday, August 26. The Clinical Skills Evaluation Collaboration (CSEC), which administers the Step 2 CS exam, is in the process of contacting affected examinees. If you are scheduled to take Step 2 CS at the Houston test center on Saturday, August 26, a member of CSEC’s staff will contact you about rescheduling your exam.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation during this severe weather event.

(published August 25, 2017; updated August 26, 2017)


USMLE Examinations and Weather – Tropical Storm Harvey in Houston
August 23, 2017
Filed under: Exam Preparation, Severe Weather, Step 1, Step 2 CK, Step 2 CS, Step 3

For updates on the impact of weather on USMLE administrations, please go to the Prometric website (for Step 1, Step 2 CK, and Step 3) or to the CSEC website (for Step 2 CS).


Change in Performance Standards for Step 2 CS
August 7, 2017
Filed under: Exam Preparation, Step 2 CS

This announcement describes a change in the performance standards for the USMLE Step 2 CS examination that will affect examinees testing on or after September 10, 2017.

As stated in the USMLE Bulletin of Information and as explained in a previous posting to the USMLE website, the recommended minimum passing levels for each USMLE examination are reviewed periodically (typically, every 3-4 years) and may be adjusted at any time. Notice of such review and any adjustments are posted on the USMLE website.

At its July 2017 meeting, the USMLE Management Committee voted to increase the required minimum passing level for all three Step 2 CS subcomponents: Communication and Interpersonal Skills (CIS), Spoken English Proficiency (SEP), and Integrated Clinical Encounter (ICE). Because numerical scores are not reported for Step 2 CS, the decisions of the Management Committee are reported in terms of potential impact on examinees, using data from recent administrations.

If the new minimum passing requirements were applied to the group of first-time examinees who recently tested, the overall passing rate for examinees from US medical schools would be approximately three percent lower and the overall passing rate for examinees from international medical schools would be approximately eight percent lower.

Examinees are encouraged to read the full announcement on the USMLE website.


REMINDER: IMGs Participating in 2018 Match Should Apply for Step 2 CS Now
July 31, 2017
Filed under: 2018 Match, ERAS 2018, Step 2 CS

To participate in the National Resident Matching Program® (NRMP®) Main Residency Match®, international medical students/graduates must have passed all exams required for ECFMG Certification. If you plan to participate in the 2018 Match (in March 2018) and still need to pass Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS), you should register now to take the examination.

To help ensure that your result will be available in time to participate in the 2018 Match, you must take Step 2 CS by December 31, 2017. If you do not register now and schedule soon, it is possible that you will not be able to obtain a test date in 2017. At the time of this writing, the earliest available test date at any test center is in November 2017.

The USMLE program also strongly encourages medical students/graduates to schedule their exams early to obtain a testing appointment this year.

If you register and schedule now, you can change your scheduled testing appointment (subject to availability) at no cost within your one-year eligibility period, provided you give notice of more than 14 days.

Follow ECFMG on Facebook and Twitter for periodic updates on availability of Step 2 CS testing appointments. Detailed information on the results reporting schedule for Step 2 CS is available on the ECFMG website.




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