USMLE Announces Date that Step 1 Changes to Pass/Fail

Posted April 20th, 2021 by .

Categories: ECFMG, NBME, NRMP, Uncategorized, USMLE.

As mentioned in a previous blog post, in February of 2020, the USMLE Program announced that it planned to change the Step 1 examination from a three-digit scoring system to a pass/fail scoring system, advising would not occur prior to January 1, 2022.  The reasons for the decision included the consideration that residency programs were placing far too great an emphasis on Step 1 scores.

Today, the USMLE Program announced that the transition to pass/fail will be applied to examinations administered on or after January 26, 2022.  The Step 2 CK examination will continue to be evaluated on a three-digit scoring system, and it is likely that, after the January 2021 transition, residency programs will place a greater emphasis on Step 2 CK scores when evaluating applicants for training.

Should you find yourself in need of advice and counsel regarding USMLE Policies and Procedures, including with respect to eligibility, or in need of representation in defending allegations of irregular behavior, our experienced attorney stand ready to assist.

For more than 10 years, Dennis L. Abramson has dedicated a significant portion of his practice to counseling and representing medical students, IMGs, residents, fellows, and practicing physicians in compliance and disciplinary matters related to ECFMG, USMLE, NBME, and NRMP, including responding to and defending allegations of irregular behavior and violations of the Match® agreement. Should you need advice or counsel with a related issue, please contact Mr. Abramson at 610-664-5700 or dabramson@theabramsonfirm.com.

Mr. Abramson regularly updates this page with the latest developments related to ECFMG, USMLE, NRMP, ABIM, irregular behavior, and physician licensing and credentialing issues, so check back soon.

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