USMLE Makes New Announcements Regarding Step 1 and Step 2 CS
Posted July 18th, 2020 by Dennis Abramson.
The USMLE Program today announced that its plan to cause Step 1 to change from a three-digit scoring system to a pass/fail scoring system will not be implemented at any time prior to January 1, 2022. As reflected in prior posts, USMLE made the decision to make Step 1 pass/fail, in part, because it was concerned that graduate medical education (GME) training programs placed too much emphasis on residency applicant’s Step 1 score.
As for Step 2 CS, the administration of which was suspended in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the USMLE Program directs IMGs to ECFMG’s various alternative pathways to temporary ECFMG Certification for the 2020-2021 Match® cycle. A link to the full policy update can be found at
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