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25 Jun 2014

Rumors of USMLE Time Limit Eliminations are Unfounded

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Rumors of USMLE Time Limit Eliminations are Unfounded

The following summary was pulled directly from the UMSLE website this week:

State Board Sponsorship For Step 3 To Be Discontinued In 2014

With the introduction of the restructured Step 3 examination in 2014, the USMLE program will no longer require examinees to apply for Step 3 under the eligibility requirements of a specific medical licensing authority.


All other Step 3 eligibility requirements (i.e., medical degree, passing Steps 1-2, ECFMG certification for IMGs) will remain applicable, as will all other USMLE program requirements (e.g., no more than 6 attempts at a Step or a Step component).


This change in the application process is tentatively scheduled to begin in August 2014.

Note: Removing state board sponsorship as part of the Step 3 examination application does not impact medical licensing requirements in the United States. Most medical licensing authorities have, and will continue to maintain, specific criteria for completion of the USMLE, such as time and attempt limits.


summary of these requirements can be found on the Federation of State Medical Boards website.


At this time, there are no plans for the USMLE program to impose a minimum residency training requirement as part of the Step 3 eligibility criteria. However, the USMLE program will likely continue to recommend that individuals take Step 3 at or near the completion of the first year of residency training.

Courtesy of USMLE announcement portal


This announcement confirms that physicians who are outside timeframe and/or attempt limits for a particular state will still not qualifyfor that state license after the August 2014 changes for state sponsorship go into effect.


This is a good opportunity to address trainees who are preparing to take USMLE exams:

Do not take these examinations lightly- Just because you can take the exams again, does not mean that you should. Your ability to practice in the state of your choice in the future isdetermined by your scores, attempts per step and the time frame in which you completed all three steps.  If you do not meet the requirements for a particular state, you will not be able to get a license to practice in that state. Even if you have an offer of employment, even if it’s your home state, even if your spouse has been offered the job of a lifetime in that state- You will not be working as a physician in that state if you do not meet the USMLE requirements for that state.


If you have questions about the USMLE requirements for each state, please click here. If you have questions about possible waivers, please call us at 888-551-2140.

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