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Step 3 Exam Update. GME Policy 1.3. A. Post-Graduate Year One (PGY-1) Residents 1. PGY-1 Exam Requirements. Quick Reminder.

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Step 3 exam update

Step 3 Exam Update


Quick reminder

GME Policy 1.3.

A. Post-Graduate Year One (PGY-1) Residents

1. PGY-1 Exam Requirements

Quick Reminder

“All post-graduate year one (PGY-1) residents are required to pass Steps 1 and 2 (CK and CS) of the USMLE (or equivalent exams for DOs) prior to beginning residency training, and must show evidence of that as part of the credentialing process. All PGY-1 residents are required to take and pass USMLE Step 3 (or equivalent exam for DOs), receive scores, and provide evidence of a passing score to the Graduate Medical Education Office by the last day of the PGY-1 year.”


The before and after

The Before and After

2013 Instructions

2014 Instructions

Will receive instruction during orientation to apply for their Step 3

Initialemail with instructions will be sent out 1st week of July

  • First email with instructions was sent 1st week of October

  • Therefore needed to take exam no later than March

  • FSMB needed 8 weeks to process and return exam scores, but usually it only takes 3-4 weeks


What s changing

What’s changing

Current Exam

Restructured Exam

2 exams

2 test days

2 scores

  • 1 exam

  • 2 test days

  • 1 score


From the fsmb website

From the FSMB website


So h ere s the story

So, here’s the story

  • Last day to register for the CURRENT Step 3 exam is July 18, 2014

    • Can take this exam in August and September

  • Registration for RESTRUCTRED Step 3 exam begins August 1st

    • This exam will be administered starting in November

  • No exams are offered in October due to the transition


The story continued

The story continued

  • Those taking the exam on or after Nov. 1, 2014 FSMB does not expect to release any scores until the first week of April 2015!

  • That is 4 MONTHS later


New requirement

New Requirement

All residents will be required to take Step 3 no later than

FEBRUARY 2015


Bottom line

Bottom Line

  • Window of 6 months to take Step 3 for the 2014-2015 FY

August 2014

September 2014

October 2014

November 2014

December 2014

January 2015

February 2015


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