USMLE Announces Regional Testing

Over the course of last week, the USMLE posted three locations for regional and event-
based testing opportunities for medical students and graduates to take USMLE Step 1 and
Step 2 CK exams. Last night, the USMLE released that it would not hold USMLE Step II CS
exams for the next 12-18 months. While we await understanding of how this will impact
students and programs in the long run, we do know the 25 schools that do have access to
USMLE Step 1 and 2 CK thus far. These regional locations will serve a restricted list of
Medical Schools leaving uncertainty remaining for students at other schools. The current
lists are:

1. Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Testing Begins May 27, 2020, and
allows students from:
  •  The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University (host school)
  • Boston University School of Medicine
  • University of Connecticut School of Medicine
  • University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Tufts University School of Medicine
  • Harvard Medical School
2. University of South Florida Health Morsani Collge of Medicine, Testing Begins May 27,
2020, and allows students from:
  • University of South Florida Health Morsani College of Medicine (host school)
  • University of Florida College of Medicine
  • University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
  • University of Central Florida College of Medicine
  • Florida Atlantic University Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine
  • Florida State University College of Medicine
  • Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine Bradenton Campus
  • Nova Southeastern University Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine
  • Nova Southeastern University Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Allopathic Medicine
3. Indiana University School of Medicine, Testing Begins, June 1, 2020, and allows students
from:
  • Indiana University School of Medicine (host school)
  • University of Louisville School of Medicine
  • University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
  • Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine
  • Carle Illinois College of Medicine
  • University of Illinois College of Medicine at Urbana-Champaign
  • Ohio State College of Medicine
  • University of Kentucky College of Medicine
Leader Perspective: While the availability of USMLE Step 1 and 2 CK testing for the
twenty-five schools listed above is a good start, it leaves 86% (n=151) of LCME medical
schools' students and 100% of potentially eligible international medical school students
behind. Potential repercussions could be unintended bias for students with USMLE results.
Given the small pool of candidates with USMLE testing availability, this increases the
probability of unmatched candidates and unfilled programs. It also creates the risk of a
homogeneous interview, rank, and match pool which may inadvertently negate Institutional
diversity statements and/or policies. Germane recommends this moment be an opportunity
to create a workgroup of Program Directors to discuss best practices for minimizing the
role USMLE scores play in program selection, which could help minimize the impact of these
unintended consequences and sharing the work responses via GMEC, the ACGME DIO
forum, and potentially as a submission for a scholarship (poster, oral, or peer-reviewed article).

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