USMLE Step 2 CS Testing Suspension Instituted Through May 31, 2020 & What This Means For Examinees
For those of you who are scheduled or were planning to schedule to take USMLE Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) through May 31, 2020, please note that all Clinical Skills Evaluation Collaboration (CSEC) Test Centers are temporarily closed. The USMLE has announced that they hope to resume operations of all centers on June 1, 2020 – though this is subject to change. The USMLE does not currently have an estimated timeline of when scheduling functionality on the Step 2 CS Calendar and Scheduling System will be restored. Please stay tuned for updates.
What this Means for Step 2 CS Examinees
Those whose appointments were cancelled: You will be contacted by USMLE by April 17, 2020 regarding further updates. All Step 2 CS testing has been suspended through May 31, 2020. If you had an appointment scheduled through May 31, 2020 – your appointment has been cancelled. All examinees who were scheduled to test from March 16 through May 31, 2020 will have their eligibility period automatically extended to March 31, 2020.
Those whose appointments were scheduled for after the May 31st suspension period is over: If you had an appointment scheduled after May 31, 2020, you have the ability to cancel your appointment through the portal, however, you will not be able to reschedule it until scheduling functionality is restored at a later time. As noted above, the USMLE does not currently have an estimated timeline of when scheduling functionality on the Step 2 CS Calendar and Scheduling System will be restored – so tread lightly on canceling right now.
Those who recently registered but have not yet scheduled an appointment time: If you have registered for Step 2 CS but have not yet scheduled an appointment time, you will have to wait to schedule an appointment time until scheduling functionality is restored.
Those who were planning to register: If you have not registered for Step 2 CS but were planning to do so, please note that the application processing and registration is still open and continuing – however, once your application is accepted, you will not be able to schedule an appointment time until scheduling functionality is restored. We recommend that you begin or continue the process of filling out your Step 2 CS registration application, but don’t expect to be able to schedule an appointment slot until further notice.
Making the Most Out of USMLE Step 2 CS Suspension
This is an unprecedented situation. It is understandable to feel frustrated or stressed by the lack of control you have over your upcoming test date and future obligations. We have resources at Medlearnity to help you stay focused and efficient during this extra time. If you have any questions on how to navigate things going forward, please feel free to reach out to us at Medlearnity.
Medlearnity will continue to provide updates as this situation progresses. We recommend all medical students and residents monitor USMLE’s Website and their COVID-19 Resource Page for updates. We hope that you and your loved ones stay safe during this uncertain time.