USMLE – Step 2
USMLE – United states medical licensing examination
Step 2 of the USMLE assesses the ability of examinees to apply medical knowledge, skills, and understanding of clinical science essential for the provision of patient care under supervision, and includes an emphasis on health promotion and disease prevention.
Step 2 ensures that due attention is devoted to the principles of clinical sciences and basic patient-centered skills that provide the foundation for the safe and effective practice of medicine.
Step 2 CS uses standardized patients to test medical students and graduates on their ability to gather information from patients, perform physical examinations, and communicate their findings to patients and colleagues.
What are the eligibility criteria for the USMLE STEP 2CS exam?
To be eligible, you must be in one of the following categories at the time you apply, and on the day of your examination:
- a medical student officially enrolled in, or a graduate of, a US or Canadian medical school program leading to the MD degree that is accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME).
- a medical student officially enrolled in, or a graduate of, a US medical school leading to the DO degree that is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA).
- a medical student officially enrolled in, or a graduate of, a medical school that is outside the US and Canada, listed in the World Directory of Medical Schools as meeting ECFMG eligibility requirements, and that meet other eligibility criteria of the ECFMG.
Further information can be found in the eligibility instructions.
Dates, fees, and venues
The exam is available throughout the year. Further information can be found in the dates and fees document.
How to apply
Please visit the USMLE website to access updated practice materials and to view announcements, regarding changes in test delivery software.
You must obtain the most recent information before taking any USMLE examination.