Is USMLE Step 2CS hard?

Step 2 CS has recently become one of the most difficult of the 4 USMLE®exams, and the one students are frequently underestimating. This error has led to many students actually failing the exam.

Does Step 2 CS still exist?

The Step 2 CS Suspension Is Now Indefinite The USMLE Step 2 CS cancellation is now permanent. According to Medscape, there is no plan to bring back Step 2 CS. Instead, they will focus on working with colleagues in medical education and at the state medical boards to determine innovative ways to assess clinical skills.

Is USMLE Step 2CS permanently Cancelled?

Following a temporary suspension due to the COVID-19 pandemic last year, on January 26, 2021, the NBME officially announced the permanent suspension of the Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) examination.

What is the pass rate for Step 2 CS?

Step 2 CS

Examinees from US/Canadian Schools 2018 – 2019 Number Tested 2018 – 2019 Percent Passing
MD Degree 21,910 95%
1st Takers 20,740 95%
Repeaters** 1,170

Is USMLE Step 2 required for residency?

A passing score on the USMLE Step II CK is required for all medical students prior to beginning residency. Although less important than the Step I, a strong Step II CK score can only help your residency application, as programs will see your score regardless of when you take the exam.

Why was Step 2 CS Cancelled?

Suspension. The USMLE Step 2CS exam was initially suspended for the 2021 Match amidst COVID-19 concerns. The initial suspension was predicted to be for 12-18 months. Accordingly, the ECFMG developed 5 alternative Step 2CS Pathways.

What replaced Step 2 CS?

During the Step 2 CS suspension, the USMLE program announced temporary Step 3 eligibility requirements. Since the Step 2 CS exam has been discontinued, these temporary requirements are no longer needed. Step 3 eligibility requirements will conform with criteria established before Step 2 CS became part of the USMLE.

How long should I study for Step 2 CS?

While preparation time is different for each individual, my study partner and I spent around 15 hours per week for 5-6 weeks studying for the exam. The Step 2 CS, while easier than other USMLE’s, is the only exam in which minor mistakes may cost you, especially since you must solve at least 10 of the 12 cases.

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