MEDICAL LICENSING EXAMINATION
Step 3 score delay and impact on USMLE transcript requests
Starting February 11, 2013, changes will occur to the USMLE Step 3 examination resulting in a delay in score reporting for most Step 3 examinations administered from February 11, 2013 through early May 2013. The target date for reporting Step 3 scores for most examinees testing during that interval will be Wednesday, June 5, 2013.
For examinees who take Step 3 during this time period and need the score to appear on an official USMLE transcript, do not send the transcript request until your scores are available on the Candidate website. All transcript requests are processed as they are received. The FSMB will not hold a request pending the release of Step 3 scores at a later date.
Further updates about Step 3 score availability will be posted on this web page as they become available.
The Federation of State Medical Boards establishes public trust with a rigorous examination system for those who seek a license to practice medicine.
FSMB collaborates with the National Board of Medical Examiners to provide assessment tools to assist State Medical Boards with medical licensing decisions, including the:
UNITED STATES MEDICAL LICENSING EXAMINATION® (USMLE®) is designed to assesses a physician's ability to apply knowledge, concepts and principles, and to demonstrate fundamental patient centered skills.
POST-LICENSURE ASSESSMENT SYSTEM (PLAS) provides two independent yet complementary diagnostic tools for evaluating the ongoing competence of licensed or previously licensed physicians.
- Special Purpose Examination (SPEX) evaluates the current medical knowledge of physicians who are some years away from having passed a national medical licensing examination.
- Clinical competence assessment resources, offers physician evaluation and remediation programs around the country.
The 2013 Step 3 application cycle runs September 17, 2012
through August 30, 2013.