Step 3 Eligibility Requirements
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.
Effective April 29, 2021, Step 3 eligibility requirements conform with criteria established before Step 2 CS became part of the USMLE. The requirements are:
- Passing scores on Step 1 and Step 2 Clinical Knowledge; AND
- An MD degree or DO degree from an LCME- or COCA-accredited U.S. or Canadian medical school, or the equivalent of the MD degree from a medical school outside the U.S. and Canada that is listed in the World Directory of Medical Schools as meeting ECFMG eligibility requirements, and obtain ECFMG Certification; AND
- Meets all other eligibility criteria as listed in the USMLE Bulletin of Information.
FOR 2021 GRADUATES
Do not apply for Step 3 until after the date of graduation on your medical school diploma. If you apply before you have graduated, your application will be cancelled and a portion of your fees will be forfeited.
It can take up to 12 weeks after you graduate for FSMB to verify your graduation with your medical school. Please keep this in mind when selecting your eligibility period, since free extensions of your chosen eligibility period are not provided.
Please feel free to contact us before you apply to find out if your graduation has been verified. We can be reached at (817) 868-4041 (Monday-Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Central) or email@example.com.
Step 3 Certification of Identity (CID) Form
- The Step 3 CID is not an application for Step 3. You must ALSO submit an online Step 3 application and fees before we can complete your Step 3 registration.
- FSMB accepts electronic/digital signatures and electronic/remote notarization of the Step 3 CID form. Your electronic/digital signature must match your “wet” or actual signature. That is, if electronic/digital, it cannot be a typed signature. If you are not able to electronically sign your CID in a manner that reflects your actual signature, you must also submit a copy of your driver’s license or passport so that we will have a copy of your signature on file, should we need to use it later for identification purposes.
- FSMB accepts completed CID forms via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Due to COVID-19, we are in the office on a very limited basis, and it will be several days to a week before we are able to obtain and process your CID if it is mailed to our offices. Please contact us at email@example.com or (817) 868-4041 if you are not able to email a copy of your completed CID to us.
- A CID is required for all Step 3 applications unless a valid one is already on file from a prior Step 3 application. Approved CIDs from prior applications are valid for 5 years from the date of notarization. If you need to reapply for Step 3 during that 5-year period, it is not necessary to submit a new CID.
For updates on the impact of inclement weather on USMLE Step 3 administrations, please go to the Prometric website. If your test center is closed due to inclement weather and you are not able to test, you must do the following:
- If you have not opened the exam at all (i.e., not yet taken Day 1), send an email to FSMB at firstname.lastname@example.org
- If you have opened any part of the exam (i.e., started or completed Day 1), send an email to USMLE Test Admin at email@example.com
- The email should include: your full name, USMLE ID, test center location, brief summary of the issue (e.g., center closed due to inclement weather) and the ticket number from Prometric, if provided.
The test center closure will be verified directly with Prometric. This takes several business days. Once the closure is verified, you will be contacted via email with detailed information for rescheduling your test date(s). A free extension of your eligibility period will be provided, if needed, to allow you time to reschedule.
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APPLYING FOR AND TAKING STEP 3
Detailed information and guidance about the Step 3 application, scheduling and testing is available at: https://www.fsmb.org/step-3/step-3-information/.