Termination of the USMLE Step 2 CS: Perspectives of Surgical Residents with Diverse Medical Backgrounds

J Surg Res. 2021 Apr 17;265:60-63. doi: 10.1016/j.jss.2021.03.031. Online ahead of print.


As the decision to permanently suspend the USMLE Step 2 Clinical Skills exam resonates across the medical education landscape, it has different implications for the graduates of American allopathic (US-MD), osteopathic (DO) medical schools and international medical graduates (IMGs). Through this perspective, we as authors who represent each of these three diverse cohorts highlight the changes that resulted from the COVID-19 pandemic and delve into the multitude of ramifications that could ensue as a result of this decision. Our propositions are geared towards a standardized objective structured clinical examination for evaluating US-MDs and DOs, and a call for novel evaluation strategies to assure the minimum clinical standards of IMGs.