USMLE Step 2 CS Updates: Recent Changes to the Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) Content Description and General Information Booklet2
This informative booklet contains important information about the Step 2 CS exam. Recent updates, effective January 2014, include:
- Expanded language on expectations for interacting with standardized patients in the Description of the Examination section
- Additional information on scoring in the Scoring the Step 2 CS Examination section
- New sample patient notes with scoring information in Appendix B
By Patrick Sylvester
A few months back, I wrote a post outlining some of the changes that were coming in the 2014 edition of First Aid for the USMLE Step 1 (which, by the way, is currently available online and at major retailers). One of our blog followers commented on that post, and I think that comment deserves some special attention. The comment was: “how does First Aid continue to match the changes of the major tests it helps student prepare for?”
In case you weren’t aware, the USMLE is a rather dynamic test that is constantly evolving. Changes are made frequently to reflect updates in medical knowledge, to optimize the style of questions, or to shift the focus of content assessed. From a review of the announcements page on the USMLE website, here are a couple important changes that those taking this test in 2014 should be aware of:
There are a couple of important changes to the USMLE Step 1 exam that you will need to consider as you study.
DSM-5 Criteria and Terminology
The USMLE has begun to incorporate new information from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) into the USMLE exams. The transition to the new material will begin this year and may take several years to fully implement.
Immediate changes include the removal of diagnoses that no longer appear in the DSM. Exams will no longer include these diagnoses.
Scoring Changes for the USMLE Step 1 Exam
The USMLE Step 1 Committee has raised the recommended Step 1 minimun passing score from 188 to 192. This change affects anyone taking the exam after January 1, 2014.
For more information on changes to the USMLE Step 1 exam, visit their website at www.usmle.org.
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