Unified Content Outline To Be Adopted for All USMLE Exams
A unified content outline, which provides a common organization of content across all USMLE examinations, has been developed.
Examinations released in 2014 will be built using the new unified content outline. Test specifications using the unified outline will be published in early 2014. For Step 1, Step 2 CK, and Step 2 CS, the changes will be subtle, and the examinations will be similar in content to previous years. Step 3 examinations administered on or after November 1, 2014 will include more substantial changes in content; additional information about changes to Step 3 is available.
Updated Step 2 Clinical Skills Information Available
An updated Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) Content Description and General Information booklet is available on the USMLE website.
The Description of the Examination and Scoring the Step 2 CS Examination sections include expanded language on expectations for interacting with standardized patients, as well as additional information on scoring. Appendix B includes new sample patient notes, which have additional information to help examinees understand how the notes are scored.