March 24, 2017

MSV is initiating a new workgroup to discuss and identify opportunities to improve the Step 2 Clinical Skills exam.  The Step 2 Clinical Skills test, which is a USMLE-sponsored exam required for all medical students as condition of licensure, seeks to assess practical skills through three exam sections: interpersonal skills, spoken English proficiency, and integrated clinical encounter.  Critics of the test point to the high cost, limited location of testing centers, and lack of results feedback as reasons to reconsider its role.  In response to similar concerns raised by the MSV medical student section, MSV will further explore the exam’s costs and benefits as part of the new Step 2 Clinical Skills Workgroup.  The workgroup will meet via conference call over the summer; the time commitment for members is expected to be approximately 5-10 hours. We are specifically calling for participants representing the following groups: 1) students from the Medical Student Section; 2) physician members; 3) academic representation; and 4) residency directors.

If you are interested in participating in this workgroup, please fill out the form below by April 17, 2017. If you have any questions, please e-mail MSV's Julie Galloway, Health Policy Analyst.