Two successful Step examinations are the ticket to residency, and completing all three Step exams will allow you to practice as a licensed physician. These exams are unavoidable and critical to your future in medicine, so it is important that your medical school or residency program acts in good faith with respect to your Step exams.
If you face any kind of issue related to your Step 1, 2, or 3 exams, an attorney-advisor can file a grievance or appeal on your behalf. While the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) administers this globally-used set of tests, your school or program may have specific policies and procedures related to Step exams. Attorney Joseph D. Lento will navigate those procedures as he seeks a resolution to your Step exam timing issue.
A Brief Overview of Step Exams
USMLE Step examinations are required for every medical student. Regardless of which medical school one attends, the Step exams provide a universal baseline for a medical student or resident's fitness to move further in their medical career, whether it is to the next phase of medical school, to residency, or into medical practice.
USMLE explains that each of its Step exams “assesses an examinee's ability to apply knowledge, concepts, and principles, and to demonstrate fundamental patient-centered skills.” Each exam tests you on different medical concepts and elements of care.