Beginning September 1, 2018, RUSM will require students to pass a CSA, formerly referred to as a Mock Clinical Skills (CS) event, to be eligible to sit for USMLE Step 2 CS exam. The CSA is offered by both Becker and RUSM.
Students must pass four (4) NBME SCEs in order to sit and schedule a CSA (Becker or RUSM). Upon passing their fourth NBME SCE, students can schedule their CSA as follows:
Students are required to sit for their first attempt on the CSA within 90 days from passing all six (6) NBME SCEs. Failure to sit by this deadline will count as an attempt but not a failure and the student will be charged an exam fee of $300 USD. This fee is subject to change.
CSA Failures & “No Shows”
Students have up to three (3) consecutive attempts to pass the CSA. If a student fails the CSA on any attempt, they are required to complete a mandatory advising session prior to scheduling their next attempt.
For CSA retakes, students may sit for their next attempt 60 days after the date of the previous attempt and contingent on completing the mandatory advising session. However, the deadline to sit for the retake is 120 days from the date of the previous attempt.
Failure to sit by this deadline will count as an attempt and the student will be charged an exam fee of $300 USD. This fee is subject to change.
A student who fails on their third attempt will be referred to the Student Promotions Committee – Clinical Science subcommittee for review.