USMLE takes action against individuals found to have engaged in irregular behavior

The USMLE Committee for Individualized Review (CIR) meets periodically throughout the year to review cases allegations of irregular behavior by applicants and/or examinees.

At its recent meetings, the CIR considered multiple cases involving the following:

  1. Falsifying information, including the creation of falsified score reports
  2. Seeking to obtain unauthorized access to examination materials.
  3. Communicating about specific test items, cases, and/or answers with other examinees
  4. Providing unauthorized access to examination content on the internet
  5. Applying for and/or attempting to take an examination when ineligible
  6. Making notes on test day on something other than materials provided
  7. Failure to follow test center instructions, including typing past the “End Patient Note” announcement in Step 2 Clinical skills

Actions taken by the CIR at its recent meetings included:

  1. Annotating Individual USMLE records with a finding of irregular behavior
  2. Barring access to USMLE for periods up to 3 years
  3. Reporting the finding of irregular behavior to the disciplinary data bank (Physician Data Center [PDC]) at the Federation of State Medical boards routinely query this data bank as part of their licensing processes.
  4. Cancelling the examinee’s score because the validity of a passing level score is in question.

As evidenced by the sanctions listed above, a finding of irregular behavior carries significant potential impact. USMLE applicants and examinees are reminded to read the USMLE Bulletin of Information carefully, follow the rules of conduct during testing, and refrain from any pre-or post-examination conduct deemed to be irregular behavior.

Applicants and examinees are also encouraged to watch the USMLE Security Video.

The USMLE is committed to maintaining the integrity of its examination so that state medical boards may continue to rely upon it as an integral part of their decision-making precess for licensure. Applicants and examinees are advised to observe all USMLE policies and procedures to avoid the potentially significant implications arising from a finding of irregular behavior.

USMLE encourage you to provide information about cheating and other activity of which you are aware that may compromise the security and integrity of USMLE.