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USMLE Won't Accept Fifth Pathway Certificates Starting in 2017
Beginning Jan. 1, 2017, the United States Medical Licensing Exam, or USMLE, program and its parent organizations, the Federation of State Medical Boards and the National Board of Medical Examiners, will not accept Fifth Pathway certificates for meeting USMLE Step 3 eligibility requirements.
Eligible international medical graduates still may use valid Fifth Pathway certificates issued through Dec. 31, 2009, to meet the Step 3 requirements and apply for Step 3 through Dec. 31, 2016.
After that date, individuals with Fifth Pathway certificates will be required to obtain Educational Council for Foreign Medical Graduates certification to be eligible for Step 3.
The Fifth Pathway, created by the AMA in 1971, allows certain students who have attended four years at an international medical school to complete their supervised clinical work at a U.S. medical school, to become eligible for entry to U.S. residency training and, ultimately, to obtain a license to practice in the United States.
Individuals who pursue the Fifth Pathway complete the four-year didactic curriculum at the international medical school, but they do not complete the internship or social service requirement for graduation. Instead, they complete a Fifth Pathway program, which is one year of supervised clinical work at a U.S. medical school.