GME Policy: Completion of Step 3 of the Appropriate Licensing Exam (USMLE, COMLEX)

  • Origination Date: October 2005
  • Last Review Date: September 26, 2017
  • Next Review Date: September 2019
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Policy Statement

All trainees must provide their program with documentation of a passing score on the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Step 3 or an equivalent examination that qualifies for medical licensure (e.g Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination-COMLEX) by January 1 of their PGY-2 year.

Trainees who do not notify their program of a passing score by January 1 of their PGY-2 year forfeit their continuing position in the training program and are subject to contract non-renewal.

Upon application to the program, trainees who transfer into a University program (PGY-3 and beyond) are required to provide documentation of a passing score on their examination.

Refer to your Program Manual for additional program specific guidelines.

Reason for Policy

To ensure that residents/fellows (trainees) complete the required licensing examination within the timeframe outlined below so that upon graduation from their program they will have completed the preliminary requirements to practice medicine in the United States.


Program Responsibilities

Monitoring and compliance of these examinations is expected at the Department/Program level.

Additional Resources

Subject Contact Phone Email
Policy Heather Woeste 612-626-4959


Related Information

Eligibility and Selection Policy

Federation of State Medical Boards:

National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners:


9/26/2017 - Reviewed and updated by the GMEC. Changes include removing reference to ACGME Institutional Requirement IV.A.2.c).(2).