Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Health and Human Resources
Department of Health Professions
Board of Medicine
Petition 53
Petition Information
Petition Title Time limit on passage of USMLE
Date Filed 1/29/2008   
Petitioner Dr. Srwat Siddiqui 
Petitioner's Request

To amend requirement for an applicant to pass Steps 1, 2 and 3 of the USMLE within 10 years or hold board certification.

Agency's Plan

The Executive Committee will consider the petition and any comment received at its meeting on April 4, 2008.

Comment Period Ended 3/24/2008
Agency Decision Take no action    
Response Date 4/4/2008
Agency Decision Summary The Board decided to retain the requirement for passage of all 3 steps of USMLE for licensure as a doctor of medicine and surgery. The 10-year rule on passage of the three steps of USMLE is less restrictive than most other state boards. Twenty-seven states and the District of Columbia require passage within seven years, two states within five years, ten states allow 10 years for MD/PhD candidates, and five states, including Virginia, allow 10 years for anyone. Six states (FL, KY, LA, NH, NY and WY) have no limit on the years for passage.