Interns must take STEP 3 during PGY 1. You will need your scores submitted to the Medical Board of California as part of your physician’s and surgeon’s license. Your license must be issued by 9/30 of your PGY 2, so we recommend taking the STEP 3 exam no later than April/May.

Approved Rotations for STEP 3 Scheduling: please note, you can schedule your STEP 3 exam ONLY during the following rotation blocks, so please look ahead on your schedule and plan accordingly.

Please check AMION to ensure that you do not have continuity clinic schedule that day AND that you are not on cross-cover. You also cannot schedule during Gender Medicine.

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You must notify the program (Anne, Jaime, & chiefs) ideally 3 months in advance with the block you intend to take the exam. They’ll preapprove the block you chose.

Next, you’ll apply for examination via the FSMB website. When doing so, you must select an eligibility period during which you wish to test. Choose the period that your preapproved block is in.

Once your application is processed, a scheduling permit with your eligibility period will be issued. You will receive your scheduling permit via email.

After obtaining the scheduling permit, you may visit the Prometric website to schedule your test dates.

Notify the program (Anne, Jaime, & chiefs) with your test dates (avoid cross-cover and continuity clinic dates). The program will notify the rotation of your absence for STEP 3.

Additional Information

  • You are permitted to reschedule within your eligibility period; you must pay a fee if you make a change during the 30 calendar days before your scheduled appointment.
  • If you are unable to test within your eligibility period, contact FSMB to inquire about a one-time contiguous eligibility period extension. A fee is charged for this service. Visit the FSMB website for more information on eligibility period extensions.
  • If you do not take the examination within your original or extended eligibility period, you must reapply by submitting a new application and fee(s). Fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.