Publication Date: July 29, 2011

Posted Date: July 29, 2011

Subject: Announcement of submission date for calendar year 2010 U.S. Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) and citizenship data by foreign graduate medical schools participating in the Title IV, HEA programs.

FR Type: Notice


[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 146 (Friday, July 29, 2011)]
[Notices]
[Page 45545]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [wais.access.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-19265]

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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

Foreign Institutions--Federal Student Aid Programs

AGENCY: Office of Postsecondary Education, Department of Education.

ACTION: Announcement of submission date for calendar year 2010 U.S. 
Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) and citizenship data by foreign 
graduate medical schools participating in the Title IV, HEA programs.
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SUMMARY: We announce the submission date for the required submission to 
the Secretary by foreign graduate medical schools that participate in 
programs authorized under title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, 
as amended (the Title IV, HEA programs), of their students' scores on 
the U.S. Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE), and the school's 
citizenship rate (i.e., the percentage of its students and recent 
graduates who are not U.S. citizens, nationals, or eligible permanent 
residents) for calendar year 2010. Foreign graduate medical schools 
must submit scores on the USMLE, earned during calendar year 2010 by 
each student and recent graduate, on Step 1, Step 2--Clinical Skills 
(Step 2-CS), and Step 2--Clinical Knowledge (Step 2-CK), together with 
the dates the student has taken each test, including any failed tests. 
In addition, unless they are statutorily exempt, foreign graduate 
medical schools must submit a statement of the foreign graduate medical 
school's citizenship rate for 2010, together with a description of the 
methodology used in deriving the rate.

DATES: Submission to the Secretary of scores on the USMLE and the 
statement of an institution's citizenship rate for the 2010 calendar 
year must be made no later than September 30, 2011.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information contact:  Wendy Macias,
U.S. Department of Education, 1990 K Street, NW., room 8017, 
Washington, DC 20006. Telephone: (202) 502-7526. You may also e-mail 
your questions to: Wendy.Macias@ed.gov.

    If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), call the 
Federal Relay Service (FRS), toll free, at 1-800-877-8339.
    Individuals with disabilities can obtain this document in an 
accessible format (e.g., braille, large print, audiotape, or computer 
diskette) by contacting the person responsible for providing further 
information.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On November 1, 2010, the Department of 
Education (Department) published final regulations that included 
amendments to 34 CFR 600.55(d), which became effective on July 20, 2011 
(75 FR 67170). Under 34 CFR 600.55(d), a foreign graduate medical 
school must submit the following data to the identified entities, 
including the Department, no later than April 30 of each year, unless 
the Secretary specifies a different date through a notice in the 
Federal Register:
    (1) To its accrediting authority and, on request, to the Secretary, 
the scores on the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) or successor 
examination, of all students admitted during the preceding calendar 
year who are U.S. citizens, nationals, or eligible permanent residents, 
together with a statement of the number of times each student took the 
examination.
    (2) To its accrediting authority and, on request, to the Secretary, 
the percentage of students graduating during the preceding calendar 
year (including at least all graduates who are U.S. citizens, 
nationals, or eligible permanent residents) who obtain placement in an 
accredited U.S. medical residency program.
    (3) To the Secretary, all scores, calculated in accordance with 34 
CFR 600.55(f), disaggregated by step/test--i.e., Step 1, Step 2--
Clinical Skills (Step 2-CS), and Step 2--Clinical Knowledge (Step 2-
CK), or the successor examinations--and attempt, earned during the 
preceding calendar year by each student and graduate on Step 1, Step 2-
CS, and Step 2-CK, or the successor examinations, of the U.S. Medical 
Licensing Examination (USMLE), together with the dates the student has 
taken each test, including any failed tests (an institution may instead 
agree to allow the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates 
(ECFMG) or other responsible third party to calculate the rate and 
provide it directly to the Secretary, if such an option is available).
    (4) To the Secretary, a statement of its citizenship rate for the 
preceding calendar year, calculated in accordance with 34 CFR 
600.55(f)(1)(i)(A), together with a description of the methodology used 
in deriving the rate that is acceptable to the Secretary, unless the 
institution meets the statutory exemption from meeting the 60 percent 
citizenship threshold.
    The Secretary is announcing in this notice a September 30, 2011, 
date for the submission to the Secretary of scores on the USMLE and the 
statement of an institution's citizenship rate for the 2010 calendar 
year. The Department will send a letter to foreign graduate medical 
schools providing information regarding the method of submission of the 
2010 scores on the USMLE and the citizenship rate information.
    The first submission of MCAT and residency placement data will be 
for data from the 2011 calendar year. For calendar year 2011 and 
subsequent calendar years, the submission date for USMLE scores and the 
statement of an institution's citizenship rate, as well as MCAT and 
residency placement data, is April 30 of the subsequent year, unless 
the Secretary specifies a different date through a notice in the 
Federal Register.
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    Program Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1098a.

    Dated: July 26, 2011.
Eduardo M. Ochoa,
Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education.
[FR Doc. 2011-19265 Filed 7-28-11; 8:45 am]
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