NBME Defends Invalidation of Nepali Doctors’ Scores in 57-Page Argument to Court

The National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) has submitted a 57-page argument to the court, claiming the reason for the cancellation of the USMLE scores of Nepali doctors. The NBME has  submitted a 14-page op-ed against the class-action lawsuit and a 43-page long answer against the request for a preliminary order.

The deadline for Nepali doctors to reply to the NBME’s arguments is 5 pm on Monday, February 19th. The court will then issue an order regarding the case on or before 5 pm on February 21st.

The case was assigned to Judge Christopher R. Cooper on February 14th. The court order temporarily suspending the deadline for affected Nepali doctors due to the USMLE score invalidation remains in effect until a final decision is made. This provides temporary relief for the doctors as they await the final decision on the injunction.

On February 12th, Judge Rudolph Contreras of the District Court for the District of Columbia issued an order suspending the deadline for affected doctors to respond to the NBME’s score invalidation notice, with the new deadline to be determined later.

This suspension will remain in effect until the court decides on the doctors’ request for a preliminary injunction to stop the score invalidation from taking effect. The Court will issue an order on or before February 21, 2024, at 5 pm Eastern.

The order, made in a lawsuit filed on behalf of affected doctors, pertains to an ongoing court case seeking a preliminary injunction against the enforcement of the USMLE score cancellation decision. The decision, made around January 31, 2024, affected individuals who received score cancellation notices.

The score invalidation had put many Nepali doctors in a precarious situation, forcing them to consider retaking the exam, requesting a reconsideration, or appealing the invalidation while also facing potential immigration issues due to revoked residencies. This court order offers a temporary sigh of relief as they await the final decision on the injunction.