USMLE
What is USMLE

The United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) is a three-step examination for medical licensure in the United States, which allows the successful candidate to do their specialization in the United States of America.


 

Step 1 & 2

Step 1 assesses whether you understand and can apply important concepts of the sciences basic to the practice of medicine, with special emphasis on principles and mechanisms underlying health, disease, and modes of therapy. Step 1 ensures mastery of not only the sciences that provide a foundation for the safe and competent practice of medicine in the present, but also the scientific principles required for maintenance of competence through lifelong learning. Step 1 is constructed according to an integrated content outline that organizes basic science material along two dimensions: system and process.

Step 1 consists of multiple-choice questions prepared by examination committees composed of faculty members, teachers, investigators, and clinicians with recognized prominence in their respective fields.

The multiple choice questions has only one best answer. Each question will be structured with a statement or question followed by three to eleven response options, each labeled with a letter (e.g: A, B, C, D, E) and arranged logically or alphabetically. Some response options will be partially correct, but only one option will be the best and correct answer. A portion of these questions will also involve the interpretation of graphs and images.

Step 2 CK (Clinical Knowledge) assesses whether you can apply medical knowledge, skills, and understanding of clinical science essential for the provision of patient care under supervision and includes emphasis on health promotion and disease prevention. Step 2 ensures that due attention is devoted to principles of clinical sciences and basic patient-centered skills that provide the foundation for the safe and competent practice of medicine.

Step 2 CK is constructed according to an integrated content outline that organizes clinical science material along two dimensions: physician task and disease category.

It also consists of multiple-choice questions prepared by examination committees composed of faculty members, teachers, investigators, and clinicians with recognized prominence in their respective fields.

The multiple choice questions has only one best answer. Each question will be structured with a statement or question followed by three to twenty-six response options, each labeled with a letter (e.g: A, B, C, D, E) and arranged logically or alphabetically. Some response options will be partially correct, but only one option will be the best and correct answer.

 

Step 3 - CS (CLINICAL SKILLS)

Step 3 of the USMLE assesses the ability of examinees to apply medical knowledge, skills, and understanding of clinical science essential for the provision of patient care under supervision, and includes emphasis on health promotion and disease prevention. Step 3 ensures that due attention is devoted to the principles of clinical sciences and basic patient- centered skills that provide the foundation for the safe and effective practice of medicine.

Step 3 CS uses standardized patients to test medical students and graduates on their ability to gather information from patients, perform physical examinations, and communicate their findings to patients and colleagues.

The bulk of Step 3 is intended to challenge you to consider the severity of illness and to manage ambulatory patients who have previously diagnosed, frequently occurring chronic illnesses and behavioral/emotional problems. The expected outcome of the USMLE process is a general unrestricted license to practice medicine without supervision.

In Step 3, patients are intended to reflect the diversity of health care populations with respect to age, sex, cultural group, and occupation. The patient population mix is intended to be representative of data collected from various national databases that study health care in the United States.

Step 3 consists of multiple-choice questions with only one best answer and computer-based case simulations, distributed according to the content.


 

When can you take the USMLE exam
USMLE EXAM

 

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