United States Medical License Examination
What is the USMLE?
USMLE (United States Medical Licensing Examination) is a three part exam required from any doctor wanting to practice medicine in the USA.
The USMLE is supported by the FSMB (Federation of State Medical Board) and NBME (National Board of Medical Examiners).
Medical Physicians can only be licensed doctors in the US post completion of the USMLE.
All three stages of the exam correlate to each other. Doctors are licensed once they complete all three stages.
Step 1 and 2 are can be taken prior to graduation and the Step 3 test upon receiving your medical degree.
Step 1 overview
USMLE Step 1
- Assessing and understanding basic concepts of medicine.
- Emphasising the importance of health disease and therapy.
- Ensuring the provision for safe medicine practice as well as scientific principles.
- Analysis of system and process in the medical field.
- One day examination including one hour blocks and eight hour testing sessions.
Step 2 overview
USMLE Step 2
- Assessment of medical knowledge application.
- Understanding clinical science and emphasis on health promotion and disease prevention.
- Underlying principles of clinical sciences and provisional foundation for medicine practice.
- Concentration on physician tasks and disease category.
- One day examination divided into eight one-hour blocks with nine-hour testing sessions.