What is the USMLE exam?
The United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) is a three-step examination for medical licensure in the United States. It is sponsored by the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) and the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME). The USMLE assesses a physician’s ability to apply knowledge, concepts, and principles, and to demonstrate fundamental patient-centered skills, that are important in health and disease.
Step 1 of the USMLE is typically taken after the second year of medical school, and it assesses the student’s understanding of the basic sciences, such as anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, and biochemistry. Step 2 is typically taken during the fourth year of medical school, and it assesses the student’s clinical knowledge and skills. Step 2 has two parts: clinical knowledge (CK) and clinical skills (CS). Step 3 is typically taken after the student has completed medical school and any required clinical training (internship, residency, etc.), and it assesses the student’s ability to apply medical knowledge and skills in the practice of medicine.
Passing the USMLE is required for medical licensure in the United States, so it is an important exam for aspiring physicians. Contact USMLEagle today to see how we can help you on your journey to becoming a physician.