USMLE - Introduction
The United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) tests the prospective medical professionals in different skills and related fundamental principles towards patient care, so the future doctors can provide safe and efficient care to the patients.
By appearing in this exam an individual gets a license to practice medicine in the United States and its territories. There are three steps to acquire this license. All the three steps are equally important and should be taken sincerely. All the three compliment each other and contribute towards getting you your license to practice medicine. The three steps that can help you achieve your dream of practicing medicine in US acquiring USMLE.
Three Steps to USMLE
Step1: Assesses whether you understand the basic concepts of the sciences and can can apply the same with principles and mechanisms underlying health, disease, and modes of therapy along with lifelong learning.
Step2: Assesses whether you can apply your medical knowledge, skills, and understanding of clinical science for the benefit of your patients, with emphasis on health promotion and disease prevention.
Step3: Assesses whether physicians can take independent responsibility for delivering general medical care specializing in patient management in ambulatory settings. Physicians, who hold an M.D. degree need to pass this examination before being permitted to practice medicine in the United States of America.
COMPUTER-BASED TESTING (CBT): Parts of the USMLE are administered by computer. Prometric provides scheduling and test centers for the computer-based components of the USMLE.
Step 1 :and Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (CK) are given around the world at Prometric Test Centers (PTCs). Step 3 is given at PTCs in the United States and its territories only.
Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS): The clinical skills examination is a separately administered component of Step 2 and is referred to as Step 2 Clinical Skills, or Step 2 CS.
The computer-based, multiple-choice section of Step 2 is referred to as Step 2 Clinical Knowledge, or Step 2 CK. USMLE Step 2 CS is administered at five regional test centers in the United States.
Physical Disability :If applying for Step 1 and Step 2, as a candidate with a physical disability covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) then you should contact the registration authorities( ECFMG or NBME) for the specific requirements.
You should contact Federation of State Medical Boards (FCMB) for taking Step 3.
The application for the appearing in Step 1, 2 and 3 should be accompanied by your applications for accommodation,in case you need it.