USMLE - Eligibility

To be eligible for taking USMLE, you must be in one of the following categories at the time of application and on your test day:

Eligibility: Step 1, Step 2 CK and Step 2 CS

  • Should be MD graduate or enrolled in a US or Canadian medical school accredited by Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME).

  • Should be graduate in Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) or enrolled in a US medical school accredited by e American Osteopathic Association (AOA).

  • Should be  a graduate or enrolled in a medical school outside the United States and Canada who meets the eligibility criteria of the ECFMG.

  • If you were dismissed or had withdrawn from a medical school, you are not eligible for USMLE, even if you are appealing against  the school’s decision.
Eligibility - Step 3  Before submitting your application, you must have
  • Obtained the MD degree or the DO degree (or its equivalent)

  • Passed Step 1, Step 2 CK, and if required, Step 2 CS

  • Obtain certification by the ECFMG or successfully complete a "Fifth Pathway" program,if you are a graduate of a medical school outside the United States and Canada, and meet the Step 3 requirements set by the medical licensing authority to which you are applying.

  • The USMLE program suggests that to be eligible for Step 3, licensing authorities require the completion, or near completion, of at least one postgraduate program of graduate medical education accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) or the AOA. It is advised that the candidates contact directly the FSMB for state-specific eligibility requirements for Step 3.

Note:  If you meet the eligibility criteria  for Step 1, Step 2 CK and Step 2 CS, then  Step 1, Step 2 CK, and Step 2 CS can be taken in any sequence.

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