The United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Step 3 is the third in a series of exams for physicians who have the goal of assuming independent responsibility for patient care. It is a crucial step for physicians-in-training on the journey to independent practice. Both the completion of an internship year and a passing score on all 3 steps of the USMLE exam are requirements for licensure to practice medicine. As with the other steps of the USMLE, deciding when to… READ MORE
Medical students who plan to pursue residency in the United States must complete the USMLE board examinations, the aim of which is to certify a baseline level of knowledge and competence in patient care. The first component in certification is USMLE Step 1, which is most often completed at the conclusion of the second year of medical school in the United States or whenever a school’s pre-clinical curriculum has been completed. This is followed by USMLE Step 2, taken after… READ MORE
If you are currently wondering how to study for USMLE Step 3, by now, you have probably heard the adage in medical school:
“Two months to study for Step 1; two weeks to study for Step 2; and for Step 3: all you need is a #2 pencil.”
Clearly, the reality of studying for Step 3 is more complex (especially considering that pencils are now obsolete due to a fully computerized examination process!) While your overall preparation will (fortunately) be… READ MORE
Taking Step 1 of the United States Medical Licensing Examination
Any medical student hoping to become a doctor in the United States must take the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) as part of their medical education requirements, starting with USMLE Step 1. This rigorous exam consists of three “steps” designed to test a student’s knowledge and determine if they are ready to become a physician in the United States. This licensing exam is also required for physicians who are… READ MORE
The USMLE Step 3 exam is the final assessment first-year residents take before they can practice medicine independently. The exam assesses a physician’s knowledge of advanced clinical medicine and is different from the other two USMLE examinations taken in medical school. The experience of sitting for Step 3 of the USMLE will be distinct from that of Steps 1 and 2. The most striking difference is that the exam is administered over the course of two separate days. Each day… READ MORE
The USMLE Step 3 exam is the final examination first-year residents need to pass to practice medicine independently. USMLE Step 3 content assesses a practitioner’s knowledge of advanced clinical medicine and is vastly different from the other two USMLE examinations, so interns should know what to expect and how to prepare to face examination committees.
How Is USMLE Step 3 Content Different?
The biggest difference between the USMLE Step 3 content and the other two USMLE exams taken in medical… READ MORE
Each United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Step exam is scored differently. Understanding what your USMLE Step 2 score means and how it is calculated can help you prepare in a more focused way.
Understanding your USMLE Step 2 CK score
Scores for the USMLE Step 2 exam range from 1 to 300. However, a 300 has never been achieved. Although scores across steps (such as between Step 1 and Step 2 CK) are not comparable, each step’s exam scores… READ MORE
USMLE vs. COMLEX: Is one exam for MD students and the other for DO students? It’s not that simple.
Traditionally speaking, osteopathic medical students have been required to take the COMLEX (Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination) to be eligible for licensure, whereas allopathic medical students are required to take the USMLE (United States Medical Licensing Exam) in order to obtain their medical license.
However, the situation is more complex. As a medical student, taking board examinations serves a dual purpose… READ MORE
What Is “Irregular Behavior?”
The USMLE examinations are tightly regulated and have a high level of security in place to maintain the integrity of their content and ensure their value in assessing candidates for medical licensing. As a result, there are certain actions of examinees that can be flagged as “irregular” and may be sent for review by the NBME’s Committee for Individualized Review (CIR). If the committee determines that the action in question compromises the examination’s integrity, a temporary… READ MORE
Studying for USMLE Step 2
Now that USMLE Step 1 is a pass/fail exam, many residency programs will put greater importance on your USMLE Step 2 CK score. Earning a high score on this national board exam will help set you apart from other students and applicants. This article will focus on six tips on how to study for Step 2.
Tip #1: Start Your Study Preparations at the Start of Clinical Rotations
Many medical students often wonder how to… READ MORE
Update to Step 2 CK Exam
As of November 11, 2020, the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Step 2 clinical knowledge (CK) exam will increase the percentage of questions assessing the social sciences of examinees.
What questions are included in the social sciences?
The social sciences, or “soft skills,” will test an applicant’s knowledge of legal and ethical issues, professionalism, systems-based practices, and patient safety. These questions will consist of a particular concept, such as professionalism, rooted in a… READ MORE
Learn More About USMLE Step 2 CK Content
Now that Step 1 of the United States Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE) has become a pass/fail exam, your USMLE Step 2 CK score is more important than ever in deciding your medical residency and career options. In this article, we will review the USMLE Step 2 CK content of clinical science and knowledge examination.
USMLE Step 2 Content Outline
The main goal of the USMLE Step 2 CK examination is to assess… READ MORE
USMLE Step Exams
The USMLE Step exams can be difficult not just in content but in terms of USMLE preparation and learning how to effectively use the resources at your disposal. In this article, we break down the top 10 tips to most effectively help medical students achieve their goals and find USMLE success.
Tip 1: Create a USMLE study schedule and plan at least six months before your test date
The most common issue we encounter is students who… READ MORE
Our QBank team has been hard at work over the last several months developing, compiling, and vetting our new USMLE Step 2 CK QBank for medical students.
It’s not just any old QBank, though – it’s the world’s largest medical education QBank for the USMLE Step 2 CK exam. It includes 4,200+ multiple-choice questions written specifically for the USMLE Step 2.
Because of the quality of these exam-reflective MCQs with explanations, we guarantee that users of The Pass Machine USMLE… READ MORE