United States Medical Licensing Examination or USMLE is the 3-step qualifying examination for all the MD graduates who wants to practise medicine in the US. It is regulated by two entities – Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) and National Board Medical Examiners (NBME). Every medical licensing authority has its own rules and regulations to qualify the eligible doctors in the country, it represents. Likewise, USMLE is administered by a committee of ECFMG, FSMB, NBME and public.
The USMLE can be applied by the MD graduates studied or studying in the US or in any other country, wanting to get licensed to practise in the United States of America. As USMLE is a 3-phase examination, the qualification for the first two phases and the final third phase vary.
|Phase I & II
|The graduate must be doing medical studies in the US or Canada or any other country’s medical institution listed in the World Directory of Medical School by WHO.
As USMLE follows 3-step process to identify the eligible candidates to practise medicine in the US, the full detailed description is given below,
It is a one-day exam containing seven 60 minutes blocks and one 8-hour testing session. Each block has different numbers of questions but not exceeding 40 which does not exceed 280 questions overall.
The primary goal of the Step 1 of USMLE is to test the candidate’s practical/application knowledge on the basic concepts of medicine.
|Behavioural Health & Nervous Systems / specific sciences
|Blood & Lymphoreticular / Immune Systems
|Musculoskeletal, skin & subcutaneous tissue
|Respiratory & Renal/Urinary systems
|Multisystem processes & Disorders
|Reproductive & Endocrine systems
|Social Sciences: Communication skills / Ethics
|Principles of Therapeutics
|Patient Care: Diagnosis
|Patient Care: Management
|Practise-based Learning & Improvement
|Biochemistry & Nutrition
|Gross Anatomy & Embryology
|Histology & Cell Biology
Step 2 has 2 components i.e. Clinical Skills (CS) and Clinical Knowledge (CK).
Step 3 is the final step of the USMLE and is a two-day examination. To appear for USMLE step 3, ECFMG certificate to authenticate that the Medical graduate is duly eligible.
USMLE step 3 Foundations of Independent Practice (FIP)
The assessment focuses on the knowledge of basic medical and scientific principles necessary for effective health care. Application o foundational sciences, interpretation of the medical literature, and understanding of biostatistics and epidemiology, and application of social sciences including interpersonal and communication skills, system-based practise, medical ethics and patient safety.
The first day of the test consists of 232 multiple-choice items of 6 blocks that roofs 38-39 items. Each block of the test has been to completed in 60 minutes. So, 7 hours in total is required with 45 minutes of break time and 5 minutes of optional tutorial are also given in-between to complete the day 1 test of the USMLE step 3.
USMLE step 3 Advanced Clinical Medicine (ACM)
The ability to apply the comprehensive knowledge of health and disease in the context of patient management and the evolving signs of disease over time is assessed. The content areas focused on the step3 of the day 2 includes assessment of knowledge of diagnosis and management, health maintenance and screening, particularly focused on prognosis and outcome, therapeutics, and medical decision making.
The test format includes multiple-choice questions and computer-based case simulations. Approximately 9 hours is set for the Day 2 test. 180 items of MCQs segregated into 6 blocks of 30 items should be answered as each block is timed for 45 minutes with 5 minutes of optional tutorial. A 7-minute CCS tutorial is also included, which is followed by 13 case simulations. 10-20 minutes is allotted for each case simulations.
All American Institute of Medical Sciences (AAIMS), Jamaica provides MD degree facilitated by the expert professors, new-age technology and hands-on practical experience on clinical settings. And majorly the institute has international students, exposure to world-class educational standards and scope to practise medicine across the globe.
Integrated USMLE training is also granted. AAIMS award the MD degree along with the ECFMG certificate. So, it’s a promise that all the MD graduates from AAIMS is certified for the licensure to practice in the United States of America and also in the predominant countries in the world.
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