ABOUT USMLE

The United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE)is a three step examination for medical licensure in the U.S. 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

StepExam ContentDurationMin Score to Pass
STEP 1Basic Medical Science8 hours / approx 310 questions192
STEP 2 CKClinical Knowledge9 hours / approx 350 questions209
STEP 2 CSClinical Skills1 Day / 12 patient encountersPass / Fail
STEP 3Patient Management Skills2 Days / approx 410 questions + 13 case simulations196

Step 1 One-day examination

Test is divided into seven 60- minute blocks and administered in one 8-hour testing session. The number of questions per block on a given examination form may vary, but will not exceed 40. The total number of items on the overall examination form will not exceed 280.

Step 2 CK One-day examination

It assesses an examinee’s ability to apply medical knowledge, skills, and understanding of clinical science essential for the provision of patient care under supervision and includes emphasis on health promotion and disease prevention.

Step 2 CS

This test uses standardized patients to test medical students and graduates on their ability to gather information from patients, perform physical examinations, and communicate their findings to patients and colleagues.

Step 3 Foundations of Independent Practice (FIP)

This test day focuses on assessment of knowledge of basic medical and scientific principles essential for effective health care. Content areas covered include application of foundational sciences; understanding of biostatistics and epidemiology/population health, and interpretation of the medical literature; and application of social sciences, including communication and interpersonal skills, medical ethics, systems-based practice, and patient safety.

Step 1

Understanding the underlying mechanism of disease & initial diagnosis

Basic Sciences

Anatomy
Behavioural Science
Biochemistry
Microbiology
Immunology
Pathology
Pharmacology
Physiology

8 Hour Exam
7 Blocks
280 questions maximum

passing Score: 196
Pass Rate: 73%

Step 2 CK

Assessment and applications of patients initial diagnosis and treatment

Clinical Knowledge

Internal Medicine
Pediatrics
Surgery
OBGYN
Psychiatry

9 Hour Exam
8 Blocks
318 questions maximum

passing Score: 209
Pass Rate: 75%

Step 2 CS

Tests on the ability to gather information, perform physical examinations, and communicate findings

Clinical Skills

Communication and
Interpersonal Skills
Spoken English Proficiency
Physical Exam and Patient
Note

12 Patient Encounters
Only given in the US

Pass / Fail
Pass Rate: 85%

Step 3

Understanding of clinical science considered essential for the unsupervised practice of medicine

Patient Care

Internal Medicine
Pediatrics
Surgery
OBGYN
Psychiatry

2 Days Exam –
Multiple choice questions and
Clinical case simulations 

passing Score: 196
Pass Rate: 84%

Event TitleDateDay
Step1 Pathology Lecture by Dr Barone20th FebruaryThursday
Obtaining US Clinical Experience26th FebruaryWednesday
Interpreting Your USMLE Diagnostic Exam5th MarchThursday
Fl Student Visa – Coming to the United States10th m MarchThursday
Student Success: Scoring a 250+ on Step1 & Step2CK18th MarchWednesday
Where to Start: ECFMG Application24th MarchTuesday

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