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Understanding USMLE

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For over two decades, Residents Medical has been helping US and international medical graduate candidates negotiate the often-complex process of securing a residency. With intense competition among doctors, an important factor in attaining a residency is having high scores on Board examinations, also known as the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE). Residents Medical provides individual USMLE Step 1, Step 2 CK/cs and Step 3 tutoring and takes pride in having among the highest caliber USMLE teaching instructors in the country.

Sponsored by the National Board of Medical Examiners and the Federation of State Medical Boards, USMLE is a three-step examination to attain medical licensure in the US. The three steps are complementary with no single step able to fully assess medical licensure readiness. USMLE is designed to test the knowledge and skills a physician requires to ultimately provide effective and safe patient care.

The United States and its territories have individual medical licensing authorities (state medical boards) that provide the license so a physician can practice medicine within their jurisdiction. While each medical licensing authority has its own set of requirements, the USMLE was created to provide a common evaluation system acceptable to all states for allopathic physicians regardless of which school or country these physicians received training in.

Study Tips for USMLE Candidates


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United States Medical Licensing Examination
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Since 1993, Residents Medical has helped medical students from all over the world find and secure residency opportunities. Residents Medical provides a number of residency preparation services, including guidance on the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) from prior test-takers who have received very high scores.

The USMLE is a three-step assessment process required for physicians to receive licensure in the United States. The first step is a day-long examination that includes seven 60-minute sessions, each of which features around 40 questions.

Experts suggest that preparation for this comprehensive test should begin as early as possible, ideally at the outset of the candidate’s medical education. By reviewing the relevant topics as they come up in class, the candidate can develop a strong knowledge of the material.

More comprehensive practice should begin two to three months before the exam. During this time, many students build up to a full-time study schedule.

Early study sessions typically focus on reading review material. Students can get the most out of these sessions by taking note of particularly difficult topics and spending the most time on this material. Students may also wish to dedicate approximately 10 percent of early study time to completing a few practice questions to help them become comfortable with the format and pace of the exam.

As students progress in the review material, they can transition to more practice questions and less reading, so they are spending 90 percent of their study time on questions by the week before the test. Test prep professionals also recommend that students set aside several full days to complete practice tests in order to build up the required endurance.