United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) is a three-step exam for medical licensure in the United States and is sponsored by the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) and the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME).
USMLE measures a physician's ability to apply knowledge, concepts and principles. USMLE helps the medical students in demonstrating the fundamental patient-centered skills, which are important in health and diseases. It constitutes the basis of safe and effective patient care.
First step in the USMLE Exams is USMLE Step 1 exam which includes the concepts of basic sciences. It ensures mastery of sciences that provides safe and competent practice of medicine in the present.
An MBBS student can write the Step 1 exam after 2nd year of his MBBS, the exam can be written on any working day at Prometric centres in Bangladesh, Pakistan, Kazakhstan, Nepal, sri lanka, Seychelles, Maldives, Afghanistan, Kurdistan.
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If you are an MBBS student and wish to settle in the USA in future, USMLE is the only option for you to get certified and start medical practice.
You need to be under one of these three categories to be eligible for the Step 1 examination
|No of question||Question type||Subject||Min Passing Score||Time|
|280*(Divided into 7 blocks of 44 items in each)||MCQ||MBBS 1st year and 2nd year||192*||60 min for each block (8 hours exam with 45 min break)|
If you pass the Step 1 exam, you cannot retake the exam. 192* is the minimum passing score but one cannot expect a match with a passing score.
Note: * These numbers vary every year. This is just an approximation based on historical data.
The purpose of the Step 1 exam is to assess whether you understand and can apply the basic sciences to the practice of medicine, with a focus on principles and mechanisms of health, disease, and therapeutic interventions in medicine.It includes all Science subjects of MBBS 1st and 2nd year. The subjects are as follows:
Most of the questions examine your knowledge of basic facts and definitions. Major part of the questions deal with your ability to solve problems using basic scientific principles.
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Indian MBBS doctors who are interested in USMLE course have to register with ECFMG. To apply for USMLE examinations, you must submit an application through the appropriate registration entity to the following link:ECFMG Online Services
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Step 1 tests your understanding of basic facts and definitions. But the majorly deals with your ability to solve problems using basic scientific principles. For example, you'll be asked to interpret graphs, identify gross and microscopic pathology and normal specimens, and apply concepts and principles relevant to individual organ systems.
Most people take the test between their second and third years in medical school, after finishing basic science courses and before a clinical clerkship. Many have success taking it within two months of finishing basic courses because material is still fresh in their minds, combined with an extra month or two of studying.
Scores for Step 1 are released each Wednesday. It usually takes three to four weeks for scores to be released. You will receive an email from the entity you registered with (NBME or ECFMG) when your score is available. It will also be posted on that entity's website. If you don't receive an email within two months, it's recommended that you contact the registration entity directly. The current pass rate is about 85%.
Medical schools outside the United States and Canada vary in their educational standards. The purpose of ECFMG Certification is to assess whether graduates of these schools are ready to enter U.S. residency and fellowship programs that are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). To be certified by ECFMG, you must complete the Application for ECFMG Certification, pass a series of exams, and fulfill ECFMG's medical education credential requirements. These requirements include providing ECFMG with copies of your medical education credentials, which ECFMG will verify directly with your medical school.
Yes. The USMLE program sets rules on how quickly an examinee can retake the same Step or Step Component. You may not take the same examination more than three times within a 12-month period. Your fourth and subsequent attempts must be at least 12 months after your first attempt at that exam and at least six months after your most recent attempt at that exam.
No. Once the Certification of Identification Form (Form 186) is accepted by ECFMG, it is valid for five years. Applicants with a valid Form 186 can apply for exams or request eligibility period extensions by completing only the on-line part of the application.
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