United States Medical Licensing Examination

The United States Medical Licensure Examination - USMLE

The USMLE is a three step examination for those seeking postgraduate training and licensure in the United States. The USMLE is sponsored by two non-profit organizations - the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) and the National Board of Medical Education (NBME).

Important Information about the USMLE:

1. In order to be eligible to take the USMLE exams, one must qualify in any one of the 3 categories mentioned below:
  • A medical student officially enrolled in, or a graduate of, a US or Canadian medical school program leading to the MD degree that is accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME).
  • A medical student officially enrolled in, or a graduate of, a medical school outside the United States and Canada and eligible for examination by the ECFMG. International Medical graduates must ensure that their medical school is listed on WDOMS to be eligible to take the USMLE exams.
  • A medical student officially enrolled in, or a graduate of, a US medical school leading to the DO degree that is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA)
  • The Indian MD degree is not recognized by any US program or state licensing authority and hence you will have to go through Residency in the USA again. So it’s suggested that you go for USMLE exam along with MBBS
2. There are no retakes if you pass the USMLE Exam. Once a student passes the exam, the score is valid for a period of 7 years and he cannot retake the exam within this period ot improve his score.
3. The maximum number of attempts at an exam is 6. The exam cannot be taken more than 3 times within a 12month period.

The Becker – EduPristine Partnership

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