USMLE Eligibility Criteria 2019
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USMLE Eligibility Criteria 2019: The eligibility criteria for United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) is different for the Step1, Step2 (CK and CS) and Step 3. The most important eligibility criteria for USMLE 2019 for international aspirants is that they have to be either enrolled in a medical school or should have a graduate of a medical school. The medical school should be listed in the World Directory of Medical Schools.

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While the aspirants in USA and Canada apply through USMLE, international aspirants are required to process their USMLE 2019 application through ECFMG.

The USMLE 2019 eligibility criteria for Step 1, Step 2 (CS and CK) and Step 3 is elaborated below:

 

USMLE Step 1 Eligibility Criteria 2019

The first step of the three-step exam – USMLE 2019 is called Step 1. The Step 1 of USMLE 2019 includes topics like anatomy, biochemistry, pathology and microbiology, and a few others. The USMLE 2019 Step 1 assesses the aspirant's ability to apply the various concepts of medical science that were taught during the undergraduate programme in the practice of medicine. The single-day exam is of 8-hour duration and comprises mainly of multiple-choice questions. The eight-hour duration exam is conducted in seven 60-minute blocks. As per the format of USMLE, each block in Step 1 will have 40 questions or less. The total number of questions in Step exam will be 280 or less. The USMLE exam centres for Step 1 and Step 2 CK are usually at the country of residence of the aspirant. For Step 2 CS and Step 3, the aspirant has to travel to USA.

 

USMLE Eligibility 2019 for Step 1

  • As per the criteria laid by USMLE, the international aspirants residing outside USA and Canada, should be either enrolled in or a graduate of a medical school listed in the World Directory of Medical Schools.

  • The eligibility criteria should also meet the ECFMG (Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates) certification eligibility criteria. Aspirants interested in joining a residency programme in USA are assessed by the ECFMG. Aspirants should visit the Interactive Web Applications (IWA) of ECFMG for the same.

USMLE Step 2 Eligibility 2019

The USMLE Step 2 is conducted in two phases – Clinical Knowledge (CK) and Clinical Science (CS). While the Clinical Knowledge (CK) is a paper-based test, the Clinical Science (CS) test takers go through a simulated patient care process. In this process, the CS aspirants diagnose and suggest medications for standardised patients (trained people portraying as real patients). The eligibility criteria for USMLE Step 2 CS and CK are same.

 

USMLE 2019 Eligibility Criteria: Step 2 (CK and CS)

  • The aspirant should be currently enrolled or should have successfully graduated a medical school from an international country excluding the USA and Canada.

  • The medical school should also be listed in the World Directory of Medical Schools.

  • The aspirant should also meet the ECFMG certification eligibility criteria.

  • The aspirant should also meet the USMLE 2019 eligibility requirements during application.

USMLE Step 3 Eligibility 2019

The last step of USMLE is called Step 3. It is the final round which completes the USMLE exam. The eligibility criteria of USMLE 2019 Step 3 requires that the aspirant should have passed the previous steps; Step 1 and Step 2 as well as hold an MD or DO from LCME- or AOA- Accredited US or Canadian medical school or an equivalent degree from a medical school listed in the World Directory of Medical Schools. The two-day exam, the USMLE Step 3 is divided between Foundations of Independent Practice (FIP) and Advanced Clinical Medicine (ACM). Clearing USMLE Step3 leads to the final licence for students to practice medicine in the USA.

 

USMLE 2019 Step 3 Eligibility

  • Aspirants should have passed USMLE Step 1, Step 2 CK and Step 2 CS

  • Aspirants should possess an MD or DO from LCME- or AOA- Accredited US or Canadian medical school or equivalent listed in the World Directory of Medical Schools.

  • The MD or DO equivalent degree should be earned by a medical school which is listed in the World Directory of Medical Schools.

USMLE Eligibility Criteria 2019:

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Step 1

  • Should be enrolled in or graduate of a medical school outside of the US and Canada, which is listed in the World Directory of Medical Schools.

  • Aspirants should meet ECFMG certification eligibility criteria.

Step 2 CK and CS

  • Should be enrolled in or graduate of a medical school outside of the US and Canada, which is listed in the World Directory of Medical Schools.

  • Aspirants should meet ECFMG certification eligibility criteria.

Step 3

  • Clear Step 1, Step 2 CK, and Step 2 CS
  • Aspirants should possess an MD or DO from LCME- or AOA- Accredited US or Canadian medical school or equivalent listed in the World Directory of Medical Schools.
  • International medical graduates are required to obtain certification by the ECFMG

 

USMLE or United States Medical Licensing Examination screens medical graduates interested to practice medicine in the USA and Canada. The exam, conducted in three stages (also called steps), offers medical licensure in the US. The exam is sponsored two prominent American regulatory body – the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) and the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME).

 

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I am studying MBBS in China in Guangxi University Of Chinese medicine .This is my 3rd year .I am from India .I want to give USMLE and rest of the exams like MCI .How to apply what should I do now ..I need some suggestions

Animesh Vats Student Expert 18th Feb, 2020

Hi,

Well I would like to tell you that after MBBS you can give USMLE exam in order to qualify for residency program in USA and for India you will have to give fmge qualifying exam and then you can practice medicine here. Either way the path is going to be difficult cause both the exams are difficult and USMLE happens in three levels.

I hope my answer helps.

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I have completed my MBBS in China in Xiamen university in 2011. In 2013 I got married. In 2014 I cleared fmge and did internship in osmania hospital. After that I went to Qatar with my husband for 2 years. I got degree on Sept 2017. Next month Im flying to US withm eligible for applying usmle

Animesh Vats Student Expert 17th Feb, 2020

Hi,

Well I would like to tell you that after MBBS program ends a doctor can apply for USMLE exam . In USA once you are done with your studies, you are required to give USMLE exam which is organised in three levels and once you qualify all the three levels then you are allowed to get into residency program but finding one is really difficult. USMLE can not guarantee you residency rather it will only help you in allowing you to go search for residency in US hospitals. Same goes for international students as well but the level of difficulty is a lot and getting residency is the most difficult thing to do.

I hope my answer helps.

All the best.

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what is the process of usmle for pg course! l want all information regarding usmle please

Sourandhi Saha Student Expert 17th Feb, 2020

You can appear for USMLE or United States Medical Licensing Examination in order to do medical pg courses from USA. It's same as All India PG Entrance exam where you study up all your MBBS Subjects and write the exam. USMLE is a three step process where you have to score a very high percentage. Based on your marks you will be given a stream to get your MD in. USMLE 1 and 2 can be given in India after getting an appointment but for Step 3 you have to go USA and sit for interview. You can check the detailed eligibility criteria here-

https://studyabroad.careers360.com/articles/usmle-eligibility-criteria

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Why GATEIIT considered as the best Coaching centre for USMLE Licence exam preparation in India? How to join GATEIIT?

saad ali 29th Jan, 2020

Hello,

GATEIIT is best in this domain for USMLE license preparation.

Well it is good because of the following reasons:

1) They are quite experienced in this field

2)Test series provided is very much similar to USMLE exam.

3) You are provided with several mock tests to give a brief idea about the exam.

To get admission in GATEIIT,you just have to pass 10+2 level of education.

Hope it helps!!

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I am from India and I complete my MBBS degree from china but not clearing my FMGE exam..Can I eligible for USMLE EXAM?

Srijika Bhattacharyya 30th Jan, 2020
Hello,
The USMLE exam has three steps- step 1, step 2cs and step 2ck.
The main eligibility criteria for USMLE is that you must have completed (in case of step 2) or must be pursuing(in case of step 1) mbbs in a medical college listed in the World directory of Medical colleges. If your college is listed in this directory you are eligible for the USMLE exam.
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