USMLE Eligibility Criteria 2021
USMLE Eligibility Criteria 2021 - The USMLE is made up of three steps - Step 1, 2 and 3. Further step 2 has two components - Clinical Skills (CS) and Clinical Knowledge (CK). The eligibility criteria of USMLE 2021 for each step and step component has to be known to the candidate before appearing in the exam. Interestingly, USMLE 2021 eligibility criteria for Step 1 and Step 2 components are more or less the same, and the candidate may appear in Step 1, Step 2 CK, and 2 CS in any sequence. However, USMLE eligibility criteria for Step 3 is different and the step can only be taken only if the candidate has completed previous steps, which is Step 1 and Step 2 components. Go through the rest of the article to learn the full details of USMLE eligibility criteria.
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USMLE 2021 is comprised of three steps:
Step 2, which has two components: Clinical Skills (CS) and Clinical Knowledge (CK)
USMLE Eligibility Criteria - Step Wise
STEPS 1, 2 CK, AND 2 CS
The candidate must be officially enrolled in, or a graduate of, a medical school outside the US and Canada listed in the World Directory of Medical Schools as meeting ECFMG eligibility requirements;
In addition, the candidate must fulfill any other ECFMG criteria as may be mandated.
Must hold an MD or an equivalent degree from a medical school outside the US and Canada, which is listed in the World Directory of Medical Schools as meeting ECFMG eligibility requirements.
The candidate must also:
Must meet eligibility requirements prior to submitting an application AND on test day.
USMLE 2021: Retakes, Number of Attempts and Time Limits
Number of attempts and time limits
An applicant is allowed to appear in the same step or component a maximum of three times in a 12-month period.
Further, the fourth and any subsequent attempt must be:
If a candidate has passed a step, RETAKE is not allowed.
Sequence of examination:
Step 1, Step 2 CK, and Step 2 CS can be taken in sequence. The condition being, the candidate needs to meet the eligibility of that step or step-component.
Step 3 is however allowed only after completion of Step 1, Step 2 CK, and Step 2 CS. So, in a way Step 3 is the final examination in the USMLE.
USMLE Application Form 2021
As mentioned above, USMLE 2021 will comprise three steps - Step 1, 2 and 3. Further, Step 2 has two components. The application form of USMLE 2021 is different for each step and step component.
How to Apply for USMLE 2021
How to apply
$965 - Examination Fee + International surcharge
Through ECFMG on IWA (Interactive Web Applications)
Step 2 CK
Step 2 CK$965 - Examination Fee + International surcharge
Through ECFMG on IWA
Step 2 CS
Through ECFMG on IWA
Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - USMLE Eligibility Criteria 2021
Question: Is the eligibility criteria of USMLE 2021 same for all the steps?
No, the eligibility criteria is step-specific. For example, an applicant can appear in Step 1, 2 CS and CK in any sequence, but in Step 3 only after completing all other steps.
Question: Can an applicant retake a step if he or she has qualified that step?
If an applicant has passed a Step or Step component, no retake is allowed.
Question: What is the maximum number of attempts an applicant can make for a Step or Step component?
A maximum of three attempts is allowed in a 12-month period.
Question: Does my medical college have to meet any criteria for appearing in USMLE 2020?
Medical school listed in the World Directory of Medical Schools as meeting ECFMG eligibility requirements will only be accepted.
Questions related to USMLE
after completing MBBS from government medical college Thanjavur, whixh is the best way forward? usmle or post graduation in India
Feel free to ask if you have any more queries.
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how to prepare usmle exam from India ? studying in 1st mbbs eligible ? any classes for it ?
USMLE stands for united state medical licensing exam, if your college name is on world directory of medical colleges of USMLE, then you are eligible to apply for USMLE apart from us medical college graduates. there is several coaching institute which provide classes. however studying from first year would be difficult since you have to first gather the basic study of any course before preparing any entrance test. so from third year it would be best to start preparing for USMLE.
some of the best usmle coaching institute In india is as follows:
Speed medical center
dr Bhatia medical coaching institute
hope it would help.
I am studying in Medical College Kolkata (MCK). Is my college listed in world directory of Medical school? And if not then does it mean that I wont be able to sit for USMLE exam?
In world medical directory list " Kolkata Medical College & Hospital (https://search.wdoms.org/#) " name is available. you may check the link as follows:
however the eligibility criteria for USMLE i.e united state medical licensing exam is as follows:
Applicant must be 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), OR
Candidate must be a a medical student officially enrolled in, or a graduate of, a US medical school leading to the DO degree that is accredited by the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA), OR
Applicant must be a medical student officially enrolled in, or a graduate of, a medical school outside the US and Canada, which name is listed in the World Directory of Medical Schools as meeting ECFMG eligibility requirements, and that meets other eligibility criteria of the ECFMG.
so you are eligible to apply.
what does the statistics say about clearing USMLE and to practise in the US as primary as practitioner to emergency medicine treatment and critical care management from kokrajhar btr assam india and basically for a santhal community.
There is no specific statistical data available to show what percentage of people from Assam can practice as a doctor in US. But a study showed that nearly 150 students did medical studies in US and out of which only 75 were able to get into residency program and half of which were finally able to come out as doctors in respective fields.
I hope this helps.
All the best.
Hello Sir, Completed giving step 1 and step 2 CK in India. To apply for visa to complete step 2 CS, what are the requirements to be produced ? Is the visa type (B1/B2) or just B1?
Well all you need to do right now is to get yourself registered for the CS exam. First two levels can be given in India but the last level has to be given in the US. So you will have to travel to US to give the exam and since the reason will be for an exam, the visa might be the tourist visa that most of the people get.
I hope this helps.
All the best.