USMLE Eligibility Criteria 2020
USMLE Eligibility Criteria 2020 - 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 2020 for each step and step component has to be known to the candidate before appearing in the exam. Interestingly, USMLE 2020 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.
USMLE 2020 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 2020: 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 2020
As mentioned above, USMLE 2020 will comprise three steps - Step 1, 2 and 3. Further, Step 2 has two components. The application form of USMLE 2020 is different for each step and step component.
How to Apply for USMLE 2020
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 2020
Question: Is the eligibility criteria of USMLE 2020 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
Do the rank of college matter in matchmaking process of usmle?
While matching your programme to Medical Schools or Hospitals, USMLE scores do matter. The factors that are considered for Matching are:
- High USMLE scores
- Board scores of other residents in the programme vs the no.of attempts
- Any Clinical experience in the US
- If the programme you are applying for is open to IMG Candidates
- How many years out of medical school are you
- Strong letters of recommendation
- Languages that you speak
And to get place in a good hospital, these are the factors that you need to look into. And ofcourse the rank of the college matters but your placement or matching to that college depends on the above mentioned factors.
Applied to enough IMG friendly hospitals
I am in second year of MBBS . i am not sure if I want to pursue further career in india or abroad. also , I need a bit briefing about usmle .
If you are planning to settle abroad do PG in abroad and make sure that MCI has approved it. The medical council of India has approved PG courses only from these 5 countries- USA, UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand.
I can get from your question that you are willing to write the US Medical License Exam (USMLE). Since you are an international applicant you need to score higher than the average marks scored by the US applicants.
All the best.
iv completed my mbbs in march 2020. now im planning to do internal medicine in US in 2022. id like to know a timeline regarding the same
Thank you for your query. If you want to study in USA you need to first get through IELTS with a score of atleat 7-8 in academic overall. Then you have to pass the medical exam in USA which is required to being qualified to get for a course on Internal medicine.
All the best
I wish to become a Neurosurgeon, but first I wish to practice in the United States or Singapore for half of my career and to spend last half of my career in India. Whether my wish is a good one? Is it possible? Is my decision is correct? Kindly commend on my wish?
Raja, we have been discussing your career and aspirations for a while now and we appreciate that you want to take Career360's opinion on the matter of your career. So by now, you are aware of the fact what it takes to become a neurosurgeon and what it is to clear USMLE, practise as a resident in the US. We also have discussed the life style and the salary part. Now regarding the first half and later half of the career, we only wish we could predict our timeline on this planet. We do not which might be the first half or which might be the later part. But no wish is bad. If you want to achieve something, you should lest you regret for the rest of your lofe. Now to practise in the US, you may have to appear for USMLE, clear the step 1 and then practise as a resident before you can get the license to practise as a full time neurosurgeon. That is a long process that might take good 4-5 years. You study MBBS in India for 50 months and then complete the 1 year rotational internship and it takes you as many as 5 years. And appearing for USMLE and then working as a resident take another 4 years and so 10 years of your life are spent getting a valid license to practise in the US. And then lets say after 5 years you want to move to Singapore, that takes a whole different processing because you need to appear for their license exam. And you work in Singapore for lets say another 5 years and you come back to India. 15 years of your life are spent studying and getting licenses. But the beauty is within 15 years you can actually get license to practise in 3 countries. So you need to take a call. Or how about you finish MBBS in India, move to Singapore to study your MD/MS and plan on moving to the US? That way the transition is going to be smoother.
Are Neurosurgeons happy in San Francisco?
Well I guess they are because they get very good six figure salary and have a great job security although it's stressing but still they like their job cause they got into it knowing the stress it may carry. Neurosurgery is very much in demand and is a very great speciality in medical field.
I hope my answer helps.
All the best.