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The USMLE assesses a physician's ability to apply knowledge, concepts, and principles,and to demonstrate fundamental patient-centered skills, that are important in health and disease and that constitute the basis of safe and effective patient care. 

The USMLE assesses a physician's ability to apply knowledge, concepts, and principles, and to demonstrate fundamental patient-centered skills, that are important in health and disease and that constitute the basis of safe and effective patient care.


The Thomson Corporation provides scheduling and test centers for the computer-based components of USMLE. Step 1 and Step 2 CK are given around the world at Prometric Test Centers (PTCs). Step 3 is given at PTCs in the United States and its territories only. Once the passing score for step1 or step 2CK is achieved, one cannot retake the exam in order to achieve a higher score, therefore it is important to be prepared to achieve high score.


ELIGIBILITY CRITERION:


STEP 1, STEP 2 CK, AND STEP 2 CS
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 US medical school leading to the DO degree that is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), or
a medical student officially enrolled in, or a graduate of, a medical school outside the United States and Canada who meets the eligibility criteria of the ECFMG. If you are dismissed or withdraw from medicalschool, you are not eligible for USMLE, even if youare appealing the school's decision to dismiss you or otherwise contesting your status


STEP 3
To be eligible for Step 3, prior to submitting your application, you must:
obtain the MD degree (or its equivalent) or the DO degree,
pass Step 1, Step 2 CK, and, if required based
upon the rules referenced below, Step 2 CS, obtain certification by the ECFMG or successfully complete a "Fifth Pathway" program if you are a graduate of a medical school outside the United States and Canada, andmeet the Step 3 requirements set by the medical  licensing authority to which you are applying.

Step 2 CS replaced the Clinical Skills Assessment(CSA) formerly administered by the ECFMG.
Effective June 14, 2004, Step 2 CS became a requirement for ECFMG certification of international medical graduates who have not passed the CSA. To register for Step 3, ECFMG certificate holders must have taken and passed either the CSA or the Step 2 CS.


NUMBER OF ATTEMPTS:
The USMLE Program is introducing a limit on the total number of times an examinee can take thsame Step or Step Component. When this limit takes effect, an examinee will be ineligible to take a Step or Step Component if the examinee has made six or more prior attempts to pass that Step or Step Component, including incomplete attempts.


APPLICATION PROCEDURE:
Registration is done online. For detailed procedure:

http://www.usmle.org/pdfs/bulletin/2012bulletin.pdf


CONTACT DETAILS:


USMLE Secretariat
3750 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-3190
Telephone: (215) 590-9700
Fax: (215) 590-9457
E-mail: webmail@nbme.org