The United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) is a three-step examination for medical licensure in the United States.
The Step 1 examination is the first component of the USMLE and is taken by medical students and graduates seeking to practice medicine in the United States. The overall purpose of the Step 1 exam is to assess an individual's basic science knowledge. The content that comprises this multiple choice exam is organized into general science principles and individual organ systems. While some of the exam questions may involve testing an examinee’s range of knowledge, most of the questions place a strong emphasis on the application of basic science principles in the practice of clinical medicine.
Step 2 CK :
The Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (Step 2 CK) portion of the Step 2 exam consists of multiple-choice questions that reflect the broad representation of academics, clinical practice, and licensing communities across the United States and Canada. The clinical science material of the Step 2 CK is organized along two dimensions:
Step 2 CS :
The Step 2 Clinical Skills (Step 2 CS) portion of the Step 2 exam assesses whether you can demonstrate the fundamental clinical skills essential for safe and effective patient care under supervision. There are three subcomponents of Step 2 CS: Integrated Clinical Encounter (ICE), Communication and Interpersonal Skills (CIS), Spoken English Proficiency (SEP).
Step 2 CS uses standardized patients, i.e., people trained to portray real patients in the examination. You are expected to establish rapport with the patients, elicit pertinent historical information from them, perform focused physical examinations, answer patient questions, and provide counseling when appropriate. After each patient interaction, you will record pertinent history and physical examination findings, list diagnostic impressions, and outline plans for further evaluation, if necessary. The cases cover common and important situations that a physician is likely to encounter in common medical practice in clinics, doctors' offices, emergency departments, and hospital settings in the United States.
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.
>> For more information go to http://www.usmle.org/
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