Is USMLE Stress worth it?

What is the USMLE?

USMLE stands for the United States Medical Licensing Exam, this is a three-part exam, comprised of STEP 1, STEP 2-divided into Clinical Knowledge (STEP 2 CK) and Clinical Skills (STEP 2 CS) and finally the light at the end of the tunnel to become a fully licensed physician is USMLE STEP 3.

The USMLE can be taken by American trained medical graduates (AMG) or International Medical Graduates (IMG).

USMLE Step 1 is designed to test the basic sciences, with special emphasis on the principles and mechanisms underlying health, disease, and therapeutics. Step 1 is a one-day examination. It is divided into seven 60-minute blocks, done over a single 8-hour testing session, with 45 minutes ‘break time’. This exam will be moving from a three-digit score reporting format to a Pass/Fail from January 2022.

USMLE Step 2 CK is a 9-hour exam, done in one day. It assesses a candidate’s ability to apply medical knowledge, skills, and understanding of clinical science essential for the provision of patient care. This exam requires stamina and endurance, along with lots of practice.

USMLE Step 2 CS is a clinical skills exam, which assesses the ability of examinees to apply medical knowledge, skills, and understanding of clinical science essential for the provision of patient care under supervision, it places special emphasis on health education, promotion, and the prevention of diseases. This ensures that candidates have patient-centered skills that provide the foundation for the safe practice of medicine. During your CS exam, you will have twelve patient encounters, with 15 minutes for each case and then 10 minutes for writing your case. Examinees are scored on three separate subcomponents: Communication and Interpersonal Skills (CIS), Spoken English Proficiency (SEP) and Integrated Clinical Encounter (ICE).

All candidates must pass all three subcomponents, to achieve a passing grade on Step 2 CS. Note: that since the Corona virus Pandemic, the USMLE CS has been canceled and is going virtual as of this article, it will be resumed from June 2021.

USMLE Step 3 is the final USMLE examination and results in licensure as a US Physician. It assesses your aptitude and application of medical knowledge and understanding of medical and clinical science, which is necessary for the unsupervised practice of medicine. The questions are focused on patient management in ambulatory and emergency settings, along with a few scientific abstracts and drug advertisements. Step 3 is a two-day exam, with a mixture of simulations. Day 1 of USMLE Step 3- assesses the Foundations of Independent Practice (FIP), while ‘Day 2 of USMLE Step 3’- assesses Advanced Clinical Medicine (ACM) with 13 clinical case simulations (CCS).

We realize that the USMLE and residency journey can be lonely, confusing, and incredibly stressful. That is why Healthy Waves is here to help you navigate and provide a roadmap from the wilderness of medical school to taking your USMLE Boards, the application process, interview preparation and more. Allow the experts at Healthy Waves USMLE the American Dream to bring your dreams into reality.

Published by Healthy Waves

Healthy Waves is a medical business founded in Georgetown Guyana, which engages in health education, medical supplies, and consulting services.

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