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How Do USMLE Scores Factor In My Residency Interview Prospects?

The USMLE (United States Medical Licensing Examination) exams, also known as the “Board Examinations” consist of a three-step process.

Regardless of whether you are a U.S. Medical School graduate or an International Medical School graduate, most if not all medical schools require at least the successful completion of USMLE Step 1 and USMLE Step 2, which is a two part examination (Clinical Knowledge (CK) and Clinical Skills (CS) exam) in order to graduate.

For international medical schools this graduation requisite is relative to U.S. designated graduates, going into medical residency. the National Residency Match Program (NRMP) conducts a periodic survey asking Program Directors what factors determine their decision to offer a candidate the opportunity to interview for a medical residency position at their ACMGE program. In a 2014 survey, USMLE Step 1 score ranked as #1 and USMLE Step 2 examination(s) ranked as #4!!

In Resident Medical’s (RM) vast experience, for the year 2018, USMLE Step 1 and 2 is realistically ranked as #1 and #2 in the evaluation process. Program coordinators are overwhelmed with the number of residency applicants so high test scores (220 and above) make it easier to weed out the thousands of applicants applying for a handful of residency slots.

For International Medical Graduates (IMG), the successful completion of USMLE Step 3 is a deciding factor on whether to invite the IMG for a residency interview. Unfortunately, most International Medical Schools do not properly prepare their medical students for the USMLE’s.

In lieu of this detriment, Residents Medical has renowned USMLE One-on-One Preparatory Courses.

The USMLE Step 2 CS examination is rather tricky because scheduling this hands-on examination that focuses on clinical experience and acumen is cumbersome and daunting for many medical students. In our experience, especially for foreign medical students that need a specialized visa to come and take the test, applying for the test and dealing with two bureaucracies needs ample time.

Any miscalculation may set the residency applicant back a year from their residency prospects. Residents Medical has helped its candidates navigate the process for years. For all medical students, especially foreign and U.S. citizens that are abroad for medical school, securing a test date as soon as you can is better. To compound the bottleneck of USMLE Step 2 CS test hopefuls, The USMLE Step 2 CS examination is offered only in Atlanta, Houston, Chicago, Philadelphia and Los Angeles. Scheduling for the examination can be a big feat! Residents Medical‘s along with its partner, offer a highly regarded hands-on, USMLE Step 2 CS preparatory course in Los Angeles, part of its USMLE Prep services. This helps medical students stateside and abroad have a place where they can prepare and take the examination all in one city. Residents Medical recommends that the student take the Step 2 CS after their primary care rotations.

RM’s USMLE Test Prep is given on a one-on-one setting by tutors who have achieved high scores. We take an individualized approach creating a curriculum that is customized to each one of our students. We also prepare students for the Step 3 Board examination along with the Step 1 and 2, making us unique in our approach. Many test prep places don’t prepare their students for Step 3 or are a large unindividualized setting or an online impersonal cookie-cutter course.

In addition, there are many other caveats, such as most medical licensing authorities require all three Board examinations to be taken within a seven year period.

You can get up to date information on the Federation of States Medical Board (FSMB).