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United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE)

 

UMHS Medical students are required to pass the USMLE exams in order to become licensed in the United States.  These exams assess 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. 

 

 

 

Three Step Process

 

Each of the three Steps of the USMLE complements the others. No single Step score can stand alone in the assessment of readiness for medical licensure with regards to safe and effective patient care.  

 

 

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USMLE Exams  

 

Three tests comprise the USMLE.  The exams are administered through out the Medical education process and include Step 1, Step 2 (CK and CS) and Step III.  Please refer to http://www.usmle.org for more information.  

 

USMLE Step 1: 

The USMLE Step 1 is taken prior to semester 6 at UMHS. This examination assesses whether medical school students understand and can apply important concepts of the sciences basic to the practice of medicine. 

 

USMLE Step 2 CK & CS: 

The USMLE Step 2 CK & CS are taken prior to graduation from UMHS. These tests assess whether medical school students can apply medical knowledge, skills, and understanding of clinical science essential for provision of patient care under supervision.  

 

USMLE Step 3: 

The USMLE Step 3 is taken prior to the completion of residency training. This examination assesses whether medical school graduates can apply medical knowledge, skills, and understanding of biomedical and clinical science essential for the unsupervised practice of medicine. 

 

 

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UMHS Success  

UMHS students have performed exceptionally well on theses examinations for the following reasons: 

1) Development of a comprehensive Basic and Clinical Science Program modeled after the U.S. Programs.

2) UMHS has incorporated into the curriculum the use of shelf examinations developed by the National Board of Examiners. These exams, which are developed for all the core clinical clerkships and basic science courses are made up of exam questions that mimic the USMLE. Virtually every US medical school utilizes these examinations.

3) UMHS is one of the only foreign medical school to offer a comprehensive review program for Step 1 and Step 2 through Kaplan Medical.  For Step 1 we offer a 7 week live lecture series at our campus in Portland, Maine.  For Step 2 CK, all of our students have access to the 7 month Kaplan video series, diagnostic examinations, and a comprehensive question bank. 

 

 USMLE REVIEW WITH KAPLAN MEDICAL

          

We understand how important it is for students to perform well on both Step 1 and 2 of the USMLE and want to provide students with all the resources necessary to ensure your success.  To be competitive in the match students must pass both Steps on the first attempt and obtain the highest score possible.  Kaplan has played a key role in preparing our students for Step 1 with a 7 week comprehesnive reviw program in Maine. 

 

In 2016, UMHS partnered with Kaplan Medical to also provide a comprehensive review program for Step 2 CK and CS.  All students are automatically enrolled in this program once they succesfully passed Step I.  This gives our students the competitive edge they need to ensure a high first time pass rate and exceptional scores.

Program Descriptions: 

Step 2 CK On-Demand: Prep around your busy clinical schedule with Kaplan's convenient OnlinePrep.   On-demand Internet access to over 115 hours of online video lectures delivered by Kaplan's expert faculty. This online course includes 24/7 access to our full Step 2 CK video library with a menu that allows you to create a personalized study plan to customize your prep. Includes our new Lecture Notes, and Assessment Tests as well as Ebook lecture notes. 

Step 2 CK Qbank:  Over 2,000 exam-like practice questions. Includes 1 diagnostic test, and 2 full-length simulated exams, all written by master faculty and reviewed by high-scorers. Detailed explanations and ReKap summaries, plus expert support from our academic tea via email. 

Step 2 CS Live Online: Prepare for Step 2 CS from anywhere Internet access is available. Five, 3-hour sessions. Receive step-by-step guidance on all test components and review video of full-length patient encounters. You'll get Live, interactive instruction from our expert faculty as they guide you through over fifteen hours of lecture and video. Get step-by-step review of all tested components including tips for exam room etiquette, Patient notes, and strategies for passing the exam. You'll also review video of full-length encounters with certified standardized patients. Submit answers to questions and receive live feedback from our instructors, ask all of your questions via live chat, and compare your performance with that of other students. 

 

 

High Pass Rate and High Scores 

As a result of our efforts, in Winter of 2016 we had a first time pass rate of 93% on USMLE Step 1 with an average score of 220.

 

 

 

 

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