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 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.  


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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