A COMPLETE GUIDE TO USMLE FOR ETHIOPIAN MEDICAL GRADUATES

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What’s USMLE?

 

The USMLE, or the United States Medical Licensing Examination, is the examination required to gain medical license within the US. Its sponsored by two non-profit organizations – the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) and the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME). This test is designed to provide a single national examination to be used by all state medical boards for the medical licensure of physicians. This ensures that all practicing physicians have met the same assessment standards, regardless of their previous training or which state they practice in. All practicing physicians including Ethiopian Medical Graduates are required to take the test.

The USMLE assesses physicians’ ability to apply knowledge, concepts and principles, and evaluates their patient-centered skills.

The exam is divided into three multiple-choice tests – Step 1, Step 2 Clinical Knowledge and Step 3.

Who requires USMLE?

All practicing physicians including Ethiopian Medical Graduates in an unsupervised setting (i.e. outside of postgraduate training), within the US, require the USMLE. This is because a license to practice medicine is mandatory and the USMLE is an essential requirement for being granted a medical license in the US.

N.B The requirement is the same for graduates who qualified in the US or internationally.

Who is eligible?

To be eligible for the USMLE exam, you must meet the following requirements, both at the time of your application and on the test day:

Step 1 and Step 2 Clinical Knowledge

  • A medical student or graduate of a US or Canadian medical school program leading to the MD degree that is accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME)
  • A medical student or graduate of a US medical school leading to the DO degree that is accredited by the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA)
  • A medical student or graduate of a medical school outside of the US and Canada, which is listed in the World Directory of Medical Schools as meeting the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) eligibility requirements, and who meets other eligibility criteria for the ECFMG.

Click here to see lists of Medical universities in Ethiopia fulfilling these requirements.

N.B: Students must be ‘officially enrolled’; if dismissed or withdrawn from medical school, even in the process of appealing, you will not be eligible for the USMLE.

Step 3:

To be eligible for Step 3, you must have already successfully completed Step 1 and Step 2 of the USMLE, prior to submitting your application.

  • The MD or the DO degree from a US or Canadian medical school which is accredited by the LCME or COCA.
  • The equivalent of the MD degree from a medical school outside of the US and Canada which is listed in the World Directory of Medical Schools as meeting the ECFMG eligibility requirements. You must also have ECFMG Certification if you qualified outside of the US and Canada.

USMLE Contents

The USMLE consists of three multiple-choice tests: Step 1, Step 2 Clinical Knowledge and Step 3.

USMLE Step 1 Questions

  • Length / Time: One-day exam. Seven 60-minute blocks, totaling eight hours including breaks.
  • Total number of questions: Around 280 multiple choice questions.
  • Assessment area: ability to apply important, basic science concepts to clinical scenarios, with a focus on the underlying principles and mechanisms of health, disease and modes of therapy.

USMLE Step 2 Clinical Knowledge Questions

  • Length / Time: One-day exam. Eight 60-minute blocks, totaling nine hours including breaks.
  • Total number of questions: Around 318 multiple choice questions.
  • Assessment area: ability to apply your medical knowledge, skills and understanding of clinical science considered essential for patient care; with a focus on health promotion and disease prevention.

USMLE Step 3 Questions:

Step 3 is divided into two parts – Foundations of Independent Practice (FIP) and Advanced Clinical Medicine (ACM) – taken over two days.

Day 1 – FIP:

  • Length / Time: One-day exam. Six 60-minute blocks, totaling seven hours including breaks.
  • Total number of questions: Around 232 multiple choice questions.
  • Assessment area: knowledge of basic medical and scientific principles essential for effective care.

Day 2 – ACM:

  • Length / Time: One-day exam. Six 45-minute blocks (for the multiple choice questions) and thirteen ‘stimulation’ blocks (each given a maximum of 10 or 20 minutes), totaling nine hours including breaks.
  • Total number of questions: Around 180 multiple choice questions and 13 computer-based case simulations (CCS).
  • Assessment area: ability to apply your knowledge of health and disease to patient management.

N.B: Step 1 and Step 2 can be taken in any order; however, it’s recommended to take Step 1 at the end of your second year and Step 2 within your fourth year of study.

You can only take Step 3 of the USMLE once you have successfully completed Step 1 and Step 2. It’s recommended that you should have completed, or be near completion of, at least the first year of postgraduate training.

Its also advised that most licensing authorities specify that you must complete Steps 1, 2 and 3 of the USMLE within a seven-year period, starting from when you pass your first step.

Test Centers

The USMLE is a computer-based exam administered at Prometric Centers. Note: Step 3 is only administered in the US and its territories.

Nearest test centers for Ethiopian Medical Graduates:

Computer Pride Limited 1st Floor, JKUAT Towers (Previously known as ICEA Building) Kenyatta Avenue

Nairobi
Kenya

USMLE Fees for Ethiopian Medical Graduates

The following are the USMLE fees for the different stages of the exam:

Step 1 & Step 2

The 2021 – 2022 USMLE fees for students / graduates of LCME or COCA accredited medical schools within the US or Canada are as follows:

  • Step 1: $645
  • Step 2: $645
  • Eligibility period extension: $70

For students / graduates of medical schools outside of the US or Canada, the USMLE fees are as follows:

  • Application for ECFMG: $150
  • Step 1: $975 + $180 international test delivery surcharge, if testing outside of US / Canada
  • Step 2: $975 + $200 international test delivery surcharge, if testing outside US/Canada
  • Eligibility period extension: $90
  • Step 1/step 2 testing region change: $85 per region change

Step 3

  • Application fee for all applicant is $895 which is non-refundable and non-transferable from one eligibility period to another or from one application to another.

How to apply for USMLE for Ethiopian Medical Graduates

The following are the different registration routes:

Step 1 and Step 2 Clinical Knowledge:

  • Students / graduates within the US or Canada apply via THIS LINK
  • Students / graduates outside of the US or Canada apply via THIS LINK

Step 3:

  • All medical school graduates who have passed Step 1 and Step 2  apply via THIS LINK

Once you have registered through the appropriate route,

  • Select your eligibility period during which you prefer to take the test.
  • Check your emails for your scheduling permit which will be sent to you.
  • Visit the prometric website to schedule your exam through the following link CLICK HERE

To get practice materials to support your exam preparations visit the following link  CLICK HERE

Good luck!

Check the Hakim Kirubel Youtube Channel for interviews with Ethiopian medical graduates who took USMLE.

Also see, How to Open a Medical Office Practice

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