New features in Step 1 and Step 2 CK examinations

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The National Board of Medical Examiners® (NBME®) has developed new software to deliver Step 1 and Step 2 CK of the United States Medical Licensing Examination® (USMLE®). The new software incorporates user-adjustable display features, specifically text magnification and reverse color (color inversion).

The new features will begin to be administered in Step 1 examinations during a transition period beginning the week of May 9, and in Step 2 CK examinations during a transition period beginning the week of July 10. Although the transition will occur quickly at many test centers, there may be some locations where the changes take slightly longer to complete. The overall transition period will likely last approximately 6 weeks.

NEW FEATURES

Two new user-adjustable display features will be available in the new software:

  • Reverse color (color inversion)
  • Text magnification

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Helpful Tips in Finding Observership Opportunities in the US

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For foreign medical students or graduates, the word observership is already a familiar term. This is a clinical experience which all of them, local or international graduates, should undertake. This shadowing experience does not allow direct patient care or interaction. They are only allowed to observe or watch preceptor physicians on various procedures in the medical profession.

Finding observership opportunities in the US nowadays is becoming more competitive as thousands and thousands of International Medical Graduates (IMGs) are applying for residency spots every year. Though your success hinges on a great transcript and high USMLE scores as well as higher scores during interviews, most of the programs are still giving a considerable weight on the applicant’s clinical experience.

Given the stiff competition in taking a spot in medical observership, what is your chance of getting one? Before you get out in the wider space to venture and explore, consider the following tips below that might be of great help during your hunting:

Connect with Contacts

Approaching your friends or relatives to inquire regarding observership opportunity is not a bad thing to do. Your contact may have ideas or information about this opportunity or maybe an access to physicians who are working in hospitals that offer observership program. They can introduce you to their friends whom later can recommend you for an available observership program.

 Helpful Tips in Finding Observerships Opportunities in the USTake Email as an Effective Means

If you are someone who doesn’t know any contact, finding an observership slot in the US may require a lot of hard work. One way of to assist your job much easier is through sending emails. Create a list of email addresses of persons who are in-charge of observership program in a hospital from where you are interested to. Send as many emails as you can manage expressing your interest on their offered observership program. From out of a hundred tries, taking back a reply of at least 5 or 10 wouldn’t be that bad anymore. Out from those replies, you might be lucky enough to get one positive opportunity.

Making Phone calls

One way of taking chances is through making phone calls to all possible medical institutions. Inquire the person in-charged whether they allow the shadowing of their physicians. Remember to have patience and politely make phone calls as many as you can. Out of 100 or more, it is possible that you can receive back a positive response.

Personally Set a Meeting

You can visit a few hospitals and try to set a schedule with the department head. This way, you can personally talk with the persons in-charged and express your intention and request for shadowing their physicians to gain more experience.

It takes effort and perseverance to take a slot for medical observership in the US. Opportunity will never come to those who doesn’t move their muscles. The more you take chances, the higher your opportunities are. Once you have entered one observership program, better chances of having more observership opportunities will open up for you.


Changes to USMLE 2015® 2015 -2016

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Changes to USMLE 2016

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USMLE Bulletin of Information 2016

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Bulletin of information 2016The Bulletin includes information on all aspects of USMLE, such as eligibility requirements, scheduling test dates, testing, and score reporting. You must review and become familiar with the Bulletin before completing your application for USMLE Step 1, Step 2 (CK and CS), or Step 3.

Download the PDF version of the 2016 Bulletin

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ECFMG Fee Increase

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ecfmg fee increase

Effective January 1, 2016, fees for some ECFMG services will increase. The fees that will increase include:

  • The examination fees for USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (CK) will increase from $865 to $880 for each exam registration.
  • The examination fee for Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) will increase from $1,505 to $1,535 for each exam registration.
  • The fee for rescheduling a Step 2 CS testing appointment will increase from $0-$1,250 (depending on date of cancellation) to $0-$1,275 (depending on date of cancellation).

The new fees will be assessed for all applications/requests submitted to ECFMG on or after January 1, 2016 (Eastern Time in the United States).

For more information on the fees associated with applying for ECFMG Certification and for USMLE Step 1, Step 2 CK, and Step 2 CS, refer to the ECFMG 2016 Information Booklet and the Fees page of the ECFMG website.

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4 years Bulletin of information for United States Medical Licensing Examination

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Bulletin of Information

The Bulletin includes information on all aspects of USMLE, such as eligibility requirements, scheduling test dates, testing, and score reporting. You must review and become familiar with the Bulletin before completing your application for USMLE Step 1, Step 2 (CK and CS), or Step 3.

Download total 4 years USMLE Bulletin from the below link

2016 Bulletin

2015 Bulletin

2014 Bulletin

2013 Bulletin


USMLE Step 3 Announcements – New and Important Information regarding Step 3

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Beginning the week of January 18, 2016, the number of items on the Step 3 examination will decrease. There will be a delay in reporting scores for exams administered between January 18 and April 30, 2016. The target date for reporting Step 3 scores for most examinees testing during this time period is May 25, 2016.

Although this change will occur quickly at many test centers, there may be some locations where the transition takes longer to complete. The overall transition period should last approximately six weeks. Please note that:

  • The length of the testing days will not change.
  • Day 1 (Foundations of Independent Practice [FIP]) will continue to be an approximately 7-hour testing session, including time for breaks and tutorials.
  • Day 2 (Advanced Clinical Medicine [ACM]) will continue to be a 9-hour testing session, including time for breaks and tutorials.
  • Day 1 (FIP) will continue to be divided into six 60-minute blocks.
  • Each FIP block will have 38 to 40 multiple-choice questions (MCQs).
  • The total number of MCQs on the FIP portion of the examination will be 233.
  • Day 2 (ACM) will continue to be divided into six 45-minute blocks of MCQs, and 13 computer-based case simulations (CCS).
  • Each ACM MCQ block will have 30 items.
  • The total number of MCQ items on the ACM portion of the examination will be 180.
  • Scores on examination forms taken before and after the change – as well as scores on forms with different numbers of items – will be comparable; the possible variation in the number of items per form will be accounted for in scoring the examination.

Score reports for Step 3 are usually available within four weeks of testing. However, because of the change described above, as well as routine modifications to the test item pool, score reporting for most Step 3 examinations administered from January 18, 2016 through April 30, 2016 will take longer. As noted above, the target date for reporting Step 3 scores for most examinees testing during this time period is May 25, 2016.

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How does a medical student get an observership in the USA?

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Enewletter-header-imageAs you know that process of getting a residency spot in USA is becoming competitive for IMGs. In this situation, “United States Clinical Experience” is very important to distinguish your application between other applicants. So, start hunting to participate in right observership program. Getting right   observership is even more complicated than getting a residency spot. Regarding hunting, to be honest, emailing medical professors or other research scientists will not work. Most of them don’t open any irrelevant emails that would be linked to a research volunteering. However, following mentioned tips will help you to approach a right observership program.

  • The best way to approach a medical expert or school for sponsorship is through someone you know. He can be your friend, relative, or a doctor who did an observership over there. He/she can introduce you to the faculty of the medical school.
  • But if you don’t have any contacts in America then do some efforts own your own. Search for contact details of every hospital where you are interested to get experience. Email the PC/PD/Attending expressing for the program. You will get reply soon.
  • The best way is to meet the researchers personally. Take your well written CV along with attractive cover letter with you. Before going to meet any person, you should spend some time to know his current and previous researches, and areas of interest so that can covey him easily.
  • Now if you prove unlucky in getting response then it is time to make some calls. Contact with the administration of your interested hospital and tell them that your want to become observer. I am sure they will give you a schedule appointment.

Remember, to avail maximum chances to participate in observership, you have to submit your request earlier. I suggested that the months from March to June are best for the hinting of observership. Internet search is the best way to approach to a right program.


Important notes about USMLE

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If you have already been granted a license by a US medical licensing authority based on previous licensure examinations, such as the Federation Licensing Examination (FLEX) or the NBME Certifying examinations, you are not eligible to take the USMLE.


If you are dismissed or withdraw(n) from medical school, you are not eligible for USMLE, even if you are appealing the school’s decision to dismiss you or are otherwise contesting your status.


The USMLE does not provide scores or outcomes by telephone, email, or fax to anyone. The scoring process is not expedited or accelerated for any individual or group.


Individuals who passed Step 2 prior to the implementation of Step 2 CS are not permitted to take Step 2 CK, except under the specific exceptions to the retake policy approved by the Composite Committee, but are permitted to take Step 2 CS, provided they meet all other eligibility requirements.


Individuals who were not required to pass Step 2 CS for Step 3 eligibility but elect to take Step 2 CS and subsequently fail the examination are not eligible for Step 3 until they have passed Step 2 CS (most recent administration) and the individual meets all other Step 3 requirements.


Individuals who hold valid Fifth Pathway certificates issued through December 31, 2009, and are otherwise eligible, may use their Fifth Pathway certificates to meet Step 3 eligibility requirements for applications submitted through December 31, 2016. Effective January 1, 2017, the USMLE Program will no longer accept Fifth Pathway certificates for the purpose of meeting Step 3 eligibility requirements. Individuals holding Fifth Pathway certificates that are not accepted by the USMLE Program for purposes of meeting Step 3 eligibility must obtain ECFMG certification in order to meet Step 3 eligibility requirements.


If you violate these Rules of Conduct, you may be directed to leave the test center before completing your examination. Also, evidence of violation of any test administration rule, including these Rules of Conduct, will result in actions being taken under the USMLE policies and procedures on irregular behavior. If you are found to have engaged in irregular behavior, your score report and transcripts will include this finding, and you may be barred from taking the USMLE in the future, and your score may be canceled.

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Updated practice and informational materials for the Step 3 examination available

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United states medical licensing examinationUpdated practice and informational materials for the Step 3 examination have been posted to the USMLE website. These materials reflect the change in number of multiple-choice questions (MCQs) per block described in a prior announcement.

Examinees who plan to take a Step 3 examination on or after January 18, 2016 should read the materials and practice with the updated sample items and cases. The materials include:

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