USMLE Essentials for IMGs
If you’re an International Medical Graduate (IMG), or a non-US citizen interested in taking the USMLE Step 1 exam, then hopefully you’ll find all the information you need to know right here.
Am I eligible to take USMLE Step 1?
For IMGs, medical students/graduates of medical school programs that are outside of the USA or Canada, you must be deemed eligible by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG). In order to be eligible, you must be a student or graduate of a medical school that is listed in the International Medical Educational Directory (IMED) at the time of application.
Also, you must have completed at least two years of your medical school program before applying. There’s more information available on how to apply for exams by the ECFMG for the USMLE here: www.ecfmg.org/resources/publications.html
For US or Canadian medical students or graduates, in order to be eligible for the USMLE Step 1 exam, you need to be either:
- A student or graduate of a US or Canadian medical school program that both leads directly towards an MD degree, and is also accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME)
- A student or graduate of any US or Canadian medical school program that both leads directly to a DO degree, and is also accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA)
How do I apply for the USMLE?
To begin with, if you are an IMG candidate, then the first step is to register with the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) to take Steps 1 and 2.
If you’re a US or Canadian graduate, then you have to apply through the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME).
For Step 3, all international, US, and Canadian medical graduates must register with either the Federation of State Medical Boards (FMSB), or another medical licensing authority in the USA.
If you need any more information about applying for the USMLE, then take a look at the official website here: www.usmle.org/apply/index.html
In USMLE on Friday, 1st July, 2016