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Medical Licensure and USMLE
Important: USMLE Step 2 CK and CS must be taken after successful
completion of all core clerkships and no later than December
Certification by the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) is obtained
by passing Steps 1, 2, and 3 of the United States Medical Licensing
(USMLE). Step 1 is a one-day, computer-administered, multiple choice
examination in the basic medical sciences which must be taken at the
end of the pre-clinical curriculum. Passage of USMLE Step
1 is required before continuing on
the clinical years or MD/PhD. Step 2 CK is a one-day multiple
choice examination which covers the clinical knowledge and must be taken
competion of all core clerkships and no later than December
of the fourth year. A passing score is required for Step 1 and Step 2
CK for graduation. USMLE
Step CS is a clinical skills exam involving standardized patients.
Step 2 CS must be taken by
December 30th and a score received for graduation. Students
pursuing another degree (e.g., MPH, MBA) or research after completing
their core clerkships need to take both Step 2 CK and CS before starting
3 is a one-day examination which tests additional aspects of clinical
after completing one year of residency. It is offered by the State
Board of Medicine and given at Prometric Testing
is dependent on passing all prior steps of the USMLE.
According to the University of Virginia School of Medicine policy, students
may attempt USMLE Step 1 and USMLE Step 2 CK three times each
beginning with the 2002-2003 academic year). See Criteria
for Graduation for time limits on attempts.
For more information see the NBME web site.
USMLE Step 2CK - Results Summary
USMLE Step 2CS - Results Summary