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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 NOVEMBER
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 focusing on applying the basic medical sciences to the practice
of medicine. Step 1 must be taken at the end of the pre-clinical
curriculum at least 10 days before the Transition
Introduction to Clerkships). Passage of USMLE Step 1 is required before
continuing on to
the clinical years or MD/PhD program. Step 2 CK is a one-day multiple
choice examination which covers the clinical knowledge and must be taken
both the successful
competion of all core clerkships and achievement of the recommended minimum
passing score on all NBME subject exams. Step 2 CK and CS can be taken
no later than NOVEMBER 1st
of the fourth year . A passing score is required for Step 1,
Step 2 CK and Step 2CS for graduation. USMLE
Step CS is a clinical skills exam involving standardized patients.
Step 2 CS must be taken by NOVEMBER 1st and a score
received for graduation. Students pursuing another degree (e.g., MPH,
research after completing
their core clerkships need to take both Step 2 CK and CS before starting
3 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 and CS three times each
beginning with the 2002-2003 academic year).
For more information see the NBME web site.
USMLE Step 2CK - Results Summary
USMLE Step 2CS - Results Summary