In order to apply for United States (US) medical residency programs, and eventually become licensed in the US to practice medicine, you must pass the United States Medical Licensing Exams (USMLE). The exams are divided into three distinct parts: Step 1, Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (CK), and Step 3.
UQ-Ochsner students must attempt the USMLE Step 1 examination before commencing Year 3 of the program and must pass USMLE Step 1 to progress to Year 4. We offer a suite of initiatives to support you in preparing for the Step 1 exam which include:
- A dedicated ‘Preparation for Step 1’ course (subject) in the final half of Year 2. This course includes access to the gold-standard UWorld question bank and the requirement to sit two Comprehensive Basic Science Examinations produced by the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME)
- First Aid for the USMLE Step 1 Text Book
- Access to a 2-year Boards & Beyond subscription for USMLE Step 1
- Access to a 1-year subscription to the UWorld Step 1 QBank
- Peer tutorials and peer generated question banks
- Step 1 Study Guide (updated annually with input from UQ Years 1 and 2 academics, Ochsner Clinical School academics, and current students who have performed well on Step 1.)
- Access to a 360-day subscription to the UWorld Step 2 CK QBank/Shelf Review with 2 Self-Assessments (The Shelf Review feature takes the already existing UWorld questions and categorizes them more intuitively so that students can complete blocks of questions based on their current rotation.)
- Opportunities to seek advice from Ochsner academic staff via the Society Head network.
The Clinical Science curriculum that all UQ students complete during Phase 1 will also prepare you well for the Step 1 exam; there is strong correlation between success in these courses and Step 1 results.
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