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    When Can You Take The USMLE?

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    Must you really wait 6 years before taking the USMLE Step 1?
    Any information regarding this?
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    You can do it earlier during the pre-clinical stages. The test, as you may know already, is divided in different steps. I know some people who started doing it during the 4th year and this is of course for step 1. Look up what courses are required in the step 1 and see if you've what is required.

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    Step 1 may be taken any time after the completion of the first 2 years of medical school (but not before then). However, since it includes material that is covered in the 3rd year of most 6-year programs, it would be pretty foolish to try to take it before the end of 3rd year. Steps 2CS and 2CK can be taken any time thereafter, and certainly before graduation.

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    What about step 3? And what is the real difference between step 2 and 3?

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    Step 3 is not required for the Match, and most USIMGs do not take it until they are in residency. However, non-US citizens may take it in advance just to impress PDs and show them that it is one less step that they have to worry about passing while in residency.

    Step 3 covers patient/clinical management type stuff. Step 2CS covers clinical skills, a.k.a. actual encounters with a dozen fake patients. Step 2CK covers clinical knowledge.

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    When I read the First Aid books or anything similar, I can't find the difference between step 2 CK and step 3.

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    Quote Originally Posted by devildoc8404 View Post
    Step 3 is not required for the Match, and most USIMGs do not take it until they are in residency. However, non-US citizens may take it in advance just to impress PDs and show them that it is one less step that they have to worry about passing while in residency.

    Step 3 covers patient/clinical management type stuff. Step 2CS covers clinical skills, a.k.a. actual encounters with a dozen fake patients. Step 2CK covers clinical knowledge.
    Why did you decide to take Step 1 after 6 years?

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