Who is eligible for the USMLE exam?


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Hello,

I have 3 questions

1.) When you complete steps 1, 2CK and 2 CS
and receives a US medical license, it will expire at some point,
if you don't get / do a residency or do you have unlimited residency?

2.) Step 1, 2CK and 2 CS have to be done within 7 years.
What about step 3, is there also a deadline when everything expires?

3.) Is Step3 actually a specialist-specific exam, or is it the same for everyone?

Thank you for your answers

1.) When you complete steps 1, 2CK and 2 CS
and get a US medical license, does it expire at some point if you don't get / do a residency or do you have unlimited?

You will only receive a medical license after step 3.



2.) Step 1, 2CK and 2 CS have to be done within 7 years.
What about step 3, is there also a deadline when everything expires?


You have to do all steps within 7 years, not just 1 and 2.



3.) Is Step3 actually a specialist-specific exam, or is it the same for everyone?


No, step 3 is the same test for everyone. Usually this is taken after the first year of residency. After step 3 you can then apply for a medical license, these are issued by the respective state. The medical license is then valid x years (5-10) and after this period you can extend it, provided you can provide evidence of the necessary advanced training.

A subject-specific examination is only taken at the end of the residency.

In addition, one can say that the individual states have partly different medical license allocation rules - as an FMG you may have to do one year of internship in addition to the Step 3s before you are entitled to apply for one. Depends on the state.

Thanks for the quick answers,

but I don't quite get it with Step 3,

You can with d. Apply for certification for a residency and thus
So having patient contact before doing Step 3 is something after all
comparable to the German license. But if you don't do Step 3 in time, will you be kicked out after 7 years and can start over?

ecfmg.org: "ECFMG policy requires that applicants pass those USMLE Steps and Step Components required for ECFMG Certification within a seven-year period"

-> the 7 years primarily relate only to the period until the ECFMG certificate is obtained [i.e. USMLEs 1 + 2CK + 2CS], which is then valid indefinitely.

So that it is not that easy: some states require you to complete all steps within 7 years, others not.
But since you are not tied to a specific location for Step 3, you then go to a country in which this 7-year rule does not exist. Of course, it's better, you get it all over with within 7 years, that's long enough after all.

And Step 3 is only needed for the "unlimited license" AFTER residency.
I now have an "educational limited license" without Step 3 for the residency.

Greetings,
Stefan

Thank you littlewood, dantheg and swl !!!

now have the difference between ECFMG certificate, limited medical license
and got the final medical license!

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