United States Medical Licensing Examination — USMLE

After medical students graduate with an M.D. or D.O. degree, they will typically complete a residency at one of many teaching hospitals offering hands-on training to continue their medical education. Before students become licensed physicians, however, they will have to pass a multi-part exam.

The United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) is administered by the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) and the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME). The USMLE assesses a physician's capabilities to employ the concepts, knowledge, and principles learned during medical school and on-the-job training. Moreover, the exams will determine the physician's essential skills surrounding injuries, diseases, procedures, and the general healthcare that constitutes effective patient treatment and support.

It will take a medical student years to study and prepare for the USMLE. Since there is a maximum number of times an individual can sit for each part of the exam, there is no doubt that degree-holding, license-seeking physicians want to ensure they adhere to the rules and regulations governing the USMLE. The following will describe the steps of the USMLE, prerequisites, timelines, exam accommodations, exam irregularities, the USMLE adjudicatory body, consequences of exam violations, and s