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USMLE Step 1 Requirements

USMLE Step 1

USMLE Step 1 assesses whether students understand and can apply important concepts of the sciences basic to the practice of medicine, with special emphasis on principles and mechanisms underlying health, disease, and modes of therapy. Step 1 ensures mastery of not only the sciences that provide a foundation for the safe and competent practice of medicine in the present, but also the scientific principles required for maintenance of competence through lifelong learning. Step 1 is constructed according to an integrated content outline that organizes basic science material along two dimensions: system and process.

Step 1 is a one-day examination. It is divided into seven 60-minute blocks and administered in one 8-hour testing session The number of questions per block on a given examination form will vary, but will not exceed 40. The total number of items on the overall examination form will not exceed 280.

All students in the University Program must take the USMLE Step 1 by December 31st in the year they complete Year 2. Successful passage of USMLE Step 1 is required for graduation.

Students who do not pass USMLE Step 1 on the 1st attempt will:

Students who fail USMLE Step 1 on the 2nd attempt will:

Students who fail USMLE Step 1 on the 3rd attempt will:

* If a student is participating in a Research Block, they must proceed with exam study after the block is completed.


Published and maintained by the Office of Student Affairs and the Academic Societies
Revised 3/07/17