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A Resource forUSMLE Step 1Preparation2011 - 2012Compiled by the TTUHSCSchool of MedicineOffice of Student Affairs
1Purpose of this bookCongratulations on making it to Year 2 of medical school! You are that much closer to havingyour Doctor of Medicine degree.If you want to PRACTICE medicine, however, you have to belicensed, and in order to be licensed you must first pass all four United States Medical LicensingExams.This book is intended as a starting point in your preparation for getting past the firsthurdle, Step 1.It contains study tips, suggestions, resources, and advice. Please remember,however, that no single approach to studying is right for everyone.USMLEWhat is it for?In order to become a licensed physician in the United States, individuals must pass a series ofexaminations conducted by the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME).Theseexaminations are the United States Medical Licensing Examinations, or USMLE.Currently thereare four separate exams which must be passed in order to be eligible for medical licensure:Step 1, usually taken after the completion of the second year of medical school;Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (CK),per TTUHSC School of Medicine (SOM) policy,must be taken by December 31stof Year 4;Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS), per TTUHSC SOM policy, must be taken by December31stof Year 4; andStep 3, typically taken during the first (intern) year of post graduate training.Requirements other than passing all of the above mentioned steps for licensure in each state areset by eachstate’s medical licensing board. For example, each state board determines themaximum number of times that a person may take each Step exam and still remain eligible forlicensure.In Texas, individuals are limited to three attempts at each Step exam.Somestates allow more attempts, some allow fewer.Our goal is for all of our students to be eligible forlicensure in every state.Step 1assesses whether you understand and can apply important concepts of the sciencesbasic to the practice of medicine, with special emphasis on principles and mechanisms underlyinghealth, disease, and modes of therapy. Step 1 ensures mastery of not only the sciences thatprovide a foundation for the safe and competent practice of medicine in the present, but also thescientific principles required for maintenance of competence through lifelong learning.Step 2Clinical Knowledge (CK) assesses whether you can apply medical knowledge, skills, andunderstanding of clinical science essential for the provision of patient care under supervision andincludes emphasis on health promotion and disease prevention. Step 2 ensures that dueattention is devoted to principles of clinical sciences and basic patient-centered skills that providethe foundation for the safe and competent practice of medicine.

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