United States Medical Licensing Examination
The United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) is
a series of multiple-choice medical examinations that test your
basic medical and clinical knowledge. USMLE Step 1 and 2 is
required for all MD students to graduate. USMLE Step 3 is
required by MD graduates in order to be granted a medical
license. DO graduates generally do not need to take Step 3.
USMLE Step 1 is taken after your 2nd year of medical school.
USMLE Step 2 is taken after your 3rd year of medical school.
USMLE Step 3 is taken during your PGY-1 year in residency.
Studying for USMLE and COMLEX is essentially the same.
Both examinations test the same material. However, the
COMLEX also tests your knowledge on Osteopathic
Manipulative Treatments (OMT). Most students who take both
the USMLE and COMLEX gear their studies toward the USMLE,
then take the COMLEX a week later after reviewing OMT.