UNITED STATES MEDICAL LICENSING EXAMINATION
The United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) is a series
multiple choice medical examinations that test your basic medical
and clinical knowledge. USMLE Step I and II is required for all MD
students to graduate. USMLE Step III is required by MD graduates
in order to be granted a medical license.
ACGME, or MD, programs generally require USMLE Step I and II
in order to be considered to their program. However, this is
program-specific, and some may consider DO students who
only have taken the COMLEX exams.
As a reminder, if you intend to return to Canada to practice, you
must have completed an ACGME-accredited residency. Therefore,
we at COMSA recommend DO students to take USMLE Steps I/II
so that they are more competitive when applying to ACGME
USMLE Step I is taken after your 2nd year of medical school.
USMLE Step II is taken after your 3rd year of medical school.
USMLE Step III is taken during you 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 OMT. Most students who take both the USMLE and COMLEX gear their studies toward the USMLE, and then take the COMLEX a week later after reviewing OMT.