The United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) is a three-step examination for medical licensure in the United States. A medical student officially enrolled in, or a graduate of, a medical school outside the United States and Canada is eligible to take the step 1 and step 2 of USMLE. To be eligible for step 3, you must obtain the MD degree (or its equivalent) or the DO degree and pass Step 1, Step 2.
Below are the examination content for each step, just list out for your reference.
Step 1 includes test items in the following content areas:
Step 1 is a broadly based, integrated examination. Test items commonly require you to perform one or more of the following tasks:
Step 2 CK includes test items in the following content areas:
Most Step 2 CK test items describe clinical situations and require that you provide one or more of the following:
Step 2 CS assesses whether you can demonstrate the fundamental clinical skills essential for safe and effective patient care under supervision. There are three subcomponents of Step 2 CS: Integrated Clinical Encounter (ICE), Communication and Interpersonal Skills (CIS), and Spoken English Proficiency (SEP).
Integrated Clinical Encounter (ICE)
Communication and Interpersonal Skills (CIS)
Spoken English Proficiency (SEP)
Clarity of spoken English communication within the context of the doctor-patient encounter
Step 3 is organized along two principal dimensions: clinical encounter frame and physician task. Step 3 content reflects a data-based model of generalist medical practice in the United States.
Clinical Encounter Frame
* Percentages are subject to change at any time. See the USMLE website for the most up-to-date information.