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NBME/USMLE & Licensure

What is USMLE?

The United States Medical Licensing Examination ® (USMLE®) is a three-step examination for medical licensure in the United States and is sponsored by the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) and the National Board of Medical Examiners® (NBME®).

The USMLE assesses a physician's ability to apply knowledge, concepts, and principles, and to demonstrate fundamental patient-centered skills, that are important in health and disease and that constitute the basis of safe and effective patient care. Each of the three Steps of the USMLE complements the others; no Step can stand alone in the assessment of readiness for medical licensure.

All things USMLE can be found at  The site has information on how to apply for Step exams, an overview, content description, content outline (outline of exam content), and practice materials for each exam.

The Practice section has software which you install that has over 100 practice test items and a software tutorial for each Step examination. Some practice items may include multimedia files, such as video or audio clips.

Additional resources can also be found on the NBME site:

NBME also has a Self Assessment Services section which can be accessed at:  The Self-Assessment section can help you become familiar with questions like those that appeared in USMLE, target your studies using diagnostic feedback highlighting areas of strength and weakness and use your self-assessment score to estimate your approximate score on the USMLE score scale.

Click on the links below for the Quillen specific Step exams registration process.





For a list of available review materials, visit the Library Portal
  • Use search term (in line 1) “usmle” 
  • In line 2 choose “Library Catalog” (by clicking the radial button) 
  • Leave everything else as is and click “Search” 

Review materials are also posted to D2L

Last Updated: 2/14/12

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