United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE)

For detailed information on the USMLE, visit the USMLE web site.

USMLE Bulletin

The USMLE Bulletin includes information on all aspects of USMLE, such as eligibility requirements, scheduling test dates, testing, and score reporting. You must review and become familiar with the USMLE Bulletin before completing your application for USMLE Step 1, Step 2 (CK and CS), or Step 3.

NOTE:R1’s must take the exam prior to May 1st and Seattle Cats and Primary Care residents must take the exam before June 24th.

Registering, Scheduling and Taking the USMLE

The process is as follows:

  1. Complete a FSMB/USMLE registration on-line: www.fsmb.org/licensure/usmle-step-3. You must request the CD that includes Content Description and Sample Tests Materials directly from the web page. All residents are eligible to take Step 3 under the Washington guidelines.
  2. Upon receipt of all your USMLE registration materials, the FSMB/USMLE will send you a scheduling permit that can be used to schedule the exam at a testing center. The permit is valid for a 90 day period. You must bring the permit to the test center.
  3. Residents are expected to take the exam during non in-house call rotations.
  4. When you have determined the days of your exam, complete a schedule change Request. Do this as soon as possible, as this request will ensure the Residency Office and the services and clinics have adequate notice of your absence. As with any leave, you must receive authorization from the Residency Office to be absent from residency duties. Schedule change requests can be submitted on-line.
  5. Residents will be excused from patient care responsibilities during the two days of the exam and the evening prior to the exam.

The trick is to time the completion of your registration materials such that your 90 day scheduling permit period will fall during a non-call rotation. It is recommended you allow 4 to 6 weeks for processing your registration materials.

For additional information, visit the USMLE section of the FSMB web site.