USMLE eksamener: myter, Facts and Strategies for Overcoming Failures

oppdatert:oktober 21, 2018
James Edge
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Any medical student applying for residency programs dreads the idea of failing the USMLE exam, believing there’s no way to overcome this failure and be considered for interviews. Derimot, it isn’t really the end of the world, and there’s a lot you can still do for USMLE success. Let’s decode some common myths about the USMLE, and look at some strategies for residency applications with multiple attempts.

Common USMLE Myths vs. the Truth

Here are a couple of myths about USMLE exams:
  • USMLE Attempts – There’s a wide-ranging myth that you will not get interviews from residency programs in the U.S. with multiple USMLE attempts. Many residency candidates believe this means the end of their medical career, before it even starts!
The fact is, many residency programs don’t care about failed attempts at the USMLE exams. Some may treat this as a fault, men selv de kan gjøre et unntak hvis du er villig til å sette inn ekstra innsats på resten av søknaden.
  • Gamle / Internasjonale Nyutdannede - En annen vanlig myte er at eldre medisinske kandidater, spesielt Internasjonale Medisinske Nyutdannede eller Vis bilder, kan ikke score godt i USMLE eksamener eller få bosted i en US-. bosted programmer.
Dette er ikke helt sant, siden det er ingen aldersgrense for å ta eksamen. Derimot, Gamle Vis bilder som ble uteksaminert medisinske skole utenfor USA. mer enn 5 years back will not be considered for most residency programs in the country. Applying for Residency with Multiple Attempts Here are some strategies for applying with multiple USMLE attempts:
  1. Work Hard on Other Steps – Failing at one stage of an exam often means working harder at future stages to show your commitment. If you failed USMLE Step 1, for instance, USMLE Trinn 2 CK/CS offers you the chance to show your abilities. Scoring very well at this stage could help you get residency.
  2. Check State Restrictions – In some states, du er bare tillatt et begrenset antall forsøk på USMLE eksamener. Pass på at du ikke søker om programmer i stater hvor penger og tid vil være bortkastet på grunn av flere forsøk, og kontroller denne listen nøye for kompatible stater.
  3. Sjekk program Restriksjoner - Sammen med å sjekke om det noen forsøk grensene gjelder i hver stat, også sjekke om bosted aktuelle programmet pålegger sin egen grense for kvalifisering. Det finnes mange programmer som intervju kandidater med flere forsøk, so look for these instead.
  4. Tell Programs Your Story – If you’ve had a USMLE failure before passing, use this as an opportunity to show residency programs how you handle setbacks. Sharing the story in your Personal Statement proves that you can take responsibility for your mistakes and learn from them, which is important to programs.
  5. Build a Strong Application – Make sure that your Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) application, CV and Personal Statement are strong, well-written and error-free. They also need to be specific to the specialty you’ve chosen, with recent Letters of Recommendation from your clinical experience in the U.S.
  6. Take the Step 3 Eksamen – Consider taking the USMLE Step 3 exam if you have multiple attempts that raise questions or concerns with residency programs. Make sure that you’re completely prepared for the test, though. Multiple attempts combined with a Step 3 failure will be worse than multiple USMLE attempts alone.
Whether you’re an international student or a U.S. medical graduate, don’t let yourself become discouraged by a USMLE failure. Put in the effort and study harder to get a better score next time! Additional References: Author Bio: Originally from Philadelphia, Eric Brown is a resident of New York, where he works as a standardized patient (SP) and advises NYCSPREP with their Clinical Skills Course. With many years of experience and industry insight into all things SP-related, he helps students ace their CS exams by simulating patients they will work with. He also remains up to date with expectations, trends, and developments in CS exams, to help NYCSPREP keep their course current. In his free time, Eric likes unwinding by watching baseball and can be found at the game when the Phillies (his home team) are playing. If you have any questions about standardized CS exams or courses at NYCSPREP, email Eric at [email protected] or visit

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