USMLE Tentor: myter, Facts and Strategies for Overcoming Failures

Uppdaterad: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. Dock, 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, but even they might make an exception if you’re willing to put in extra effort on the rest of your application.
  • Gamla / Internationella Utexaminerade - En annan vanlig myt är att äldre medicinska akademiker, särskilt Internationella medicinska akademiker eller IMG, kan inte göra mål bra i USMLE tentor eller få uppehållstillstånd i någon US. hemvist program.
Detta är inte helt sant, eftersom det inte finns någon åldersgräns för att ta examen. Dock, Gamla IMG som tog examen läkarutbildningen utanför US. mer än 5 år tillbaka inte kommer att övervägas för de flesta residensprogram i landet. Ansökan om Residency med flera försök 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, till exempel, the USMLE Step 2 CK / CS ger dig chansen att visa dina förmågor. Scoring mycket bra i detta skede kan hjälpa dig att få uppehållstillstånd.
  2. Kontrollera statliga restriktioner - I vissa stater, du får bara ett begränsat antal försök till USMLE tentor. Se till att du inte ansöker om program i stater där dina pengar och tid går till spillo på grund av flera försök, och kontrollera listan noga för kompatibla stater.
  3. Kontrollera Programbegränsningar - Tillsammans med att kontrollera om det något försök gränser gäller i varje stat, also check whether the residency program in question imposes its own limit for qualification. There are many programs that interview candidates with multiple attempts, 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 Examen – 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. Med många års erfarenhet och branschkännedom i allt SP-relaterade, han hjälper eleverna ace sina CS tentor genom att simulera patienter de kommer att arbeta med. Han är också fortfarande aktuell med förväntningarna, trender, och utvecklingen i CS tentor, to help NYCSPREP keep their course current. På hans fritid, Eric likes unwinding by watching baseball and can be found at the game when the Phillies (hans hemmalaget) 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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