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An Introductory Lecture on USMLE

An Introductory Lecture on USMLE

On March 16, 2015 at the initiative of Dean’s office for International Students and International Students Scientific Association (ISSA), was held f lecture on United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE), delivered by Dr. Inder Pahal – Regional Director of Kaplan Medical. This lecture was aimed to introduce the United States Licensure pathway to medical students and graduates as well as to help them in achieving the US medical residency (graduate medical training) goals. Students fr om both Russian and International Faculties attended this prestigious lecture.

According to Dr. Inder Pahal, this crucial exam assesses the ability of a physician to apply his/her knowledge and principles besides in demonstrating the fundamental patient-centered skills. It is of great importance in patient’s health and that constitutes the basis of efficacious patient care.

Next, the USMLE steps were explained to the students. The exam comprises of three steps which is called Step 1, Step2 CK/Step 2 CS and Step 3, respectively. In Step 1, candidates are tested the knowledge in Basic Sciences. In Step 2, the medical knowledge and skills are tested, these are essential for the provision of patient care under supervision, and includes emphasis on health promotion and disease prevention. Wh ereas in Step 3, the understandings of biomedical and clinical science vital for the unsupervised practice of medicine play a pivotal role, with emphasis on patient management in ambulatory settings. Recent examination trends and changes in the examination formats were also discussed.

At the latter part of the lecture, Dr. Inder Pahal explained the Residency application process, strategies, and International Medical Graduates (IMGs) trends as well as statistical data. He mentioned that for medical graduates from non-US countries, it is necessary to have the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) certification, accredited by Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). It is essential for a candidate in taking the Step 3 of the USMLE. The lecture resumed by a Q&A session, in which both Russian students and International students have shown great enthusiasm in asking engaging questions.

Before concluding the lecture, Dr. Inder Pahal was presented with a token of appreciation and a group picture was taken.

On behalf of ISSA,

Ooi Kar Key (4th year), International Faculty