United States Medical Licensing Examinations (USMLE)
- Requirement for Promotion and Graduation:
A student must pass the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE), Steps 1 and 2 (both the Clinical Knowledge and Clinical Skills portion of the Step 2 must be completed satisfactorily) to graduate from The University of Kansas School of Medicine and be granted the M. D. degree. Successful completion of Step 1 is required for Promotion to Phase II. (Students are allowed to begin Phase II after taking USMLE Step I but if a passing score is not attained, their progress through Phase II will be interrupted).
- Step 1 of the USMLE
Step 1 is a one day, computer based examination of the basic medical sciences and includes questions related to anatomy, behavioral sciences, biochemistry, microbiology, pathology, pharmacology, and physiology. A student will take Step 1 for the first time during the months of May and June at the end of Phase I of the medical curriculum unless she/he receives a waiver from the ADSA.
- Step 2
Clinical Knowledge and Clinical Skills of the USMLE are each oneday exams. A student must take Step 2 Clinical Knowledge for the first time by September 30 and Step 2 Clinical Skills for the first time by October 31 of Year Four of the medical curriculum, unless they receive a waiver from the ADSA. Clinical Knowledge is a computer based examination of the clinical sciences and includes questions related to gynecology and obstetrics, internal medicine, pediatrics, preventive medicine and public health, psychiatry, family medicine, geriatrics, and surgery. Clinical Skills uses standardized patients to assess student's ability to gather information from patients, perform physical examinations, communicate their findings to patients and colleagues and construct post encounter notes.
- Failure of USLME Step 1 or Step 2 CK or CS of the USMLE
After the first failure of an exam, the student will be counseled and a remediation plan will be developed by the ADSA. If a student twice fails Step 1 or Step 2 CK or Step 2 CS of the USMLE, the student's entire academic record will be reviewed by the Student Promotions/Special Programs Subcommittee to include consideration of extenuating circumstances. Recommendations for remedial experiences and/or further attempts will be forwarded to the Academic and Professionalism Committee. A third failure will be grounds for a dismissal hearing. A student who has satisfied all requirements for graduation except (1) successful completion of Step 2 of the USMLE and (2) is not formally enrolled for electives or board preparation courses will be granted an Academic Leave of Absence by the ADSA.
Last modified: Jan 19, 2018