Pathway to Success on USMLE Step 1 - Calendar

J U L Y   E V E N T S
Year Two Re-Orientation Program
Monday, July 27, 2015 - 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. - Rieke Auditorium
Mandatory attendance

 S E P T E M B E R   E V E N T S
Board Prep Panel
Required Attendance
Date: Wednesday, September 9, 1:00pm-2:00pm

  • How do I organize my time over Winter break?
  • How do I decide what Step 1 preparation process/program is best for me?
  • What commercial preparation programs are available?
  • What about the KU StepPrep Program?
  • Can I obtain Financial Aid to cover the cost of my preparation materials/program?
  • Step 1 Board Preparation Agreement form 

Schedule a Conference in November, December or January 
After reviewing all of your options for Step 1 preparation, you must complete the agreement form above. Then, your preparation plan must be reviewed and approved by one of the learning specialists. Please use the online scheduling program to set your appointment date

During the required consult, please address the following:

  • Seek guidance in choosing a board prep plan best suited for you.
  • Assess your academic performance, study and time management skills, your learning style, and how they can impact your prep plan
  • Review your board prep plan as outlined on your Board Prep Agreement.

Winter Break
December 21, 2015 - January 4, 2016
Continue review of First Aid and work on the 100 USMLE diseases matrix and 100 Most Common USMLE Diseases.
Deadline for Step 1 registration is January 8 (see instructions below)

  • Fill out form online at (one page).
  • You will not have a USMLE Identification Number until after you register for Step 1.  Please use your Social Security number when registering.  
  • Select School (KC and Salina Campus students only): "Kansas- Kansas City Campus", the first Kansas option.  Do not select the Wichita or Salina campus even if you will be going there for Phase II.
  • Eligibility PeriodMay/June/July.  The majority of students test in the first time block.  If you have questions about your time block selection, please contact Dean Zeiger by e-mail
  • Payment:  You may use a credit card (preferred method) to pay your fee when you register on-line at  The other choice is to register online and submit a check with your form for $600.00 made out to the NBME. Checks are discouraged though due to a longer processing period.

The Office of Student Affairs will use your
KUMC ID photo badge picture for the application.  You do not need to attach your own picture. The OSA will take care of that for you when you submit your application to USMLE to the OSA for certification and submission to the NBME (see below).


  • Please bring the print out of the Certification of Identification and Authorization form to 3040 Murphy, the Student Affairs office, along with your check if that is your payment of choice. We will add your picture, put the school seal on the picture, get Dean Zeiger's signature, and then FED-EX the forms to the NBME.
  • PLEASE do not forget to sign your name at the end of the form, date the form and mark the box stating "I authorize the NBME to accept my NBME online services password and USMLE ID# in lieu of my signature for purposes of processing any future transactions with the NBME..."
  • You will be sent an e-mail notification from the NBME in 3-4 weeks when your registration is complete. Within two weeks of the first email you will be notified that your scheduling permit is available; this message will include instructions for accessing the electronic scheduling permit using the registration interactive website.
  • If your assigned eligibility period is more than six months away, the scheduling permit will not be available and the second e-mail will not be sent until approximately six months before the beginning of the assigned eligibility period.

Students access Prometric ( for on-line exam scheduling. Students will receive an automatic e-mail confirmation and appointment summary. Make sure you search for Prometric testing centers in both Kansas and Missouri. Students are not obligated to testing at a local Prometric testing center. You can schedule your exam anywhere in the U.S. where there is a Prometric testing center that offers the USMLE Step 1 exam.

Bring Your Scheduling Permit - Applicants must print a copy of the electronic scheduling permit and bring it to the test center on their exam date. Consistent with current policy, applicants who do not bring their scheduling permit to the test center on their exam date will not be permitted to take the exam. 

Special Note from the NBME:
Students often contact the NBME because their registration status is complete, but they haven't received their Scheduling Permits, or because they were advised by fellow students or school officials to request an earlier eligibility period than what they previously selected. NBME issues USMLE Step 1 Scheduling Permits no more than six months before a selected eligibility period begins. When a student's registration becomes "Complete," they are sent an email to notify them of the status and advise them that their Scheduling Permit will be issued within a few business days unless their eligibility period begins more than six months from now or if they have requested test accommodations.

 When it comes to selecting an eligibility period, it is recommended in the USMLE application instructions that students select an eligibility period starting with the month in which they wish to test. Prometric Test Centers are only required to open their scheduling calendars six months out from the current date. Therefore, a student who selects April 1 - June 30 and receives his Scheduling Permit as early as October 1st will most likely need to wait until December or January to schedule an appointment for June. By this time, the May 1 - July 31 and June 1 - August 31 Scheduling Permits have been issued; hence, there is no advantage to selecting the earlier period.

J A N U A R Y   E V E N T S
Third Year Schedules
Office of Rural Medical Education - Formal Network site presentation
Required participation of rising Phase II KC Students. If you are going to the Wichita campus for Phase II, you DO NOT have to attend this meeting.
Date: Friday, January 22nd
Time: 12 Noon - 1:30 p.m., Browse network site displays after the presentation from 1:30-3:00pm.
Location: TBD

  • This is your opportunity to explore how students may complete all or part of a third year clerkship at a rural location.
  • Presentations and information from the Kansas Regional Network Sites including the numerous clinical experiences available to SOM18 students.
  • An opportunity to learn how students can work with rural Kansas physicians who welcome medical students into their communities and their practices for hands-on learning experiences.
  • Displays of individual Regional Network Site information in Wahl Hall West Auditorium (1:30pm to 3:00 p.m.)
  • Pizza, cold drinks and snacks courtesy of the Kansas Regional Network Sites ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

February 8 - February 12, 2016

USMLEworld Q-Bank

This Q-Bank is strongly recommended as part of your Step 1 preparation plan. You can obtain a subscription by going to Subscription rates are $99 for a 1-month, $145 for 2-months, $185 for 3-months or $299 for 6-months. Special institutional pricing will not be available.

Step 1 test date
Your test date must be scheduled for no later than Sunday, May 21, 2016. In as early as October or November, you will be able to choose from the best selection of test dates. Test dates can be rescheduled without financial penalty if requested at least one week prior to test date.

April 11, 2016 -Step 1 Preparation begins

Required Clinical Orientation
For ALL campuses - May 23-27, 2016
Clinical rotations begin on Tuesday, May 31, 2016.
Students will not be excused from Clinical Orientation to sit for Step 1.



Last modified: Oct 14, 2015