The objective of the USMLE Step1 is to evaluate your knowledge in basic sciences, as well as your ability to apply that knowledge in different medical scenarios. The exam includes questions from the following subjects:
- Gross Anatomy
- Behavioral Sciences
The main type of question is the clinical vignette: a description of a clinical case followed by a question regarding some aspect of the underlying process responsible for that disease.
Example: A 15-month-old baby is brought to the emergency department presenting difficulty swallowing and floppiness. On physical examination the baby presents limp extremities, and on the history the mother refers that his diet consists in cow milk sweetened with honey. The microorganism responsible for these findings looks under the microscope like which of the following:
A.- Gram positive cocci in clusters
B.- Gram positive cocci in chains
C.- Gram negative cocci in pairs
D.- Gram negative bacilli
E.- Gram positive bacilli
The exam consists in an eight-hour, one-day session. The session is divided into seven blocks of 50 questions, and 60 minutes to complete each block. You also count with 60 minutes for the exam tutorial and breaks between blocks.
In order to apply to the USMLE Step 1, you must complete the second year of medical education (for AMG's), or complete all the years of basic science according to your medical school's curriculum (for IMG's). If your medical school is from outside the United States, it must be included in the IMED ( www.faimer.org ).
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