A medical student studies for the USMLE.

Preparing for the USMLE

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The United States Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE) is the exam administered by the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME). Although the USMLE is the required exam for licensure of all allopathic physicians, it has many secondary uses by both medical schools and residency programs, including graduation decisions for medical students, promotions, and the ranking of residency applicants.

What you´ll learn
  • The components of the USMLE
  • Tips for preparing for the exams
  • How COMLEX differs from the USMLE
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