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Discussion in 'Step I' started by vietcongs, Sep 25, 2001.

  1. vietcongs

    vietcongs Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Oct 10, 2000
    kansas city, mo, usa
    what happens if you dont pass USMLE? How many times can you retake before they tell your dumbass that you cant become a doctor? how often do they give the test? :rolleyes:
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  3. turtleboard

    turtleboard SDN Advisor 10+ Year Member

    Jun 3, 1999
    New York, New York
    The USMLE doesn't set a limit on the number of times you can take the Step 1, but your local and state medical boards may as well as your medical school. In New York State the limit is three or five attempts and at SUNY Downstate, the limit is three.

    The exam is now administered by appointment through Prometric, which absorbed Sylvan Learning Centers, so it's given year-round. However a student cannot take the Step 1 until 60 days after the last attempt.
  4. Like Tim said, the number of times depends on which state your are applying for licensure in. I've heard that Alaska only allows one attempt at passing, while California has no limit.
  5. Castro Viejo

    Castro Viejo Papa Clot Buster 10+ Year Member

    Jun 3, 1999
    CA doesn't have a limit? My gosh. More fuel to the fire burning on how bright CA people are! :)
  6. AJM

    AJM SDN Moderator Moderator Emeritus 7+ Year Member

    Jun 25, 2001
    Hey. I might take offense to that. Or should I? Maybe you're trying to say that Californians are smart by not imposing limits. :confused: Now I'm confused. Wait a minute ... this isn't reflecting well on us California people, is it? ;)

    (Don't worry CA residents -- I was a New York resident when I applied to med school... ;) :D )
  7. Well....I guess the Medical Board of California didn't want to exclude physicians from other states who might want to practice in CA (The Center of the Universe). ;)
  8. turtleboard

    turtleboard SDN Advisor 10+ Year Member

    Jun 3, 1999
    New York, New York
  9. coolthang

    coolthang Member 7+ Year Member

    Aug 11, 2001
    Should this be renamed 'Have a go at Californians'? :(
  10. OldManDave

    OldManDave Fossil Bouncer Emeritus Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Feb 26, 1999
    Lafayette, IN
    Just to refine some of Stinky's comments -- about 6 mos ago, KCOM had reps from both the NBME & NBOME come speak with us. Currently, for all 3 steps of both USMLE & COMLEX the retakes limits are set by the individual state licensing boards and they range from a minimum of 3 attempts to a max of 6 or 7. However, the Fed of State Med Lic Boards has recently adopted a recommendation, not binding as of yet, that all states adopt a common limit for all three steps of both exams. Furthermore, that both the NBME & NBOME felt that a limit of 3 would be wisest in the context of current medico-legal attitudes.

    I hope this clarifies things sonewhat...


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