I'm a first year med student at umdnj-som, but haven't started yet and really want this cleared up for my own piece of mind. Obviously we only need to take the COMLEX exams if we want to match into a DO residency. Here is where my question arises. Do we need to take the USMLE exams if we want to match into a not very competitive MD residency such as ER or general surgery? Every student I've talked to says something different. I'm not sure if the USMLE exams are an actual requirement for all MD residencies or if COMLEX is ok unless the MD residency is super competitive.