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When to take the USMLE

Discussion in 'Medical Students - MD' started by rainmaker, Mar 22, 2002.

  1. rainmaker

    rainmaker Junior Member

    Jan 5, 2002
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    When is the best time to schedule to take the USMLE Step I?
    I am an Osteopathic Med Student and the COMLEX is one June 4 & 5. Rotations start on the 24th and I'm not sure when to schedule this exam.


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  3. Winged Scapula

    Winged Scapula Cougariffic!
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    Apr 9, 2000
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    rainmaker - presumably you are considering taking USMLEs because you plan on applying to allopathic residencies as well?

    If so, just make sure that you have the test completed and scored in a range you need to be competitive by August of the year you apply to residency (again, presuming your school doesn't require you to take it). Most students take the USMLE right after 2nd year - however, a little bit of clinical experience is helpful these days. Finding the time to study during 3rd year is not...

  4. nycom@juno.com

    7+ Year Member

    Apr 9, 2001
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    Hello, rainmaker:

    Scedule the USMLE-Step 1 for the end of June.

    You'd have already studied for the COMLEX taken on June 4th/5th, and you should give yourself another two weeks to orient yourself for the USMLE as well as review more.

    You DEFINITELY don't need to extra stress of preparing for a Level 1 exam for a second time after leaving several months remission between the exams.

    Good luck.

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