USMLE: how to access medical specializations in the United States?

Access to medical specializations in the US is regulated by the challenging US Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE), unavoidable step to work as physicians in that country. 
The degree in Medicine and Surgery earned at Humanitas University gives its graduates the opportunity to work in any number of nations around the world including the United States. This is because the title is internationally recognized, but also because the university prepares its students to face the USMLE.

How Hunimed helps students access US medical specialties

By offering a curriculum in line with US medical programs and specific preparation courses. This year Humanitas University held its first USMLE Examination Preparation Seminar, a peer-to-peer, hands-on workshop designed for medical students who are interested in going to the United States for their medical residencies.
Find out more in these video interviews to Prof. Barajon, President of the Degree Course in Medicine and Surgery, C. Gabbi MD, PhD, Specialist in Internal Medicine, and N. Sweed, MD: 

Here’s a summary of their main answers.

What is the USMLE?

“In the United States, as a medical doctor, you have to undergo a licensing procedure that is called the USMLE. It’s divided into two steps. When you pass these steps you can have access to your residency that is also know as specialization.” 

Step 1: Pre-clinical skills

Step 2 CK: Clinical Knowledge

Step 2 CS: Clinical Skills

How important is the USMLE?

“They are probably one of the top determinants of whether and where a candidate will match for a residency in the United States.” 

What does Humanitas University’s USMLE preparation course offer and what is unique about it?

“The preparation course exposes students to the questions, insuring they are able to answer them. It also serves the function of familiarizing them with the American system of education and testing.”

It begins with an introduction into the Medical Education in the US and an overview of the USMLE examination, including the registration process, the exam structure and the scoring system. After that, good part of the course is dedicated to practical training for both the hands-on and the computer based tests.

At the end of the course students are offered one-to-one mentorship meetings with the teachers, in which they can discuss their plans for the future and get advice.

This is particularly valuable considering that the mentor is a recent medical graduate from the US that has passed the USMLE with very high scores, therefore he’s able to approach the students with well grounded test taking tips and practical information.

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