USMLE – Step 2 Exam
Step 2 of the USMLE measures the candidate’s ability to apply medical knowledge to specific situations while supervised. This exam places emphasis both on scientific understanding and patient-centered skills. The content of the USMLE Step 2 can be broken down into the following areas: internal medicine; obstetrics and gynecology; pediatrics; preventive medicine; psychiatry; surgery; and other areas relevant to provision of care under supervision. The USMLE Step 2 exam will be structured to resemble a real medical scenario: candidates will be given a clinical situation and required to provide a diagnosis; prognosis; indication of the underlying mechanisms of disease; and subsequent steps of medical care, including preventive measures.
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The Federation of State Medical Boards and National Board of Medical Examiners have developed a three-step examination process for licensing doctors. This system is known as the United States Medical Licensing Examination. The three steps that make up the USMLE cover all of the knowledge and skills required to identify medical conditions and maintain patient health. Step 1 of the USMLE focuses on the application of scientific concepts to the field of medicine. In particular, Step 1 covers the conceptual underpinnings of health, disease, and therapeutic techniques. The content areas covered in Step 1 of the USMLE are as follows: anatomy; behavioral sciences; biochemistry; microbiology; pathology; pharmacology; physiology; and miscellaneous interdisciplinary topics, such as nutrition, aging, and genetics.