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To graduate from the University of Medicine and Health Sciences (UMHS) with a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree, UMHS students must successfully pass both Step I and Step II of the United States Licensing Examinations (USMLE).  To practice medicine in the United States, UMHS graduates must successfully pass all three steps of the United States Licensing Examinations (USMLE) and be certified by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG).


To ensure students success, UMHS has partnered with Kaplan medical to offer a comprehensive USMLE review program starting as early as the first semester.  UMHS is the only foreign medical school of its kind to begin preparing students for USMLE Step 1 in the first semester.  Combined with a strong basic science curriculum, use of shelf examinations, and outstanding faculty, students are given every tool possible to perform well on licesing examinations.  As a result, our first time pass rate on Step 1 was 94% with an average score of 226 for the Spring 2017-Fall 2018.




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United States Licensing Examinations (USMLE)


Three tests comprise the USMLE, and they assess a physician’s ability to apply knowledge, concepts, and principles as well as to demonstrate fundamental patient-centered skills that constitute the basis of safe and effective patient care.

USMLE Step 1


Assesses whether medical school students understand and can apply important concepts of the sciences basic to the practice of medicine.  Students sit for this examination immediately after they have completed the 5th semester in Portland, Maine.

USMLE Step 2 CK and CS  


Assesses whether medical school students can apply medical knowledge, skills and understanding of clinical science essential for provision of patient care under supervision.  Students typically sit for these examinations after they have completed the core rotations.

USMLE Step 3

Assesses whether medical school graduates can apply medical knowledge, skills and understanding of biomedical and clinical science essential for the unsupervised practice of medicine.  Students sit for this examination after graduating from UMHS.



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ECFMG Certification


Students graduating from international and Caribbean medical schools must be certified by the Education Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) in order to gain residency and licensure in the US. All UMHS students receive ECFMG certification by successfully graduating from our MD program and passing USMLE Steps I and II. There is no additional certification exam on the students' part prior to graduation.  In 2023 ECFMG will require schools to be approved  and recognized by them.  Our accreditation through ACCM is recognized and approved by ECFMG.  As a result, our graduates are now and will continue to qualify for ECFMG Certification. 


Residency Positions


Residency programs begin July 1st of each year. In order to be eligible, students must have the following prior to May 31st:


1)  Passing scores on the USMLE Step I and USMLE Step II CK and CS

2)  Diploma from the University of Medicine and Health Sciences

3)  ECFMG certificate


When applying for residency positions, deadlines are critical. Most residency programs accept applications from September to December for entry the following July. Students apply through ERAS, the Electronic Residency Application Service, beginning in the summer prior to the match. Interviews are generally conducted from September to January.


The best way to become familiar with residency programs and their respective locations is to obtain a copy of the American Medical Association (AMA) Graduate Medical Education Directory, also known as the “green book,” a resource available online. The guide lists programs accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).




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Graduate Residency Training


Fourth-year UMHS students pursue post graduate residency positions in prestigious hospitals throughout the United States and Canada.  After graduating, students begin their internship year alongside their United States counterparts as practicing Doctors of Medicine (M.D.) in numerous specialities and in diverse residency training programs.  UMHS provides a significant amount of support to help and assist students in applying for residencies.  We have established a residency guide books that is essential for students success.  




USMLE Secretariat

3750 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-3190
Telephone: 215-590-9700
FAX: 215-590-9457



American Medical Association

515 N. State Street
Chicago, IL 60610
American Medical Association web site




3624 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-2685 USA



National Resident Match Program

2540 N Street, N.W., Suite 1
Washington, D.D. 20037-1037




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