Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates

Medical students who are considering the practice of medicine in the United States should familiarize themselves with the components of licensure for students/physicians who have attended foreign medical schools. There is now in place a single, three-step examination process for achieving medical licensure in the United States: 

  1. USMLE Step 1 
  2. USMLE Step 2—Clinical Knowledge (CK—Written Exam) 
  3. USMLE Step 3

USMLE Step 1 is a test of basic science knowledge and is usually taken at the completion of the Basic Medical Sciences curriculum. Step 2 is a two-part examination given during the final year of the Medical Sciences. Clinical Knowledge is a written examination. Spoken English is also assessed at this time. USMLE Step 3 is administered after graduation by individual state licensing boards. Information on the scheduling of and application for these examinations is distributed to students in a timely fashion during their medical programs. More information and a pamphlet can be obtained from:

Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates

3624 Market Street

Philadelphia, PA 19104-2685

Phone: +1 (215) 386-5900

Fax: +1 (215) 386-9196 or +1 (215) 386-6327 or +1 (215) 387-9963

Students needing information on School of Medicine procedures may contact:

Office of the University Registrar

c/o The North American Correspondent:

University Support Services, LLC

3500 Sunrise Highway, Building 300

Great River, NY 11739

Phone: +1 (631) 665-8500

Fax: +1 (631) 665-2047